Polypro is hard and light material. A must for many advanced hoopers, especially when hooping off-body and doing stylized moves and isolation moves. The hoop responds quickly to every twist and so gives you great opportunities. With taping you can make the tube nice and grippy, and also a wee bit heavier. A polypro hoop with (grip) taping is slightly better controllable when you’re on-body hooping.
If you really wanna go light and small pick the skinny 16 tubing. This gives the liquid & flowy effect when used in isolations. For some it is just tha nioce feel of a thin tubing in your hand. For some it is the skinny look while hooping. Don’t go bigger than 85 cm diameter as this tubing is way more flexible than 20 mm tubing.
The HDPE 20 mm tubing makes a real allround hoop when it is not too big. Say 90-95 cm. diameter. This hoop is still suitable for on-body hooping but you can also practice off-body hooping without fear of muscle acidification. It is a bit lighter than the beginner hoops and will sooner give you the feeling of dancing in and with your hoop.
The HDPE 25 mm hoop is a basic beginners hoop when build in a 95-110 cm diameter. It is a nice hoop when you start hooping and a must-have when you frequently practice the basics of waist hooping. Because it’s a bit heavier it gives you good body contact while on-body hooping, so you feel faster how to direct the hoop and adjust your movement. A bigger diameter (more than 95 cm) will also make sure the hoop is turning at a more quiet pace, which gives you time to master the technique.
This variety is foldable because it has two turning connectors. It turns quick and easy into an 8-shape that can be folded to half the diameter. It’s by far the easiest and fastest way of folding your hula. Perfect for the festival hooper. Just bring a small string to hold the folded hula together. De Hoepel Winkel loves metallics and bling bling. This Infinity system does not like this tape. The tape will wrinkle and in the end damage. This is why a lot of our hoops do have a push button connection. In the tubing variations of each product you see if the hoop has the option for Infinity System. Because it’s a bit of a heavier hoop (only used in HDPE 20 & 25 mm tubing) it gives you good body contact while on-body hooping, so you feel faster how to direct the hoop and adjust your movement.
Tips for Do-It-Yourself
Taping a hoop is not as easy as it may look at first glance. Here are a few tips that will help you tape your first hoop. Please take note that it’s something like baking your first pancake – that may prevent disappointment.
Choose the right tapes. Before you tape your hoop, you have to decide which tapes you will use. On this website we sell Pro-Gaffer tape, aka grip tape, of ½ inch width. This is rugged tape that makes your hoop stick easily. It’s strong and made for heavy use. Pro-Gaffer tape comes in various colours like UV aka NEON tapes. Pro-Gaffer NEON tapes light up in UV neon light. Always be careful in which order you put the tapes on.
Always end with the tape that is strongest and has the nicest edges, for finishing. Isolation tape is not that strong and shouldn’t be put on last. Most types of glitter tape also are a lot more vulnerable than grip tape. When glitter tape gets damaged the edges are irritating to the skin. So if you have a lot of glitter tape, it is advisable to end with a Crystal Clear protection layer (later more about that).
Choose the direction of taping. You can put the tapes in the same direction or in a ‘braid’ pattern. Experiment with this on a little piece of tubing just until you have a nice combination. The braid pattern will cost you more length of tape.
Choose the right distance between the tapes. Getting the perfect spiral starts with the first bit. You’ll want the distance between the winded tape to be the same everywhere on the hoop. Try to get right angle on the first 20 cm by putting up all the tapes, without cutting them off. Do two windings with your tapes and see if it fits. A small gap in the beginning will get bigger and bigger after a few windings. Is everythingfitting? Then you can put the tape on, tape by tape. Grip tape and isolation tape is somewhat flexible, you can adjust it for 1 or 2 mm per winding. That’s convenient. Make sure you don’t do that too often as it will be noticed. Glitter tape and duct tape – should you use any – is not adjustable.
Make sure you have a good hold of your hoop. We recommend holding the hoop vertically between knees/thighs and feet.
Fresh tape sticks best. Did you get your first bit off three times, touching the sticky layer with your fingers? Cut it off and start with fresh tape. You’ll know why.
Switch off the telly! Check in between, look closely with every winding. Don’t just simply go on. Accompany the tape with your finger, as if you were ironing the tape. That’s how you prevent wrinkles.
Think about the connector and how it will fit in the taping. For those who make their own hoop: nicest is to shoot the push button or blind rivet in after the taping. Cutting it out with a sharp knife is also possible.
Glossy means smooth. Do you need an inside grip? Apply it really easy and hold your hoop straight.
Finish the edges at the opening with an extra piece of (grip) tape. If you have a completely closed hoop make sure the connection has an extra strong layer. The tape will tear most easily at this place.
We do prefer you order online. Thats why we are a webshop. If there is a special reason like a super quick delivery date or you are living around the corner, we sometimes invite you at our office. We need an order and a payment before we do so. We never have people over to check out the stock only. If you send us an email with your story we set a date and time to meet you at the office. firstname.lastname@example.org
We work on getting your hoop or any other order shipped within one week. When you order multiple hoops we might need longer. We than will let you know what the expected time of shipping is. We make everything by hand and have no ready made hoops waiting for you. This is why we need a bit of time. We always try to be faster than you expect us to be.
As a beginner you want a hulahoop that helps you getting into waist-hooping at the first place. Therefore we advice you a hoop that is quite big. Think diameter 95 or 100 cm. Thicker tubing such as 25 mm HDPE you actually feel while trying. As every push is quite strong due to the weight of the hoop. You can order almost any hoop is the Basic & Sparkly section of our website and select your options.