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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | 02:57 AM | by

Much to the dismay of my fiancée, my SUMO empire continues to multiply. A couple of weeks ago the nice guys over at SUMO sent me a couple of samples of their newest products, the Sway 2.0 and the Titan.

They came in pretty large boxes, but nothing I didn't expect from previous SUMOs. However I did notice a new phenomena during the unboxing this time, which I hadn't seen before. Because the chairs were compressed and vacuum sealed, as soon as I cut the thick plastic bag they were wrapped in, the SUMOs began sucking in air, feeding on it, and consequently growing larger and larger. I raced to free the chair from its prison before it completely hulked out and tore the thing to shreds.

The SUMO Titan is... it's a gargantuan beast. It's made out of the same stuffing as my Sway Couple, which was my favorite of all the SUMOs. The Sway is shaped like a chair though. The Titan, much like the Gigantor, is a giant blob. However unlike the Gigantor, the stuff inside the Titan (and Sway) is fluffy... and never gets packed down.

Here I am standing next to the Titan. It's a monster. It almost comes up to my waist. And no matter how much you sit in it, when you get up, it just takes this shape again.

You'll also notice that the Titan has an oblong shape to it. It's really like a giant twinkie. It's length would definitely allow a second person to partake of the Titan-ing, like a loveseat. Fuck that though, this thing is best enjoyed solo.

I'm about 5'11". I can lay out on the Titan and only have my feet overhang a little bit. That extra length over the more round SUMOs is fantastic. It's like a really squishy chaise lounge. You sink in just enough that you can get a nice hammock effect, which is perfect for watching tv or playing games.

I'm finally going to retire my Gigantor in favor of the Titan. As comfortable as the Gigantor is, it can be very heavy and unwieldy. It can get lopsided over time due to the heavier crushed foam inside, and it's a project to fluff it up/redistribute the stuffing. The Titan is more akin to a huge pillow than its denser cousin.

Comfort: 5/5 Hands down, this is the most lounge-tastic of all the SUMOs, beating out even the Gigantor.

Appearance: 4/5 Make no mistake, it's a blob. And due to its fluffy nature, it's always going to be a big blob. You really need to make sure you want a huge pillow in your room, because it's probably going to stand out.

Price: 3/5 The price is going to be a bit of a barrier for some people. It's on par with the Microsuede Gigantor, and a little cheaper than the Corduroy Gigantor. Still, if you take into account the durability, along with its variety of functions (bed, chaise, couch, flotation device), you're getting a lot for your money. And you'll want to sit in it... a lot.

I also got the new Sway 2.0 to try out. This one threw me, because for the first time I didn't totally love a SUMO chair.

It's a slightly smaller, even more chair-shaped version of the already chair-ish SUMO Sway. It has a sturdier neck and arm support, but sacrifices some of the real depth of the chair for it. It's a comfortable seat, but it's not something I could see spending the length of a movie in.

I think that the Sway 2.0 seems better suited to casual seating, as opposed to serious lounging. If I had four of these, and a somewhat short table, I could see getting a lot of use out of them for playing board games with friends. It's an hour seat, tops. The Titan I could sleep in.

Comfort: 3/5 They're not uncomfortable, but don't buy one thinking you're going to spend hours at a time relaxing in one. The seat is too shallow. If you slouch down to support your head, your butt is hanging off the seat. Not a lounger.

Appearance: 4/5 It looks like an actual seat, which is a plus in a lot of applications. Some of us need adult furniture sometimes. This almost qualifies. It's great as a casual seat when company is over, when you're sitting around talking, or playing a game. It's perfect for when you actually want to sit up straight, and still be in a comfy chair.

Cost: I have no clue, I don't think this thing is even on sale yet.

I got them in corduroy because the fabric they use is incredibly soft, and easier to clean than the microsuade if you're going for darker colors. The texture also adds a nice visual element to a room.

I've long been a huge fan of SUMO's stuff, and I think their new products, particularly the Titan and Sway 1.0, are some of the most comfortable chairs they've ever produced. I appreciate that they aren't happy just producing the same beanbag chair forever, and are always looking for new shapes, fillings and coverings to make the most comfortable chair around.