I looked at the hoopla for a while but decided to get a Shargri-la 3 instead. I even had a $265 credit with Mountain Hardwear for a tent I turned in on a warranty. The reason why I decided to not get the hoopla is because it has no "nest", no center pole, and is more expensive. I got the Shagri-la 3 on sale for $199 and used the credit I had with mountain hardwear toward a nicer sleeping bag. I have been pretty impressed with the shangri-la so far but haven't got to use it much yet. Main reason was I wanted a "nest" to use depending on the situation. I think the flysheet in on the Shangri-la is pretty comparable in weight and size to the hoopla.
My obsession with gear has reared it's ugly head again. I couldn't pass up the Hoopla when it was on sale for less than I could get it on a pro deal. Should be here tomorrow. I guess I'll have to tell my wife that the SL3 mated with the SL5 and produced the Hoopla when she asks why in the !$%^&*#@ I have three "identical" shelters. I'm sure she will insist that I buy lamb skin stuff sacks for them in the future.
The problem with the Shangri-La and similar pyramids / tipis / hexagons is that with the sloping wall usable space goes down about eight inches off the floor. So I'm hoping that for similar weight to the SL3; I will get 5 square feet more space to begin with and then the more vertical walls of the Hoopla will also help. The only thing I wonder about is the hoop pole and if it will be a PIA. I didn't buy a nest for my SL3 so for my purposes I'm just interested in the flys on the SL3 and Hoopla.
Don't get me wrong I really like my Shangri-Las. I'm just hoping that the Hoopla is an improvement on the SL3. When I get a chance I will setup all three and take some pictures and get actual weights.