Went bong shopping on a whim with Hil yesterday and she spotted this beaut on the top shelf of the head shop. Meet Augustus Clarc. Gus for short. At 9 millimeters thick, Gus is one durable, bitchy, glass-on-glass queen. He’s a sturdy, flamboyant, fat, flat bottom. Dontcha just love rainbows?Beyond mere aesthetics and charm, practical considerations influence the purchase of a bong. First and foremost, the glass must be thick. Pay more for a substantial piece that can survive life’s hard knocks. The tube to base ratio matters. If the tube is too short relative to the size of the base, water pulls up the tube resulting in that unpleasant toilet splashback sensation. I prefer a bong that fits comfortably from lap to mouth enabling the user to balance the instrument hands-free. Don’t be seduced by the megahuge gimmick hamster wheel bongs. While fun to look at in the store, they’re impossible to clean and difficult to pass in a communal circle. Some of those devices almost require you to mount them to get a good hit. Trust me when I say they aren’t worth the trouble. Besides, you’ll be sad you paid so much when one of your clumsy friends breaks it.
When you find your perfect glass slipper, upgrade the slide as the standard issue bowls are almost always shitty. Negotiate. At many headshops, clerks have wide discretion with pricing and steep discounts are not uncommon.