Everyone can probably remember the shock they felt when they first were told the price of an LED hoop. We are living in an exciting time when technology is constantly becoming cheaper. However, the work required to put all the parts together is just as hard. If you want a decent LED hoop, then you must be willing to pay for the time and care it takes to make! Still, there are some great LED hoops out there for a decent price. We’ll help you sort the good from the bad.
1.) CITIVA CREATIONZ
Customization: Very High
Shipping Time: 2 weeks
Shipping Time: less than 1 week
The Flux LED Hoop is the newest creation to be born from Proton Labs. You may remember them for the Helix Hoop, which helped pave the way for all smart hoops we have to choose from now. The Flux is basically the new and improved version. It’s sound reactive, motion reactive, has an LED screen, is lighter and even has more memory than the Helix for patterns! Proton Labs boasts, too, that the Flux will operate on all major operating systems and is better built than any other smart hoop on the market. While the $450 price tag is a bit steep, if Proton Labs delivers on all its promises, that price will well be worth it. It is still not the most expensive smart hoop on the market (*cough cough* Phoenix). With special graphic design, Proton Labs has made this the most intense looking smart hoop on the planet. This means patterns will look cleaner and crisper and more “HD” than on any other smart hoop! The Flux is our current choice for BEST LED HOOP available.
The Future Hoop has become one of the most well known smart hoops around and there’s a good reason for that! It is the best smart hoop in terms of durability and customer service reputation. It features a no LED gap, hundreds of patterns to choose from, a remote to control and customize the patterns, and different price options to fit anyone’s budget! The remote is relatively easy to decipher, unlike that of the ZL Hula Hoop. But, Moodhoops still have a tutorial explaining everything you need to know. Plus, this is one of the only smart hoops available in lightweight 5/8″ tubing. Whether you choose the shuffle, remote, or pro version, you are sure to love your Future hoop for years to come.
Don’t be fooled by the seemingly endless supply of social justice hoop warriors, this hoop has very little credibility currently. If you enjoy waiting in long lines and receiving obscure answers from your customer service reps, then the Protoge from Prodigy Hoops is just for you! In a month long campaign on Kickstarter, Prodigy Hoops made almost $100k in revenue. That is unheard of in the hoop community! By selling programmable smart hoops for around half the price of similar hoops, Prodigy Hoops has accomplished what most hoop companies dream of.
But can they handle the massive order load?
That has yet to be determined. Hoops were originally supposed to start shipping in April, but after 9 months (mazel tov!) of excruciating excuses and many, many claims that the hoop was currently shipping, it looks like the hoops are finally about to ship! In fact, Jon claims that they have shipped, but won’t be able to update any tracking information yet. We will keep you posted here to if the hoops actually ever do truly ship and what the customers are saying about it in terms of quality and customer service.
Protoges were also supposed to be available to try at Electric Forest, but money of many different delays kept that promise from coming true. Much like the one of sending hoops out into the community for people to try for free, before buying one.
Information about the hoop: The Protoge currently only comes in 11/16th tubing, but the shop owner has claimed he will make standard tubing sizes availble (and free for all current backers) soon. He also claims that they have motion detection, like Psi Hoops and you can do lots of other stuff too. Frankly, none of it has been proven yet, so writing here seems pointless. I’m still expecting backers to receive packages filled only with shipping peanuts and an inspiration message, thanking them for their everlasting patience.
Our advice? Don’t buy this hoop. It honestly doesn’t look like it quite can stack up to hoops like the Hyperion, Flux, Phoenix, and Futurehoop. Also, we have yet to see how long it will take for hoops to ship, or how durable they will be. And the customer service is most likely going to be abhorrent, after everything we have witnessed from Jon so far.
HOOPREVIEW RATING: 0/5
**Update** 12/12/2016 One hoop has been successfully delivered and looks good! Now the question is how quickly can they ship the rest of the hoops out? Then, will they be able to sustain the high work loads that come with their low price?
**Update** 1/10/2017 Still only one hoop has been shipped. The other backers who claimed to receive tracking numbers do not have hoops. The last update Jon gave his backers claimed hoops would be shipped by New Years, but there is still nothing going out. The backers are becoming more and more restless everyday.
Let the Hyperion Hoop light up your life with its breathtaking patterns and incredible battery life. Though this hoop does contain a noticeable battery gap, it is sure to never let you down at any festival as you can keep it lit as long as you prepare enough batteries ahead of time. It also features the same pattern creating system as the Phoenix, and although not as bright, is a very comparable hoop. The Hyperion is compatible with android systems, has motion sensors, and can even pair up with any other Hyperion so you can perform with your hoop friends with ease! The Hyperion is the perfect choice for any hooper searching for a reliable, affordable, and programmable smart hoop.
The Phoenix is the brainchild of Hoopdaddy, but has been since handed over to the very capable hands of Spin-FX. The updated 2016 version of the Phoenix hoop includes: up to 4 hour battery life, 2 hour quick charge time, brighter LEDS, an upgraded power button, and a new bluetooth system compatible with both IOS & Android! Plus, the Phoenix has a great pattern designer system which allows you to upload any image you want to use as a pattern on the hoop, just like the Hyperion. The main differences between this hoop and the Hyperion is the Phoenix features a gapless design, and has and internal battery. The Hyperion has about an inch gap to allow you to use interchangeable batteries to keep the hoop glowing all night long. But if you are a hooper looking for the brightest hoop with the crispest and most unique patterns, the Phoenix may be the best choice for you!
Astral Hoops has been in the smart hoop game since the very beginning. After years of experimentation and progress, Astral Hoops is now on their 4th edition of one of the most popular hoops of all time: the Atomic Evoke Hoop. With over 160 modes to choose from, a pattern creator, a favourites bank, and hidden modes, this smart hoop is a great option for both amateurs and professionals alike. Though the technology is now lacking in comparison to newer hoops, the Evoke is definitely one of the most trustworthy hoops around. Astral Hoops has always been known for their good customer service and hoop-smith quality. Not to mention these are some of the lightest and most well balanced smart hoops around! And, they even have the option for 5/8″ and colored polypro tubing! Unfortunately, the custom pattern creating software is rather lacking. It clashes with many operating systems and is all around difficult to use. But, if you are looking for an easy to use hoop for LED performances on the go, the Evoke is the perfect smart hoop for you!
Citiva Creationz is one of the longest running and most trusted LED hoop companies around! Based in the Midwest of the USA, Citva provides hoopers with reliable customer service and extremely customizable LED hoops. Chose custom sizes, custom polypro tubing… you can even choose from dozens of different LEDs to create your own perfect and unique hoop. Citiva Creationz even makes sure to make their hoop-smithing process as eco friendly as possible. And make sure to check out their sister shop, Indika Creationz, which provides hoopers with flowy hoop clothing all made from sustainable fabrics! With some of the best quality hoops and customer service around, you can’t go wrong with Citiva Creationz!