Product Type: Swan in Tobacco
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Swan Extra Slim Filter Tips
Member Name: dawnmarywhite
Swan Extra Slim Filter Tips
Advantages: Good packaging, great size
Disadvantages: Excess packaging, expensive compared to '£1 shop' alternatives
I roll a fabulous cigarette. Shockingly (since I'm only 28), I've been rolling my own cigarettes for about 13 years and in that time I have mastered it to a fine art. I can roll in rain, wind, on the move, in the pitch dark, one handed. Although a master is nothing without good tools, and this is where Swan come in. In all my years of smoking rolling baccy, Swan has been the brand of filter tips I have used the most. Always the extra slim, unless I couldn't get them and had to settle for the slim ones that come loose in a box - I feel like I'm smoking a tree trunk though and my artful cigs suffer.
These filter tips are pre-cut, and packaged within thin plastic tubes; each tube contains 6 tips I think (my pack is empty now, so can't double check!) The tubes are all contained within a cardboard box (the design of which is similar to cigarettes) in the typical Swan colours of yellow, green and red. Getting a tip out of the plastic tube is really easy, I simply use the end of my fingernail to pop it up where I can then grab it. If you are a nail biter and have no fingernails at all then you might find you pop the bottom tip out the other end of the tube at the same time. The annoying thing about these though, is that I am forever finding empty plastic tubes all over the place - it is really excess packaging, but it is highly convenient.
Putting bare filter tips in your tin or pouch beside your tobacco can dry your baccy out, as they act as a 'sponge'. I personally find dried out baccy tastes worse and feels far more harsh to smoke, so if I do have loose filters I will only put a small amount of baccy in my tin at any given time, to minimise this. However, Swan has cleverly thought of this already and have blessed us with the plastic tubes; these help prevent your baccy getting dried out when kept beside your tips. Not only that, but the days of rooting around in your baccy for the last stray filter tip you KNOW is in there are long gone.
Rolling with these is so easy for me. They are the perfect size and as I mentioned I really dislike when I have to use bigger tips temporarily. Using these tips helps me to make perfectly straight and tight cigarettes, without worrying about the filter tip coming out in your mouth with the first draw, or being too loose inside the paper. Using Swan extra slim filter tips I consistently roll cigarettes that smoke well without having to suck like you're trying to get that golf ball through that straw. Of course, a lot of it does have to do with how well you roll, but as a relatively seasoned roller I can firmly say that different tips make a big difference to me and my cigs. I also just prefer thinner cigarettes, and it helps your baccy go further as well as meaning you're not breathing in quite so many nasties (though discount this if you smoke twice as many slims!)
Rizla do now offer extra slim tips in the same packaging, but it was Swan that got there first. I do now buy my filter tips from Poundland most of the time, where they come loose in boxes but thankfully the same size as these. If I am caught out however, it is always these tips that I will try and get - hence I ended up with a pack of them over the weekend. I believe I paid about 70-80p for them in a Co-op, but I could be wrong as I was more than a few sheets to the wind.
Since a pack contains 120 filter tips I think it's decent value, although now that Poundlands and the like are popping up everywhere and people are not limited to buying things like this singly in newsagents/tobacconists, it does start to look poorer - I will just compare it to the filters I get from Poundland for you, which cost £1 for 3 boxes of 160, so 480 tips. So, yeah, doesn't look to be such good value now! Difficult to say I recommend smoking, but if you do smoke then I would recommend these tips as they are good quality and do the job perfectly in my opinion, but in terms of value I think they are on a bit of a downward spiral. Though I don't doubt that there are far more seasoned rollers out there who will NEVER switch brands, regardless of what Poundland has to offer!
Summary: A good filter tip but I'll still buy the cheaper ones where possible