PAX 2: 3 Year Review

A long awaited PAX 2 Review

I’ve had my PAX 2 for about 3 years now, and have used it daily for the last 2 years. At the time, I thought $300 was a lot of money, but I did a bunch of research (read 20 minutes of Googling), and was eventually sold primarily on the form factor, and the ability to save my ABV for caramel making.

Using the PAX 2

For the first year or so, I cleaned it regularly per manufacturer recommendations. It was a little laborious, but I actually enjoy tasks like that. In the last year I’ve gotten lazy and clean it only when inhaling becomes challenging. I’ve dropped it from standing height onto concrete floors more times than I can count, so it’s pretty dinged up. The button gives me issues as a result of all the fumbles, but we have the kind of rapport car guys have with their favorite beater. It’s easy for me to use but others get quickly frustrated (sorry not sorry) 😂. 

A Long Standing Love Affair

It’s not an exaggeration to say this is easily my favorite possession. It got lost in the couch recently, and I almost had a panic attack trying to find it (it was just real deep in there). I like the size, the simplicity, and the durability. I’ve probably used it for upwards of 1000 sessions and other than the issues with the button related to my own abuse, it’s in great working condition. 

I love everything about the PAX from a branding standpoint. I think the name is genius, an ancient name, that sounds modern, which means peace. The combination is a sleek brand with a smart way to bring the peace pipe into the 21st century. The logo is simple and elegant. It suggests a pot leaf without being one, while also referencing the most pronounced sound in the products’ name, the “X”. 

Will I Buy Again?

At some point I know I’m going to have to replace it, hopefully not for another year or more, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that I’ll be buying another PAX. I might even re-buy the PAX 2 again unless a reliable source for extracts opens up in my hood, then I’ll spring for the fancy dual use PAX. 

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