Hey there Budding Fort Collins readers! It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything over here because Kelsey has been running the cannabis content show, and doing an awesome job at it, I might add. This week she’s enjoying the holidays and I get to fill in for her while she’s off.
Newer readers may be wondering who the hell I am – you might have read some of my restaurant reviews on Feasting Fort Collins, or some of my outdoor adventure guides on Fresh Air Fort Collins. And for a bit, I was writing posts here on Budding Fort Collins too while we were in between bloggers before Kelsey joined our Scoop Blog Network team.
Last year I wrote a product review on the Pax vaporizer, which we’ve used regularly every week since then, mixed in between our Friday night blunts and sprinkling of weekday joints in the evening while relaxing after work. We’re not tied to one form of smoking weed over here, so we like to mix it up.
However, I do prefer vaporizers. My lungs hate me regardless of inhaling anything due to asthma and their penchant for developing bronchitis when I get sick. So when I feel them getting ready to revolt, I ditch the blunts and joints for a while and stick to vaporizers. It’s probably smarter to not inhale anything, but hey – that’s crazy talk.
This summer I had a chance to test out Vapium’s Summit vaporizer and their Weekender Edition travel pack. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the mountains thanks to Fresh Air Fort Collins – camping, backpacking, fly fishing, hiking, hunting, and all that jazz. Vaporizers typically aren’t a practical cannabis tool in the outdoors; just rolling a few joints to pack into an Altoids tin was the way to go. But, Vapium kind of changed that game a bit.
Vapium has designed a more rugged and durable vaporizer, the Summit, that is “weather friendly” (as in splash-proof, not waterproof), can withstand extreme cold temperatures in the snow, comes with it’s own little dry bag, has a tethered magnetic lid so you don’t have to worry about losing it somewhere on the trail, can be solar charged – AND? You can still use it while it’s charging.
The Weekender Edition pack includes the Summit and all of it’s accessories, including the Spring Solar Charger and USB cable. The Spring solar charger holds enough power to charge your phone in addition to your Summit, and has a flashlight built in, so it can be multi-purpose on your outdoor adventures. I thought this was one of the coolest accessory features. The Weekender Edition will cost you about $189.99, which is a steal compared to the $250 we dropped on the Pax without any of these accessories.
On the actual performance of the Summit, it heats up faster than the Pax because it has a smaller oven. I also feel like it burns hotter. The temperature adjustments are easier to access since they’re right there on the front of the vaporizer rather than tucked under the mouthpiece like the Pax.
Because it feels like it burns at a hotter temperature, the vapor can be a bit harsher, feeling more like an inbetween of vapor and joint smoke. It also has a faster/easier draw. I actually use less flower on this and get a bigger bang for my buck.
We’ve used the Summit a lot over the last few months – both at home and while I’m out on my outdoor excursions. It’s not replacing the Pax as our home vaporizer completely – we’re a split house, Bill likes the Pax better (even though the mouthpiece gets stuck and can be a pain in the ass), and I like the Summit. It has earned its way into our regular cannabis consumption tool rounds though. It has especially earned its way into my outdoor gear list for longer camping adventures. Smoking a joint by the campfire is one of my favorite ways to kick back, relax and watch the stars (add a little whiskey in there, and it’s one of the highlights of life overall).
But for those trips where I have a long hike planned for the next morning that will require some lung power, I’m going to leave the Altoids tin of joints at home and pull out the Summit instead.