Your Guide to Picking an Outdoor-Friendly Piece

Posted by Cindy Rupp on

4/20 is coming up fast. Unfortunately, many of us have been cooped up in our houses all month forgetting that time even exists at all. Though it may not seem like it, nature is an essential activity. There's no better way to celebrate the holiday this year than enjoying a solo sesh of solitude in your favorite remote outdoor destination. 

Most traditional sesh supplies work great indoors, but they're not as well suited to being accidentally drop them off a 30 foot cliff. For this reason, finding a piece that works well with a rugged outdoor lifestyle can seem daunting. In reality, there is an entire universe dedicated to smoking accessories built specifically for this purpose.

This guide should help you pick a great outdoor pipe you’ll love to use on 4/20 and beyond. When it comes to outdoor-friendly pipes, there are a few key things that matter most: Portability, durability, and style.

In order to pick the right pipe, consider your needs. Will you be smoking smaller bowls and single hits yourself? If you tend to be a lone wolf type of toker, then you’d probably be satisfied having a small, pocket-friendly pipe.

Take a look at the different types of pipes below that are all suitable for outdoor use. After reading through the info and viewing the pipes, you should have a good idea as to what type of outdoor-friendly pipe best matches your personality and needs.


Also known as a dry pipe or hand pipe, a spoon is pocket-sized and easy to use. These small pipes come in a wide array of designs and colors. Spoons are generally made up of three main parts. There’s a bowl at one end for packing and lighting your herb. Spoons also have carburetors or carbs at the same end as the bowl. The carb is there to allow air into the pipe so you can easily clear the pipe of smoke. The neck and mouthpiece are located at the other end of a spoon to direct smoke into your mouth when you inhale.

Spoons are perfect for on-the-go, outdoor use. They’re discreet and they come in an endless supply of awesome colors and fun designs.

The award-winning 6-inch Genius Pipe is one of the most popular of all spoon pipes on the market today. It’s got an innovative and intelligent design. This is a 3-piece pipe held together with magnets. The three sections of this pipe stack on top of one another to form a powerful pipe sandwich. The Genius smokes like a dream and it’s super easy to clean.

There’s even a smaller version of the Genius called the Genius Mini pipe. It’s got all the same great features and design as its big brother, only in a more compact 5” size.

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Similarly to the Genius Pipe, the Honest Path Pipe is compact and virtually indestructible. This portable hand pipe honestly delivers a discreet and pleasant coughless smoking experience wherever you go. This sleek and modern pipe features a sliding top cover that seals over the bowl and smoke path underneath.

The Path pipe is simple to use and small enough to be taken with you wherever you go. The top sliding cover does an amazing job of keeping the odor contained, for even more discretion.

The one-of-a-kind Sun Token is a solar-powered hand pipe that lets you light the bowl using the rays from the sun. Yep, you read that right. This is an amazing hand pipe with a cool round design. It’s got a beautiful cherry wood base and a glass dome with an included magnifying glass.

The Sun Token harnesses the sun’s rays so you can vape your herb on cloudless days. You use the magnifying glass to direct rays onto the herb packed in the bowl under the glass dome. It’s unlike any other pipe design, allowing you to smoke using science and the sun.


Chillums are simple, portable travel pipes that have been around for ages. A chillum is a straight conical pipe that’s similar to a one-hitter but bigger. Chillums come in a ton of designs & colors and can be made of various materials like metal, ceramic, glass, or quartz.

If you’d like a simple pipe without all the bells and whistles, a chillum is a solid choice.

The proper way to hold a chillum is to position the pipe between your middle finger and ring finger using a closed fist. This makes for very discreet smoking, which is ideal when you want to take a hit or two without attracting unwanted attention.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to chillum designs. There are tons of choices, like the pocket-friendly and discreet OG Chillum made of durable borosilicate glass. If you’re more into making a statement, you can choose something fun and colorful like the whimsical Swirl Fritted Fish chillum that screams for attention.

Silicone Pipes

Silicone pipes are synonymous with traveling and the outdoors due to their extreme durability. The Roll Uh Bowl is nearly unparalleled in this category. This is a foldable silicone water pipe that makes it extremely portable. When you’re not using it, fold it in half, toss it in your bag and get moving.

If you’d like something more discreet, check out the sleek and innovative Journey Pipe J3 that’s extremely durable. The J3 is perfect for outdoor use because it's fitted with a magnetic locking lid to keep your herb safe and secure.

Durability doesn't have to come at the expense of style and fun. Many silicone pieces allow you to express yourself with just as much variety and flavor you've come to enjoy from glass. The Silicone Elephant Bubbler is a piece you'll truly never forget. This durable silicone water pipe shaped like an elephant has a deep glass bowl on the elephant’s back and a mouthpiece at the end of the trunk. At just 4.5 inches long, this pipe is far from being as big as a real elephant. It’s portable and fun to use and look at.

The Session Good Travel Spoon combines the durability of silicone with the functionality of a spoon pipe into one incredible unit. The cleverly-designed silicone sleeve protects the glass pipe and allows you to save the bowl.

This pipe comes with a steel key ring that attaches to your bag, keychain, or belt loop so it’s always ready to use when adventure calls. This pipe promises to make all your sessions good.


Steamrollers are portable hand pipes that are wildly popular and well-suited for the outdoors. A steamroller is a carb-equipped straight pipe that combines the magic of a simple, compact smoking piece with the hit capacity of a full-sized bong.

The Marley Natural Black Walnut steamroller is a popular pipe that combines hand blown borosilicate glass with a rounded black walnut mouthpiece. It’s a distinctive, Jamaican-inspired pipe that will add some classic sophistication to your 4/20 seshes.

There are many outdoor-friendly steamrollers that slide easily into a pocket or bag so check them out. They’re portable, simple to use, and don’t attract much attention.

Toker ingenuity has given us many different ways to enjoy great herb outdoors. Take some time to browse through Smoke Cartel’s vast inventory. We’re confident you’ll find the perfect outdoor-friendly pipe to help you celebrate 4/20, practice safe social distancing, and enjoy the bounty of nature the way our souls crave. 

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