The ULTIMATE in depth review comparing the X Pole X Stage Lite vs Lupit Freestanding Portable Dance Pole Stage to help you choose the best portable dance pole stage for your needs. Related links are included.
The Video Transcription on X Pole X Stage Lite vs Lupit Freestanding Portable Dance Pole Stage
Hi I’m Danna from PoleFitnessDancing.com and in this video we’re going to talk about the differences and compare the Lupit Stage with the X Pole X Stage Lite. I own both these poles and dance on them. I have my personal preferences about why I like one or the other but I’m going to go over some of the differences in them so that you can decide which one would work better for you in your situation. And before I get started, I just want to remind you to please subscribe, give me a thumbs up or comment in the description box below. Those things mean a lot to me and if you have any questions I would be happy to answer you in the comment box below.
Also I’ll be mentioning some comparisons between the two and I do have two other videos that go deeper into the installation of these poles as far as easiness and complicated stuff and those videos are separate from this one and those links will also be in the description box below as well as where you can buy the poles and the best deals that we could find on these two items in the event that you do decide you wanna buy one.
Okay so before we get started I just want to point out that the stages are basically similar in size. The main difference that I chose for myself is when I got the Lupit Stage I chose the stainless steel finish and in the X Stage Lite I have the chrome finish and the reason I switched to the stainless steel is because it’s easier to grip for me than the X Pole’s version of stainless steel and it’s also more resistant to humidity and I happen to live in Florida with its humidity and then I have combination skin so the Lupit stainless steel is actually easier for me to grip but you might want to do some research and figure out which one would be easier to grip for you.
Stage Base Comparison (Panel size, weight and other differences)
(2:05) Now we’ll just get started working from the base up and go over some of the differences on the pole and on this one as you can tell that the base is a lot thinner than the X Stage and the material is different. The Lupit Stage actually has lighter panels, a lot lighter panels which made it a lot easier to install and a lot easier to transport especially if you’re taking it outdoors to the beach, or something like that. These panels are made of a very strong plastic type material that has some flex to it, they’re incredibly durable, incredibly strong. I personally love them but they do have a little bit of a flex to them versus the X Stage Lite the panels are powder coated paint over the top of what I believe is steel, it is metal and it is a lot stronger obviously, but it’s way heavier panels than what you get on the Lupit Stage and when you’re transporting them it’s a lot more difficult. I actually need to have somebody to help me put the (X-Stage) panels together because they’re so heavy and the Lupit Stage (panels) I can do all by myself if I wanted to. It’s easier for me to carry it as a smaller person.
Now the benefit of a heavier panel though is that you’re going to get more stability of course and then you’ll notice that there’s no flex in the panel as I’m walking on it. There is a little bit of noise when you walk on the X Stage panels because it’s a more solid surface. You can hear a little bit of noise when you’re walking on it; as opposed to the Lupit Stage, where you can tell there’s some flex on the panels. There is still is a little bit of sound but not nearly as much, just a little bit more quiet and this top of the stage (Lupit Stage) is a lot smoother so when you’re doing pirouettes, turns or things like that, I feel like the smoothness of this doesn’t bother my feet as much as a powder coated surface does. It’s not a huge difference though, they’re both pretty easy to turn on. The other thing is that it depends kind of on where you’re using it. I use this most of the time in my home and outside sometimes and since in my home in this particular area I have carpet. You always need to know that with these stages, especially the Lupit Stage, because the legs are going to press down into the carpet padding then the stage is going to have more flex to it than it would if you put it on a harder surface like laminate or tile. So that does make the more flexible panels on the Lupit Stage even more flexible if you put it on carpet. That doesn’t bother me too much, but when you compare it to the X Stage Lite it’s so heavy that it doesn’t really have much flex even on carpet it doesn’t have that much flex to the base so that’s one big difference.
Stage Legs Comparison
(5:00) The other main difference between the stage base is the legs and in this model we have short legs and with Lupit Stage, sometimes you can get longer legs on it but you have to buy those separately if you want them and it’s pretty easy to switch off the legs if you want to but you kind of gotta choose between one or the other when you install your stage. this is a short leg version obviously the longer legs would come about out to here and all it does is it increase stability of the stage in the event that you’re doing high-performance tricks are maybe doing doubles or something like that it can increase the stability. As far as just a single person dancing on it and doing inverting or regular tricks the stability is great on both of these. So the advantage that the X Stage has over the Lupit Stage is that you don’t have to choose between short or long legs. With the X Stage Lite you can actually extend the legs out by just pulling just like that and then you have an extra leg that comes out to increase the stability of the pole if you actually need it and then if you don’t want that then you simply depress a button and push it back in. As you can tell it’s not the easiest thing to pull in and out.
