Product: CigarzUp Cigar Rest
Purpose: Clasps onto your beverage and holds your cigar. A portable cigar rest.
Provided by: CigarzUp provided two samples for this review
CigarzUp – Initial Thoughts
I was initially a little afraid of reviewing the CigarzUp, thinking there was a chance I might burn my eye out with this review. Thankfully, that fear was unfounded. CigarzUp is a cigar cradle attached to a ring that holds it onto your beverage of choice. The cradle keeps the cigar from touching your cold drink
CigarzUp.com describes the purpose: “There are 20 million cigar smokers across the country that share the same dilemma: finding a comfortable place to relax and enjoy a cigar. CigarzUp helps you do just that — at the beach, by the pool, out on the patio, fishing, camping or anywhere you want to light up with a cold beverage.”
I had 4 big questions I wanted to answer about CigarzUp:
- What drink sizes can it attach to?
- How big can my cigar be and still fit?
- Can I drink my drink without lifting up my cigar?
- Can I walk around with it?
Let’s get to them!
CigarzUp – What drink sizes can it attach to?
The folks at CigarzUp say that it can attach to your favorite beverage, so I wanted to give a couple different beverages a try. The clasp looked to be on the smaller side when opening the package, so I put it through its paces.
It attaches well to a standard beer bottle with no difficulty.
How about an aluminum can? It fits, but gave some resistance. You can see some small dents in the top of the can in the photo below. Once it’s on, it holds well and functions fine. It does take a little pushing, though.
Let’s get a little weirder. What if I’m carrying around my favorite bourbon glass? Does it fit that? Turns out it does.
Okay, cool! But what if I want to drink my bourbon straight from the bottle? A bourbon bottle is much bigger than the average beer bottle, so this is really more of a stress test – can the CigarzUp stretch without breaking?
It stretched admirably, though you can see that it doesn’t hold itself around this larger bottle. If you’re going to walk around drinking straight out of your bourbon bottle, the CigarzUp probably won’t help you. I was sent two samples, so I got adventurous and curious – are they both this springy? Turns out one was, and the other wasn’t. The bronze model snapped when stretched this far. I don’t hold that against the product at all – it’s certainly not meant to take this kind of strain. I was surprised this worked the first time. CigarzUp has more stretch to it than I initially guessed.
CigarzUp – How big can my cigar be and still fit?
The cradle of of the CigarzUp fits most cigars. A 60 ring gauge cigar fits snugly. It seems reasonable to me that most cigar accessories wouldn’t work for cigars larger than 60 RG.
I also tried a 58 RG chisel to see how it would handle irregular vitolas. That fit just fine too.
CigarzUp will hold most cigar sizes you’d want to smoke.
CigarzUp – Can I drink my drink without lifting up my cigar?
The promotional video for the product shows someone drinking without lifting their cigar by putting their index finger on top of the stogie. I didn’t watch the video before trying it out, but I’d read about the method. It worked just fine, and I didn’t find it awkward or difficult. My biggest fear was that I was going to burn out my eye, but that fear was completely unfounded. Check out our video to see how it worked for me.
CigarzUp – Can I walk around with it?
One of the use cases for the CigarzUp would be to take it to a festival or party, so I wanted to see if I could walk around with it. So I took a walk around the yard for a while. Using the same method of holding my index finger on top of the cigar, the stick didn’t slip or move at all. Holding my index finger on top of the cigar wasn’t uncomfortable.
CigarzUp – Pros and Cons
Pros: it keeps one of your hands free, it keeps your cigar safe from the cold & condensation of your drink, you can drink your beverage while using it, you can walk around with it easily, it could help you take some really cool pictures of your cigar and drink (Instagram, anyone?). It’s sold on Amazon, which makes it easy to find for everyone.
Cons: it gets harder to use as you get close to the end of your cigar, it’s a little tough to put onto an aluminum can (at least when new). When I’ve asked some fellow smokers for their thoughts, some said that it solves a problem they don’t have. If you have a problem it could solve, though, it’s a pretty good solution.