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IceSoKool Cup Review

Posted by Dave On August - 23 - 2014

Margarita in IceSoCool CupAbout 10 years ago, I traveled quite a bit with a previous job that took me all over the United States. I traveled heavily during the summers and visited the south eastern portion of the United States frequently. During one of those travels we stopped in at a Hooters in Gainesville, Florida. We ordered a pitcher of beer and when it arrived at the table, the busty waitress also had a small bag of ice in her hand. She tied the bag to the handle and floated it in the pitcher of beer keeping it cold while sitting on the table but did not dilute it with the melting ice water. Genius idea, we thought. If only someone could come up with a way to do that for a cup while out tailgating.

It took 10 years but someone apparently has already taken that concept of keeping your drink cold without diluting it with melting ice. We recently discovered the IceSoKool cup. Take a look at their “How it Works” video and you will see the concept of keeping your beverage ice cold without watering it down.

As you saw in the video, the IceSoKool cup is a dual chambered cup with a cylinder in the middle. You place ice cubes in the center cylinder and as the ice melts, keeps your beverage cold

IceSoCool cups work in a 1, 2, 3, 4 step process that takes 10 seconds.

  1. Remove outer cup by unscrewing it from the inner cup.
  2. Place ice in the cylinder of the inner cup.
  3. Screw the outer and inner cups back together.
  4. Pour in your favorite beverage

IceSoKool Cup

Now that your IceSoKool cup is loaded with ice, you are free to fill with your favorite beverage. The claim we heard was that even in the hottest conditions, it will keep your beverage cold longer than other cups you have to freeze prior to use. And when it comes to tailgating, having a freezer in the parking lot is next to impossible but there are tons of ice chests full of ice available. Compared to those mugs that have gel crystals in them that you have to remember to freeze prior to use, IceSoKool is so much more tailgate friendly. Open up the cup, pop in some ice, fill it up and your drink stays cold.

Seeing how the IceSoKool people make these bold claims against those other cooling cups, they have dome some pretty extensive research. (Click on image for a larger view to read detailed notes)

IceSoKool Cup comparison

Of course, call us skeptical or whatever you want, but we at Tailgating Ideas have always wanted to test products for ourselves to ensure their claims are really true. We requested a sample of the IceSoKool cup and tested it out for ourselves. Without going into exhaustive detail and photos of digital thermometers, we will cut to the chase and say it works.

IceSoKool Cup

We took two beverages out of the fridge at the same time and poured them into cups. (Just because the center cylinder penetrates the inside of the cup, you can still pour 12 oz. of liquid in there.) One was poured into a regular plastic party cup (don’t start singing the Toby Keith song in your head) and the other was poured into the IceSoKool cup. We tested the temperature to ensure they started out at the same temperature. 45 degrees. We then walked away and let them sit in 80 degree temperature for about 15 minutes. Once we came back, the party cup was significantly warmer. The temperature on the IceSoKool cup was unchanged. We then drank equal amounts out of each cup and then walked away again.

Upon returning to the cups after another 15 minutes, the party cup was almost room temperature and was undrinkable. The IceSoKool cup was still cold and we proceeded to drink the remainder. We concluded that if it takes you longer than 30 minutes to drink your beer, there is a larger problem that can only be solved by getting a bunch of infant bottle nipples.

In conclusion, the IceSoKool works well, keeps your drink cold without watering it down and is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. A single IceSoKool cup will run you $16.99 and you get a discount if you buy a pair, two for $31.98 and free shipping on the second cup. For more information or to buy one or two of your own, visit: IceSoKool

.50 Cal Bottle Opener

Posted by Dave On August - 22 - 2014

50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener
Over the years, we’ve seen a ton of bottle openers. Some great for tailgating others, not so much.

We recently had the chance to check out the .50 Caliber Bottle Opener. As you can see it is a real, previously fired .50 caliber bullet that has been milled to now be a bottle opener. Not much else to it other than if you want to have a cool bottle opener for those patriotic holidays like 4th of July and Memorial Day or even to just look like a bad ass when opening your beer, this very well may be your first and last bottle opener.

Take a look at our video as we try out the .50 Cal Bottle Opener.