A lot of things about the X Stage Lite is a little harder to maneuver because of the weight of it, and the metal, it makes it kind of harder to get things to click into place when you’re installing it. Also, adjusting the legs is more difficult but you don’t have to deal with any of that with Lupit Stage so it depends on what you’re using it for. The other advantage obviously with X Stage Lite is it’s a clean surface all the way around there’s nothing on top of the stage and with the Lupit Stage you’re going to have these little brackets that kind of hold the panel securely together right here. Now the top is really smooth so if you were to step on it it’s not going to hurt your feet at all and I have never stubbed my toe on it or done anything like that, it’s a very smooth finish but it is a little extra piece on top of the stage base that you might worry about.
Base Height and Feet Pads on X Pole X Stage Lite vs Lupit Freestanding Portable Dance Pole Stage
(7:12) As far as the height, the heights of the base is a little taller on the X Stage Lite; Lupit Stage is lower to the floor which I like, it’s a little bit more of a seamless finish and of course the footing on the Lupit Stage is a lot bigger than the X Stage. The little feet pads on the X Stage Lite are only about.. you know the size of a nickel, they’re pretty tiny while Lupit Stage has a much wider pad for the feet and it also has a non-slip surface underneath each foot length which really helps to grip and prevent any shifting of the Lupit Stage while its in use. While it’s in use there is no anti grip surface really on the bottom of the X Stage, it’s just kind of some plastic material to keep it from scratching the floor. However, to its advantage, it is so heavy, so it’s unlikely that it would shift or slide anyways.
(added after video) => Both Stages have Adjustable Feet – to reduce movement on uneven floors. Independent leg pads (feet) on the bottom of both stages legs easily adjust to uneven ground.
Panel Size Comparison and Comparison on Removal and Transportation
(8:10) So I just want to briefly take off one of the panel’s here and show you the difference between these panel sizes just so you can kind of see how they come off because the panels are really the hardest part about transporting these stages and if I pull off the Lupit Stage you can tell that it’s pretty thin, it’s super flexible and this is pretty much what it looks like- it has a leg on the backside that easily disassembles with Velcro and this little leg piece here is just to support the outer edge of the panel. Installing it back on is super easy, you just slide it back in, set it up, roll back down, and then you just slide the notches back into place like so until you hear a click. With the X Stage Lite panels, you have to reach underneath and look for a peg to pull out on each side and then lift the panel free and it’s very thin but it’s a lot heavier. As you can tell they have some bracketing underneath and then a very thin metal on top that is powder-coated. The leg bases are stable right now because I already have it installed, but when you’re installing it, the leg bases are so flexible you really want somebody to help you because these are so heavy we’ve pinched our fingers and got blood blisters before trying to get them into place. This is because the X Stage legs move so much and the panels are so heavy so that might be something to consider if you’re a woman who lives alone and you just want something easy to handle on your own. This his is how they go back together; set it down and pull the pegs until they slide down to the notch and then you readjust the pegs into place to lock them down so they don’t come back up. So that’s pretty much how the panels work.
Logo on Stage Pole and Powder Coat Finish on the X Pole X Stage Lite
(10:32) On the top of the panels on the X Stage Lite you’re going to have three X Pole logos and 3 blank panels and on the Lupit Stage you’re only going to get the Lupit logo just on one panel and I personally like that because I’m not always a really big brand person I just kind of like a product that has a very clean look and this is just a very premium good quality sticker so if you didn’t want the logo on your stage you can easily peel up the sticker and it wouldn’t harm the surface of the base stage which I like and then you’d have a clean finish. With the X Pole, you’re going to get stuck with a logo forever.
The other thing about these X Stage Lite panels is that it is just powder coated paint and I’ve had this X Pole outside about 3 times. Not a whole lot mainly because it was just too much of a pain to transport. And the downslope that happened is just by taking it outside those three times and transporting it the powder coated finish on the top of these came off pretty easy and my stage is already starting to rust as you can see right here on this panel. So again, if you’re very careful to not chip the paint and you probably wouldn’t have that issue.
Spinning Mechanism Comparison
(11:52) So moving on to the spinning mechanism, the Lupit Stage pole is by far the easiest to put into spin and static if you change your mind. So with the Lupit Stage you can tell it’s very free spinning right now and if I want it to be static I just simply twist the piece on the bottom right here and then it locks it into static. Then as you can tell it’s not spinning anymore so just with a simple twist you can change that. With the X Stage Lite you do have to use a hex key to get it undone so right now it’s in static and in order for me to switch it to spinning you would have to stop and use one of the three hex keys that they give you. You unscrew the hex key where the little X is on the base. Now it’s not too big of a challenge to do that, it’s just much easier to have the lock because if you’re in the middle of a performance and you want to quickly go to static you don’t have to stop and run to get your hex key so that makes it a lot easier. All you do is unscrew the hex keys and remove that screw out until it’s flush but not so far out that it would scratch you or anything and then the pole turns to spin just like that.
