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Hoop Sizing Guide
Hoops aren’t like shoes, where you’ll stay with just one size, give or take a little. Style and skill play largely into which hoops you select for your dance, performance, or practice mood 🙂
Sometimes an extra large hoop is desired for some meditative sustained spinning, or to practice a difficult move with a heavier hoop that allows you to feel exactly where your body is making contact.
Other times a super tiny hoop is desired so you can work on complex isolations and body rolls. Then there are the sizes the range in between the largest and smallest hoops that offer versatility on both ends of the skill and use spectrum.
We offer some suggestions on how to size based on skill level, but you should experiment with lots of hoops, big and small, to find the ways you like to flow 🙂
Check out our Hooping Tutorials page to see the variety of flow styles you can find from other hoopers!
Do you know of an excellent hooping tutorial you’d like to share? Submit a tutorial to be posted!
Hoop Sizes and Tubing Width
Moodhoops are measured by the outer diameter (OD). This is the distance across the widest part of the hoop, including the width of the tubing.
Moodhoops are offered in a full range of sizes and tubing options, and we’re happy to make custom sizes by request. Our standard hoops are 3/4″ HDPE tubing, but we also have ultra-thin and ultra-light 5/8″ OD ‘featherweight’ hoops for high-speed tricks, isolations, and a whip-like flow between on-body and off-body moves.
If you’re just starting out on your hoop journey we have both LED hoops in beginner sizes and taped Beginner Hoops that break down into segments. Hoops sized in the 38″ to 42″ come standard in thicker 7/8″ OD tubing, and we can also make 38″ hoops in 7/8″ by special request 🙂
Each hoop tubing uses a different size battery, so it’s important to make sure you’re selecting the right size battery for your hoop.
LED Moodhoops use only one battery at a time, but we definitely recommend getting additional batteries so you can glow all night long 🙂 Moodhoops use specialty lithium-ion batteries that need extra care and caution.
Check out our Battery Safety and Care information page, it’s chock full of important information about proper use of these specialty batteries.
If you are an absolute hoop beginner (welcome!), or like to dance slowly, you may want to start with our (large) 38 inch or (extra large) 42 inch hoop size.
The extra room inside of a larger hoop lets you move a little slower as the hoop is spinning around you, giving you more time to feel where the hoop is making contact on your body.
The slower movement from a larger hoop also gives more time to react to where the hoop is while executing a move or trick.
Large hoops are great for beginners and for practicing new moves, especially on-body moves, as large hoops spin around your body slower.
Taped Beginner hoops come in a lovely, hand-picked variety of our favorite tapes, and also can be easily customized! If there’s a decorative tape we have in our Hoop Tape section of the store, we can tape a custom Beginner hoop for you 😀
Once you have mastered the basics of waist hooping or another trick, it’s common to want to size down from there so you can practice the same moves with a smaller, lighter hoop.
Larger hoops also tend to weigh more than smaller hoops and the extra weight gives the hoop more momentum as it travels around you, which is another element helps your hoop to stay up.
Larger, heavier hoops are also wonderful for exercise, as the added weight of the hoop engages your core during waist hooping. Waist hooping can be quite meditative with a slower hoop, allowing you to relax into a routine and enjoy simpler moves while focusing on strengthening your core and keeping the hoop in place.
Our Beginner hoops come in 39 inch and 42 inch sizes. The beginner hoops not only come in a variety of beautiful customs tapes, but they also break down into smaller segments, allowing you to travel easier with them in this smaller form.
Trying to make your own? Check out our How To Guide.
Smaller and lighter hoops
Once you’ve been hooping a while and have started to work up skill, or if you like to dance fast, you may want a (medium) 36 inch hoop or smaller. The smaller 36 inch hoop lends itself to a more varied mixture of on body and off body hooping. The 3/4″ thick tubing holds up well to breaks and reversals, while still being light enough to keep from getting fatigued too quickly.
Once you’ve logged lots of hooping hours, you’ll start to notice hooping with a bigger hoop becomes more difficult as you try to quickly transition from one trick to another.
Smaller hoops ranged 33 inches and below may not ideal for sustained spinning for a beginner but are perfect for transitioning back and forth from core hooping and off-body hoop dancing, which is a key component in saving strength during long dance sessions. Hoops sized 33 inches and below come in both ultra-thin 5/8″ featherweight tubing and in 3/4″ tubing allowing you to fine tune your hoop’s specs to your hooping style as it evolves.
Minis come in sizes ranging from 18″ to 23″ and are generally dual-wielded and used to do weaves and other poi-style or fan-style moves. You can also perform lots of sophisticated isolations with one or two minis.
Check out our Tutorials page for some great Multiple Hooping tutorial videos to help you progress with minis and double hooping!
Fire Hoop Sizing
Since the Fire Wicks are removable you can choose any hoop diameter to add to your current hoop collection.
If this hoop will be mainly for fire hooping, it’s good to select a hoop size that is closest to (but maybe a little smaller than) the size of the hoop that you’re most comfortable with.
Fire Wicks will add about 5 inches to each end past the tubing, for a total of 10 inches added to the clearance of your hoop. Your regular sized hoop or a hoop sized slightly smaller is a good option for choosing a Fire Hoop size.
Hoop tubing with no grip added (like sandpaper, grip tape, or hoop wax) is very slick and can be difficult to keep up, even for an experienced hooper. Don’t be discouraged though! Adding grip along the inner ring of the hoop is the first place to start, but you can also add grip to the outside of your hoop to get a fuller contact.
Our LED hoops with a layer of Hoop Wax added for good grip. Hoop Wax is a transparent and lightweight solution to excellent hoop grip. Add an extra Hoop Wax heart to your cart so you can keep reapplying.
Hoop wax is an inexpensive way to get a clear film of grip on your hoop tubing. Reapply the grip wax as needed, or scrape it off to apply a different grip method. The more wax applied to your hoop the better it sticks! This stuff is really amazing!
3M grip tape is a clear silicone tape that helps your hoop keep contact with any surface. We offer this tape in different length increments at $0.75 a foot. You can get rolls of the 1/3″ grip tape in 10 ft, 15 ft, and 30 ft lengths! 10 feet of tape is just enough to do the inner ring for hoops 38″ and smaller.
We also offer 1/2″ and 1″ grip tape (gaffer tape) in a rainbow of colors! This tape makes a great color accent, whether used on the inner ring of an LED hoop, or twirled around the hoop tubing.
Sandpaper is another effective and inexpensive way to add grip to your hoop. Using 100 grit or 80 grit sandpaper along the inner ring, or even all around the hoop tubing, add grooves into the hoop, which gives more surface area and texture for your hands, clothes, and body to make contact with.
It’s important to note that, once your tubing is sanded, grip tapes may not stick as well to just the inner ring of the tubing. Grip tape may instead need to be wrapped around the length of the hoop in a large spiral so there’s plenty of surface area for the tape to adhere to.
Please contact us if you have any questions, we are always happy to help!