Best Beginner Hula Hoop Material – Polypro, HDPE, and More!
Are you stuck in deciding what kind of hula hoop material you should choose? There’s quite a diverse selection of materials. It can be a bit confusing if you don’t know what they all are. Let’s go over the most commonly seen hoop material types.
Cheap Plastic Hoops
Whenever you go to a Walmart, Dollar Store, or craft store that doesn’t specifically supply hoops for dedicated hoopers, you’ll almost always find an assortment of cheap plastic hoops. Now I’m not going to speak against these options. However I will share with you what they are good for, and why they aren’t the best. Firstly, I say “cheap plastic hoops” because you’ll find an assortment of that; cheap. They’re lightweight, and connected by either tape or staples (fragile attachments). Makes an easy tool for mastering tech and isolations. But simultaneously making it nearly impossible to nail basic waist hooping, let alone any other on body tricks and transitions. Often too, they’re filled with plastic rain beads. I suppose if you’re purchasing it for a child, as a toy, it’s a great option. However if you’re looking for a real hoop, I recommend shopping elsewhere.
Now we’re talking! The polypropylene material has got to be one of the best, if not THE best kind of plastic for dedicated hoopers. It’s slick and smooth, however not too slick as to influence your capacity to grip well. Its light weight, but also not too lightweight as to influence your capacity to maneuver basic waist hooping, and other on body tricks. To find this material, you’ll almost always have to order it online from professional hula hoop makers and suppliers, meaning you’re buying directly from the pros. The connector pieces will be designed to last, strong, and often adjustable, meaning you can take it apart and coil it down for greater ease of storage. The plastic is bendable, but not too bendable as to becoming misshapen over time. From my personal and professional perspective, the polypro hoop material is the way to go.
High density poly ethylene hula hoops are a big step up from the cheap plastics. They share almost all qualities of the polypro hoops, however they’re a tad bit heavier, harder in feel and a tad bit more slick, making it a tad bit more uncomfortable to flow with. Granted, you might go with an HDPE for greater ease in on body tricks, and tape it off or sand it down for greater ease in grip.
PVC Pipe Hoops
A less common pro choice, yet common material for many beginner hoopers. I started with a PVC pipe hoop. They’re hard, probably the hardest material you can find. Typically this style of hoop is done as a DIY newbie go-to. They aren’t the most ideal, however they work! Just make sure the attachments are quality, and look in to wrapping it with a comfortable grip if you want it to be lasting and ideal for leveling up.
Other Plastic Hoops
You might find, that some online shops don’t specify what kind of plastic the hoops are made from. In this case, my best advice is just to double check the attachments, invest in a grip enhancer like a sanded finish or grip tape, and size it out properly for what you’re wanting to practice.
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Keep growing and flowing,