So I have had the psiko hoop since about may 4 and it has been an amazing hoop so far. I love the way it is with its completely different controls than a normal remote smart hoop. It does take a little getting used to and practice to get good with it, but once you start getting it it is amazing!! The battery life is great. I have heard some people not so fond of the bulge at the connection but it doesn’t bother me at all I don’t even notice it while hooping if anything it helps to find the button when needing to orientate it. When I first started playing with the hoop I was a little worried about going too hard with it. I felt like maybe I could break it but come to find out this hoop has proven me wrong in many ways I started lightly doing brakes, paddles, escalators, wedgies and pinches and slowly escalated how rough I was with it and I was very surprised how its handled how hard I go and sometimes for hours at a time. I also am somewhat of a beginner so there have been accidental tosses and drops and all that lol and its held up great!! don’t be afraid to go hard and give it your all 🙂 Another reason why I like the connection is I think it would be very difficult for this type of connection to ever come undone while doing any kind of hoop moves. I would definitely recommend this hoop to others I am very happy 🙂 kerri
august 2015 had hoop for one month
love the hoop
it is easy to manage
the instructions are great
i read the booklet and see videos
i have to see them a couple of times to really get it
but i am getting to know the hoop really well
haven’t got any trouble yet 🙂
i am really enjoying it
and really impressed by it
it is so beautiful
thursday night at a pool party for 40+ i got so many compliments…
i said thanks a lot, it is me and this awesome hoop.
Emily-Rose May 13 2015: I just unpacked my hoop, and much, much squealing ensued.
I Cannot. Get. Over. The ingenuity and elegance of the design – I am more impressed than I could possibly express. I can’t even begin to fathom how you’ve managed to get the hoop to be so accutely sensitive to position, and in so many different permutations at that. I’ve got up to page 3, and am just flabberghasted at how much potential I’ve already unlocked when there’s still so, so much to go. I loved your comment that the hoops in the Kix quiver “get quite psiko” !! Made me laugh.
A more subtle aspect of brilliance is the nested taxonomy you’ve assigned to the hoop functions – it’s the kind of nerdy systematic organisation that makes me drool.
In terms of how the hoop feels, I am over the moon. I absolutely *adore* the texture of the gold PP – don’t think I’ll be sanding it. And I am astonished by how light and evenly-weighted it feels. It is a joy to spin, lights or no lights. I am also completely in love with the on button, and how you’ve managed to hide the charging port inside the connector. One stroke of excellence out of a multitude.
GOOD DESIGN!!!!!! I love good design.
Really, really, really clever design. It is everything I had hoped for and so, so much more…and I haven’t even scratched the surface yet.
I give it infinity out of ten, and that’s only after having played for 45 minutes, in a room that cannot be darkened on account of flimsy curtains.
YOU ARE PSIKOTICALLY MARVELLOUS!
Lamb lindsay…..16 May 2015: I just got the usps and screamed excitement! I will be making a video that I will send to you after I get the hang of it. No problem I totally understand I am so ready to play! And thank you for the quick shipping! ….
(later same day) You have really out done yourself. This is so rad! The weight is perfect. The possibilities are endless. It is so smooth. The technology is just crazy! Thank you thank you! I will be posting lots of stuff!
I tell you what. Your hoops were the first I ever bought. I then performed the first year with electric forest hoop troupe and atomic came out. I wasn’t impressed. I saw my idol hoopers and myself use the hoop and had seen so many glitches. Last year I was gifted an atomic and the tubing was warped instantly. Flimsy. Nothing like my ol psi’. I just couldn’t get into it and ended up never using it.
i met you at hoop convergence some years ago and I wanted to ask what’s next?! I have waited for so long for you to make some sort of magic and when I saw that you made it I was extatic. I dreamt about the hoop and the next morning I bid! And now she’s here! I sound like a nut for this circle hahah but I guess I am. Thank you again merlin psi for life!
Light and love
Michelle Nayeli had this to say on April 27 2015 after having her hoop for a week or so:
I was aware this hoop was being birthed, and wow is it worth the wait!
Danielle has had this psikohoop for about 6 weeks, with the idea of reviewing it and sharing her experiences….this is the email I got on the 10 May 2015:
Tonight I must tell you… I turned it on in the 9’oclock starting with the psi logo and played through each hoop. Recorded for 10 minutes… it turned off once during use after a drop… and when I went to turn the hoop and camera off, the hoop turned itself off as my hand was approaching the button. Read my mind status… !
These following testimonials were unsolicited, and picked from literally hundreds and hundreds that I have received over the past 10 years of making LED hoops. A lot of them talk about the durability of the product, about good service and about the beauty and performance of the psihoops. (NOTE they are not talking about the new psikohoop, just the classic custom psihoops)
So to start with here is a testimonial that just came in and challenges me in terms of the new hoop:
I was just talking to someone on a group for over 40’s hoopers. They were remarking that they had felt sick and dizzy just watching a video of someone with one of the programmable spazzy hoops.
It made me think of you so I decided to email and say that after all these years, with all the new programmable hoops coming out, yours are still the best in my mind. I have one you made me around 6 or 7 years ago and then another you made me about 4 years ago. They are beautiful, they have never given me a moment’s problem, the charge lasts of ages and no one, me included, has ever felt sick because of them.
They can keep their spazzy technology hoops. They seem prone of breaking down and failing. I’ll stick to yours.
Sue December 2014
I very much hope that the psi-ko-hoop is not prone to breaking down and failing. And as it is an instrument that can be programmed to your individual style and needs, I trust that people will use it well and not make themselves or others dizzy. Rather like a keyboard that you can set to all kinds of complex and automated effects, it may serve better at many moments to just be played as a simple piano.
