How To Open and Close Your Collapsible Hula Hoop

by Mama Ruby

Note: This information is still current for 2020.

Hey everyone!  Here at Ruby Hooping, we make all of our hula hoops collapsible so they are easy and convenient to ship and carry!

Our Beginner, Exercise, and Child Hoops are all made infinity-style collapsible.  This means that the hoops have two joints directly across from each other where the hoop can actually swivel and fold down over itself, reducing the size of the hoop by 75%!  This makes it a lot easier to take your hoop everywhere you go.  If you’re anything like me, you never go anywhere without a hoop 🙂

Here is a quick video I made to teach you how to fold and unfold your new infinity-style collapsible hoop.  It’s very easy, but very important that you watch this video before unfolding your first hoop!  Check it out:


We do not recommend leaving your hoop collapsed for prolonged periods of time.  Never store your hoop collapsed.  And definitely don’t leave your hoop in extreme temperatures while collapsed.  As long as you follow these guidelines, your hoop will have a long and happy life 🙂

Our Advanced Hoops and LED Hoops are made of a different material and collapse a different way, with a push-button connection that can simply be opened to coil down your hoop and then re-connected.  Here is a video that shows you how these work:

So where do you plan on taking your hoop?  Leave us a comment below!

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Andrea Torres March 21, 2015 - 11:30 pm

Hi, could you tell me what size grip tape you add to the push button HDPE hoops (38″)? Thanks

rubyhooping March 24, 2015 - 1:23 am

Hi! We use 1/2″ grip tape but we also have 1/4″ and 1″ available if you want to request it in the notes when you checkout 🙂

Pat February 3, 2018 - 10:20 pm

I have a 36 inch waist but I’m only 5ft 1, what size hoop would be best for me?

Mama Ruby February 7, 2018 - 10:58 pm

I would recommend a 38″ hoop 🙂

Cheryl October 16, 2018 - 5:33 pm

I just got my hoop and after unloosing it as instructed in the video above it is very wobbly. What can I do to get it to be symmetrical?

Mama Ruby October 16, 2018 - 6:15 pm

Hey Cheryl 🙂 What type of hoop is it? The main thing you can do to make a hoop shaped right again after shipping, is to use it! The centrifugal force of hooping with it will gently guide it back into a circle. Also you can warm it up by laying it near a heater, using a hair dryer, or laying it out under the warm sun and once it is warm you can work it with your hands to shape it. No worries, it’s normal to be a bit misshapen at first and it will naturally go back to its correct shape. It also won’t affect you being able to hoop with it at all. Here’s some more info on how to care for your hoop:

Email me at if you need more help!!!

~Mama Ruby

Cheryl October 17, 2018 - 6:12 pm

Thank you Mama Ruby for the quick and helpful response. My hoop is your 42” beginner hoop. It’s almost perfect now. I worked on it with my hands around the joints and it straightened out.

Mama Ruby October 17, 2018 - 7:47 pm

Wonderful!!!! 🙂 Enjoy!!

Maleena Walker October 4, 2020 - 4:49 am

I have a 49 in waist. 5 foot, what size hoop would I use?

Mama Ruby October 4, 2020 - 4:53 am

I would suggest starting out with a 50″ beginner hoop! Hope this helps.

James Stang May 31, 2021 - 3:36 am

I am 6’6” and have a 38-49 waist. What is your size recommendations


James Stang May 31, 2021 - 3:37 am

38-40 waist

Mama Ruby May 31, 2021 - 5:36 pm

Hi James! I would recommend starting with a 44″ Beginner Hoop! Here’s the link:


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