Note: This information is still current for 2022.
Hey everyone! Here at Ruby Hooping, we make all of our hula hoops collapsible so they are easy and convenient to ship and carry!
As recently as summer 2022, the way we make all of our Beginner, Exercise, and budget 3/4″ PE hoops has changed. You may have still got one of the old style, or the new style, so I will cover both here.
If you got the old style, your hoop is made infinity style collapsible.
You’ll know this because the hoop will have two connection points directly across from each other, and you won’t see a push button on the hoop anywhere. The video below will show you how to open your hoop if its made infinity style.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have a beginner hoop made infinity style that is over 44″ in diameter, when you get your hoop you’ll see that one side has been left open so that the hoop can be coiled down small enough for shipping. All you will need to do is open the hoop up, warm the open side of the tubing up with a hair dryer from about 8 inches away for around 30 seconds (be careful not to hold the dryer too close), and then shove the gray barbed end into the open end. Allow a couple minutes to cool and your hoop is now infinity collapsible.
Our Child Hoops and all budget hoops with 1/2″ PE tubing 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:
If your hoop has a push button, please scroll past the below video to the next section.
WARNING: 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 🙂
PUSH BUTTON STYLE – New Style – Beginner Hoops, Exercise Hoops, HDPE/Polypro Hoops, and LED Hula Hoops – keep reading
The new style we are using now means almost all of our hoops going forward will be built with a push-button connection that can simply be opened to coil down your hoop and then re-connected. The reason is because the supplies needed for infinity style are becoming obselete so I have had to change how I make them. But I actually like the push button style better!
Here is a video that shows you how these work. The below video shows me using a lightweight HDPE hoop, but the same general principal applies to the beginner hoops as well. If you aren’t comfortable folding it down all the way, you can use velcro, zip ties, or painters tape to hold your hoop in the collapsed position.
If you need more help, just drop a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!