Monday, May 21, 2012

Got PolyPro?

Got PolyPro?

In my quest to making hoops, and even my own hooping journey, I have always wondered just which hoop material works the best? 

Your head could begin to spin with all of the different options;
HDPE, PolyPro, psi PE
I couldnt figure out the difference myself, and to be completely honest I thought it was as simple as going to Home Depot to pick up a bunch of black irrigation tubing. Boy was I wrong. For your first hoop, or if you are just wanting a cheap inexpensive way to make yourself a hoop, then the material at a hardware store would be perfect for now to learn on.

As you start to reign in your hoop practice and learning new tricks, this simply wont cut it. 
There are many different websites that offer a wide range of different styles, sizes, weights.
What one works best for you? The answer is not simple, you need to play and see which one you can move the best with your style and body type! 
I'm just here to point you in the right direction for your perfect hoop :)

This chart really nicely displays the dynamics of each plastic used for home made hoops

You can find many of websites that have a preference for each style. 
O.D. = Outer Diameter
I.D. = Inner Diameter
This means that if you have a 1" O.D. then you need a 3/4" I.D. connector (100 psi PE hoop)
The weights you see are really where preference comes from...

PE = 1.4oz
HDPE = 1.0oz
PPE = 0.7oz

The PolyPro tubing is the lightest of the 3 and smallest O.D.
That means these hoops move FAST!

I have been doing some research to try to learn a little more about the materials I am working with, all of the places I have read are in favor of the PolyPro unless you like a little more weight to work with. 
For beginners a heavier hoop is VERY important so you can FEEL the hoop and learn just where on your body the hoop is, but as you get farther in your learning journey you will want a smaller more light weight hoop to help you achieve tricks easier. 

The PolyPro is a naturally clear hoop and super durable and flexible. 
The plastic is ideal for a mild climate and will not be affected by wet or rainy weather 

I think its important to know just what kind of material you are purchasing and if hooping is something you are passionate about then learning a little about the art is always helpful!

I hope this gives you a little glimpse into the world of hoop making and that you have trust that Rage Hoops are very high quality hula hoops made with much care and love. Your best interest is in my heart and I want everyone to have a trusty durable hoop to play with!

A HUGE step for Rage Hoops this weekend as well and I am so thrilled to announce....
Third Eye Shoppe on 40th and Hawthorne are now carrying a select few Rage Hoops
please go check them out and support local products

I am also happy to make them custom for you, so please contact me before they are all gone!

Keep on, Ragin' on
O - May the sacred circle be with you - O

Namaste. Hoop. Love. 


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Etsy Rage

Hello young Grasshoopers

I recently decided to try to expand my options to pass the love of ragin' on to more of the interwebz

I created an Etsy account to see just how much demand there is for RageHoops

This is a new adventure for me and not sure where to start but I guess getting my store opened was a step in the right direction. I have another shipment of supplies on the way and am going to begin HoopMania on Thursday! 

Festival season is about to kick off with Sasquatch during Memorial Day weekend! If you or someone you know is going and want a toy to play with let me know and get your orders in now... I am bringing the Rage Army with me! 

Places I am selling the hoops:
Etsy - RageHoops Store -
Sundays at the Portland Waterfront Park - come play
May 25-28 - Sasquatch Music Festival
June 22-23 - Paradiso Festival
July 27-29 - WTF Festival
ALWAYS by phone or email

dont be shy
I am flexible with price and design



ragggeee lovin'

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cinco de Hoopo


Operation Rage Madness is in full swing

This last Friday night I started to put all of the pieces together to create hoops galore!
There was an explosion of color and tubing all over the living room! 

I have found a way to express my creativity and share with others the way I see the world, brightly colored!

The end resulted in about 10 neon taped sacred circles ready for play

The next day was a rare day in Portland, SUNSHINE! I decided to take the new hoops out for a test hoop
The results were amazing, people of all ages, sizes and skill level wanted to PLAY!

Portland Saturday Market at Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Rage Hoops in action

They were a HIT! Instantly the colors and motions were making kids run over to pick up their favorite color and give it a try! What a beautiful sight that was for me! The hoops I created being enjoyed by many! 

Simone - got herself twin 36" Rage Hoops 
She had been trying to get back into hooping and she picked up one of mine and started playing, she fell in love and had to take some Rage home with her :) thank you so much Simone! I hope you are enjoying your new hoops and may they be good to you and your hooping journey! Lets go play! 

The neon tape shows so well in the sunshine - PERK, they even glow in black light ;)

Berta RAGED a little too hard but Hannah and her friend keep the love going :) 
Thank you everyone that came out to play with us on Sunday! Couldn't have asked for a more beautiful group of people to share the day and sunshine with! I am so excited to get you all Rage Hoops of your own and showing Portland the love of Ragin'

I had to test out two for myself and they are perfect :) Our new front yard is a great size for some playtime and sunbathing! Double hoops are so much fun and definitely a new challenge Im ready to tackle!

Email me if you have a color/size preference maybe even a twin
Give it a try! Whens a better time to start something new then now
Rage away your day and get good exercise and a healthy soul :)
I am starting a new bundle of hoops today and will have more colors soon so stay tuned

Live. Love. Hoop.