The Ascent. What a name. Makes you think of Everest or somethin’ and some long journey to the top. But we’re not talking mountains of rock here, we’re talking mountains of vapor. And that is a darn near-close description of just how fruitful and efficacious the new Ascent vaporizer happens to be. Lucky me, I got one not long ago on a limited pre-release to play with and share my thoughts on.
First off, when you see this thing, you don’t look at it, you behold it. Now I was always a fan of the DaVinci’s sleekness and streamlined design, but this thing just ups the ante to a whole other level. I mean, the DaVinci could be comparable to say, a walkman from the days of old.
This new model, The Ascent, looks like an mp3 player or phone, hands down, and that is always a plus when it comes to having a vape that is not only portable, but also discreet to boot. I mean, who carries around a walkman anymore, ya know? The OLED is another step up, and was shining brightly for me when I first fired it up and happened to be standing in direct sunlight. Sweet. The batteries on the Ascent Vaporizer are dual rechargeable lithium-ion and they look to be easily replaced when that time comes and they have no more juice to give. The sticker on the unit is a bit more than we originally were led to believe, retailing at $250, so let us continue on our journey here and see if the price of admission is worth the vista at the summit of our ascent.
Needless to say, I fired it up to get the heat rolling. Nice chilled out tint to the screen I might add.. Diggin’ it. On the smaller bottom side of the unit there is a vent which is a really nifty place to stick it, because unlike the DaVinci, you’re not going to have to duck and dodge the radiating heat anywhere near as much while holding it. A little release is down there to, which then opens the swivel, and the chamber pleasantly unfolds into view. Very dynamic stylings here. The digital readout is of course a total hit, and seems those are becoming more and more the standard in the industry. Hopefully that trend continues.
For my first heat up time on the Ascent, I went a bit high, and stuck with 400 degrees. I wanted to see just how fast this would take, and truth be told, my expectations were not only met, but exceeded. Just about 60 seconds from ice cold. I tell you, the more I use and review these vapes, the faster they seem to be getting. I guess technology is happily ticking right along then within the vape market, huh?. Works for me especially too, since impatience is a trait that happens to run very deeply in the branches of my family tree, and we just can’t be bothered with waiting, heh. So getting on with it, the herb chamber is a flat-out great size! So important when you’re on the go, and need a judicious amount of material sealed up at the ready in your vape. Nice and wide, plus it was deep as well, which bodes well for the conduction aspect and resulting vapor production.
The screen is located on the bottom of the unit when the lower section is folded out, and can be easily gotten to and cleaned with the little tool they give you. Speaking of the tools, once again, you get to stow them on the device. Such a neat feature I wish more vape makers would employ. There’s also a little hook tool that you use to remove the all-glass oil cans that snuggle right up in the chamber should the need to “concentrate” your efforts arise. This tiny feature makes a huge difference, and really spares you the cumbersome task of getting them out of such a tight-fitting compartment(good thing really, secure).
Now, I had seen pictures of the extendable all-glass stem, and was anxious to give this process a shot and see how agreeable it was. Well, I had to get a purchase on the thing before I pulled it out which seemed tricky at first, but once I understood how to grab it, my issue went up in smoke, er vapor. Lovin’ it! Personally speaking, I’m a big proponent of glass, and try to stay away from rubber or any type of plastic whenever possible. Glass just adds a whole new dimension to the taste and overall experience of any device, and this is where the Ascent lurches ahead of it’s predecessor, and really knocks the ball over the fence.
Give me a wide, retractable glass piece any day over bendy rubber that while durable, really retards the flavor of the vapor. Of course this would have been a compromise if the piece was only screw on or fixed in place. That would have seriously detracted from it’s portability. But nay! The glass stem slides away into the crux of the Ascent and thus is safe from all the would-be harm your dopey self would most likely inflict.
Now comes the creamy part. Milky, smoggy, misty, whatever. Point is, it was a hell of a weather front that blew in when pulling on this thing! I think the diameter of the pathway really plays a big part in the mother lode of vapor this thing imparts, and also the straight-run pathway that is a clean shot from the chamber to your taste buds helps it do its business like the cham-peen it undoubtedly is.
Look, I’m all for futuristic design, and ergonomic function, but if it ain’t bringin’ it when it comes to the output, you won’t catch me singin’ it’s praises. The Ascent brought it. Straight to my skull cap. And that’s a double good on DaVinci because this thing is small by any vaporist’s standards. For a little guy to play so big with the clouds, you know someone’s doing their homework somewhere, and definitely getting something right.
I stirred the mix after about 4 nice draws, and then like magic, seemingly reset the process and eeked out 3 more robust clouds before the ol’ girl called it quits. Nothing like a stir tool a few centimeters big that somehow saves you untold amounts of unnecessary investment in vaping material. The glass never got any type of serious hot the entire session, and just for the heck of it, I retracted it, and hit right from the unit. It was just as productive, if a bit less ergonomical to crane your neck and extend to the unit itself as opposed to having the stem come to you.
All in all, it was a dream to use, and I can absolutely say without hesitation that the Ascent Vaporizer is my new numero uno portable device. Only time will tell what will come after this amazing new portable, but if this kind of progress is any indication, the next generation may not be that far off from the Star Trek TV series that bears the same name. Beam me up Snotty, I’m definitely onboard for the ride!
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