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Ronnie Cook Zuhlke August 3, 2017 - 5:23 pm

‘Hi: What is the weight of the lite weight hula hoop and the orther ones as well.? I am 70 yrs. old, 5’3″, about 138 pounds, and fairly active. I plan to use it for exercise and dance. Thanks in advance…Ronnie

PS I used a hula hoop as a child and twice recently as an adult. I am basic but competent. I am considering ordering a 38″ diameter. Any suggestions?

rubyhooping August 7, 2017 - 1:18 am

Hi Ronnie! The weight will differ depending on the size and tape options you choose. For exercise and dance I would recommend for you a 38″ Beginner Hoop which is a nice moderate weight, around 1 pound, great for learning just about any move. Click here for the link.

gail ainsworth August 23, 2017 - 12:07 am

i love to hoop 5 ‘5″ tall. i have 40 to 42″hoops . my ? is i want to start more arm tricks but my hoops r heavy. want to do tricks but still do waist with arm tricks. please help need lighter hoop.

rubyhooping August 23, 2017 - 12:25 am

I would recommend using a 38″ 3/4″ lightweight hdpe hoop 🙂 Still large enough to hoop on body but lightweight enough to use for tricks 🙂 Here’s the link:

Emily September 26, 2017 - 7:06 pm

Hi! I have spoken to you previously about getting a hoop! You recommended a 36OD 3/4″ HDPE for me since I know how to waist hoop as well as a few basic tricks. My question is.. would the budget practice hula hoop 3/4″ ID 100 psi PE 36 OD work for me as well?

Mama Ruby September 26, 2017 - 7:08 pm

Hi! Well, this is where it gets confusing. 3/4″ HDPE and 3/4″ PE are actually not the same tubing size even though it sounds like they should be. PE is measured according to the inside of the tubing, and the HDPE is measured according to the outside of the tubing. That means 3/4″ PE is actually a little bit thicker than 3/4″ HDPE. However, 1/2″ 125psi PE is really similar to 3/4″ HDPE, so I would highly recommend the 1/2″ 125psi PE budget hoop in 36″ as a comparable alternative to 3/4″ HDPE. 🙂 Hope this helps.

Emily September 26, 2017 - 7:22 pm

That was a big help! Thank you! When I was going to order.. it said only 32″ thru 35″ diameter is only available in 1/2″ OD PE tubing.. would i still be able to order a 36?

Mama Ruby September 26, 2017 - 7:24 pm

You’re welcome. I’m sorry Emily, I will change the wording of that. What that actually means is that you can’t order the 3/4″ tubing in the smaller sizes because the thicker tubing can’t be coiled down that small. For the 1/2″ tubing which is thinner, it’s fine 🙂

Emily October 2, 2017 - 2:23 pm

So I finally ordered my hoop we were talking about in these comments! My mum had gotten me a kids hoop from the dollar store or something for 75 cents, and i must say it is way lighter than i remembered them to be and had difficulties keeping it up because it was so light! So now that i put in the order for the 1/2″ 125 psi PE hoop, im nervous that it’s going to be so light i can’t do anything! I guess i just got super discouraged and am wanting some backup thoughts on this LOL

Mama Ruby October 2, 2017 - 2:26 pm

It won’t be as light as a kid’s hoop. Most of those are made from cardboard or cheap plastic!

Emily October 2, 2017 - 2:28 pm

Oh thank you Mama Ruby! I guess i am just so anxious to start that im over exaggerating! Thanks for baring with me and all my questions!!

Emz October 19, 2017 - 1:07 pm

Hi Mama Ruby! So I have started to master my practice hoop (1/2″ 125psi PE 36″) I am already looking for a smaller hoop! Would down sizing in diameter change the re-activeness of my hoop? Or do I also need to get a lighter weight? What would you recommend?

Mama Ruby October 19, 2017 - 1:08 pm

Hello! 🙂 Downsizing in diameter will definitely make it more of a challenge! But it’s a wonderful challenge. I usually recommend downsizing no more than 2-3″ at a time. So if you are using a 1/2″ PE 36″ I would recommend trying a 34″ 3/4″ HDPE, which will be both a little bit lighter weight as well as smaller.

Mama Ruby October 19, 2017 - 1:09 pm Reply
Jessica May 20, 2018 - 6:59 am

Hi Goldilock hoops!

When purchasing your polypro custom hoops is the Diameter of the hoops to the outer circle or the inner circle of the hoops.


Mama Ruby May 20, 2018 - 5:21 pm

We measure all hoops by outer diameter 🙂 Thank you Jessica!

Rachel April 22, 2020 - 1:44 pm

You are the first website I came across that actually made sense in the crazy, information overload, world of hooping. Thank yoou!!

Mama Ruby April 22, 2020 - 11:00 pm

Aw thank you so much for taking the time to tell me that!! It means the world to me!

Connie Lee September 21, 2020 - 1:00 pm

I would like to order a hoop. I’m 6’0 360lbs do you still make custom hoops. I don’t use the social media platforms So I’m unable to contact you in another way

Mama Ruby September 21, 2020 - 5:21 pm

Hey Connie! Do you know your waist measurement? You can email me at for more help 🙂

Mari December 16, 2020 - 5:08 pm

I am 5’7 in height and about 48 inches in the waist line. I have tried the heavy weight hula hoops that weight over 3 pounds and I am not able to take the pain. I acme across your website and an interested in a purchase. I used to do hula hoop as a kid and well it’s like riding a bike. The hula hoops today are to light or to heavy. I used to have the one in the 80’s and 90’d the pink and white with the marble inside. Best hoops ever. What is inside your hoops and not sure which one I should choose. I like to do tricks but I am in process of losing weight and sometimes the light ones are not all that great. I don’t wantto bruise my ribs and wish to use as a workout tool but yet have some fun. What would you recommend?

Mama Ruby December 16, 2020 - 6:06 pm

Hey!! You’ll love our beginner hoop because it’s heavy enough to do waist hooping but light enough to try some tricks and it won’t cause pain. For your waist size I would recommend about a 48″ hoop, maybe even up to 50″ if you want to be cautious – the bigger the hoop, the easier it will be to learn. Here is the link for the beginner hoops. There is no such thing as a hoop that is too big, because even tiny hoopers use big hoops for a slowly cruisier experience. As you progress into learning tricks you may find that you want a smaller, lighter hoop to use primarily off body so it won’t need to to accommodate your actual body size. When you are ready for that I would recommend a lightweight HDPE hoop in about a 36″ diameter and 3/4″ tubing. Here is the link for those

These hoops don’t have anything inside of them. Their weight comes from the high quality plastic tubing and the grip tape if you choose to add some. I can actually add a rattling sound by adding beads if you would want me to. But it won’t change the weight much especially not on the beginner hoop.

So excited to have you back in the hoop world!


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