Posted:I have a pair of fabric poi, and its really bugging me because I still get the tails tangled... getting better at it but not quite there. My question is... what would you all recommend for a beginner when it comes to poi? I want a fire poi set, not too heavy, something for a beginner, Ive never spun fire before but want to get used to the weight so that I can eventually spin fire I am pretty confident with some moves.... as I said still very much a beginner, but ready to take the next step. What kind of chain, which fire head.... all that good stuff
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Posted: Written by: GeoffonTour04
I wouldn't advise ballchain for starting out as it's weaker, heavier and causes burns more easily than normal chain.
Really? I can't say I've noticed any difference in weight - but then my poi heads are pretty big so would need some heavier "normal" chain for safety reason. I've never had ball chain break on me, however I have had steel cord fray to the point of breakage.
As for burns more easily...er... how so? If you're gonna get burnt by the chain, you'll get burnt. Ball chain just makes a prettier pattern (Or option 2 - don't get burned...)
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Posted:The strength thing is probably not much of an issue but I have heard of people breaking ballchain, which should never happen with normal chain.
Burns are also definitely worse with ballchain. I do a lot of wraps, sometimes on skin, and I've never been burned badly by my practice heads+normal chain. I've been scarred by both tube core heads (awful idea) and ballchain, because there's a lot less surface area per link for the air to cool it down when you're spinning, so you get a 2 - 6 inch hotspot near the poi head (perfect place for quick wraps).