Today we’re reviewing the rolling paper my friends and I used pretty much 99% of the time growing up.
No doubt there were more options available but everyone just defaulted to Zig-Zag because they were readily available at all the stores in our neighbourhood. So that meant if we wanted to roll a king size joint we combined 3 of these papers together to form a “3 Pape”. Of course with countless sizes, materials and types of rolling papers available now you don’t need to go through that hassle.
These iconic White Kutcorners have been around since 1879 and over that time gained a loyal following and reputation for quality. Today they still remain the most popular Zig-Zag paper in Canada and the US. Let’s see how they compare to Pure Hemp’s Classic Regulars or those unbleached Thinnest papers from Smoking Brand.
Check our review, rating and photos below.
QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION
Zig-Zag classifies these as single wide meaning they’re “regular” size (opposed to 1 1/4 or King).
The paper is made from a combination of natural flax plant fibers with the glue being a 100% natural gum based adhesive. As a result these papers have gained a reputation around the world for producing a classic, slow and even burn that both tobacco and cannabis smokers have come to appreciate over the last century.
These are not the thinnest rolling papers available we’ve reviewed so far. For that we’d still have to give the nod to Smoking Brand’s Medium Thinnest which were nearly see-through and had the consistency of tissue paper.
EASE OF USE
Zig-Zag introduced the cut corners as a way to make rolling easier for the user.
Does it really make difference?
Maybe. However I’ve been rolling now for so many years it’s hard for me to be objective so this one you’ll need to answer for yourself. Personally, I find cut corners to be just as straightforward as straight corners.
One thing I’ve always appreciated about this brand was their glue line. So many other companies either skimp or use such a low quality gum that the whole session is ruined by continual joint maintenance. That is not and never has been the case with Zig-Zig as their special thin glue line works every single time. Derived from the sap of the African acacia tree, the 100% natural properties of gum Arabic provide a consistent seal without impacting the taste.
Are these easier roll with compared to other brands?
This is personal preference so there really is no right or wrong answer. Plus it really depends on the type of joints you like to smoke. Some like ultra-thin paper, others prefer a thicker or larger paper like a king size. I’ve personally been using this exact product for so long that something just feels natural to me when I pick up one of these papers.
Zig-Zags are sold in cartons of 25 booklets with each of those booklets containing 100 papers each. That means you get a total of 2,500 papers for between $45 to $55 depending on where you live. A reasonable price if you compare to similar competing products. The rolling paper booklets are compact, lightweight, and very easy to fit in your pocket.
These have been my “go to” rolling papers for a very long time and I don’t see that changing unless the company changes something. If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it, right?
Of course someone without the same long history with a brand is not going to feel the same way which I totally understand. It’s why I feel selecting the right rolling paper can be subjective and comes down to the individual making the purchase.