Now the other thing that I wanna mention is the bearings used on these two different brands. Lupit has used a lot of automotive and aerospace technology in their bearings and their bearings, to me, seem smoother and they’re definitely a lot quieter. I don’t know if you can hear this but there is a little bit of noise and it’s not bad but you can hear it in spinning mode and otherwise even though you can’t hear it, it does spin quite freely so the spinning actually is good, you will just hear a little bit of a noise. With the Lupit Stage there is no noise, so if I change this back to spinning as you can tell and listen there’s very little noise that’s going on, and again, you’re going to get very good spinning and bearings. They both spin very easily. So that’s the main parts, for both of these stages come in spinning and static so you don’t have to choose between those features they will both be there just like you’re seeing them here.
Comparison of the pole connectors (X Joint Technology vs Lupit’s Joint System)
(14:36) The other piece of the main differences between these is the way the poles connect together and then the features on the top of the main pole. Lupit has a wonderful joint system that also makes it a lot easier to come apart. Now you do have to use a hex key to take apart one hex screw here and you simply screw it in and that’s the other thing I like about the stage is because you’re not going to lose your little hex screws that are inside of here. I’ve already lost two of my hex screws for my X Stage because they have a tendency to just come undone on their own after use, and then just disappear. Then you have to go and find replacements. This doesn’t happen with the Lupit Stage because you get to screw the screw inward instead. Taking the Lupit Stage Pole apart is really easy because it just splits it apart just like that, and that’s it it’s that simple. You’ll also notice that on the top of the main pole loop it has a little loop for aerial silks. Now it is very common that a lot of cool dancers these days love their aerial silks movement. Lupit thought about that in advance and put the little loop up here so that you can already engage in that sport or that activity with your stage right away which is super cool.
I’m going to lay this down and then with the X Stage, the way this works is, you’re going to have to take apart the X joint in the middle between the main pieces. Now, this also leaves two holes you’ll notice right here in the pole and that’s the other disadvantage about the X Stage Lite is that you do have these holes in the finish of the pole with Lupit Stage there is only one hole, so there is more of a seamless appearance with less holes on the Lupit Stage if that matters to you. Now, to get this apart we first have to lock this back into spinning or static, I’m sorry, I just wanted to show you the difference in how easy or hard it is to pull these pieces apart so first I’m locking this back into static, and then, the next part is to change your hex key to a different one. Then you want to loosen the X joint up here on the main piece and you just have a hex key that does that and you simply turn it counterclockwise once that is loosened then you can pull the main pole piece from the top.
Now another thing I would want to point out is that when you’re using these X Stage or any stage, even the Lupit Stage indoors even though the stage height may be ten foot five installed, you do still want to leave more ceiling height room to install these poles because as you can tell I still need room to pull this top piece up and off so with this pole you’ll need a good six or seven inches of clearance to get this top piece off. You’ll still need extra clearance with the Lupit Stage but maybe four inches or a little bit less so it’s easier to use indoors if you don’t have a hugely vaulted ceiling like I have here.
Adding aerial silks attachments on X Pole X Stage Lite
(18:19) So now that this is off you can see at the top of the X Stage is just kind of a knob. If you wanted to use silks on this pole you have to pay for an additional piece that clamps onto the finish of the pole which I particularly don’t like because then you run the risk of scratching or damaging the finish it’s not common that it happens, but I have had it happen to me. You then would attach your silks to the additional bracket that you can buy it’s called Silkii X Pole that you can get to attach your silks to your stage or any other pole that they have. So now that this piece is off and obviously what held those two pieces together is the X joint in the middle, the infamous X joint which is a very heavy-duty piece of metal that expands and contracts to hold all of their pole pieces together, okay so that’s basically how that works.
Pole Finish Option Types on X Pole X Stage Lite vs Lupit Freestanding Portable Dance Pole Stage
(19:11) Other advantages maybe that the X Stage Lite has it that you can get a lot of different finish types with the X Stage Light if you like silicon, or if like powder coated poles or brass poles you can switch out the pole finish type with the stage base. Lupit Stage has some, they have the stainless steel, chrome, I believe they have a brass one out, but I’m not sure if it’s released in the USA yet so there are some limitations depending on the finish type that you want to use. So going back to knowing your skin type and knowing the type of finish of dance pole that you prefer to dance on, that might help you decide which pole or which stage you might want to choose for yourself.
So that basically sums up the basics if you have any questions like I said again leave your comment in the box below I’d be happy to answer any questions and again look for these links in the description box because there are two more videos that are going to go into more detail about breaking down and installing the Lupit Stage and the X Stage Lite so that you can kind of see which one might be easier to transport and deal with. Other than that as always, be safe and have fun out there.