Last week we announced our $500 AT&T Gift Card to go #Techgating giveaway. We requested tailgaters submit photos and videos of themselves tailgating with a chance to be selected to receive a $500 gift card from AT&T to upgrade their tailgate party to include some #techgating gear.
We’re now asking you, the readers of TailgatingIdeas.com, to review the submissions and vote on which tailgate is most deserving of the $500 gift card to upgrade their tailgate. Make sure to share this post with friends and family and on social media and vote in the poll at the bottom of this post. Voting will remain open until December 1, 2014. 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.
The entries are below. Click on each picture to view larger images. Voting poll is located below the image gallery.
Despite 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)
- Nontoxic, nonflammable
After 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
On November - 18 - 20141 COMMENT
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.
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).
While 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.
I 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