wikiHow to Break in a Hacky Sack or a Myachi

Hand sacks and footbags are usually jam-worthy right out of the package, but most players find that there is a break-in period that can take from several hours to several days or weeks before the sack reaches optimum performance. There are dozens of methods of softening them up, and the ones suggested here should have your hand sack or footbag reaching optimum performance within minimal time.


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    Check the material. Suede, leather and corduroy make great fabrics for hand sacks and footbags. These fabrics usually require the least amount of effort to break in.
    • Note that a denim or crocheted fabric will take much longer.
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    Check the panels. On a footbag, the general rule is: The more panels, the better. There is a point of diminishing returns here, though. Any more than 22 panels is a little crazy, and a 54 panel sack is not usually any better than a 22 panel sack, but it will cost you a lot more.
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    Check the thickness. A good hand sack or footbag will be loose and "under-stuffed", allowing the fabric to give around the filling. Very often, newer sacks will be overstuffed. If the footbag doesn't give when you press into it (or the hand sack doesn't fold), you may want to open it up, drop out a few beans (or a little sand, or whatever else serves as filling), and then sew it back up.
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    Crinkle. That's right, crinkle. Rub the sack in your hands, fold it over, smush it in your fists, and kick it relentlessly. The more beat up it is, the faster it will break in. There's no need to overdo this step, though! Once the sack has lost its initial stiffness, it is time to move on to the next step.
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    Soak it. Many footbag enthusiasts will cringe at this, but wetting a sack and letting it air dry is the fastest and most effective way to break it in. The problem with this method is that once you do it, you may have to wait as long as 24 hours before the sack is dry and ready to use.
    • Have your old hand sack or footbag available for practicing with while your new one dries.
    • Don't soak if your sack is leather or suede, or if you think the filling might be any kind of grain or seed (e.g. rice, corn, or beans).
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    Play. There is no substitute for using your footbag or hand sack. While you can speed up the break-in process, you will still have to earn it. Kicking and jamming will break in a Myachi or Hacky Sack more evenly and thoroughly than any other method.


  • Be careful when removing stuffing. It's easier to take some out than it is to put some back in.
  • Avoid crocheted hacky-sacks. These things are almost always super-low quality and almost impossible to perform complex tricks with. A good rule of thumb is that if it costs less than $5, it is worth less than $1.
  • Do not run over your footbag, hand sack, or Myachi with a car. While this is a fairly commonly used method, it is as likely to pop the sack as it is to break it in. Even if it does not pop, the seams will have been under such enormous pressure, that they'll probably break shortly after you begin playing.


  • Never microwave a footbag, hand sack or a Myachi.

Things You'll Need

  • New hand sack or footbag

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