Bong Fight: Little Sista Ice 5.0 Vs Messias Illusion Ice

RooR Little Sista Ice 5.0
RooR Little Sista Ice 5.0
WS Series Messias Illusion Ice
WS Series Messias Illusion Ice

Vs

Little Sista 5.0

TALE OF THE TAPE

Messias Illusion Ice

5mm

Glass Thickness

5mm

35cm

Height

40cm

900g

Weight

1000g

14.5 or 18.8

Joint Size

18.8

3

Pieces

3

Yes

Ice-Notches

Yes

No

Carb-Hole

Yes

FIGHT!

Category Rounds

RooR Little Sista Ice 5.0

WS Series Messias Illusion Ice

1.Joint Connection

10

9

2. Joint Strength

9

10

3. Glass Integrity

10

9

4. Glass Clarity

10

10

5. Aesthetics

10

9

6. Logo

10

9

7. Carb Hole

10

8

8. Parts Quality

10

8

9. In-Bong Options

10

10

10. Cool Factor

10

8

11. Feel

10

9

12. Price

8

10

TOTAL

117

109

Round by Round Analysis:

 

1.     Joint Connection

RooR bongs always, always fit perfectly. You will often discover that downtubes, diffusers and bowls made by other blowers will still find themselves fitting better into a RooR joint than they do into the bong they were originally made for. The Messias Illusion Ice valiantly attempts to match the RooR’s quality, and in many examples will achieve something close enough, but there is always a slight niggle somewhere with the Messias. Not enough of a niggle for it to take away from the bong’s general potential performance, but in this category, up against a RooR, anything less than perfection will be RooR’s round.

 

2.     Joint Strength

RooR boast the bistable joint on all their bongs of 3.2mm or above, which is when the glass is folded back on itself around the joint to double its strength. However, tonight it has picked a fight with a reinforced WS Series ‘Solid Tank’ joint, which is going to take the round based purely on the fact it has so much more glass in the joint than the Little Sista.

 

3.     Glass Integrity

Embarking on a tap test using scientific instruments such as my pen, I note the 5mm Little Sista has a much deeper chime on its underside than the 5mm Messias, suggesting the glass there is not spread as thinly as the Messias Illusion. It happens to all beaker bottoms, of course; the tube is blown out from the original thickness and thus the beaker is thinner. However, a deeper chime is much more reassuring and, coupled with the lovely thick mouthpiece the Little Sista boasts (the Messias’ is puny in comparison)  the round is thusly awarded to the RooR.

4.     Glass Clarity

A drawn round as both bongs can boast extreme clarity in their glass, with no discernable dirty or yellowing, slightly misty areas. To say one was superior to the other in this department would be a disservice and would likely draw accusations of corruption.

 

5.     Aesthetics

A tough one for the cheaper bongs to emerge victorious in, as RooR’s subtle class always shines through effortlessly. However, the Messias Illusion Ice certainly throws everything it’s got into the ring in an attempt to redress the balance. The bubbled feature of the Messias has the Little Sista on the ropes early in the round, and seeks the KO with the patterned mouthpiece. However, it is this very haymaker that is its undoing. While RooR remains calm and quietly confident of its own beauty, the Messias Illusion Ice has got a little over-excited and the poorly finished mouthpiece pattern swings and misses wildly, allowing RooR to edge the round with its natural elegance and kooky sigs.

 

6.     Logo

The WS Series frosted motif is quite nice and I thought we were going to have another drawn round here, as the black Roor logo is very cool too but doesn’t do anything particularly spectacular. But then my innocent eyes happen across the small blue Weed Star logo on the slant of the Messias beaker. It looks completely out of place on this piece and single-handedly hands the round to the Little Sista.

 

7.     Carb-Hole

A big round which RooR were always going to win. They abandoned carb-holes on their bongs a fair while ago now while the Messias Illusion still has a big fat one under the ice notches. While I am the judge of such battles, having a carb-hole is a no-no. If you happen to be a weirdo carb-hole lover, then simply add 2 points to the Messias total and minus two from RooR’s.

8.     Parts

The parts being the downtube and bowl that come with it, and glass aficionados everywhere will know that the quality of RooR’s parts are second to none. The bowls are well-sized, all joints fit perfectly and they subtly blend into the aesthetic ambience of the bong’s general appearance. The Messias illusion on the other hand, features a good looking bowl which is let down by the inconsistency of the space within the bowl and the hole diameter. You know exactly what you are getting with a RooR, whereas sometimes you have to wait and see with a Weed Star.

9.     In-Bong Options

Both RooR and Weed Star have a huge range of accessories and spare parts. Yes, you could argue for the superior quality of the RooR ashcatchers and diffusers and what not, but I can’t allow mid-fight ring invasions so the accessories themselves must fight each other another day. The facts are, Weed Star have loads of optional add-ons just like RooR, and their cheaper price makes them much more accessible for normal folk. Drawn round.

10.  Cool Factor

If there’s one round a RooR is guaranteed to win hands down, it’s the Cool Factor round. It would already have been a huge favourite even before Mr Phelps’ promotional campaign. RooR.de have established themselves as the Number 1 in the world and it will take a hell of an effort to dethrone them. They are the Manchester United of glass. They are the Beatles of bongs.

 

11.  The Feel

You know that feeling. You’ve been waiting for ages for it to come through the post, or it’s your first visit to your pal’s place to try his brand new piece, or you finally got a ride over to the headshop in the next city. You take it in your hands and just, well, feel it for a while. You gaze upon it and all its wondrous bits and bobs. This feeling can be probably be calculated by multiplying the burden of the bong’s cost according to your own personal financial constraints by the time taken for it to be in your hands after first deciding you want it, divided by the social ascendance instigated by the ownership of such a bong. I don’t have the time nor the brain for such calculations so I just grabbed one of each and held it for a bit. The RooR just felt a bit better.

 

12.  Price

The first 10-8 round for the Messias Illusion Ice, but let’s be honest, it’s damn nearly a knock-out round for Weed Star. Really, the round should be marked 10-1 to the Messias for the difference in price is huge. But then with the RooR Little Sista you’re paying for that Cool Factor. You’re paying for that Feel and for the best joint connections in the world. You’re paying for perfect parts and subtle, unexcitable beauty. You’re just paying your right arm through the nose for it.

And your winner…

 

"I'm gonna hit you so hard, your children will be born bruised."
“I’m gonna hit you so hard, your children will be born bruised.”

 

 

STOP FIGHTING!

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