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HotHands Hand Warmers Review

Posted by Dave On November - 20 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

HotHands Hand Warmers BoxDespite all the global warming alarmists telling us that the earth will spontaneously combust into a ball of fire in the next few years, don’t tell that to the tailgaters in western New York this week. The epic snowstorm in Buffalo is on track to set a record…. IN BUFFALO! Even though the snowpocalypse may descend on many parts of the country before the football season is over, that won’t stop die hard tailgaters from braving the elements to grill up some burgers or give some brats a proper Viking funeral.

Just because we tailgaters will go out in weather that is not fit for man nor beast, does not mean we have to handle it like savages. We recently discovered HotHands hand warmers and Toasti-Toes foot warmers and put them to the test.

The first thing you need to know about HotHands hand warmers and foot warmers is that they are disposable and react to the oxygen in the air when taken out of the packaging. The oxygen combines with the contents inside the packet and causes a chemical reaction that gives off heat for about 10 hours. That’s plenty of time for even the longest of cold weather tailgates. Simply remove the packet from the outer packaging, give the packet a shake to expose the contents to the air and they will begin to heat up immediately. The entire process will probably take about 20 minutes for the packet to reach the full heated potential and will stay that way for the duration. While the heating process was taking place, we placed the HotHands hand warmers in our pockets to maximize the heating efficiency. We also could have inserted them into a glove as well.

When using the HotHands, we noticed the heat level was comfortable enough to keep our hands warm but not too hot that it was uncomfortable to hold them directly on our skin. Conversely, the temperature was not too low either that they wouldn’t make a noticeable difference. The heat level the HotHands hand warmers produce was just the perfect amount that it was not too hot or too cold and was a comfortable temperature.

When the HotHands started to lose heat intensity before the 10 hours were up, we just removed the packet from our pocket and shook the contents around a bit. Apparently the packet wasn’t getting enough oxygen in our pocket to keep the chemical reaction going. We exposed it to the air again to get the reaction going and then put it back in our pocket.

HotHands Hand Warmer Specs:

  • Small size (2.25″ x 4″)
  • Packaged in pairs
  • Produce heat (130F)
  • Portable (No wires or batteries)
  • Odorless
  • Nontoxic, nonflammable

Toasti-Toes Foot warmersAfter noticing that the chemical reaction and the heat it produces reduces when the oxygen level is reduced, we tested to see if we could extend the life of the HotHands packets if we didn’t use them the entire time. After about four hours of exposure to the air, we took the HotHands packet and placed it in a plastic zipper bag and took out as much air in the bag before closing it up. The following morning we took it out of the bag and shook the contents to see if the packet would warm up. Indeed it did and we were able to get two uses out of one HotHands packet.

When tailgating, warm hands is one thing but cold toes is a whole different ball game. Nothing makes tailgating in the cold more miserable than if your toes feel like icicles at the ends of your feet.

HotHands also makes toe warmers too called Toasti Toes. Toasti Toes are a packet similar to the hand warmers but instead of being a rectangle shape they have a rounded toe and adhesive backing. They are designed to function in the low oxygen environment of boots and shoes so you don’t have to keep taking them out and exposing them to the air to maintain a constant heat. All you do is simply stick the warmers to the outside of your sock, under or over your toes, and you now have about eight hours of warmth on your little piggies.

Toe Warmer Specs:

  • Size: 5 in x 4.25 in
  • Maximum Heat: 115 Degrees
  • Average Temperature: 97 Degrees

After thoroughly testing the HotHands hand warmers and the Toasti Toes toe warmers, we are going to give them the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval. They worked well and lasted quite a long time. We enjoyed the fact that they could be reused if you did not use them the entire duration. They are made in the USA which is a plus and also the price was perfect, especially for a one-time-use, disposable item.

For more information or to buy a box of your own for your next tailgate party, visit: warmers.com

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Posted by Dave On November - 19 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

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I love coozies. LOVE them. My collection of coozies – or “insulated can holders” – is in the double digits. I’ve got thin sleeve coozies and thick foamy ones. I’ve got coozies with Phillies and Eagles logos, coozies specifically designed for bottles and even a coozie on a necklace for hands-free drinking. I recently got engaged, and received a pair of “Mr.” and “Mrs.” coozies as an engagement present.

I tell you all this because in all my coozie collecting years, I have never owned a coozie attached to my winter gloves. In fact, the thought never even entered my mind until I came across the TailGator Beverage Glove. I quickly realized that I had been missing out, and couldn’t be more excited about adding the “Ultimate Cold Weather Party Glove” to my arsenal of beverage handling.

