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Review of the Sumo Omni

Review of the Sumo Omni

Let me start by saying one thing: My living room is strange.

We’ve just got a strange layout and there’s no denying or correcting it. There are two long rows of windows on either side and a fireplace on one end, which makes for a bad gaming setup. During the daytime, there is so much light in the room that we’d have to have black curtains in order to effectively see the TV. Even at night, the layout is a problem. In order to have “marathon” weekend gaming sessions with my kids, we lug one of the couches in front of the TV. It makes things very comfortable, but it also makes the room look a mess. At some point, the kids will set up TV tray tables to build legos on and generally turn it into one big playroom. This happens whenever the couch gets moved, as if it’s the “go light” for messy time.

What we needed was something to make gaming a comfortable affair that didn’t require moving heavy furniture around, that was portable (we could put it away to make the living room presentable for company), and could withstand two kids, a dog, a cat, and a big gaming dad.

Enter the Sumo “Omni”

I’ve seen the Sumo ads around the web. I can’t lie and say the gorgeous blonde in their advertisements didn’t at least momentarily intrigue me. Of course, I could say that the big, bright red bag and the ubiquitous advertising served to draw me in, but yeah – the girl had at least something to do with it. Sorry.

I thought this was something that could fit my needs.

My lovely friend Chelsey happily volunteered to model the Omni for this review. As you can see, the Sumo Omni is big. Chelsey is 5′ 7″, so you can see that the bag is big enough to hold the average adult comfortably. When my son first sat in it, he kind of sank into the middle. He said – “Dad, I feel like I’m in a bird’s nest.” He’s a strapping 4′ tall, so naturally a kid that size is going to swim in this thing.

The material is hard to explain. It’s like windbreaker material. Or maybe tent material. Water rolls off of it. It’s stiff enough to hold its shape but soft enough to be comfortable. I haven’t put it to the test yet, but I think my cat would have trouble ripping it with his claws. It’s stuffed with what feel like “normal” beans from a beanbag – that is to say they are probably made of Styrofoam of some sort. This causes the bag to be noisy like a regular beanbag. When you shift around, it’s loud.

I am a big guy, and my fear was that by me leaning against the bag during extended gaming sessions, it would lose its shape. Fortunately, I was wrong. The bag does indeed hold up against my weight and I found I was able to sit for three hours in it comfortably, with minimal shifting.

The best part of this bag for me is that I am now able to move my couch back to where it belongs – for good. My two boys like to watch me play video games sometimes, and so all three of us curled up onto the bag. It was big enough, comfortable enough, and sturdy enough to hold a seven year old, a nine year old, their dad, a blanket, and a cat. And a PS2 controller.

When we’re done gaming, we literally throw the bag in the basement. I mean, open the basement door, and toss it down. It’s sturdy enough that I am not worried that anything will damage it. At night, during game time, it comes back out in front of the TV and we’re set. The kids have been begging to sleep in it. It’s really just a nice, comfortable bag.

The downsides are few, but the most significant one is the price. Yes, this is a $130 bean bag. That is a lot of money. I’ll be perfectly honest and say that I personally couldn’t justify spending $130 on it. I received this bag as a review sample from Sumo, and I happily commend this product to the readers. If dropping $130 is palatable for you, this is well worth the price. I can see many types of rooms and situations where this would be a perfect fit, especially since they offer a pretty wide selection of colors to match decor. If I was a bachelor and couldn’t or didn’t want to buy furniture, I wouldn’t mind having three or four of these in a room. Alas, somewhere along the way I had to “grow up” and get big boy furniture, but I lament that these didn’t exist when I was a single guy in a tiny apartment.

Another downside is that the edges can be a little “too” stiff. There is a strong Velcro seam on one edge, and more than once I had to adjust the bag in order to prevent the stiff edge or corner from digging into my back or butt. No worries about the seam opening, however. I tried. It’s VERY solid. I couldn’t open it.

