By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez |
The 7pipe Pro will fool you, and that’s a good thing.
When you first hold the red brushed metal of the pipe, SF Evergreen noted the weight and shine of the 7pipe Pro, reminiscent of a slick new car. This looks like a piece you would use to hotbox a Maserati. The main feature of the pipe, the built-in lighter, appears sleek right next to the bowl, ready for a gentle nudge only big enough to light up your green. The raised cone that encases the lighter even has slats, reminiscent of a grill.
Besides, isn’t it kinda cool to have a pipe with a built-in lighter in the first place? Yes. Yes. You’ll never have to dig into your couch cushions for a lighter again.
As sleek as it is on the outside, a look under the hood reveals that the heart of the 7pipe Pro is a simple glass bowl. Fine for us as the goal was clean and smooth. Clever design touches abound: the pipe has a magnetically attached base plate, which can be easily removed to access the glass bowl for cleaning (and a small storage area for extra spices). A handy metal door slides over the bowl to hold your cannabis securely for future hits.
And while we were concerned that the position of the flame on the right side of the bowl would lead to uneven scorching, shifting your cannabis is an easy fix. While touring this bowl, we also realized another plus of the 7pipe Pro: some of our budding smoking buddies struggle with lighters, and the push-button design helped them smoke.
That said, those with small numbers should be careful, as the placement of the carbs on the left makes it difficult to use the lighter’s switch on the right at the same time. Everything is fine with two hands.
But now for the bad news: our first attempt at using the lighter was a failure, as the igniter was not placed close enough to the butane. A simple adjustment with a screwdriver fixed this, and we’re not sure if this will be an issue with every model. Also, the sliding metal door seems to be awkwardly installed as there is noticeable friction when we tried to pull it shut. It works, but it feels too janky for such an otherwise slick product.
Cool Factor: The look of brushed metal is as smooth as can be. The pipe is available in the colors red, black, white and grey. This looks like a pipe that someone much cooler than us would use, which we dig.
practical: While minor mechanical issues plagued our pipe, including a stuttering metal door over the bowl and a faulty lighter, this may have been the only model and was easily repaired.
Affordability: The $40 sticker price on 7pipe.com surprised us because the build is very sturdy and professional. You get a lot for your dollar here.
General: Aside from minor design flaws, the 7pipe Pro is an impressive and sleek addition to your pipe collection. If you want a piece with a little edge, a little class and a lot of convenience, the 7pipe Pro is the way to go.
SF Evergreen photo by Mike Koozmin