  • Made from a real, once fired U.S. Military .50 Caliber bullet
  • Precision cut, hand polished and anti-tarnish coated to ensure long life
  • Opens conversations as well as bottles

50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener

After testing out the .50 caliber bottle opener for ourselves, we are going to give it the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp. Not much else to say other than it opens bottles well and makes you look cool at the same time. And it will fit in nicely to any tailgating kit and not take up too much room.

The .50 Caliber Bottle Opener costs $15 plus postage and packaging. We thought this bottle opener was so cool, we decided that we should carry it in our online tailgating gear store. Buy it HERE.

GoBar Featured on KTLA Morning News

Posted by Dave On August - 15 - 2014

If you live in Southern California and watch the KTLA Morning News, chances are you saw Stacy Cox from Pampered People and her segment about tailgating. Cox, a regular contributor on Dr. Oz, the Marie Osmond Show and KTLA, featured the GoBar Portable Tailgating Bar on KTLA this morning. The GoBar comes in it’s own carrying bag and gives you your choice of three different skirt wraps including classic black, tiki themed and football field gridiron for those hardcore tailgaters.

GoBar Black Skirt

When Stacy Cox contacted us about the GoBar Portable Tailgating Bar, she also noticed tons of great products that are perfect for tailgating. From the Hitch-N-View hitch mounted TV bracket to the Frost Boss that spins a warm can in ice for two minutes and makes it ice cold without foaming over when you open it. Stacy Cox would have loved to feature more of our tailgating products but with such a short segment she couldn’t possibly do justice to all the cool things like the Beer Belt or the RoboCup.

So if you saw Stacy Cox’s segment on KTLA this morning and thought the GoBar Portable Tailgating Bar was cool, check out all the other cool stuff we have to offer as well. You never know what you will find and what is out there that you have always been missing to complete your epic tailgate party.

Take a peek at shop.tailgatingideas.com

Case Coolie

Posted by Dave On August - 12 - 2014

Case Coolie Featured

Bringing an ice chest to a tailgate party can be a hassle. The size, weight and bulk of a cooler along with the cost of ice can make tailgating a real pain. If only there was a way to keep a case of beer cold without the hassle and expense of lugging a cooler full of ice to the tailgate…

Case Coolie in 3 colors

The Case Coolie comes in three colors

We recently discovered the Case Coolie.

Simply stated, the Case Coolie is an insulating device that slips over your case of beer and keeps it insulated and cold right out of the liquor store fridge. Most beers already come chilled so there is no reason to add ice and try to maintain that temperature artificially. The Case Coolie combines a double layer of top quality insulation to create a barrier to heat and thus keeps your case cold.

As you might expect, we were a little skeptical of their claims that the Case Coolie can keep a case of beer cold for up to 10 hours. This claim may be the case if you place the Case Coolie over a case of beer and do not open and close it repeatedly like is the normal practice at a tailgate. With that in mind we put the Case Coolie to the Tailgating Ideas test.

The test would consist of starting with a cold 30-pack of beer. We placed the cold case of beer in the Case Coolie while at the store and left it in the Case Coolie without opening it up for 45 minutes. This replicated a real tailgating environment when you buy the beer on the way to the game and drive for about 45 minutes before arriving at your destination.

After 45 minutes passed, we opened up the Case Coolie and took out two beers every 15 minutes. The ambient temperature was around 80 degrees so this replicated an early season game of the NFL or NCAA football season. We repeated this pattern of opening up the Case Coolie, removing a few beers and then closing it back up via the velcro. We did not have a system of trying to remove all the beers on the top area before working on the bottom. We just simply took out the beers that were closest to the opening much like anyone would do if they were out tailgating.

Cards Tailgater with Case CoolieThe reason we kept on opening and closing the Case Coolie was to let the cold air escape and the warm air in just like it would occur naturally out in the tailgating wild. Putting a case of beer in an insulating sleeve and not opening it and not taking a few out is not realistic. In order to replicate real usage in a real tailgating environment, you need to open and close the Case Coolie and remove a few cans each time.

As you can see in the photo above, the last beer removed after four hours of being in an opened and closed Case Coolie was around 55 degrees. Although the temperature was about 10 degrees warmer than the temperature of the beer when we bought it, 55 degrees is drinkable. If you split a 30-pack of beer with a friend (2 beers removed every 15 minutes over the course of four hours), by the time you hit the 55 degree beer, the temperature will be the last thing on your mind.

