Sumo Week: Market Clutch

by PocketGoddess on December 21, 2005

Sumo LogoThe Market Clutch very nicely fills that niche between a standard purse and a larger tote bag. Made of the same material as the other Sumo Cases bags I’ve reviewed this week, the Market Clutch is composed mostly of high quality ballistic nylon with matching leather accents at the top and bottom. That means the bag is both light and durable, so you shouldn’t have any worries about loading it up with everything you need to carry. A small white embroidered Sumo logo appears near the bottom on both the front and back of the bag, which matches the rest of the stitching.

The bag measures 16 1/2 inches wide and 16 inches tall. There’s no thickness measurement because the bag is flat, and doesn’t have a gusseted bottom–that means that it won’t stand up on its own when you set it down. Even without gussets it holds a surprising amount of stuff, including a small clutch handbag with my wallet and keys, a couple of magazines, and a small Waterfield gear pouch with my iPod, headphones, and PDA. I’ve been known to put a sack lunch in there as well, because there’s nothing more unattractive than being burdened down with bags & sacks when you’re the modern woman on the go. With the Sumo Market Clutch, I can put everything into one place and step out with style.

Sumo Market Clutch

I was a bit concerned at first about the handle, since I’m more used to carrying bags with shoulder straps. On this bag, the handle is completely integrated into the body of the bag, and is formed of stiffened leather. It is slightly curved at the top, and I found it quite comfortable to hold. For those times I needed my hands free, I found that the hole was plenty big enough to slip my forearm through and let the bag rest there for a short while. While I most likely wouldn’t have chose than handle style in the beginning, it has certainly grown on me and I appreciate not having lung handles or a shoulder strap flopping around and getting in the way when I’m trying to reach inside and quickly retrieve something, like a ringing mobile phone.

There are a couple of things I would like to see added in future editions of the bag. Like the other Sumo bags, you’ll find the signature printed lining, but there is no interior zippered pocket or key clip attachment. In many ways, this bag is designed to hold many smaller bags or items, but it really isn’t designed to organize and “containerize” every little thing with separate pockets and compartments. That’s understandable, but it would be nice to have at least one pocket that can hold lose change, or keep my cell phone at the ready. Other than that small complaint, I found the Market Tote to be tough, durable, and quite useful. It won’t completely replace a purse or a larger tote, but it does admirably fill that niche in between the two. That’s especially true for those days when you’re running errands; all of yesterday’s shopping fit neatly inside, so I only had one bag to deal with instead of six!

The Sumo Cases Market Clutch is $90 and will be available after the first of the year from their online store.

4.5 out of 5

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