Alright our herbal friends, if you’re a true purveyor of excellent herb and all the devices to use with it, then you’ve heard of the infamous GRAV Labs. If not: here’s your first introduction.
GRAV Labs is a pipe maker, but so much more than just that. Their designs have truly revolutionized water pipes and hand-held pipes for us all to enjoy. And our friends to "ooh" and "aah" over! We’ll dive into the impressive startup story behind GRAV Labs, their famous collections, their revolutionary designs, celebrity collaborations, and all those times you've seen GRAV on TV.There’s so much to love about GRAV Labs that we can’t wait to get started.
Where GRAV Began:
Way back in 2004 -- a very different time for the herb community, indeed -- a Texan named Dave Daily created what’s now known as the Gravitron.
This minimalist device became GRAV's first landmark design. It's a classic gravity bong; made of high quality borosilicate glass, not the plastic water bottles you may have seen DIYed back in the day.
Simple high-science design remains GRAV's signature style. As you'll see below, the Austin based glass brand continues to craft minimal shapes that pack a scientific punch.
The Gravitron championed borosilicate glass. Boro glass is now the mainstream for USA made glass as a safe, commercial-grade material; even at high temps. It’s easy to clean and more durable than any other glass out there. In short: it’s perfect for crafting high quality pipes, and that’s exact what Dave Daily did.
Since Daily's start with the Gravitron, GRAV Labs has masterminded tons more chart-toppers. Their most popular: Helix, Upline, STAX, and their basic boro glass pipes!You can always spot a GRAV pipe from their clean lines and scientific glass. In fact, you’ve probably seen GRAV products on some of your favorite TV shows already.
Another brainchild of Dave Daily’s, this Helix pipe is famous for its unique Venturi chamber, which is actually a type of mouthpiece that sends goodness spiraling for your visual pleasure. How? By adding three airflow valves in the mouthpiece bubble, this extra pull of air helps to push the smoke into this pattern, eventually twisting into your mouth.
This unique design can be found on chillums, spoon pipes, bubblers, and water pipes!
This collection is yet another feat of herbal engineering at its finest. Designed by Stephan Peirce and Micah Evans, the “Advanced Perconomics” of these Upline bongs feature what’s called a ladder perc.
How’s it different from any other perc? Each ladder perc -- from taster chillum to 18-inch water pipe -- individually cools and cleanses each inhale. With an awesome aesthetic to boot.
Touted as the first “build your own bong,” STAX is where it’s at these days. Especially for people who want their pipes to be customized.
Choose a base (Straight, Beaker, Dual Function?).Choose a mouthpiece (Helix swirl?).You're ready to rip!
Amp it up with glycerin chilled inserts, intriguing percs for heavy-hitting occasions. That means: if you can’t decide between an Upline or Helix bong, you can get them both! Simply pair an Upline perc with a Helix mouthpiece, and you’ll be spinning.
Inspired by retro art deco designs, these cool glass pipes boast a stylish aesthetic. Genuine cobalt ore glows like stained glass. Even better, these Jane West pipes are crafted in collaboration with a woman you should know: one of the pioneers in the 4/20 movement. Her perspective is breathtaking yet practical -- designed with the modern woman in mind.
Basics Done Best
Although GRAV Labs is famous for its scientific designs, their line of basics is filled with best sellers. Essential beaker bongs and straight tube bongs are still stunners. These simply high quality pipes are super easy to keep clean, and can still be amped up with ash catchers, e-nails, and other cool upgrades.
GRAV basics make an excellent gift for first-timers looking to get started with sturdy borosilicate.
While you might be excited about this local U.S. company, GRAV Labs isn’t the only U.S. purveyor of pipes (check out Empire Glassworks, Nucleus and Chameleon Glass, to name a few), and some of its competitors accused GRAV of dumping cheap Chinese glass pipes into their collections. GRAV Labs has responded to these complaints by cutting off this section to their business. Rest assured, GRAV has since prioritized in-house craftsmanship to preserve their high quality reputation.
It’s no doubt that GRAV Labs has truly helped elevate the 4/20 community to where it is today. GRAV continues to play a large role in making herbal fun more mainstream and respectable with clean construction and scientific precision.
We’re so excited about where GRAV Labs will head in the future. This is an industry leader and a pillar in history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julia, a flower child hailing from Spain, discovered her love of fresh herbs years ago when she accidentally became head of product at a farm in Oregon.
She loves long walks on the beach, accordion music and of course spending time with her favorite Yocan Evolve D (only in blue though). She promises to not bias her blog posts towards vaporizers too much, but no guarantees.