That’s pretty much the bottom line – if you can afford the price, this is worth it. It fit all my needs to give my “gaming lounge” a breathe of fresh air.

In the interest of full disclosure and integrity, I will say that we signed on with Sumo’s affiliate program because we believe in their products and use them ourselves. If you wish to purchase any Sumo product, you can do so directly through Icrontic.

Comments

  1. shwaip
    shwaip I've been looking for a beanbag that's not filled with soft Styrofoam pieces, but with harder, smaller...beans. These are filled with the former, correct? Could you give an estimate of their diameter?
  2. primesuspect
    primesuspect Diameter? I'll try to do that today when I get back home.. These are harder, I mean the thing keeps its shape.
  3. Zanthian
    Zanthian "It's stiff enough to hold its shape but soft enough to be comfortable."
    That's what she said!
  4. mas0n
    mas0n There was a bean bag in that review? :D
  5. primesuspect
    primesuspect Oh Chelsey is gonna love the attention :rolleyes:

    Chels, there's gonna be 5000 guys that are gonna want to talk to you after this :p
  6. QCH
    QCH If I wasn't in chi-Town...and married... I'd be willing to protect her from all the attention.


    As for the review... GREAT WORK. All the points that I would need to know, you answered. Great review.


    One question, does the chair have two liners, and is the inner cover water proof or just the outer one? Is the outer cover machine washable?
  7. primesuspect
    primesuspect I don't think you'd need to wash the outer cover. It's pretty much liquid repellent. I think it would be too stiff to wash - and I doubt there's even a "cover" - I think the material itself is the bag. The velcro is so strong, I would need pliers to pry it apart to see what's in there, and I don't wanna tear apart my bag :D
  8. McBain
    McBain She single?

    /me just stirrin the pot
  9. Winga
    Winga
    Oh Chelsey is gonna love the attention :rolleyes:

    Chels, there's gonna be 5000 guys that are gonna want to talk to you after this :p

    Methinks you going to get a flood of SM-Lan sign-ups after this :D
  10. profdlp
    profdlp
    McBain wrote:
    She single?...
    Funny how within hours of that post you suddenly appeared on the LAN attendees list. :p
    ...Chels, there's gonna be 5000 guys that are gonna want to talk to you after this...
    5,001. :range:

    (J/K. I may be an old man, and I may be creepy, but I am not a creepy old man.) ;)
  11. airbornflght
    airbornflght So who is Chelsey and how can I get ahold of her for some 'review followup questions'
  12. csimon
    csimon
    profdlp wrote:
    (J/K. I may be an old man, and I may be creepy, but I am not a creepy old man.) ;)
    ;D
    How much are they?

    /edit: nm I see $130. Lesson learned. First read the review then check out the model.
  13. McBain
    McBain
    profdlp wrote:
    Funny how within hours of that post you suddenly appeared on the LAN attendees list. :p


    5,001. :range:

    (J/K. I may be an old man, and I may be creepy, but I am not a creepy old man.) ;)

    Haha.....once a lurker always a lurker....I see all.....


    How's that for creepy and I'm only 24....:tongue:
  14. primesuspect
  15. profdlp
    profdlp Jumpin' Judas in a G-Suit - that's great! :D
  16. QCH
    QCH SWEET... And I'm sure Chelsey is thrilled to be all over the web now...:)

    If she wants to start a modeling career, she has a start!!
  17. pseudonym
    pseudonym 24/m/s

    HA!! Couldn't help myself.
  18. RWB
    RWB Who teh hell is who!?! Who's the Blonde, but more importantly who's the Brunette!? :D

    And yes, I am buying one... omg am I buying one. ;p
  19. QCH
    QCH
    RWB wrote:
    Who teh hell is who!?! Who's the Blonde, but more importantly who's the Brunette!? :D

