I shopped around, checked the reviews, then decided to give this hoop a try. Other reviewer concerns included the durability of the foam covering, discomfort when hooping, and the large circumference.
My kids were using it, hit the corner of the cabinet, and tore the foam within a week. The foam increases the comfort level so it's a trade off. I found it to be mostly comfortable. I may exchange it for a new one or just keep using it. It doesn't affect the function of the hoop. Allowing enough clearance is important so you don't knock things down or gouge the foam. The sections of the hoop lock into place and it's pretty compact when taken apart for storage or travel. I haven't had any trouble with the sections coming apart during use.
The packaging says you burn 210 calories per 30 minute workout but I have done it for 10 to 20 mins a couple times per day. It's a fun, zero impact way to fit in some exercise.
I would buy this product again.