Let's explore some common inquiries from beginner hoopers and hoopers looking to re-size, or find that "perfect fit" for their beloved circle.
✧ Get to Know Hoop Tubing ✧
Hoop size will be addressed by OD = Outside Diameter.
Info & knowledge obtained from first hand experience, research & education of materials since 2006.
1" PE: Fabulous for the hooper that is down to chill with the hoop on his or her waist most of the time. Can be quite "heavy" for a hoop, alternately known as weighted; the size and weight may limit ability to progress into the vast world of hoop tricks. The thicker tubing slows down flow - the pull of your hoop- making waist hooping a fabulous venture, but possibly hindering more advanced movements.
Tapes look great on this tubing due to it's larger surface area. PSI rating, which stands for Pounds per Square Inch, is generally in the range of 100 - 160 for most hoops. PSI is used to determine the overall weight and feel of the hoop, but is an actual measurement of water pressure. The higher the PSI, the thicker the wall of the tubing and the heavier the hoop.
3/4" PE: Hands down best for beginners before transitioning to "performance" style hoops - Polypro & HDPE. The added few ounces mean worlds to the control and regulated speed offered by this tubing in comparison to performance hoops. Black in color, and a only slightly flexible, this tubing coils easily and is a great stepping stone before getting into the lighter 3/4" Polypro tubing.
3/4" Polypro: Best polypro size for beginners, who are looking to start learning more hooping tricks and graduate from just hooping on their waist. This has been the most popular size and type of tubing for the past 3-4 years.
5/8" Polypro: Light-weight, responsive, highly flexible and best for more advanced hoopers or people with a smaller frame. Fabulous for quick finger-tricks, doubles, minis, and a feather-light experience.
1/2" Polypro: Lightning fast, feather light, and ultra thin. No more than 30" OD, or else you may have a crazy noodle hoop.
3/4" HDPE: Known as High Density Polyethylene. Loved by beginners, and even craved by professionals. A bit more of a 'spring' to HDPEs responsiveness than Polypro, HDPE also offers a bit more weight for added control and decreased speed of tricks.
7/8 HDPE: A beginners hybrid! A definite recommendation when you prefer a bit of weight and thickness to your tubing and flow. A lovely tubing size for those that desire a chunkier grip, heavier hoop, and slower flow all around.
For more in depth look at each one of these types of tubing, check out our Type of Hoop Tubing article.
✧ Diameter ~ Your Perfect Circle ✧
Here is a trick that hopefully, magically fares quite well with most..
Take your Height in Inches
Divide in Half
The most general rule of thumb is to measure from the ground to your belly button and add 2-3 inches to that number.
This size may ultimately be your go-to size. For now, adding 2-3" is best for optimum benefits all-around.
Need more information and help deciding on sizes? Read our comprehensive guide here: Beginner's Guide to Hoop Sizes