There’s a wide range of sand hacky sack and footbags, and you will inevitably be faced with the dilemma of which sand footbag is right for you? The footbag itself is a vital aspect of the game. When shopping for a bag, it’s important to find the exact balance.
My personal favorite sand hacky sack is the The Sandmaster 14 panel footbag
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11 Best Sand Hacky Sacks and Footbags
When shopping for a new sand footbag you should consider what is too floppy or too poppy, too heavy or too light, too big or too small: Scroll down to read what to consider when buying sand Hacky Sacks.
But, what it really boils down to what you prefer and what is well balanced for your style of play. Having said that, I have compiled a list of what I believe are the 11 great sand hacky sacks for every level of player.
1. Sandmaster 14 panel sand Hacky Sacks
The Sandmaster is and forever will be at the top of my list of best footbags for beginners. Sandmaster For me, the SandMaster footbags are some of the most versatile hacky sacks you can get. It is about 2 ¼ inches in diameter, medium fill, and weighs about 58-60 grams.
As its name indicates, the Sandmaster footbag is a medium sand fill bag that comes in a variety of synthetic suede color combinations. This bag is both kickable and stallable from the moment you take it out of the package.
The Sandmaster hacky sack is easy to control as its shape and size provide one of the best bags for consistent kicks and easy stalls. Over time and through use, the Sandmaster bag becomes perfect for working on tricks and improving juggling.
2. DirtBag 8 panel sand footbag
DirtBag 8 panel is a standard size footbag measuring about 2-2 ¼ inches. I love this bag because of its large 8 panels and low medium fill. This bag weighs in around 40 grams which provide stability when learning the game.
The DirtBag 8 panel has enough weight to make stalls seem effortless. This hacky sack retains pop while being easy to stall. DirtBag 8 panel is a versatile bag that every freestyler should have in their arsenal. This is one of my regular bags, that I keep with me wherever I go.
3. Dragonfly sand Footbag Nemesis 14 Panel
The Nemesis 14 Panel is a great standard size footbag measuring about 2 inches. With a low fill and weighing in around 54 grams, this is another great sand hacky sack for both stalling and juggling.
The 14 panels help to keep a ball-like shape when kicking, and the not-so-small panels provide enough surface for the bag to stay where you catch it. Of course, like most bags, after some play and breaking in this bag gets even better. The Nemesis 14 Panel bag is durable enough to kick with friends, and it is made to pull off tricks that require a well crafted hacky sack.
4. Dragonfly Sand Footbag Paradox 14 Panel
The Paradox 14 Panel bag is a 59-gram medium filled bag, that is as much fun to look at as it is to play with. It provides enough weight and big enough panels that it is easy to stall and *pops* when kicked. For me, The Paradox 14 Panel bag has been a very durable bag that has gotten better over time. Someone obviously put a lot of thought into the construction of this bag.
5-7. Assassin/Midnight/ Snowball 32 sand footbag
The difference is in appearance. One is red; one is black; one is white. It comes medium-full fill with sand, which means it keeps its ball shape when juggling. These bags are made from durable suede material and are good for both kicking and stalling. Their weight is about 60 grams with a diameter is around 2 inches. This one takes a few sessions to break in, but once you do, this is an amazing bag for solo or circle play. This bag is great for intermediate and pro players as it provides an ideal balance between freestyling and stalling.
8) Dragonfly Clipper 24 Panel Sand Footbag
The Clipper 24 Panel is a great hacky sack for beginners. It’s named for the hacky sack trick “clipper”, so you know it has to be good for stalling and freestyling.
The Clipper 24 Panel is about 2 ¼ -2 ½ inches in diameter, medium fill, and weighs about 45 grams. This bag is one that is easy to stall right when you get it, and the more you play with it, the better it becomes.
9. World Footbag Sir Hemp 12 panel Hacky Sack
The Sir Hemp Hacky Sack is about 2 ¼ -2 ½ inches in diameter, medium fill, and weighs about 55-60 grams. This is another one of the best bags for beginners because of the large 12 panels.
The Sir Hemp Hacky Sack is made from an extremely durable hemp material that grips whatever shoes you are using. It requires a little breaking in, but you can easily soften it up with a couple of washes and kicks. I bought this one on a whim, and I’m very happy I did.
This is the perfect bag for circles and for introducing new players to the game. It’s a great hacky sack for both inexperienced and experienced players.
