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I am looking at buying a LED staff, I will end up buying off the net. But with out seeing one it is very hard to work out what the quality is like and what the LED programs will look like. So I am leaving it up to the advice you give me....
I would prefer a break down staff as I do a lot of traveling, but this is not essential the main thing is to have a good quality solid staff.
Um, they are both the same staff. HoP resells the Concentrate staves. I've got 2 of the 1m ones and I love em. Nice and bright, not silly expensive and good to spin.
They are a bit bouncy so you might have trouble with some contact, but its nothing you can't deal with given a bit of practice, and then I've never found a glowstaff that is particularly good for contact!
I've seen complaints on another forum about them being unreliable, but I've not had a single problem since I bought mine in February, and I use them regularly for shows and practice.
The only real alternative is aerotech (www.globall.com), but they are stupidly expensive and in my experience the aerotech stuff breaks all the time.
Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!
Someone had made a comment about having a heavier inner core for their glow staff to make it better for contact, if you do a search you could find it... I think it was mcps glow staff that had it. (I also think it was a flowtoys glow staff)
I personally would choose the concentrate staff... I don't own either, but I have used the flowstaff doubles and the concentrate doubles and preferred the concentrate ones, they had a good weight and looked more effective to me for the patterny type movements (Because of the diffused light)
The flowstaves I found looked slightly better when you do lots of spinny motions, pirouettes and such... but again, with the concentrate staves they can look VERY effective with pirouettes on certain settings (like a segmented rainbow umbrella)
The main reason is that its easier to turn on... I have the flowtoys poi and it can be a pain to get the individual lights and turn them on, especially if my hands are cold (which they usually are if I'm using them... because they tend to get used at night) or if I'm intoxicated in any way.
I guess the final clincher (if I needed it) for me is that the guy who makes the concentrate gear is local to my area... (Lives in the same state as me)
But this is from someone who doesnt own either staff.
Oh... on breakdown... I THINK that if you wait flowtoys might have a breakdown flow staff in a way... Like this...
ThreeworldsFun for Life!
24 posts Location: Gold Coast, Qld, Australia
This thread is a bit old and I was wondering if there have been any new models of LED staff to come out in recent years that blow the competition away? I inquired with the guys who make atomic hoops if they've every considered selling atomic staves. They got back to me promptly but the answer was kind of wishywashy. They said they had considered it in a very non-commital way, without giving a yes or no or any kind of time frame. But that's essentially what I'm looking for - a LED staff that is very bright with lots of trippy settings. I don't care if it's ridiculous expensive as long as it's both solidly built and freakin' gorgeous, you know?
Trick Concepts has created a new modular staff system that can use the brand new full color Ultralights from Ultrapoi.com as well as your flowlights that you have collected over the years!
It is a much more sturdy system for your lights as I own them both...It also breaks down into 3 pieces and uses Metal peices so you wont have your plastic connectors breaking like I have experienced in the Flowtoys system.
astonSILVER Member Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
4,061 posts Location: South Africa
Triskite: Looks elegant.
Can you supply more specs on the balls? Weight, type of battery, weight distribution etc?
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I have the flowtoys poi and it can be a pain to get the individual lights and turn them on, especially if my hands are cold (which they usually are if I'm using them... because they tend to get used at night) or if I'm intoxicated in any way.
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