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First things first, the gloves themselves are awesome. Warm and comfortable and they offer a soft microfleece shell, Thinsulate Insulation, waterproof linin, and soft rubber-tech grip. Even if I was the least-thirsty man in the world, with no intentions of ever handling a beverage, I would feel great about wearing these gloves. And they come in a bunch of great colors like Glacier Blue and Cardinal Red, so you can be sure to coordinate with your favorite team (or go for the Highland Timber Camo if you are trying to remain properly hydrated while hiding from deer).

Tailgator Glove InstructionsWhile these high-quality gloves are great on their own, the built-in beverage holder really puts it over the top. The gloves boast an elastic stretch beverage holder that accommodates all beverages – bottles, cans, plastic cups and water bottles all fit snugly in the holder. Simply flip the holder around to the palm side of the glove and attach it to the Velcro tab. When not in use, the holder attaches to the back of the glove, completely out of the way.

Having a built-in beverage holder brings a lot of positives to your outdoor drinking situation. First of all, your beverage is going to stay cold and your hands are going to stay warm thanks to the insulated material. If you have ever held an ice-cold beer in your hands on a winter day, you know how important this feature is. Even with gloves on, the cold has a way of getting through to your hands.

In the past, I have tried to combat this problem by putting a regular coozie on my beer and then holding it in my gloved hand. Unless you enjoy broken bottles and wasted beer, I do not recommend this. The built-in beverage holder allows you to keep the beer cold and your hands warm, without having to worry about awkwardly fumbling your drink.

Rob Halloween Tailgator Beverage GlovesI recently tested these gloves out on Halloween, the first big chill of the season here in Philadelphia. Going door-to-door with the little ones, I was able to sip on some refreshing adult treats without having to worry about my hands going numb from the cold.

Everybody was asking me about the gloves, and I even received a few free beverages so people could see them in action. When asked by the other adults, I told them all the same thing – “They are great! Get a pair!”

The only downside I could see is that BOTH gloves don’t come with the beverage holder. You know, for when you really like to party.

The Tailgator Beverage gloves cost $24.99 a pair and that price includes free shipping.

To learn more about Tailgator Beverage Gloves, visit their website: thetailgatorglove.com

$500 AT&T Gift Card to go #Techgating

Posted by Dave On November - 14 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

AT&T Techgating LogoIf your tailgating set-up could use a little sprucing up, Tailgating Ideas and AT&T have teamed up to help take your #Tailgatingfail and turn it into a #Techgating victory.

Tailgating Ideas is giving away an AT&T Gift Card valued at $500. The gift card can be used to purchase all kinds of technology, including AT&T U-Verse to take your tailgating to the #techgating level.

Entry to win the $500 gift card is simple and free. All you need to do is submit your entry via any three different social media channels, all of which are free. Submission via any combination of the three channels can only help increase your chances of making the top 10. Three ways to enter:

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1. Submit a photo or Vine video via Twitter. Submissions should embody why you should win the $500 AT&T gift card. Show us how your tailgate party could stand to be upgraded with the latest technology and #techgating devices. Make sure to tag @TailgatingIdeas in your tweet and also use the hashtag #Techgating.

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2. Submit a photo or Instagram video via Instagram of how you are #techgating during game day. Same criteria that applies to the Twitter submissions will apply for Instagram submissions. We want to see why your tailgating crew could use an upgrade in technology and how a $500 AT&T gift card would get you there. Make sure to tag @tailgatingideas and use the hashtag #techgating in your submission.

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3. Submit a video of yourself and your tailgating crew showing us how you are #techgating and explaining why you should win the $500 gift card. Tell us what you would spend the $500 AT&T gift card on and how it will help you take your tailgating experience to the next level. Publish the video to YouTube or Vimeo and send us the link via email through our Contact page.

Deadline to submit entries is November 23, 2014 at midnight Pacific Time. During the week of November 24th through December 1st, the top 10 finalists picked by the Tailgating Ideas staff will be posted to the website. There you and friends will be able to vote for your favorite submission. The top three entries receiving the most votes will be considered by the Tailgating Ideas staff to determine the final winner of the gift card. The Tailgating Ideas staff will ultimately decide the winner while considering voting results as a major determining factor. Winner will be notified December 3, 2014.

Best of luck and make sure to share this on all of your social media channels. $500 for #techgating supplies can go a long way. Good luck and get those submissions in before the November 23rd deadline.

We all know the Monopoly Guy is pretty dashing and debonair. Did you also know he parties like a rock star and tailgates? Check out Mr. Monopoly doing a keg stand at the Jets vs Steelers tailgate.

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