tYPES OF HOOP TUBING
Polypro tubing (polypropylene) is naturally translucent and clear in color. It can be manufactured in many different sizes, as well as hundreds of different colors! It's lighter in volume than other types of tubing, making it responsive and springy, and it's lightning quick response time makes it great for both practicing
Polypro is ideal for intermediate and advanced hoopers and performers.
An average size bare Polypro hoop weighs approximately 4-6oz.
Polypro is durable, but does not tolerate cold temperatures well and can crack when used at temperatures below 50 degrees F. It is more prone to cracking and shattering than other types of tubing.
HDPE tubing (high density polyethylene) is naturally opaque and milky white in color. It can be manufactured in many different sizes, as well as hundreds of different colors! It's denser and more flexible than other types of tubing and while it can be kinked, HDPE is resistant to cracking and shattering. It absorbs impact well which makes it ideal for beginner hoopers, and is an overall great choice for all hoopers!
An average size bare HDPE hoop weighs approximately 5-7oz.
HDPE is highly durable. It can 'soften' in warm temperatures, but is ideal for cold weather/cold climate hooping below 50 degrees F. It can be used in temperatures well below 0 F.
PE tubing (polyethylene) is naturally black in color. It is manufactured in many different sizes and is measure by PSI (pounds per square inch). The higher the PSI rating, the thicker and heavier the tubing is. PE tubing is highly durable and is much more tolerant to hard use and temperature variations as opposed to HDPE or Polypro tubing.
3/4" 160 PSI PE tubing is most commonly used for fitness hoops as the tubing is thick and sturdy, weighing as much as 1lb for an average sized hoop.
1/2" 125 PSI PE tubing is the second most common and is used as fitness and beginner hoops, ideal for those hoopers who want to begin their hoop journey with a durable semi-lightweight hoop that will allow them to transition to a lighter weight tubing (HDPE or Polypro) as they progress, weighing in at 10-15oz for an average sized hoop.
Fitness hoops should be larger and heavier- 3/4" 160PSI PE tubing is ideal for fitness hooping.
To find your ideal fitness hoop size: measure the distance from the floor to your belly button- this should be the diameter of your hoop! The most common sizes range from 36"-42".
Beginner hoops and "on-body" dance hoops should be large but semi-lightweight- 1/2" 125PSI PE Tubing and 7/8" Polypro tubing are ideal for beginner and dance hooping. 3/4" Polypro and HDPE tubing are also commonly used as beginner and dance hoops.
Sizing for beginner and dance hoops vary based on personal preference/ability. Larger sizes are ideal as the hoop will move at a slower speed, allowing the user to learn foundational beginner/dance moves such as waist, chest, and shoulder hooping. The most common sizes range from 34"-38".
Trick hoops should be medium-large in size but lightweight- 3/4" Polypro and HDPE tubing, 11/16" Polypro tubing, and 5/8" Polypro and HDPE tubing are ideal for trick hooping.
Sizing for trick hoops vary based on personal preference/ability. Larger sizes may hinder the users ability to learn certain "off-body" moves and tricks. The most common sizes range from 25"-34".
Mini hoops should be small and lightweight. 5/8" Polypro and HDPE tubing, and 1/2" Polypro tubing are ideal for mini hooping.
Sizing for mini hoops are solely based on personal preference and ability. Certain mini hoop "tricks" require very small hoops, while others can be learned with "large" mini's. The most common sizes range from 18"-24".