LED hoops aren't for everyone if you're extremely sensitive to weight as nothing can possibly be as light as a bare hoop. However, the Helix from Proton Labs has been compared and is lighter than the Atomic Pro and just took the crown as the lightest of all multi-pattern LED hoops available. New video was just posted this morning, check it out!
256 patterns, 3 types of random, 3/4" Polypro available, BPM sync, free software to customize patterns, etc... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmBvObbwLmE&feature=youtu.be
i got my LED from moodhoops.com,it was pretty light and i didn't even order it in plypro! so i think moodhoops.com would have VERY light LEDs
i once got one from astral hoops and it was pretty heavy..
Hoops of Creation have really light hoops. Unfortunately they aren't accepting orders until summer is over. But I would def check them out if you are thinking of waiting that long any way :)
http://www.hoop-daddy.net/ He makes great hoops, can custom order via e-mail, very nice, and the lightest I have used! Also, I was e-mailed back immediately the following day when I had questions!!!
moodhoops are now all polypro (i believe, i could be wrong) i have a 36 inch and 33 inch. VERY lighttt :) hope that helps! happy hooping
You can get all the moodhoops in polypro, but you have to pay the $25 upgrade fee for most of the hoops they sell.
I know it's expensive, but Hoop-Daddy's Phoenix hoop is only like 0.7 lb if I'm not mistaken. I have one that's 34" OD with what I think is 3/4" hdpe tubing and it is unbelievably light. It's lighter than any other hoop I own, including day hoops. I also own a moodhoop with the same specs as your friend's, and the Phoenix is definitely way lighter and surprisingly brighter. Mine's not AS light as polypro, but I think he also offers the hoop with polypro tubing. But it's a very sturdy, light weight hoop that's ultra bright with amazing patterns.
Hope this helps :]
hoops of creation offer 5/8" now as well :)
Wherever you order from, you'll want someone who offers Polypro LEDs, so far the only polypro tubing for LEDs I've seen available is 3/4".
Here are some that I know offer 3/4" polypro LED hoops and their lightest styles -
Proton-labs - (currently only offers the Helix hoop, though apparently it is the lightest available currently, anywhere)
Astral Hoops - Atomic Pro hoops is 2.2 ounces
Hoop-daddy - Phoenix hoop .7lbs or about 11ounces
Psi hoops - can make you just about anything you want - completely custom, so you could have detailed email discussions to get EXACTLY what you want and find out the lightest option possible.
*All of these companies offer light LED hoops in the $300+ range*
If you are looking for a "budget" LED hoop, Mood Hoops does offer 3/4" Polypro for an additional upgrade charge at a price somewhere around the $100-$200 range
I have a hoop daddy foxfire http://www.hoop-daddy.net/, and not only are they the lightest ... but the patterns and LED's are the brightest around. They are carefully hand made, and I have had absolutely NO rattle. Everyone I know swears by him, and he's also a super nice person :)