About Our Brands

DESIGNED &
MADE BY GRAV


Jane West is an entrepreneur based in Colorado who is working to make our industry more inclusive by supporting companies led by women and servicing female consumers specifically. For several years, Jane built an accomplished career in event planning at a major firm in Denver. Amidst the entrepreneurial Green Rush in her home state, Jane began holding private events showcasing both recently legalized products and her signature finesse for networking. When one of these parties was covered in a national news broadcast, Jane was dismissed from her job.

Refusing to be defeated by the hypocrisy and prejudice in her industry, Jane retooled her expertise and launched an eponymous line of products and publications. She helped found Women Grow, an alliance of women from every corner of the business community. After familiarizing herself with smoking culture, Jane knew she wanted a family of Jane West glass pipes and sought out GRAV for collaboration. Her goal was to create pieces that a professional woman would be proud to leave out when friends or colleagues came to visit.

GRAV’s Product Development team embraced the opportunity to experiment with new techniques and silhouettes. The GRAV Jane West line is characterized by a striking combination of curves and sharp angles on cobalt blue glass. Pieces representing each major glass pipe category come together in a collection that has defied all expectations. The entire project is a testament to the way GRAV creates partnerships that elevate our industry.

UPLINE |

DESIGNED BY
MICAH EVANS


In 2012, Micah Evans was commissioned by a friend to make a custom water pipe resembling the planet Saturn - a large glass globe encircled by hollow rings. While the design was beautiful, the functionality was messy. The water pulled to the top of the chamber would plummet back into the globe after every hit, forcing air into the stem and launching burning plant matter into the air.

Micah resolved the problem by stacking several smaller globes in a vertical array, slowing the water’s descent and eliminating the recoil. He refined this design to eventually resemble a continuous tube with a series of thick restrictions. Micah named his creation the ladder perc, because water climbs through each bubbler chamber during use. When Micah shared an early prototype with Dave Daily, Dave knew right away what an elemental structure Micah had built. The simple elegance of the pipe’s mechanics impressed and fascinated Dave, and his positive feedback encouraged Micah to move forward with the design. Together they conceived the Upline, a clean and reproducible version of the ladder perc, and it has been a centerpiece in GRAV’s catalog ever since.

Micah is now a senior designer on GRAV’s Product Development team and has grown the Upline into an entire family of products. Each hand pipe, water pipe, and bubbler features the same distinctive restrictions that ripple light and capture color. The extra-thick tubing and ergonomic mouthpieces give each design superior hand-feel and weight. The line has been hugely successful, reflecting GRAV’s pursuit of affordable luxury, and lessons learned from the Upline’s development will drive and inform GRAV’s projects in the future.

HELIX |

SINCE 2007
REDESIGNED 2016


Helix has been turning heads since 2007, when GRAV’s founder, David Daily, first saw the V-Tech prototype in an Austin glass shop. The unique design and function inspired Dave to work with the artist responsible, Wil Menzies. Dave knew the piece needed a new name and logo if it was going to succeed beyond Texas. He chose Helix, and it became our first and eventually most popular endorsed brand.

The essence of each Helix design is a Venturi chamber with three air-intake holes pushed into the widest point of the curve. These holes pull air into the chamber to cool and spin the smoke, making hits smoother, bowls last longer, and the iconic smoke pattern that fans worldwide associate with Helix. Dave saw the potential to reapply the Helix design across every glass category, and GRAV has grown the line from a single pipe to a family of products, featuring a one-hitter, bubbler, steamrollers, water pipes, and modular hand pipe set. Along the way, Helix has driven GRAV to find new means to source glass, build partnerships, and think purposefully about our catalog and audience.

In 2016, Stephan Peirce, Director of Product Development at GRAV, led a redesign of the Helix family. We launched three new water pipes with a focus on performance, along with a trio of hand pipes that bring Helix function to new and more affordable formats. In an industry of imitators, we are doing more to defend our proprietary technology and designs, because the future of Helix belongs to GRAV.

STAX |

FIRST ALL GLASS
MODULAR SYSTEM


While working on a follow up to the Gravitron, Dave Daily began experimenting with ground joints - the tapered restrictions that allow glass components to fit together without grommets. Dave enjoyed the satisfying interlocking of the joints, and soon conceived STAX, the first modular smoking system made entirely of glass.

STAX captures the playful nesting that originally attracted Dave, while still demonstrating GRAV’s scientific approach to glass. Bases, percs, and mouthpieces lock together in thousands of possible combinations. STAX brings together almost every brand and design feature GRAV has to offer and allows collectors to build and customize their own unique assembly.

In 2016, we revisited several of our classic STAX designs to improve their function and durability, introduced new components, and launched a series of STAX packages themed around popular constellations. Throughout its seven-year history, STAX has been a source of inspiration for dozens of other companies and remains relevant even as our smoking culture evolves rapidly.

GRAV |

SOMETHING
FOR EVERYONE


Long before the housing market crashed, Dave Daily left his career in the home loan industry to pursue a more ethical and creative line of work. He had always been fascinated by design and wanted to create a product that could become a household name. He needed something straightforward, original, and affordable, preferably in a market that had yet to be monopolized. Inspired by Austin’s progressive environment, he invented the Gravitron - the first gravity smoking system made entirely of glass.

Dave spent the better part of 2004 cutting glass, assembling Gravitrons, and selling them to local head shops. As he became more confident working with glass and more familiar with the American pipe industry, Dave began to hire glass artists and head shop veterans to assist him. They named their fledgling company Grav Labs.

It was difficult to make the business profitable off the back of only one product, so Dave was eager to diversify the Grav Labs catalog. First came the taster, a fun and simple chillum that was inexpensive to make and could sell in any shop. Next was a line of simple tubes, adding more glass workers and full-sized lathes to our hot shop. But it was only with the creation of the Helix hand pipe that GRAV’s branding and aesthetic came into focus. Dave redefined his vision for the business and began to position GRAV as a comprehensive scientific glass company for a more modern and inclusive audience.

GRAV has since become a mainstay in the pipe industry and a champion for legitimizing and servicing the global community of smokers. Our iconic brands and prolific designs appeal to consumers of every age, sex, budget, and walk of life. We have built partnerships with artists and companies all over the world, and we work each day to make our field more professional and imaginative. Dave’s dream of creating a household name is within reach, and we are dedicated to crafting the perfect piece for every member of the GRAV family.