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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Preston
Member Since: 10th Jul 2005
Total posts: 2666
Posted:Ive come to the conclusion that ripstop nylon is a bad material for tail poi. Its stiff and rather offputting when it hits together. Does anyone know any shops that sell tail poi with another type of material, something lighter and that moves easyer?

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old hand
Location: Great Malvern [UK]
Member Since: 9th Dec 2003
Total posts: 1174
Posted:Silk maybe?

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Location: Oxford
Member Since: 9th Jun 2006
Total posts: 184
Posted:Have a look at the Oddballs ribbon poi page - scroll down to find the Pyropixies ones with ribbon or chiffon tails. I've never used them or seen them used, but they look good in the pictures smile


Location: London
Member Since: 21st Jun 2004
Total posts: 37
Posted:Same page, Spiral Poi are very nice. My wife has a set.


Location: Leeds
Member Since: 14th May 2006
Total posts: 694
Posted:im always wary of tail poi now. Since I got some cobra 2 poi, it says on that site

'These really are a first class set of Poi, designed & constructed without compromise.'

actually what happened was, I paid 13 for something that the heads fell off and the fingerloops did aswell due to crappy parts.

My advice, get 2 shoelaces and attatch some weight (glowstick/tennisball or whatever) tie the laces in a reef knot then attatch a tail from whatever you want. Either that or buy some nylon cords from here and they come with a normal O link instead of low quality hairpin type link


Location: Near London, UK
Member Since: 24th May 2006
Total posts: 16
Poison Poi do good tail poi in bespoke colours and options for 15.

Oddballs also have good 4-panel poi (in the shop, not on the site) which are too expensive for me at 22 a set.

I've used both of these makes of poi and have never seen any of either type break (a number of my friends have each of these makes of poi). In fact, the most damage sustained was when someone trod on one of the tails and yanked at the handle, and the only damage was a bent split ring!

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Location: Denver, CO
Member Since: 16th May 2005
Total posts: 5
Posted:I would think just visit a local fabric store, tell them what you're making, and see if they could suggest anything that won't fray easily, can be sewn, and that will be soft/light/durable enough to be moving at high speeds (flapping in wind during use). Maybe they could suggest something, and it would probably be loads cheaper to pay for fabric by the yard than ripstop nylon. (Perhaps more convenient too, no shipping costs!) Would you mind PMing me with what you find, if you go that route? (I don't sell poi, but I don't buy them either. Always looking for new materials!)


Location: Leeds
Member Since: 14th May 2006
Total posts: 694
Posted:I want to start spinning tail poi too. Ive had cobra II for ages and used them once or twice, they just feel rubbish. I have thrown the handles away and use some from HOP and the tails just feel 'hard' and dont really flow.

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wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: 27th Jan 2006
Total posts: 3556
Posted:I've got some tailed zuni and wizard poi, I like both sets...I've had my zuni for two years and it is just starting to fray and my wizard are doing pretty well too

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Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:silk ribbons work well, my ribbon poi have the ribbons woven into a clear plastic ball for weight.

A tip on slowing fraying on the ends of ribbons - cut a triangle out of the end, so the end looks like a snakes tounge...(I have no idea how to describe what I'm saying here...maybe - fold ribbon in half along the width, cut from the end a 45 degree angle up to the edge.....)

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Lv15 Ranger
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 13th Mar 2007
Total posts: 1489
Posted:I have a set called 'Dragon Poi'. Basically two tails to each poi, with a black head with a dragon printed on in silver. They're sold from a market in Melbourne, really good quality.



Location: sur
Member Since: 15th Apr 2007
Total posts: 382
Posted:The thing I like about ripstop is that it is pretty durable. I made some silky flags, using a transluscent material, but it tore and snagged very easily.

There is a lighter material like ripstop, known as poly lining, which is less stiff. It still gives me the snapping sound I look for, but flutters and flows much easier. It is a bit more delicate to sew though, and more likely to develop pulls.

My next ones are going to be satin. I located a bolt of cloth that has these nice Japanese motifs on it. Its finished on both sides, but the color is slightly more shiny on one than the other.

Overall, when it comes to finding a material that suits you, I've come to the conclusion that learning to sew has been the best decision ever.

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