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Exciting Hoop-rizons: Looking Ahead to 2012!

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

by Sean Stogner

Isn’t it funny how the fresh start and new beginnings a new year brings inevitably bring up quite a bit of nostalgia about the previous year? Well, now that we’ve got all that awesome nostalgia out of our system, let’s start taking a look ahead to what will be, what might be, and what we’re wishing for in the year to come. Will 2012 mean hooping of epic proportions, what new developments will take place in the realm of hoop construction, and (most anticipated) will the sky be falling anytime soon?

Firstly, we look back in order to prepare ourselves for the onslaught of the incredible achievements about to take place. So what exactly gets our gears grinding and get us thinking about the possibilities for the new year?

POI CLOCK! Oh yeah! Yuta has created this great little clock/widget which plays a 5 second video every 5 seconds. And the best part is, it’s all poi! Check it out:

What’s exciting is the notion that someone could easily make a hoop clock version. And what better clock could there be, either at the workplace, or at home? Also his World Poi Clock is interactive, with users submitting the videos that will populate the clock. Exciting stuff indeed.

Another piece of awesomeness that might be coming this year is the integration of Google+ into the hooping community at large. I mean Philo of already got us kicked off in style with his New Year hoop jam Hangout. Of course G+ has a long way to go in terms of its user base, but think of the possibilites…Video interactions are a breeze, hoop ideas move from the text based forum to the real time video interface age. And meeting up with your hoop idols becomes something you can do on a Thursday afternoon coffee break! In all honesty, Google+ is a better social network platform than facebook in terms of user experience, with the one issue right now being the number of users experiencing it. Hopefully, that can change in 2012. And, if you find your way to G+, how’s about adding us to your circles, eh? Troo Hoops on Google+

And Thom Thumb is dedicating himself to a full year of videos with his concept: Flow 365! It’s both a meditation and an exercise in self-discipline as Thom attempts to capture his experiences each day with a video.

But what else is really on the horizon for this calendar year? Well those innovations are up to you guys! Let us know what your hoop dreams, goals, and ideas are for the year. It can be simple, or you can reach for the stars. Either post it to our Facebook Page, or tweet us: @troohoops #Hoop2012. Here are a few goals that have come our way:

  • Start teaching
  • Dedicated focus on mini hoops
  • Off body hooping
  • Leg hooping
  • Just getting off our butt and hooping, no matter what we’re practicing!

All awesome resolutions, and certainly something achievable. And if you’re struggling to stay focused with your resolutions, check out this article on GyroPulse, and inspired by Thom Thumb called “Structured Play”. There are some awesome tips for staying focused and making your practice more productive. Good luck everyone, and have a hoopy 2012!

Mini Hoops: Making a Little Circle Just So

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

We’ve been fussing with our mini hoops for the last 6-8 months. Brian (Troo Hoops founder and certified tinkerer/inventor) ordered over 10 tubing materials to find the best bounciest, spinniest hoop we can make. We taped and taped hoops with different width tapes and styles for the smoothest and most professional hoop.

Polypro is in demand from the hooping community right now, so it was on the top of our list. After finding pros and cons to polypropylene material we decided to offer both HDPE and polypro. Polypro requires less effort to spin, and feels lighter and bouncier while the HDPE responds in a more predictable way. If you’re used to HDPE or PE we suggest continuing to use HDPE.

To choose a size that’s right for you first consider that larger hoops move more slowly than smaller. If 20 inch hoops are the standard size then 17 inch will offer a faster spin, and 24 a slower. There is a neat trick to find the right mini hoop for poi moves. Measure your arm from wrist to pit and round up for your mini size. Not sure what you’re going to do with your mini hoops? Just get go with the standard, 20 inches.

Want to order minis in a size not listed? Give us a call and we can help you place a special order. We also can offer collapsible mini hoops for those who just must have everything break down into neat pieces. We like collapsible everything too, but in the end decided that the majority would find mini hoops to be small enough already.

Once the material, size, and tape were determined off to the photo and wed departments went the hoops. At Troo Hoops we are proud of our online decorator, because it offers hoopers thousands of varieties of hoop. Hoopers can pick their own colors and size for a totally unique hoop.

Let us know what you think of our Mini Hoops! Come into our New York City location and try them out. Your comments and advice make us stronger: or 1-877-371-7070