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  • I'm new to hooping. What kind of hoop should I get?
    Answer these questions here or check out our Hoops 101 page!
  • I just got my hoop! Now what?
    For shipping purposes, your hoop has been coiled down (unless they’re minis!). First, carefully remove the tape securing the hoop. Now lay the hoop down on a flat surface and allow it to naturally uncoil and round out for a few hours (maybe even a day). After that, simply connect it by pushing down on the metal button and joining the ends of the hoop together. If it’s still not completely circular after this point, either give it a little more time disconnected or play around with it for a bit (on a soft surface of course so you don't scratch it up!). If you need any assistance or have questions, please contact us!
  • How are hoops measured?
    We measure the outer diameter in inches. Check out our Hoops 101 page for more information!
  • What is protective tape & do I really need it?
    Protective tape is a clear layer of tape that goes over your decorative tape. It helps protect your hoop from normal wear and tear & prevents scratches, scuffs, and tape unraveling. Protective tape definitely helps your hoop live a longer life, especially if you hoop on concrete, brick, or any other hard rough surface. I recommend it if you want your hoop to stay pretty for longer! (Definitely a yes for performance hoops!)
  • What's the best way to store my hoop?
    The best way to store your hoops is flat on an even surface at room temperature. Try not to hang your hoop up form 1 point (like a hook) for too long... that pressure point with the help of gravity pulls the hoop down, thus stretching and pulling it into a teardrop shape. Try not to keep your hoop coiled down for too long... it’ll start to get comfortable that way and expanding it back into it’s normal, circular shape can be difficult. Be aware of warm environments, like your car. Heat allows the tubing to become malleable and flexible, so it may start to take on whatever funky form it’s positioned in.
  • What can I do about scratched/scuffed tape or tape that is starting to peel off/unravel?
    Unfortunately there's nothing you can do about scratched/scuffed tape. The best thing to do is take preventive measures, like hooping in the grass or on carpet rather than on concrete. Adding protective tape also makes quite the difference! For peeling/unraveling tape, a cheap and convenient solution is to use clear packing tape or scotch tape to cover the ends of where the tape is coming up. You could also wrap the ends of the loose tape with gaffer tape.
  • What if my hoop is warped?
    Deformed hoops… a very common problem among all hoopers and luckily, there are some ways to fix this. However, the best way to avoid this problem is to take preventative measures. 1) Disconnect your hoop and lay it out on a warm, flat surface… like a driveway or somewhere out in the sunlight. If it’s cold out, you can place it near your fireplace or space heater. Hairdryers may work too. After the tubing warms up, slowly bend the plastic back into it’s proper form. If it’s laying flat, physics should do the work for you. This method also works if your hoop is warped like an uncooked pizza (doesn't lay flat on the ground). You can also add something heavy like a few books to help flatten it out! 2) Sometimes, your hoop just needs a little bit of time to get bent back into shape. Do some waist/knee hooping, or some breaks and paddles. This is particularly useful after your hoop has been coiled down for a while. 3) Unfortunately, some hoops are just straight up rebels no matter what you do... and sometimes you just have to blame it on the tubing or the stress put on a connector overtime. Extremely flat or sharp angled connections can usually be fixed with a new connector. (We do free repairs on Hoop Junky hoops that may face this issue, however the customer must pay for shipping both ways.)
  • Can I change the address on my order?
    If I haven't already shipped your order, then yes, we can fix your address! If I have already shipped it, you may need to contact the shipping carrier to redirect the shipment to the correct address or to a pick-up location.
  • Can I change the color or size of the hoop on my order?
    We may be able to make changes depending on the size/color change and how far along I am on your order. (If you can't decide on a size, go for the larger one! We can easily cut down hoops to a smaller diameter... but we cannot make hoops bigger without starting over.)
  • Can I order half sizes and/or diameters measured in "ID"?"
    Yes! Just specify what particular size or measurement you want in the comment section during checkout.
  • What kind of payment is accepted?
    We use Wix Payments as our payment processor on this website, so we accept all major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. We also accept PayPal, Venmo & CashApp! (If you'd prefer to use Venmo or CashApp, please contact us and we will gladly make arrangements for payment on the app.) We now also accept AfterPay!
  • Can I cancel an order?
    You may cancel an order within 24 hours of it being placed. Any cancellation after that will be subjected to a 10% restocking fee of the total order including shipping fees. Readymade hoops, sale hoops, and bulk orders cannot be canceled.
  • How long does it take for my order to ship?
