"Sounds like you are using a friction fit (our favorite connection) which means there is an inner tube that snuggly fits inside the outer tube holding the connection. Sounds like the connection is working well, but that you are having difficulty…"
"This may sound odd, but we have found that getting our hoops into local stores is a great way to go. We started off with a consignment store that catered to 'burners' which was great, because there were people already interested in hooping…"
"It may be a polypropylene hoop, but the thickness of the 'tube wall' may be less than the hoops you see for sale from hoop shops. That's the reason that these 'dollarstore hoops' don't last as long *and kink pretty easy)"