Posted:I have recently taken an interest in this poi stuff and am considering buying my first set. But what to choose?!
I really like the daytime/"fabric" poi and I've seen variations of it on different websites. Some have the comet-looking double tails, others look like a bunch of colorful ribbons and some are scarf-like. Are there many major differences among these besides their appearance? What would you recommend to a beginner? What materials are considered quality and what are considered "cheap?"
Rum-Swilling Combustioneer Location: Macungie, PA, USA Member Since: 7th Apr 2008 Total posts: 227
Posted:I can't speak for any commercial product, since all of my poi - actually, all of my juggling equipment anyway - is homemade, but there are some big differences. In general, the sock/cone poi will feel different from chain/string poi (there's more wind resistance, so they'll go slower, or feel like it). Poi with tails look great, and can also add wind resistance depending on the material, but make some types of moves more difficult. Handles are a big difference too... Loop handles feel different from ball handles (I prefer the latter). I'd say it's best to have a selection; different poi are better for different things.
Sock poi are simple enough that you can make your own just to try out with very little effort. My favorite pair, that I always keep in my bag, is nothing more than tights with tennis balls, cost me nothing, as I already had both, and took about a minute to make once I decided on the length.
Eventually I'd like to get some fabric poi with non-stretchy fabric, but I guess that's for a day when I have some money!
Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League Location: South Africa Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007 Total posts: 4061
Posted:Sock poi are easier to sort unintentional tangles out and are nice and grippy, so they hyperloop and do other tangles more easily.
If you mess up with chain or string, it is a lot harder to just untangle. (I found it so at least)
That said, I started with chains with a bean bag on the end. So your mileage may vary.
Try a few and see what feels good. It helps if you can try someone else's. Most people are pretty cool about that.
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