    You can find our current build time for custom, made-to-order hoops at the bottom of this page. This does not include transit times. Our build time is subject to change depending on order volume and supply & demand. *Please wait at least 10 days before contacting us about your current order status, as this slows down processing times for everyone. Transit times vary by shipping carrier and location, but usually take 2-4 business days (Monday through Friday, not including holidays) for domestic orders. Transit times for international orders also depend on shipping carrier and location and vary anywhere from 4 business days to 3 weeks. (Please contact us if you have any questions or would like a more accurate transit time.)
  • Do you ship internationally?
    Of course! Because shipping fees can vary depending on package size/weight and location, feel free to email us if you want a more accurate shipping cost or transit time.
  • Is shipping free for locals?
    Yes! If you are in the Chattanooga area, you are welcomed to come pick your order up at our shop. During checkout, select Local Pick-Up and the shipping cost will be eliminated. Once your order is ready for pickup, you will receive an email with further instructions and contact information. Please note that any products remaining after 30 days will become company property for resale and no refunds will be considered unless previous arrangements were already discussed.
  • How are hoops shipped?
    To comply with shipping carrier size requirements and to keep costs down, hoops are usually coiled down and secured with either tape or a hoop extender. All hoops are padded with bubble wrap and are packaged in either weatherproof poly mailers with protective cardboard slips or in a box depending on the hoop's size and ability to coil down. Larger hoops, bulk orders, and international orders are shipped in boxes unless otherwise requested. All orders include a tracking number and are insured.
  • What if my hoop was damaged during transit?
    If your hoop has been damaged during transit, please send us a couple of photos of the damaged product along with the packaging as soon as possible. Because these things unfortunately happen from time to time, we make sure to insure every package that leaves our shop.
  • My tracking number hasn't updated... what do I do?
    Please allow at least 24-48 hours for your tracking number to update. Even then, sometimes the shipping carriers make mistakes (especially since the pandemic) and tracking numbers can occasionally take up to a week to update. I try my best to keep up with orders in transit but unfortunately I cannot check the tracking number of every order every day. If the tracking has not updated in a week or if any other issues arise, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please keep in mind that once the package leaves our shop, we no longer have control or responsibility over what happens to it during transit, including delays... but I will do everything I can to hep the situation.
  • The tracking says my order was delivered, but I never got it?"
    We provide insurance for all of our packages, but unfortunately this does not cover misdelivery or package theft. If your order is marked as "delivered" but you never received it, please reach out to your local post office or UPS store to fill out a missing mail search or missing package claim. You can do this in-person or online. Be sure to check your property around the sides, at other entranceways, in garages, around bushes, and behind objects as sometimes delivery drivers will leave packages in unfamiliar spots or unusual places to conceal them from the public or because that person has not delivered to your residence before. Also if you are comfortable doing so, reach out to your neighbors as sometimes packages are misdelivered to the wrong house next door or perhaps your neighbor is holding onto it for you. If the post office or UPS is unable to help and you suspect package theft, you'll need to file a police report. Once you provide us with either a copy of the missing package claim along with any subsequent updates or a certified copy of the police report of package theft, we will replace your order for no additional cost.
  • Can I return a hoop or get a refund?
    Returns and refunds are generally decided on a case by case basis. All returns will be subjected to a 10% restocking and labor fee of the total order including shipping fees. All returns must be requested within 48 hours of delivery with photo evidence of the product and packaging. All accepted returns must be shipped back within 7 days of the date of delivery. Any shipping costs related to the returned item(s) are the responsibility of the buyer and will not be paid or covered for by Hoop Junky. Item(s) must be returned in their original condition: [1] If the item(s) received have noticeable damage and/or any signs of suspected use, a 30% restocking fee of the total order including shipping fees will be deducted from the refund. [2] If the item(s) is damaged during transit due to failure to follow shipping instructions and guidelines, no refund or replacement will be issued to the buyer. Once the item(s) has been returned to the shop and inspected, a refund for the amount paid for the item(s) will be issued. The original shipping fee paid by the buyer will not be refunded. Readymade hoops, limited edition items, items on sale, and bulk orders are final sale and cannot be returned or refunded. ​
  • Shop Policies
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Hoops come in many sizes, weights, and materials. To find your perfect hoop, knowing what you want to get out of hooping is important!
Here are a few of the most common styles of hooping along with the recommended sizing:

