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Rips are a necissity for the advanced roller and save a lot of hassle in joining papers together for those extra long masterpieces.
Each roll of rips contains approximately four metres of paper, so depending on your rolling skills you can make your ciggy as long as you could possibly like but be warned, too long and it will fail to light. Unlike normal papers rips, as the name suggests, are ripped from the roll and this can cause ends which are less than perfect, I would advise keeping scissors handy. Unlike most papers rips are unable to add a running out slip, however this has been taken account for by the use of a red line when nearing the end of the roll which comes in very useful.
Unfortunately I find rips to be a bit too wide for my liking which will give a far too papery smoke (unless you are rolling very fat or coned). This does detract from the overall quality of the paper as I am forced to trim down the width each time.
Ranging in price from between 75pence and £1.50 for four meters of skin rips are reasonably good value as they last a fairly long time. Rips are available from most tobbaconists and headshops, whilst some newsagents will stock them they are harder to find than your average skin.
Unlike regular papers these will not get creased in your pocket, but they are also chunkier and as a result harder to carry around. They are a good quality paper and the ribs running along the skin make them nice and easy to roll. I would reccommend these to anyone looking to make a long smoke but not to those interested in shorter rollies as they are far too wide for this.
Rips are a great concept in smoking. You get a roll of paper and you choose your own length by ripping off what you want! *Paper Quality Rips are nicely ribbed, bearing the Rips watermark and are medium in weight. (like the Rizla Reds) The glue can be a little problematic from time to time but my tongue is always a little on the damp side. Better to undermoisten and add rather than go for it, you will probably lick the glue off. *The Roll In order to get a nice even burn I find that I roll tighter with rips. Be careful not to put too much pressure on any one point, especially when rolling a longer lasting masterpiece, rips give their best with a careful and well crafted approach. *Taste My preference has always been for dry Golden Virginia (open for a couple of days but not wide open!) for the consistency and the taste. When combined with Rips the result is very satisfying. The paper itself does not infringe upon the taste of the tobacco but rather adds a subtle tinge. *Overall If you are inclined to roll once and smoke for longer Rips are for you. They are great if you have friends around too. A learning curve has to happen with any art, Rips are no exception. Practience will pay dividends in the longrun, you may even get good enough to roll a cigarette that lasts you the whole day!