After thoroughly testing the Case Coolie in a real tailgating environment, we are going to deem the Case Coolie “Tailgate Approved”.

The Case Coolie comes in three different colors, black, red and blue. The Case Coolie comes with a carrying handle and also a shoulder strap for those distances when you need to get from your house to the parking lot. No matter which color you choose, the Case Coolie will run you $29.99.

For more information or to buy one of your own, visit: CaseCoolie.com

Tailgate Tags: Novelty License Plates

Posted by Dave On August - 4 - 2014

Texas Sucks Tailgate Tag
Have you ever tried to get one of those vanity license plates that show your team spirit or even better, trash you biggest rival? Chances are you may have, only to find out some other fan like yourself has already registered that license plate. No need to feel down that someone “stole” your idea…

We recently discovered Tailgate Tags from Lookin’ Sporty. Tailgate Tags are aluminum U.S. State background license plates that can be customized to reflect a slogan or message of your choice. They even have a variety of pre-made tailgate tags geared towards specific fan bases, i.e. Alabama license plates that say “Roll Tide” or a Louisiana plate that says “Who Dat?” for the New Orleans Saints fans. It probably won’t be long before the folks at Lookin’ Sporty start making Texas plates that say “Hook ‘Em” for Texas fans, “Gig ‘Em” for Texas A&M Fans or even “Guns Up” for the Texas Tech fans.

Upon learning about these Tailgate Tags, we also discovered that Lookin’ Sporty can also do customized license plates from all 50 states.

Lookin’ Sporty offers two styles of customizing your novelty license plate. They can customize your plate with vinyl lettering in the saying of your choice for $17.95 or with a process called sublimation for $19.95. With sublimation, they apply ink directly to the plate which is a permanent process. All novelty license plates are made of aluminum just like the real license plates the states officially issue.

After discovering these novelty car tags, we thought it would be fun to have a few made up custom to see how they turned out. The first one we requested, being an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma, was an Oklahoma license plate. Rather than doing something trite and expected like “Boomer” or “Sooners”, we went in a different direction. We decided to poke a little fun at the Oklahoma Sooners’ bitter rival… the University of Texas. And in keeping with the limitation of only six letters or numbers to make it look like an authentic license plate issued by the state of Oklahoma, we went with “TX SUX”. We chose to hang that one on the wall in the office next to some of our favorite Sports Illustrated covers from over the years..


The next novelty tag we had made is a little less “in your face” and takes some explaining if you are not a die-hard Cal State Fullerton baseball fan. We chose to go with the Nebraska license plate with the numbers “79 84 95 04″. Assuming you are not a Cal State Fullerton baseball fan and may not understand what that means, here is your explanation.

The College World Series is played every year in Omaha, Nebraska. The the eight most elite college baseball teams advance to Omaha, Nebraska to play for the National Championship. Cal State Fullerton has advanced to the College World Series 16 times and has won the College World Series four times. Can you guess which years they won those national championships? 1979, 1984, 1995 and 2004. Hence the Nebraska license plate with the numbers “79 84 95 04″ on it.

Titan Baseball swing arm tailgate tag

As you can see in the image above and below, we chose to place our customized license plate on the swing arm of our Cal State Fullerton tailgating grill.

Titan Baseball tailgating grill tailgate tag

These tags are so real and believable that we need to warn you that when using these tags, please do not replace your state issued tags with these. Hang your Tailgate Tags off your pop-up tent while tailgating or the front of your car if your state does not require a state issued tag to be visible from the front.

After thoroughly checking these customized novelty license plates out for ourselves, we are going to deem them “Tailgate Approved”. The limitations are only limited by your imagination. Choose a state, choose a slogan that would look good on a license plate and for around $20 or less, you can express yourself in a whole new way. Maybe even tie a string around the tailgate tag, hang it around your neck and try to get some TV time while inside the game.

Vinyl Customized Plates will run you $17.95 and Sublimated Customized Plates cost $19.95. All license plates are standard size 6″ x 12″ to accommodate any and all vehicles and to look absolutely realistic.

To check out the plate styles or order a custom one of your own, visit: lookinsporty.com




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