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May 23, 2008

Ann Tancio


Title: SumoSac Review
Platform: Your Ass
MSRP: $229
Publisher: Sumo
Editor: Nicholas ‘bapenguin’ Puleo

The SumoSac


It was almost 2 years ago that I reviewed the Sumo Omni, a giant bean bag chair perfect for lounging around and gaming in. I still use that chair when I can to this day, so when I was given the opportunity to review Sumo’s latest offering, the Sumo Sac, I knew I had to jump at it. The Sumo Sac is what I like to call…well I like to call it really friggin huge.


If you thought a Sumo Omni was big, the Sumo Sac is easily 3 times as large. Instead of being filled with beans, beads, popcorn, or small children; the Sumo Sac is filled with industrial grade furniture foam. You know how couches never seem to lose their their comfort or shape because of the foam? Yeah, that’s the stuff that’s in the Sumo Sac.

The Sumo Sac ships in a duffle bag that weighs 60 pounds. You see, the really cool thing about the Sumo Sac is it ships vaccuum sealed and compressed. What you’ll do is open up the duffle, and then begin to break apart the foam. Like those little dinosaur foam pills when you were a kid, the magic beings to happen. In fact, after fluffing the sac and leaving it be I couldn’t believe how huge it was. I quickly zipped on the supplied heavy duty cover and waited. The folks at Sumo recommended leaving it sit for a good 24 hours to let the foam truly expand.

And I did. And when I saw the Sac again I feared for my life…I feared for my house, my dog, my cat and my wife. I was sure if I let it sit any longer it would continue to grow like a blobby mass and overtake our family. Luckily…it did not. But it did end up growing about 6 feet wide and 4 feet tall. This is no beanbag chair my friends, no this is furniture.


So how does the Sumo Sac feel on your (my) fat ass? It’s tough to objectify “ass comfort” but if I had to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d put it around an 8 or so. The only problem I found with sitting in it was the fact the sac kind of engulfs you. It makes it difficult to rest your arms, so if you are playing a game you’ll find yourself fighting the sac with your elbows every time you shift your weight. The other issue I have with the Sac is also it’s best feature, the size. Weighing in at 60 pounds and 6 feet wide the Sumo Sac isn’t very mobile. It’s tough to take it up stairs, through doorways, and just generally move the behemoth. I recommend finding a permanent place for it somewhere in your home instead of trying to lug it out everytime you want to game or watch a movie in it.

At $230 the sac isn’t cheap, but it’s easy to see that it’s a piece of furniture that will last a long time. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to an easy chair, or perhaps some alternative furniture for your rec-room – the Sumo Sac could be just what you are looking for.

The Good
+ Huge durable sac
+ Soft, no beady feeling.
+ Doesn’t wear down

The Bad
– Big is good, but is it too big?
– Might be too expensive for some.

The Ugly
– Trying to get it up the stairs, getting it stuck in the doorway and realizing you might be sleeping in the basement.


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