Flagrant Disregard

Nov 21, 2007

Ann Tancio

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Sumo means ginormous

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We’ve had the bag for a couple of weeks now. Our first impression: it’s ginormous. Second impression. Good gravy, where are we going to put it?

For a week or so it sat at the foot of our primary couch and the kids enjoyed sitting on it occasionally while we watched television. Mostly, though, it was used as a core structural element in almost daily pillow fort construction. It was usually used for the primary defensive wall. The Omni is far too heavy to be used for roofs.

The bag can be shaped and did a fairly good job of remaining rigid once put into any particular configuration. On top of that, it’s much more substantial than ordinary pillows and couch cushions, weighing in at about 18 pounds. In short, pillow fort structural failures were usually not caused by the bean bag. So, high marks there.

Once invaded and the fort walls have collapsed, the Omni performs admirably as a landing pad for jumping off of furniture. The bag makes a satisfying crunch as bodies crash into it and landings are appropriately softened. Dozens of jumps later, it’s still good as new.

You can buy a Sumo Omni bean bag online in 10 different colors for $129 at

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