I've been on hunt for a dugout for a long time now, and came across this one quite by accident whilst trawling all the usual sites. Still can't understand how I missed it before. It didn't take me long to decide this was The One and place the order. Five days later it was in my hot little hands.
It's heavier than I expected, which is wonderful, because I was hoping for a good, solid piece but preparing for disappointment because you never know what youll get these days when you see "aluminum." Grav is known for the best quality, though, and that includes this well-made dugout. The storage chamber is fixed firmly inside the dugout, no signs of looseness. It can store a good deal of material, much more than pretty much any other dugout I've ever seen. The lid only swivels one way, which is a little annoying, but it makes sense because that minimizes accidental opening and spillage when being carried in a pocket or bag. The lid has a tiny magnet underneath it near the spring-loaded bat compartment, but it doesnt do much to keep the lid shut securely.
The bat is three inches long and smooth, with no strange taste to it. I personally find the short length uncomfortable, but I generally use a longer pipe - usually a water pipe or bubbler. The metal does warm up pretty quickly, but I was able to get through a sesh without anything overheating to the point of being uncomfortable. Because everything is good quality metal, you can put it away again without having to wait for anything to cooldown before stowing the bat. I got three/four good hits from the capacity of the bat.
The serrated tip on the bat is a must-have in comparison to other tasters with a smooth edge; it's a breeze to fill. Because I *loathe* inhaling ash, I cut a standard sized bronze screen into quarters, tucked one quarter into the bowl end of the bat, dropped the other three into the nice carrying pouch that came with the dugout, and I'm all ready to ramble. My city has recently come to its senses regarding certain laws, so I'll be happily carrying this awesome dugout with me from now on. Being a chronic pain / illness patient also has me grateful for the existence of this excellent unit, because it's virtually indestructible for the times I might not have the best grip, and I'll be able to handle pain management much more efficiently when I'm away from home.
The one way in which this dugout could be improved is to have a better closure option - perhaps some way to snap the swiveling lid in place - and some kind of bushing between lid and body so that a seal is achieved. It doesnt have to be waterproof, but the lid isnt as close-fitting and doesnt shut quite as tightly as it should do, especially for what this item costs.
Still and all, I'm not sorry for the purchase, and you won't be either. Excellent dugout, high-quality manufacturing, fast shipping. It could only get better if there was free flower included! I'll be getting a few more of these as gifts for friends. Thanks for an excellent product and a complication-free shopping experience, Grav!