Whether you are interested in making hula hoops or buying them, figuring out what type of hula hoop tubing you want can be pretty confusing, especially to beginners! There are quite a few types of hula hoop tubing available today, and each kind of tubing generally comes in different sizes.
Here is our easy to understand guide to all the types of tubing used for making hula hoops.
Types of Tubing for Making Hula Hoops
Updated for 2020! To minimize confusion, Ruby Hooping has put together this quick guide for you. This knowledge will help you make your own hula hoop or figure out which type of hula hoop you want to purchase from our shop.
This is the black stuff that you can easily obtain from your local Home Depot or Lowe’s in the plumbing section or on Amazon delivered straight to your door for a pretty good price. Right now at Ruby Hooping, we are using three different variations of PE tubing.
Beginner Hoops: We make all of our beginner hula hoops out of 3/4″ 100 psi PE tubing. 3/4″ is the inner diameter of the tubing itself. The 100 psi is the pressure rating–it describes the thickness of the walls of the tubing, so the higher the rating, the heavier it is. 100 psi is an excellent weight for beginners.
Exercise Hoops: We also use 3/4″ PE tubing for our exercise hoops, but we use 160psi which is a bit heavier than the 100psi we use for the beginner hoops. We also use a wider 1″ cloth grip tape on them for a little extra weight. This is to specifically meet the demand of our customers who want a particularly heavy hoop to exercise with! It should be noted that all hula hooping is good exercise, whether you decide to go with a weighted hoop or not.
Child Hoops: For these, we use a skinnier PE tubing. It has a 1/2″ inner diameter, which equates to about the size of your thumb. This is a nice medium weight for child hoops as well as intermediate hoopers who want a lighter weight hoop than the 3/4″ inner diameter PE, but don’t feel ready to use the lightweight HDPE tubing, which we’ll tell you about next.
High Density Polyethelene (HDPE)
At Ruby Hooping we absolutely love using HDPE tubing for making hula hoops for advanced hoopers. These hoops also work great for children, especially small children since they are so lightweight. This tubing comes in a wide variety of vibrant colors and is the lightest tubing we use for making hula hoops It is also very durable, and responsive to your body, making it perfect for hula hoop dance and tricks.
All of our HDPE tubing is either 3/4″ outer diameter or the skinnier, even lighter 5/8″ OD. HDPE is measured by outer diameter while PE is measured by inner diameter. That means that the 3/4″ HDPE is actually skinnier than the 3/4″ PE. Here is a comparison:
We also use HDPE in the natural (translucent) white color for our LED hoops which you can see and purchase here!
Update: We now offer 7/8″ HDPE, which is about the same thickness as the 3/4″ PE! It’s lighter than PE but heavier than 3/4″ HDPE, making it a great choice for intermediate hoopers.
This is a popular type of hula hoop tubing that we think is very similar to HDPE. There are some subtle differences in the feel of the material while hooping.
Polypro is a little bouncier, reacts a little faster, feels a little bit softer. It’s also less durable, more susceptible to damage by extreme temperatures and the sun, and cracks easier during use.
Polypro is preferred by some hoopers because of it’s whippy feel! Ruby Hooping does offer a limited supply of polypro hula hoops to satisfy our loyal customers who swear by this material! You can get a great deal on a polypro right now by clicking here.
We hope this helped you gain a broader understanding of the various types of tubing used for making hula hoops! Now that you are armed with this knowledge, take a stroll through our Hoop Shop!
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