Hoop Dance

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( photo: @dizzyflowfairy )

Used for on and off body dance and tricks. Hoops sizes vary depending on preference!

 

Tubing Material: PE, Polypro or HDPE

Tubing width: 5/8", 11/16" or 3/4"

Diameter: varies from around 25"-36"

 

Sizing: Very dependent upon personal preference. I consider anything 31"-35" as the 'safe zone'. Weight, height, physical ability and end goals are big deciding factors here! If you intend on doing a lot of on-body moves, consider a thicker/heavier tubing like 3/4" PE or HDPE. If you want to do contact rolls, consider a lighter but thicker tubing with more surface area like 3/4" poly or HDPE. If you want something easier on your wrists, consider 5/8" poly or HDPE.

Hoop Juggling

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( photo: @liljuggle )

Juggling with 2 or more hoops. Hoops range in thickness and diameter.

 

Tubing material: Polypro or HDPE

Tubing width: 5/8", 11/16", or 3/4"

Diameter: generally ranging from 18"-28"

Sizing: Juggling hoops can vary in size. 11/16" polypro has been a popular pick lately because they are thin (easier to hold multiple hoops in 1 hand) and heavy (easier to control tosses, especially on windy days!) Big hoops have a shorter flight time (not in the air as long) but small hoops can be harder to catch/control.

Fire Hooping

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( photo: @sarakathryn93 )

Fire hoops can have wicks on the outside (generally 2-6) or wicks on the inside (generally 1-3; also known as an iso fire hoop) Hoops range in thickness and diameter.

 

Tubing material: Polypro or HDPE

Tubing width: 5/8", 11/16" or 3/4"

Diameter: ranges anywhere from 20"-36"

Sizing: Adding wicks to any hoop is ultimately going to increase the hoop's diameter and weight. It is often encouraged to get a diameter a couple of inches smaller than your regular hoop to account for the length of the wick's spine.

Trick/Featherweight

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( photo: @techswan )

Used for on and off body tricks and tech. Hoops are generally thin, light and bouncy.

 

Tubing Material: Polypro

Tubing width: 1/2", 5/8", 11/16" or 3/4"

Diameter: usually 33" and smaller

Sizing: Very dependent upon personal preference. Weight, height, physical ability and end goals are big deciding factors here! If you intend on doing a lot of on-body moves, consider a thicker/heavier tubing like 3/4". If you want to do contact rolls, consider a thicker tubing with more surface area like 3/4". If you want to execute tricks super fast, consider 1/2" or 5/8".

Circus Style

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( photo: @messsmerizing )

Used for on-body hooping with multiple hoops. Hoops are generally thick and bigger in diameter.

 

Tubing material: Polypro or HDPE

Tubing width: 11/16", 3/4" or 7/8"

Diameter: ranging from 32"-36"

Sizing: Whatever size you can easily waist hoop with is generally a good size for multiple on-body hooping, maybe an inch or 2 bigger. The thicker the tubing, the more surface area for contact with your body. The heavier the hoop, the easier it is to keep it up!

Hoop Yoga

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( photo: Jessica W )

Combines hula hoop stretches with a with a series of Yoga-like stretches. Hoops range in size and weight.

 

Tubing material: Polypro or HDPE

Tubing width: 11/16" or 3/4"

Diameter: generally ranging from 32" to 36"
 

Sizing: Hoops for yoga vary in size depending on what types of stretches will be performed and how flexible the person is. You generally want a hoop that is easy to waist hoop with. If you raise the hoop above your head and then drop it down behind you, your shoulders should rotate backward at the same time without any pain or struggle. Bigger hoops are usually used at first and decrease in diameter as flexibility increases over time. 

 

Fitness Hooping

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( photo: @jmehaze )

Used for core, cardio & toning exercises. Hoops are generally thick, heavy and 'slow'.

Tubing material: PE
Tubing width: 3/4", 7/8" or 1"
Diameter: ranging from 35"-45" OD

 

Sizing: For your diameter, the general rule of thumb is to measure the height from the floor up to your belly button. Heavier/thicker tubing is often suggested because 1) it helps you maintain momentum and 2) the larger the surface area, the more contact it makes with your body. If you want more of a challenge, try a smaller diameter and a thinner tubing!

Hoop Tech/Manipulation

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( photo: @mikeythrowsshapes )

Using 2 or more hoops for tricks that involve technical patterns and manipulations. Mini hoops (24" or smaller) are often used but bigger hoops can also be used.

 

Tubing material: Polypro or HDPE

Tubing width: 5/8", 11/16" or 3/4"

Diameter: ranging from 18" to 30"

Sizing: The smaller/thinner the hoop, the harder to control. The thicker/bigger the hoop, the harder to fully execute patterns. Heavier hoops may also be harder on your wrists. If you want to do triple or quad tech, a thinner tubing like 5/8" makes it easier to hold 2 hoops in 1 hand. If you want to do more contact rolls, consider a wider tubing like 3/4" for more surface area. Every size has its advantages and disadvantages. You probably won't know what you like until you try!If you want super small (aka 'micro' minis) and want to be able to do buzzsaws/other tricks inside the area within your wrist and chest (if your arms are straight out in front of you), measure the distance from your wrist to your shoulder. Thinner tubings like 1/2" and 5/8" work best for micros.'Average' mini sizes range from 20"-24". They're small enough to do patterns in front of you but big enough to maintain momentum.

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