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Sumo Titanium Review — Good for the butt, good for the soul

For those of you who are longtime readers, you know that I’ve been on a personal quest to fill the bucket list of all the toys my mom never let me have. Helicopters, sharp objects, and especially beanbag chairs.

The Sumo Titanium likely gave my delivery guy his workout of the day, dropping onto my doorstep at about 75 pounds. The box didn’t fare as well, but the contents thankfully did.

Opening the contents of the box revealed something a little different than previous Sumo chairs I’ve owned — no foam peanuts. Or at least as far as the eye can see. Once I got the thing free I could see what looked like a very large brain.

9 out of 10 zombies agree, this bag is made of brains.

9 out of 10 zombies agree, this bag is made of brains.

Fairly quickly the brain began to expand into a bag and the race was on to get it zipped into the machine-washable corduroy sack. I went with black because it goes with everything, but there are 16 colors to choose from including canary yellow and hot pink, if that’s your thing.

The Sumo Titanium requires a little time to fully expand. There will be a lot of slack in the bag for the first few days. Repeated punching of the bag (which is fun in its own right) will break it up. I simply applied a squirmy teenager we’ve semi-adopted named Seth to take care of that for me.

When expanded, the Sumo Titanium measures nearly 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and holds its shape at nearly 3 feet in height. It FEELS like a piece of furniture, and for gaming sessions, it really is fantastic. You can sit on it dead center and it doesn’t compress enough to have you sitting on the floor like other bags, two people can sit on it side by side with plenty of room for true couch co-op, and all but the tallest of people can lay on it lengthwise if they are so inclined.

Laura and Pazuzu love the Titanium

Laura and Pazuzu love the Titanium

The MSRP on the Titanium isn’t for the faint of heart at $479, but for anyone who’s ever priced out even a cheap couch, you probably have a good idea of the value proposition. A futon simply sucks and they hurt your ass, other bean bags aren’t worth the landfill space they’ll soon occupy, and as you can see, the Sumo Titanium fills out the theater nicely for when family and friends visit. It’s comfy, and my wife Laura and I have certainly fallen asleep in it more than a few times, as have my dogs Pazuzu, Loki, and Sparky.

90

Excellent

Sumo Titanium

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All things considered, it is Sumo's most comfortable bag yet, easily ticking all the boxes for utility, comfort, and long gaming sessions. If quality is what you're looking for, I highly recommend it.

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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