Hacky Sacks – Review

April 6, 2012

Hacky sacks are a fun way to learn some skills and get fit in the home. These are the original Hacky Sack from Wham-O which are now available for the first time in years. I think these are fun little toys and are real value for money. 
This summer they will be celebrating their 40th anniversary. It’s a fun game on it’s own but also great a a football training tool. The brand new design Striker, shows this in cool football black and white. This was Molly’s favourite and she had great fun throwing it around and trying to do some tricks. You can see they are a great way of practicing hand-eye coordination and because they are so soft are great to use with little ones. 

The Story of Hacky Sacks
Hacky Sack was invented by athletes Mike Marshall and John Stalbergers in 1972 as a training tool to exercise John’s leg after a knee injury. Not only did John’s leg quickly recover, but kicking the footbag around turned out to be a brilliantly fun game to play too. Mike and John perfected the design and Hacky Sack was born.

Even little ones can get in on the action

Here are some of the things you can do with it: 

The Inside Kick:
Drop Hacky Sack in front of you. Use your inside foot to kick the Hacky Sack up straight up again. Now try kicking the Hacky Sack straight up alternating with each foot. How long can you keep going?

The Outside Kick:
Drop Hacky Sack to your side and kick it straight up with the outside of your foot. This move is more difficult and you need to angle your ankle to get it right.

The Stall:
Catch the falling Hacky Sack on the inside of your foot by matching its speed with a downward motion. The trick is to land the Hacky Sack without bouncing it or kicking it off again. Once you have mastered it, try dropping Hacky Sack by your side and catching it with the outward of your foot.

Toe Kick and Stall:
Drop the Hacky Sack further in front of you and try kicking and stalling it on your toes.

Hacky Sack Games:
Get your mates together and stand in a circle. Use your Hacky Sack skills to pass the footbag from player to player. The trick is to keep the bag from the ground as long as possible.

Get Fit:
Playing Hacky Sack for an hour burns around 240 calories, about the same calories as a fast food burger.

Hacky Sack Striker will retail around £3.99 rrp
Find it here

Disclosure: We were sent two Hacky Sacks to test. The review is my honest opinion

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