    And yes, I am buying one... omg am I buying one. ;p
    Again, you're buying the blond or the brunette? :D
  20. primesuspect
    primesuspect The blonde is a model that works for Sumo. The brunette is my neighbor.
  21. GHoosdum
    GHoosdum Brian, remember when you offered me a visit to your place? I think I'm gonna take you up on that soon! ;)
  22. TheGirlNextDoor
    TheGirlNextDoor Hey papa prime (ha ha you dork) its me you kno the peeping tom next door lmao. i just want to say thank you to everyone who had a nice comment about my ****ty modeling skills lol i really appreciate it! and umm you should kno... watching you
  23. RWB
    RWB
    Hey papa prime (ha ha you dork) its me you kno the peeping tom next door lmao. i just want to say thank you to everyone who had a nice comment about my ****ty modeling skills lol i really appreciate it! and umm you should kno... watching you

    They are NOT ****ty! I personally thought you were an actual model for Sumo, then everyone started talking about it and made me personally wonder ;)

    I'd also like to give kudo's to the camera man :rockon:
  24. Thrax
    Thrax WE'RE GOING TO CANDY MOUNTAIN CHARLIE. YEEEAH, CHARLIE. CANDY MOUNTAIN.

    heh.
  25. profdlp
    profdlp
    Thrax wrote:
    WE'RE GOING TO CANDY MOUNTAIN CHARLIE...
    Can you bring me back a Snickers bar? :buck:
  26. Linc
    Linc
    profdlp wrote:
    Can you bring me back a Snickers bar? :buck:
    I'm afraid you'll need to go in alone. :(
  27. TheGirlNextDoor
    TheGirlNextDoor
    Thrax wrote:
    WE'RE GOING TO CANDY MOUNTAIN CHARLIE. YEEEAH, CHARLIE. CANDY MOUNTAIN.

    heh.






    umm... what?
  28. primesuspect
    primesuspect Chelsey is a peeping tom. she is the number one reason I moved all my gear downstairs. I used to look up in the window and across the driveways and see the blinds open next door and a CREEPY PAIR OF EYES STARTING ACROSS AT ME. And then an AIM window would pop up: "Boo" she would say.

    :eek3:
  29. TheGirlNextDoor
    TheGirlNextDoor Brian thats nuthin compared to the floating head. you used to scare all my friends away! and you kno you used to live for the nights where you just knew your hot neighbor was watching you! :bigggrin:
  30. primesuspect
    primesuspect I LIVED FOR THEM that's why I'm torturing myself by having all my stuff downstairs! :p

    Once I knew I was being watched I couldn't walk around the house in my underwear anymore! ;D
  31. QCH
    QCH
    Once I knew I was being watched I couldn't walk around the house in my underwear anymore! ;D
    When did you start wearing underwear.... :o
  32. primesuspect
    primesuspect As soon as I knew hot neighbor was being a peeping tom :eek3:
  33. shwaip
    shwaip
    As soon as I knew hot neighbor was being a peeping tom :eek3:

    that sounds like a good time to stop wearing underwear.
  34. RWB
    RWB
    shwaip wrote:
    that sounds like a good time to stop wearing underwear.
    :bigggrin:
  35. primesuspect
    primesuspect that would certainly have put an end to it, you're right :eek3:
  36. csimon
    csimon
    shwaip wrote:
    that sounds like a good time to stop wearing underwear.
    At least womens underwear! :eek3:
  37. DogSoldier
    DogSoldier I'm impressed. The review covered all the bases and was thoughtfully well written... The photography was very professional. The model.. Gorgeous!

    Who was the photographer?

    I've seen the future of Short-Media and the future is bright.
  38. Camman
    Camman nice review, we need an extra movable chair type deal in our livingroom for watching TV and playing games and such, this seemed like it would be a good solution, but I don't know after I see the price, 130 beans (I'm so witty) is a lot for a bean bag chair, I could go buy a pretty decent regular chair for that cost.

    and props to prime for having a hot neighbor model his nerd furniture
  39. RWB
    RWB I dunno... 130 beans may not be enough for this thing, unless they were big beans; but where's the comfort in that?

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