10. Hacky Sack Jester – Corduroy Style
Jester Hacky Sack is a standard size footbag measuring about 2 ¼ inches. This bag is constructed out of 12 large corduroy panels. The corduroy panels make this bag very both soft and durable.
This is a sand footbag that will draw attention. With a medium fill and a weight of around 60-70 grams, Jester Hacky Sack is easy to control and fun to stall. I would recommend Jester for new players and is a must-have for anyone building their collection.
11. Stally World Hacky Sack Footbag
Stally World Hacky Sack is 2 ¼ inches and weighs 55 grams. This is another great sand footbag for those just starting to play. The bag is made up of 4 big panels that make stalling easy, and the balance of fill and weight makes kicks predictable and controlled.
Stally World Footbag is durable, and the more you break it in, the easier stalls become. This is another bag that is well suited for everyone, so it is good for circles and freestyling.
What to consider when buying Sand Hacky Sacks
When we are talking about sand hacky sacks there are a couple of things that need to be taken into consideration. The following applies to all footbags and I’ve touched on this in previous articles, but it bears repeating:
The performance of any bag will be impacted by a combination of the type of material, size of panels, fill level, weight, and the filler itself. So, obviously, this means that the type of filler will impact play regarding *pop* and stability.
The filler is usually one of three basic types: plastic (sometimes glass) beads, sand/dirt, or metal. The weight of your hacky sack/ footbag will depend on which filler you opt for. The heavier a bag is, the easier it is to stall and control, but this often takes away from the *pop*. The lighter a bag is, the more *pop* it will have, but this makes the bag more difficult to control.
Metal is the filler that is obviously the heaviest. Sand hacky sack filler tends to be the next heaviest. And, plastic beads/pellets tend to be the lightest of the three. Beyond affecting weight and control, your choice of filler can also impact the durability of your footbag.
How can your choice of filler affect the durability of your hacky sack, you ask? Well, because the metal is heavier and harder than the other fillers, it causes more stress on the fabric/material your bag is constructed from. Whenever you kick or do a toe-pickup (don’t), then you are causing the hard heavy metal filler to grind against the material. This will slowly but surely wear your bag down over time. The same goes for dirt or sand hacky sack, plastic-filled hacky sacks and footbags except for it usually take longer because the filler is lighter and less stressful and harsh on the material.
The material your footbag is made from will also significantly impact how it plays. Synthetic suede is popular because it provides some texture to the outside of the bag. This is helpful with stalls, delays, and any other moves that require the bag to stay put on your foot or anywhere else on your body. Bags made from leather/ synthetic leather and other slick materials tend to be more difficult to stall because they keep their ball-like shape and slide off of your foot. For this reason, these kinds of footbags are used to focus more on juggling skills.
Size and fill Level
Fill levels and size of your footbag will also impact how it plays.
The larger a bag is the more “floppy” or “wobbly” it will be. This also applies to footbags with bigger panels. The bigger the panels are, the more likely it will be “floppy” or “wobbly”. Hacky sacks with low to medium filling can also contribute to the feel of the footbag.
But, let it be known that these are the best bags for stalling. These bags are able to conform to different surfaces, whereas hacky sacks that keep shape have more of a bounce. This means sand hacky sacks are better suited for the fancy tricks we love to watch on YouTube.
Sand footbags are great
I think sand hacky sacks offer the most bang for your buck. They come in a range of sizes, have substantial weight, and are good for both kicking and stalling. Sand footbags are very well balanced while also being durable. I think the biggest downside is that your bag will slowly deflate over time because grains of sand slip out of the seams. You can always learn to refill your bag, but this requires a little bit of hacky sack surgery.
I think it is also worth mentioning that sand-filled bags are the easiest to carry around in your pocket. I’ve been carrying one for years, and I frequently forget they are in my pockets. While sand hacky sacks tend to be a little deflated when you take them out, with a couple of shakes and kicks they come right back to life and are ready to be played with.
Hopefully, you have a better idea of which sand hacky sack will best suit your kicking needs. I have presented a variety of sand footbags that appeal to the different styles of play. These sand hacky sacks will prove to be some of the best footbags for any and all levels of players. When shopping for a footbag, consider the number and size of panels, weight, size of the bag, and filler. Each of these components factors into personal preference.