Here is a selection of some testimonials from owners of my hoops.
This one came in today…December 27, 2014
My name is Gayle…I ordered 3 lighted hula hoops from you back in 2009. All my hoops are still working great and I absolutely love them! I am interested in ordering another one and am wondering if you are currently taking in new orders and if that would be possible? Gayle
“Every friend that asks me about LED hoops, (and mainly in Brazil), I always highly recommend the psihoops. I’ve had mine for six years, and I have used it a lot for performances, at least more than once a month, I’ve dropped it many times and it’s still working perfect!! I have also transported it a lot, and kept in real high temperatures, and still I’ve never had any problems with it Thank you so very much Patrick!! You are awesome and so is your art!! “ — professional hoopdancer from Brazil Isadora nov 2013
I just wanted to say THANK YOU!! I love love love my hoop.
I went out to the Joshua Tree Roots festival this past weekend so it was it’s first “debut”. There were a surprising number of hoopers there compared to the past. Lots of other LED hoops and nothing was even close to as nice as mine 🙂 They were all weighted funny, you could see/feel the batteries, dark spots and they all looked like Christmas lights or a bike tire. I kept hearing you’re voice while I was at your home “you don’t want it to look like a Christmas tree” and you were SO right!!!! It was so pretty and original. The battery life was great and charged up nicely in the car. I keep it in my tent during the day under the air matress.
Our camp was a revolving door between my hoop and fire pit! So I got to try lots of different LED hoops and nothing was comparable, not even close to the quality. Thank you for making the weekend more memorable for me and others. So now I just need to practice practice practice so I can get either get 2 mini RICA hoops or one big one for Burning Man 2014. Then I can have fun all night! Cheers! Teri October 2013
I bought a hoop off you a few years ago. I’ve had a great time with it, and have really grown with it. It’s danced with me at festivals and parties and I’m really impressed with how it’s withstood the use over time.
Sarah Nov 2012
Awesome! Thank you Patrick. My PSI still gets tons of compliments 3 years after I bought it. 😀
Mariah August 8, 2012
You made 6 hoops for me about 5 years ago. The hoops are fine, but three of the chargers have quit. I use them very often and the audiences love them
Juggles march 2011
I purchased a hoop from you about 4 even 5 years ago! It’s a trooper! It has gone to more reggae shows than bob marley. Jena
I got a 37″ RICA hoop from you a back in June of 2009. I still love it and use it! Jennifer march
It is a few years old and still as beautiful. It sleeps flat on my bedroom floor waiting to dance with me. I share it with neighborhood children and when I go camping. I become the pied piper =), but it is still mine and special. It travels with me everywhere and it makes me happy to know it is there. Thank you, Patrick. Jeannie December 2011
I ordered a PsiHoop from you a little over 2 years and I have absolutely love every minute of it.
6 October 6, 2011 lindsay
Oh my goodness, I returned from a family trip to Maine to find my beautiful new hoop waiting for me. Had the most delicious hoop last night. THANK YOU so much for making such an exquisite instrument for me. It is absolutely gorgeous and I love the weight and feel of it.
Thanks so much for your patience and flexibility and guidance.
Beth August 16, 2011
I just wanted to let you know that what you do with the hoops is aaaamazing. Nothing compares to your hoop. I feel like since I got my psihoop, I’ve evolved in my hooping so much, I’ve gotten a lot better and I definitely owe it to my psihoop. Doing business with you is so much fun because you are so nice and quick to respond and you’ve helped me out a lot to find the perrrfect layout. You rule, patrick! Thanks! Sol March 8, 2011
By the way, my psihoop is still kickin it almost five years later. I love my baby so much – i’ve used many other glow hoops, and yours are by far THE best. I recommend them to everyone.
Thanks for being awesome and in advance for your help..2011 Yeah… Its a great hoop. 😀 I’ve abused it quite a lot as well.. You know… -30 temperatures, sand, muck, squishing it into my van, etc. So good on ya ~mmm March 2, 2011
OMG OMG It is so friggin beautiful. It is most gorgeous PSIhoop I have ever seen. Maybe I’m biased 🙂 But really. I’ve seen quite a few PSIhoops in the past 2 years and NONE come close to the awesomeness that is my hoop! (at least colorwise and my mom agrees) It is exactly what I envisioned it to be. I was dreaming of this for months and it has manifested. The perfect diameter, vibrant fuchsia, purpley, bluish, orangey, white flicker- LOVE. It’s not blinding bright, the colors blend well, it’s fast and light, it’s sanded and grippy- it’s even somewhat collapsible (which I wasn’t expecting but yes) Took it for a spin… This is my new inanimate lover. I’m like a 4 year old on christmas. Still squealing about my new toy! Thank you, thank you, thank you times a million.
Blissed out and grateful for your talent, Kiyla August 17, 2010
Hi Patrick, I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful craftsmanship you put into making my hoop. It is the most beautiful hoop I have ever seen in my life and it moves with me with such grace and comfort (well, we got a little tangled a few times last night but we are getting the hang of each other alright). When I turned her on for the first time, I felt as though this hoop was a living thing, like it was breathing and experiencing something.
The way a few of the lights just so slightly twinkle and change hue is just so poetic to me…it almost makes me cry! It is truly an Art that you have mastered. These things sound crazy as I write them, but I just wanted you to know. I attached a picture of us (me and hoop) at my favorite place to hoop at. Hope all is well with you and thank you for all that you do.
Yours Truly, Anna 9 july 2010