tYPES OF HOOP TUBING

POLYPRO 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 

and performing!

 

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

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

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 1.5 lb 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 light weight 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.

HOOP SIZING

FITNESS HOOPS

Fitness hoops should be larger and heavier- 3/4" 160PSI PE tubing is ideal for fitness hooping.

Size guide for fitness hoops:
 

Waist size 26-30" 

Hoop size: 36"

Waist size 30-34"

Hoop size: 38"

Waist size 34-38"

Hoop size: 40"

Waist size 38-42"

Hoop size: 42"

Waist size 42-46"

Hoop size: 44"

Waist size 46-50"

Hoop size: 50"

Waist size 50-55"

Hoop size: 55"

Waist size= circumference 

Hoop size= outer diameter

BEGINNER and

DANCE HOOPS

Beginner hoops and "on-body" dance hoops should be large and medium weighted- 3/4" 160 PSI PE tubing, 1/2" 125PSI PE tubing, and 7/8" Polypro or HDPE tubing are ideal for beginner and dance hooping. 

Larger hoop sizes are preferable for beginners as the hoop will move more slowly.

Size guide for beginner hoops:
 

Waist size 26-30" 

Hoop size: 36"

Waist size 30-34"

Hoop size: 38"

Waist size 34-38"

Hoop size: 40"

Waist size 38-42"

Hoop size: 42"

Waist size 42-46"

Hoop size: 44"

Waist size 46-50"

Hoop size: 50"

Waist size 50-55"

Hoop size: 55"

Waist size= circumference 

Hoop size= outer diameter

TRICK HOOPS

Trick hoops should be a median size but light weight- 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 for trick hoops range from 25"-34", keeping in mind that smaller hoops move faster and larger hoops move slower.

MINI HOOPS

Mini hoops should be small and light weight. 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" minis. The most common sizes range from 18"-24", keeping in mind that smaller hoops move faster and larger hoops move slower.