Familiar with that scratchy throat and cough after smoking a fatty? Rolls Smart Filters might help you prevent that.
Who is Rolls?
ROLLS69 is a company that originates out of the Czech Republic. They are the creators of these smart filters. They were created with the intention of reducing the number of harmful chemicals entering the lungs when smoking, providing a smoother more enjoyable toking experience, whilst simplifying the rolling experience.
The South African branch of the company opened in 2018, providing these filters for the local market, along with SHINE’s 24 karat gold rolling papers and the Cone Artist rolling assistor – and a few other goodies. We’ll get to these in another review though.
A filter isn’t exactly a flashy piece. They’re generally plain and simple but Rolls have taken some steps to make things a little more exciting. Their filters are slightly longer in length, in order to accommodate their two part filtration system. One half looks like a traditional cigarette filter with a little more flow, and the other half like the filters rolled by hand for most joints. You can say best of both worlds 😉
They’ve included some indicators on the filters showing the direction of use, as well as a logo and other decorative pieces. So the filter itself is a classy looking piece that will look good in your smokebox and impress fellow smokers.
Rolls Smart Filters have a few purposes:
- Cool the smoke
- Eliminate waste products
- Simplify the rolling process
In terms of cooling the smoke, the filters achieve this. After giving the filters a go in a rolled jiggy, we didn’t notice the regular burning sensation at the back of the throat. The smoke did seem to be a lot smoother and didn’t want to make you cough up a lung.
When it comes to eliminating waste from the smoke, this isn’t easy to measure. We are unsure exactly what chemicals it stops and how it does so. However, the smoothness of the smoke is an indicator of waste being filtered out. Looking at the filter after smoking, it turns a brown/yellow colour. This tells us that certain elements are in fact being filtered.
Rolling your own filters can sometimes be finicky. These simplify things in the sense that you can simply grab a ready-to-go filter and get to rolling quicker. We don’t really see this as a necessity, but it is a nice way to keep things quick and simple. The size and shape of the filter also make it very easy to roll a joint with large papers, but we don’t recommend smaller papers as the filter is quite large.
These Rolls filters come in two diameter size variations – a 6.9mm and 5.8mm. Packs also come in different quantities, ranging from a pack of 10 to 80. A pack of 10 will cost you 40 bucks on their website, and a pack of 80 for R220.
When it comes to competition, the only other brand providing this style of filter is OCB. They provide activated charcoal filters designed to achieve the same goals as Rolls. Activated charcoal is the main differentiator here, with a box of 50 coming in at R180. This is slightly pricier per filter compared to Rolls and only come in one size – 7mm.
This may seem like a hefty cost when compared to a piece of cardboard or the filter paper provided by rolling paper companies. But if you’re looking to simplify your rolling process, make your smoking somewhat ‘healthier’ and stop the roughness of unfiltered bud – the cost is easily justifiable.
Rolls Smart Filters Conclusion
At the end of the day, these filters aren’t a necessity but a luxury. They do work as intended and do provide their benefits – they do cool your smoke, they appear to filter out some of the bad stuff and they simplify your rolling process. If you have a few bucks left for a novelty like this – we would definitely recommend them.