|Xikar EXII Liga Privada Soft Flame Review|
This EXII is done in a high polish finish, with very solid construction to be expected by Xikar. High polish to me is like a black car, nothing beats it visually when it's clean. I use this correlation with EXII Liga Privada because it loves finger prints. Granted, this is to be expected from anything high polish. I was immediately impressed with the size of the lighter. I was not expecting it to be as large as it is. I prefer a little larger than smaller. It measures 2.6" tall, 1.6" wide, and .6" thick. Due to the size of the EX series it is easy to grip, feeling very secure in the hand.
The lid flips up responsively with a simple flick of the thumb. Xikar's soft flame is a bit of a hybrid flame in my opinion. It is a powerful wind proof soft flame compared to that of a Bic or Zippo. You can see the difference in the flame in the pic below. The beauty of this is the flame does not "flicker" around nearly as much as traditional soft flame. The advantage here is a more precise lighting experience if there is any type of breeze. Here on CLR we consider this the best soft flame lighter. Alec Bradley's The Burner gets the best tabletop soft flame vote. The EX has a large fuel tank and an easy to use oversized fuel adjustment wheel.
The lighter is pure stunner, with the Liga Privada lion and "9" design predominantly displayed on both sides of this EXII. As with most things in life quality comes at a higher price, the EXII list at $99.99. If you are a soft flame fan and fan of the Liga Privada series it would be hard to go wrong with this offering. This lighter can be found at Lighters Direct. Currently, if you use the CLR10 promo code it will shave off an additional 10%!
CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
9.0 - Aesthetics
9.5 - Finish/Construction
9 - Flame
9 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
8 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 8.9
Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - no proof lifetime warranty, best soft flame CLR has tested
Consideration - finish holding up over time