Important Polypro Tips and Instructions
Just starting a hooping sesh and it’s a bit chilly where you are? If you’re outside and it’s a cold day, it may be best to hoop indoors where the ambient temperature is higher. Hooping indoors in a chilly room can also have the same effect though! Hooping in cold temperatures increases the chance of the tubing becoming cracked, even from normal hooping moves. Cracked, bent or kinked tubing is not covered by the Warranty.
Avoid strong impacts against hard surfaces or sudden falls, to keep the hoop in the best shape. Polypro tubing is more brittle than the tubing used for many day hoops or LED hoops. Whereas a normal hoop will kink if you bend it, or bounce back when it’s smashed, polypro will crack.
Even without what you may perceive is a low temperature, polypro tubing in general is just more brittle. Many times it’s easily avoidable not to hoop in a cold environment, but sometimes the ability for polypro to crack can really take you by surprise.
Avoid storing your hoop in environments with extreme hot or cold temperatures.
Polypro LED Hoops vs Polypro Day Hoops:
Polypro is great for day hoops because it is lighter by volume than normal HDPE tubing. This gives you a silky-smooth, lightning-fast hoop for practice and performance. For LED hoops however, it has some disadvantages that you should be aware of.
Since LED hoops have batteries and counterweights inside, the lightness of polypro is not as noticeable from an HDPE hoop. Whereas HDPE tubing is flexible and absorbs impacts well, polypro tubing is brittle and prone to cracking on impacts or when extremely flexed. The added weight of LEDs, batteries, and counterweights only increases the chance of cracking.
With polypro LED hoops, certain moves like breaks, reversals, or even regular hooping can cause the tubing to crack. Also, some sort of trauma to the hoop, like a high impact hit or landing on it accidentally when trying to jump through it, is what can result in the hoop tubing becoming cracked.
If you are at all unsure about whether you want your hoop in polypro tubing, HDPE is definitely the better choice! There’s a reason why HDPE tubing is our default for LED hoops, while Polypro is our default for lightweight day hoops 🙂