Monday, August 26, 2013

Colibri Talon Lighter Review

Colibri Talon Torch Lighter
Colibri Talon Torch Lighter
  Here is the Colibri Talon single jet torch lighter up for review. This is the black and gunmetal version, CLR is a sucker for gunmetal. Colibri did a fantastic job aesthetically, very contemporary and modern vibe. With it's smooth lines and dimpled accents, it is far from your standard looking cigar lighter.
  The Talon has a lot going for it, but falls short in a few areas depending on what you are looking for in a lighter. Let's start on a the positive side first. Ergonomically, the Talon is awesome, fits in your hand  like it was born to be there. For a single torch torch, it has a larger fuel tank than many double or triple torch lighters. The fuel tank is translucent and 100% visible. CLR likes that! There is a very large oversized fuel adjustment knob. 
Colibri Talon Knob
  The best knob from an ease of operation standpoint that CLR has reviewed to date. There is nothing obstructing the knob on any side, allowing you to grip it very easily.
Colibri Talon Top View
  The Talon is very light due to the main body being comprised of plastic. Great if you like a light lighter, but CLR is not a big fan of heavy plastic construction. Makes it that much easier to crack should it take a decent fall. The lighter is not a single thumb action to ignition. You have flip open the lid, light, then close the lid. Granted by design this can all be accomplished with your thumb. There is no cigar punch integrated into the lighter. Talon is all about looks and a consistent strong wind resistant flame on the first attempt. Talon has a stiff price considering the construction and simplicityit at a suggested MSRP of $49. Though, it looks great and tested well.

Best Prices Found Here: Colibri Talon

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8.5 - Aesthetics
7.5 - Finish/Construction
7 - Flame
8 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
6.5 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 7.5

FIRE IT UP Results
- 20 back to back attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - aesthetics, awesome fuel adjustment, ergonomics
Consideration - construction, price

2 comments:

didn't colibri go out of business in 2009? did someone buy and resurrect the brand?

Yes, it was. Then relaunched the same year by a NY based company, with HQ staying in Rhode Island.

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