Which Footbags To Buy?
This page is here to help you select the perfect hacky sacks / footbags. I realize that when you go to buy a footbag and see many different options, it may seem a bit overwhelming. Let me first describe the logic behind creating different footbags so you have an understanding and then the filters I've used on the product page to try and help you choose.
POP / STALL:
I use these two terms to help describe the characteristics of the bag, which is just a blend of Fullness, Filling and Style.
Pop - The natural "liveliness" of the footbag. If you drop a hacky sack from your waist down to your foot on the ground, how likely is it to "bounce" off your foot.
Stall - The natural ease of delaying a footbag on your foot. If you drop a hacky sack from your waist down to your foot on the ground, how likely is it to "plop" and stay on your foot.
Fullness - How full is the bag? More full = more pop off the foot. Less full = more dead off the foot, easier to stall on foot, more effort to kick.
Filling - Sand/Metal/Plastic are used to create footbags with a different weight and feel, but also combinations are used to create the desired amount of fullness.
Panels - Footbags with less panels naturally collapse more = less pop/more stall. Footbags with more panels hold their shape = more pop/less stall.
Low panel count: 6 - 14 | Medium panel count: 18 - 32 | High panel count: 50 - 152
Size - Most of my footbags are an average 2.25 - 2.3 inches in diameter, with two styles being a smaller 2 inches in diameter. Some prefer a smaller size for more advanced tricks, but it is all preference.
Low Pop / High Stall - The Burly Buckshot: 14 Panels - 55 Grams Metal / 15 Grams Plastic - 40% Full.
With a lower panel count, and heavy metal filling, this bag is only 40% full so it is extremely easy to stall, but a bit "dead" off the foot.
High Pop / Low Stall: The Ultimate Bomb: 92 Panels - 45 Grams Plastic / 15 G. Metal - 70% Full.
Being more full in combination with the high number of panels, this bag does not want to collapse, it wants to stay round. Therefore, it would be difficult to stall, but have more bounce off the foot.
Hopefully by now you're gaining an understanding of how this all works. By taking different styles and adding different fillings in certain amounts, footbags generate a certain character. In the end, it is all a matter of preference.
There is a reason why people enjoy buying different types of hacky sacks. Maybe you / you and your friends play various games and they change when you introduce a different style.
Scenario #1: Maybe no one in your group cares about stalling the bag, and you prefer to just pass around, or see how far away you can get from each other and keep it alive. Does this mean you need a bag with the most pop? No it does not. You may prefer a bag with a ton of pop or you may still prefer a bag with a ton of stall because you think it's easier to control. It's all preference!
Scenario #2: You're at home, in your bedroom, just trying to work on freestyle tricks. Which bag is right for you? Well you definitely want something that's a bit easier to stall, filled with sand or metal. If you're new to tricks, just learning, you will want something with less panels and sand or metal filling like The Burly Buckshot or Avenger. If you're more advanced, you may want the same type of bag or something smaller like the Heat Mini Pro.
Scenario #3: You do a little bit of everything, you try and get a few "hacks" with friends, attempt the occasional trick. Fail. Succeed. This is most of us. I wish I had a clear answer for you, but I don't. If you wanted one hacky sack, something like The Kaboom would be a classic choice, but in reality The Burn or The Insanity may be your favorite! These are good "all around" choices or you're a candidate for 2 to 3 footbags that are all totally different!
Freestyle: These footbags are favorites for people who try and do a lot of skilled maneuvers, whether or not you're really good, or just aspire to be.
Learning to Stall: Aspire to be a freestyler? These hacky sacks are the easiest to stall on your foot, if you're working on learning how to "stall."
Circle: These are favorites of people who are going for "hacks," passing around in a circle and creating various games that favor fun passing.
Good All Around: You try and stall a little bit, you try to control it the best you can, you pass with friends, you play solo, these can do it all and are generally in the middle of the pop / stall combination.
Learning to Kick: These styles are great for everyone, but I think are the best to help the beginner learn to kick and control the footbag.
In the end it's all a matter of preference, I'm just trying to help!