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Peak Performance

With my torch empty I don't need to look very hard to see the pulsing glow that radiates from the Puffco Peak; it’s on the counter. Hated-by many and loved-by many more, a new wave has swept through the extract community over the past several years. Electronic rigs—dabbing made easy. Now even your essential-oil peddling, deadhead, granola-crunching great aunt from up in the hippie commune can dab too!

Who does it appeal to? In short—the masses. Puffco cornered the market of convenience. Although there are other capable competitors on the market, none seem to have the almost cult following that Puffco has attained surrounding the Peak. On paper the Puffco Peak is a good starter rig for your average Joe with a strange desire to get rid of 400 hard-earned-dollars. But yet, they’re always still sold out. Who’s buying them? Well, for one—I am. Currently on Peak number three I have been complaining about quality control every step of the way (as I've never had one last more than a year). Yet I’m still prepared to fork over whatever hefty ransom they charge just for simple convenience. The Peak is your guilty pleasure, the thing you love to hate, but secretly just love. It has a character—although it's always dead at the most inopportune times. However, when it does function, you can expect the same, consistent results every time. It's reassuring to know that no matter what you load in the ceramic dish—good, bad, or indifferent— you can always expect that same level of mediocrity. “Oh wow, that’s sort of fruity!” You’ll say, or “I love how everything tastes basically the same!”. Sounds great right?

Well sarcasm aside, it is.

Even though it has many flaws, your Peak is a positive experience of pomp and circumstance. Liberace himself, would be proud. With a single push of the button a bright, colorful pulse lets you know the temperature you’re operating at (blue:450, green:500, red:550, and white:600). With a double tap, and about 15 seconds of warm-up, you too can be on your way to achieving full enlightenment, like the Dalai Lama, but with dabs. While torches and glass rigs can be quite intimidating for a novice smoker, the Peak makes dabbing user-friendly. Easy to use, easy to clean—just plain easy. With all of our amassed complaints, and financial self-flagellation set aside, it is a gift.

The Peak easily and efficiently bridges the gap between the world of heady glass and technological advances. If you’re interested in high-priced, hype fueled smoking instruments, then this is for you. After all, I don’t think you can really be trusted with a torch anyways, can you?

Puffco has revolutionized the extract game with the Peak not without single-handedly dividing the glass community. Love it or hate it, It stands alone. The paramount of E-rigs. The one all others are compared to. Even through the lackluster performance, the Peak sits high above in its’ ivory tower passing judgement. It’s over the top, extremely expensive, and worth every cent.

- Jake

Maine Potcast Contributor

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