Cigar Shapes

All cigars fall into two categories of shapes. They are “Parejos” or “Figurado”. The parejos is a straight-sided cigar. The Figurado is an irregular shaped cigar.

Parejo Cigars

The Parejos is the most common cigar shape that you will find. The body of the cigar is round, the sides are straight, the foot is open, and the cap of the cigar is closed.

Parejos Cigar Shape

Figurado Cigars

A Figurado is a cigar that has an irregular cigar shape. This type of cigar is harder to roll and typically costs more. The Figurado has four common shapes. They are the “torpedo”, “pyramid”, “perfecto”, and the “presidente”. There are other shapes can fall under the Figurado category.  Thus anything with an irregular shape from the parejo cigar shape is considered a Figurado cigar shape.

Figurados Cigar Shape

Below are descriptions of the more common Figurado.


A belicoso cigar shape has an identity crisis. In the past it was a short pyramid, (about 5 or 5-1/2 inches long) with short rounded tapered head. Today, this cigar typically measures 5″ with a ring gauge of 50 with a rounded head rather than a point.

This huge cigar shape, measures 8 inches or longer. Is shaped like a Parejo but considered a Figurado because of its enormous size and the foot can be open, or closed. Typically has a 50 ring gauge or larger.


This cigar shape usually has a bulge in the middle and is typically closed on both ends. The length of this can vary between 4-1/2 to 9 inches with a ring gauge of 38-48.


This 6–7 inch cigar shape with a 40/52 ring gauge has a tapered head with an open foot.


This cigar shape has a pointed head, a closed foot, and a bulge in the middle.

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