Summerland Chongo Bong Review - Chimmy Chongo
Build Quality72%
Smoke Quality75%
Look & Feel77%
Ease of Maintenance85%
77%Overall Score

Today we’re taking a look at yet another piece from the Summerland and Kandypen collaboration. This particular piece of glass (or should we say ceramic) is called the Chongo. Those who are familiar with these brands will recognize that thi is a peculiar mashup. Kandypens makes modern, high quality wax pens. Summerland makes super retro vintage ceramic water pipes. Why then, did they choose to collaborate on something that makes use of 100% Summerland technology, yet takes no input from the incredibly popular Kandypens? I don’t know.

Product Pros

  1. Solid construction
  2. Low Maintenance

Product Cons

  1. Overpriced
  2. No diffusion

 

 

Kandypens x Summerland Chongo Bong Review: Breakdown

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

This water pipe is certainly solid. This thing does not need to be broken down at the end of each session, on the contrary, it is designed to be left out, assembled, until your next session. The ceramic material feels far stronger than any glass I’ve dealt with. It’s thick, smooth, and surprisingly heavy.

I’d argue that it’s actually too heavy. I had trouble hitting it one handed, as well as from my lap. The weight makes it sturdy on a table, but awkward to pass. Ceramic is an interesting material to build a water pipe out of. I definitely see the appeal of a material this strong and heavy, but the lack of features is really uninspiring.

Sure, the quality level is there. Everything works. It’s fully functional. Unfortunately, the Chongo has precisely the same features as every soda bottle water pipe I’ve ever made, but costs over $220! That’s absurd.

Smoke Quality

Smoke Quality

The smoke quality I achieved from this water pipe was acceptable at best. By acceptable, I mean that it acceptably performed the task of turning dry herb into smoke which could then be inhaled. It does not cool, bubble or filter. There are no features.

There is not even the aesthetic experience of watching the smoke build and spiral lazily towards your lips. You light the bowl and draw, there is no verification that the chamber is filling until it is full, and you gasp at an unexpected intake of rather hot smoke. Likewise, there is no verification that you have cleared the chamber, instead, one must simply remove the bowl and draw air through the tube repeatedly.

There is no ice pinch. The downstem is not diffused. This water pipe is truly the most basic model possible.

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Design

look-and-feel

Look and Feel

The Chongo is a solid water pipe. I’ll give Summerland credit for that. I find this piece incredibly unattractive. It looks like what my grandmother would draw if someone asked her to draw a water pipe.

There is absolutely no design sense, no focus on the user experience, it seems to be the simplest, least interesting water pipe they could possibly wrench from these materials. Indeed, you’d be forgiving for assuming there was no such thing as a  boring waterpipe, but the Chongo is here to disabuse you of that notion.

The Chongo looks like the ceramic equivalent of reading a dictionary. It is as bland as the walls in a cheap apartment (and it happens to be the same color).

Ease of Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance

If this water pipe has a single positive quality it is the fact that you will never have to clean it unless you want to. The water pipe is of a style which does not suffer functionally from a lack of cleaning. Likewise, it has the same visual appeal whether you clean it or not.

The level of maintenance is as close to zero as a water pipe can achieve. If you purchase this piece, it is totally plausible to assume that you will never do any sort of maintenance on it, at least nothing complex enough to speak of. For the laziest tokers among us, this may be enough of a selling point to seal the deal.

Conclusion

I’ve taken a look at two water pipes from this series, and I have to say, I just don’t understand what Kandypens brought to this collaboration or why this mash up exists in the first place. In fact, this series does not even meet the definition of a collaboration. Instead, this seems more like a poorly executed marketing strategy. Two distinct brands with very different products decided that they would up their profits by producing a collaboration series. But then they decided that they would skip the collaboration part. Instead, Kandypens slapped their name and reputation in the product description of several Summerland water pipes, which bear no discernible differences from the other water pipes Summerland sells. The companies then sell these mind numbingly uninspiring water pipes for incredibly inflated prices. Hard pass on this whole line.

If you want to see the other available bongs check out Snoop Dogg’s Pounds Collection, you can read about the Pounds Mothership here. If are looking for something similar but one that does not come with the brand inflated price tag check out the Jane West Beaker.

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Dan is a writer with a massive vaporizer collection who loves video games, superhero movies, finding new music, comic and regular books and critically deconstructing those things until he wonders why he liked them in the first place. He's also a pragmatic fitness enthusiast who believes that the best actions you can take in your daily life are those that help you reach your goals, and that naps are the most lofty, but also the most noble goal one can have.

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