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POLYPRO vs HDPE hoop: What should I get?


HDPE

MATERIAL: HDPE is a type of plastic known for its durability and flexibility. It is a common material for hula hoops due to its combination of strength and flexibility. 

WEIGHT: HDPE hula hoops tend to be heavier compared to polypro hula hoops. The added weight can make them easier to control for beginners or when practicing on-body hooping.

FLEXIBILITY: HDPE hoops have some flexibility, making them suitable for on-body hooping and for beginners who might benefit from the added “give” in the material.

DURABILITY: HDPE is known for its durability and can withstand rough handling and collisions better than polypro. This makes it a good choice for outdoor use and for beginners who may drop the hoop frequently. It can withstand lower temperatures (less likely to crack on the cold). Even so, it does not work well in the heat because it gets too wobbly and flexible. 

PERFOMRANCE: HDPE hula hoops are better for learning the basics of hula hooping and for practicing foundational on-body hooping techniques.

What is HDPE used for?

  • Slow On-body flow practice such as hooping on your waist/chest/ foot/elbow/leg hooping…
  • Basic hula hoop learning


POLYPROPYLENE (Polipro)

MATERIAL: Polypropylene is another type of plastic, which is known for its lightweight and rigid properties. It’s often used for hula hoops designed for advanced hoopers.

WEIGHT: Polypro hula hoops are significantly lighter, making them popular among experienced hoopers who prefer faster and more responsive tricks.

FLEXIBILITY: Polypro hoops are more rigid, which can make them less forgiving for on-body hooping but more responsive for off-body tricks and isolations.

DURABILITY: Polypro hoops are less durable and can crack or shatter on impact. They are better suited for indoor or performance use where durability is less of a concern. It is very sensitive to low temperatures and it will easily crack or shutter on the cold or when switching from one cold area to a hot area.

PERFOMRANCE: Polypro hula hoops are favored by advanced hoopers who are looking to perform intricate tricks and off-body moves with greater speed and precision.

What is polypro used for?

  • Hand/palm/nose hooping
  • Speedy flow
  • Tricks like breaks, wedgies (with impact)
  • Most off-body tricks.
    (you can also on-body hoop with polypro)

In summary, the choice between HDPE vs polypro hoops depends on your skill level, intended use, and personal preferences. Beginners may find HDPE hoops easier to work with, while experienced hoopers often prefer the responsiveness and speed of polypro hoops for advanced tricks and performances. THIS DOESN’T MAKE POLYPRO UNABLE FOR BEGINNERS, moreover if you intend to learn tricks, polypro might result easier for you to learn with.

Ultimately, there is no one-material-fits-all answer to whether polypro or HDPE hoops are better because it depends on an individual hooper’s goals and preferences. Some hoopers even use a combination of both types of hoops to diversify their practice. It’s common for hoopers to experiment with different materials and sizes to find what works best for their unique style and skill.

At the moment, Flow Hoops Bcn only offers high quality polypro made hula hoops as this has become the most popular material during the last few years and can mostly fits all styles. If you would like us to offer HDPE or other flow arts toys, please write an email to us and you will help us grow 🙂