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Your New Hoop
You are probably reading this because you just bought a brand new hula hoop! Hooray! We are so excited to make a special, custom creation just for you. Build time is approximately 3-5 business days for bare hoops, and 5-10 business days for taped hoops. We ask for your patience throughout this process. Hiptronic Arts is a small team that is always working to fill orders as quickly as possible, and since most of our items are made to order, it takes ample time and focus to make sure we get everything just right. Once your order is packaged and on it's way, a shipping notification will be sent directly to you via email. While you are waiting, please read all of the information below on caring for your new, circular friend...
Working Out The Wonk
Shipping can be very stressful on your hoop. It has to be coiled up in a cramped little package for days and hauled over thousands of miles; who knows what it had to go through just to get to you! We put a lot of effort into making each hoop a perfectlyround before they leave our workshop, but sometimes that can be undone during shipping. The very first step to caring for your new hoop, is to take it out of the package, uncoil it and let it relax in a warm place for 24hrs.
At first you may notice that your hula hoop is not completely round. Don't worry, that can be fixed quite easily! You may see a little bit of straight-ness around the connection point, which is normal for hoops with polycarbonate connectors. Although the polycarbonate connector may seem a little bit funny now, in the long run it will help your hoop keep from becoming tear-dropped! Give the tubing and the connector a little bit time to get use to each other, talk it out, and come to a compromise on how to make a perfect, circular hoop. And here's a little trick: try hanging the hoop in your closet from it's flattest spot, using the force of gravity to naturally pull it down over the course of a day or so, which may help speed up the process.
If your hoop needs additional help to become more circular, you can start to coax it back into shape by laying it out in the sun for a couple of hours, or blow drying it to warm it up and relax the tubing. Once it is warm, do some fast knee or waist hooping to mold it into shape. PE and HDPE tubing hoops can be easily molded and shaped by hand. Polypros, however, are a bit more stubborn.
It is important to be very cautious when exposing your hula hoop to extreme variations in temperature. Polypro hoops are susceptible to cracking in cold weather conditions, be careful using them outside in the winter months. You even want to give your polypro hoop some time to acclimate to room temperature before it is un-packaged. (Cold temperatures do not affect the PE or HDPE hoops.) No matter what type of tubing your hoop is made of, be wary of overly hot temperatures. DO NOT leave it closed up in a car during the summer, ESPECIALLY in the collapsed position. This will literally melt and kink your hula hoop!
Deco Taped Hoops
Each of our specialty, deco taped hula hoops come with an extra touch of clear protective tape around the seams to keep it from lifting up and peeling off! However, if clear tape itself is starting to peel up, simply cut off the part that has lifted. Do not take off the clear tape completely! Think of it like a loose thread in your clothing; occasionally a thread will go astray, but it is not detrimental to the integrity of the clothing as long as you handle it properly.
Instructional Videos: How to Collapse Your Hula Hoop