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What Size Hoop Are You Using?

Most commonly asked question on any hoop video I post : What size hoop is that?

 

You want to buy a hoop but you don’t know what size or style to get. In this video and blog I will show you all of the hoops that I use and give you some extra info and links so that you can get the right hula hoop for you.

I also made you this quick video showing you all of the hoops that I use most often at the moment.

The blog that I referred to in the video was Gala Darling. The blog post that started my hoop journey was this one.  

 

My first hoop was a 100cm/40″ diameter (25mm/1″ pipe) dance hoop much like this one, except mine was pink and blue. My husband bought it for me in Tokyo.

Here I am doing my best hoop pose, with my first hoop. 2007.

 

first hoop deanne love

 

Soon after that I started making my own hoops to use and to sell. I no longer make them, but you can find out how to make them yourself here (DIY : How to make your own hula hoops )

 

Irrigation Pipe (Polyethylene), PEX or HDPE Pipe Hoops – Great for beginners, dance and fitness

The hoops that I am holding in the video above are 20mm/ 3/4″ irrigation pipe hoops. You can get the Polyethylene irrigation pipe here in the USA or here in Australia. Many hoopers in the USA also buy their pipe from a company called LOWES. Let me know int he comments if you have another awesome supplier.

Here are some examples of irrigation style pipe hoops.

Glitter Dance Hoop

Adjustable size dance hoop

Gaffer Taped Beginner’s Hoop

 What about a weighted hoop?

No, I have never used a heavy, lumpy, hard fitness hoop like this or this. I find them painful, uncomfortable and far too heavy to allow the kind of safe movement I need for improving my skills, fitness and strength. I would never recommend buying a hoop over 800g / 1.5lb if you want to learn tricks, dance and use it for a fitness workout.

Hoops made from irrigation pipe, Polyethylene or PEX like pipe are also often called Weighted Hoops. They have more weight in them than children’s hoops or PolyPro hoops. Dance and fitness hoops (not the lumpy, bumpy, oversized ones) often come with gaffer tape or grip tape on them and this adds a little extra weight and grip.

LED Hoops

Yes the fancy ones that light up. They are incredible and a wonderful investment if you are performing or you like to light up at festivals!

The ones I use are Astral Hoops. I have the Atomics in PolyPro pipe. 90cm/35”

I have seen MoodHoops in action and they look amazing!

I have also used LED hoops from SuperHooper.org. This is a SuperHooper LED in this Instagram video. I love it.

In this old video shot in Tokyo, I was performing with PsiHoops

#pastlife as a hooping gogo dancer in Tokyo with dreads and mohawks #whodat

A video posted by Deanne Love 💜 Hooplovers.tv (@deannelovexo) on

 

You can find less expensive LED hoops on Amazon from The Hoop Shop. I have not personally tried these ones. The Fusion looks pretty fabulous for only $60 but again I am yet to try this one myself. Let me know if you test it out!

Travel Hoops

Yes you can travel with regular hoops. I often check mine in but if I am only taking carry on luggage then I take a travel hoop with me or I coil my polypro hoops down to fit in my suit case (always take care when doing that and ask your hoop seller if it is ok)

The gorgeous pink travel hoop that I showed in the YouTube video at the top of this post came from the Hooper Market 

I also like the travel hoops from Pretty Sticky in Australia

I also really love the Trinity Starr travel hoops.

And there are a few different ones on Amazon, like the Infinity Collapsible hoop, these dazzling 4 sections travel hoops by The Spinsterz

PolyPro Twins

The hoops I am using in the YouTube video and the Instagram videos below are 78cm/31″ polypro from Hoopologie. I really enjoy this size. I started with irrigation pipe hoops but find the polypro and thinner HDPE easier to work with for off body twin hooping.

PolyPro Hoops

I left my fav hoops until last. I have been using these polypro hoops from SuperHooper for many years and I love them. I use them for on and off body hoop dance. They would have been slightly too light for me as a total beginner but I love them now.

These are 90cm/35″ polypro in UV reactive 3/4″ OD (outside diameter) pipe

So one size does not fit all. Make sure you get yourself an adult size hoop from a quality hoop maker. No kiddies hoops allowed. They go into land fill too quickly, you want something that will last you a long time!

Want to make a hoop?
Read this blog post on Making VS Buying. 

How to Make Hula Hoop DIY

 

What size is best for you?
Read this blog : What size hoop should I buy? 

buy hula hoop

What size hoops do you have in your stack and where did you get them from? 

  • Lottie

    Hey deanne I’m fairly new to twins and I’m getting my first polypros 90cm so I can do on and off body. Im new to off body too iv mastered the momma hoop (100cm), iv noticed you stick with 90cm for most of your on off body tricks so I figured that’ll be a good size for everything 🙂 however I live in a very small house in Britain so outside isn’t really an option (freezing and wet here) so I was wondering if 90cm might be too big for twins? Thankyou for everything you do <3 x