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Rolling Tailgating Baskets

Posted by Dave On September - 23 - 2014

Rolling tailgating baskets at Chargers tailgate
We can all agree that the invention of the wheel is probably the greatest invention of all time. Sure, sliced bread is pretty cool but when it comes to the overall advancement of society, the wheel wins going away.

When it comes to tailgating, anything that can make transporting your tailgating gear to your tailgating space easier is a winner in our book. Pop-up tents that come in carrying bags with wheels are much better than those that do not. Same thing goes for grills. Give me wheels any day of the week.

When we were contacted by a company called Lulu Monkey that sells small and large, rolling, multi-purpose tailgating baskets, we were interested in checking them out. Personally it made sense to see if their rolling baskets would be a good choice to place all of our tailgating gear odds and ends in them and then we could roll them to where we needed the gear to be set up. First a brief history on the company.

The idea for these baskets came about when the owner of the company took a similar basket to a Clemson football game and was asked constantly where she got it. Thinking it was a possibility to reach out to tailgaters, the idea was sparked and a company was born.

You may have seen these baskets with wheels at your local mini-mart. With the wheels, they are much better than the normal handle baskets you see at the super markets that only hold a few items. Depending on how much tailgating gear you plan on bringing, the two different sizes will fit your needs. The larger size is about the size of a laundry hamper. College students may find these baskets useful for game day Saturdays and then during the week to roll their load of laundry down the hall to the laundry room in the dorms. Also, these baskets could replace those plastic or paper bags at the market. Just bring your rolling basket to the store, load it up with items, pay for them of course, and then after check out, put them back in the basket. Going “green” has never been easier. (Just make sure the eggs and tomatoes go in last and are stacked on top.)

Of course, being the sticklers for always testing out tailgating gear for ourselves, we requested a few samples in order to test them out for ourselves. We needed to find out how well these are made, can they withstand the rigors and demands of a tailgating season and are they big enough to hold all of our tailgating stuff.

(Disclaimer: We did receive samples of the Lulu Monkey Rolling Tailgating Baskets for free. The fact these samples were provided to us free of charge in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

We received three rolling baskets. Two were the smaller baskets, one pink and one orange with the licensed Clemson tiger paw on it. The other was a dark blue large rolling basket. The specs on the smaller baskets are:

Pink Rolling basket loaded for tailgating

Pink Rolling basket loaded for tailgating

  • Capacity: 45 lbs.
  • Dimensions (inches): 23.5 L x 13.5 W x 14.125 H
  • Volume: 30 liters
  • Wheel Size: 1 inch
  • Handle Length: 20 inches
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs.

In reviewing the small baskets, these would be idea for just a few items that you wold be taking to join someone’s tailgate party. A 12-pack of beverages, small bag of ice, bags of chips, cheese or veggie tray, sleeve of plastic cups, paper plates, etc. Nothing too big and bulky but just enough to bring and contribute if you are unable to park right next to your friends. Small rolling baskets come in multiple colors including: pink, black, light blue, dark blue, green, purple, crimson, orange and red. The smaller rolling baskets have two handles. One handle is in the middle to pick up and carry and the other handle folds back for ease of pushing or pulling the basket when using the wheels.

Blue large rolling basket at Qualcomm Stadium parking lot

Blue large rolling basket at Qualcomm Stadium parking lot

The large rolling basket can hold quite a bit and would be idea for larger items. A bigger bag of ice, a full 30-pack of beer, family sized bags of chips, etc. As we mentioned above, we would compare this size basket to a laundry hamper that can easily roll down the hall or to a tailgate party. Specs on the larger baskets are:

  • Capacity: 65 lbs.
  • Dimensions (inches): 21.63 L x 17 W x 17.75
  • Volume: 66 liters
  • Wheel Size: 2.25 inches
  • Handle Length: 20.75 inches
  • Weight: 5 lbs.

Color availability: pink, black, light blue, dark blue, green, purple, crimson, orange and red. The large basket comes with a regular handle for carrying and also a telescoping handle to pull or push the basket to your tailgating spot. The handle telescopes down and out of the way once you have arrived or no longer are in transit.

It should be noted that Lulu Monkey already has licensing for the Clemson Tigers and you can get the large or small rolling baskets in orange with the famous Clemson Tiger paw logo on it.

Small rolling baskets outside of Costco

Small rolling baskets outside of Costco

After thoroughly testing the Lulu Monkey rolling tailgating baskets we are going to deem that they are “Tailgate Approved”. These baskets more than held up to the demands of our tailgating habits and were a great asset to load up all kinds of equipment and transport it easily. Wheels make everyone’s life a whole lot easier. These baskets will make your life in the parking lot a lot easier as well.

For more information and to check out these rolling tailgating baskets for yourself, visit: lulumonkey.com

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State Traditions game day apparel

Posted by Dave On September - 16 - 2014

State Traditions San Diego Chargers Hat
We as tailgating nation love to show our spirit and passion for our teams before, during and after the game. Whether it is officially licensed gear from our favorite college or pro team or just the official colors, we love to sport our pride and support in new and unique ways.

We recently discovered State Traditions apparel and they put a new twist on showing your support for your team. They start with a piece of clothing like polo shirts, T-shirts, hats, visors and even have neck ties, bow ties, dog leashes, belts and even phone cases and money clips. They then embroider the outline of the boundary of the state of your choice onto your choice of apparel and match it to the traditional colors of that college or university. A great example would be a Texas fan would get a hat with the state of Texas embroidered on it in traditional burnt orange. Of course it does not say “University of Texas” or have the traditional longhorn logo but fans everywhere will recognize burnt orange and the state of Texas is all you need to show you are a Texas Longhorns fan.

Take a look at some of the examples of how State Traditions can take your college or university and match it to the official colors and the corresponding state the school calls home.

We requested a few samples of State Traditions apparel to test out and see the quality and craftsmanship that goes into their hats and shirts. Seeing how during football season we primarily tailgate the San Diego Chargers games, we decided to get a bit fancy with our selection. To show our love for the Chargers and the fact they reside in California, we went with traditional blue and yellow colors with the state of California embroidered in it. Because State Traditions matches colors to colleges and universities we chose the hat from the University of California, Berkley because they have the same colors as the San Diego Chargers. Fans of other NFL teams that share the same team colors as a major college in their state can do the same. Some that come to mind would be the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants fans could get blue and red hats. Atlanta Falcons fans could get a red and black polo and Indianapolis Colts fans a blue and white cap. It just all depends on if your favorite professional team shares the same colors as a major college or university in the same state.

After testing out the samples provided to us we are going to deem State Traditions game day apparel “Tailgate Approved”.

We loved the ability to show your spirit and support for your team in a new way while still sporting the colors of your favorite team. It seems as though everyone can pay the high prices required to get officially licensed apparel but State Traditions has brought a new way of showing how much you love your team in a classy and subtle way. If you are patriotic or proud of your heritage that may be from another nation, State Traditions also offers apparel in their America Traditions or World Traditions categories.

Prices vary depending on your choice of apparel but overall are very affordable. For more information or to purchase some game day apparel for yourself or a fellow tailgater, visit statetraditions.com

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The BROpener

Posted by Dave On September - 15 - 2014

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Have you ever been out tailgating and seen someone open up a bottle of beer using the edge of a table or a car bumper? It looks pretty cool to just strike the top of the bottle and the cap comes flying off.

We recently discovered the BROpener which allows you to turn nearly any surface into a bottle opener. The BROpener is an aluminum device that instead of marking up your table or counter top, is specifically designed to affix to a surface and turn it into a bottle opener. Take a look at their video they did for IndieGoGo.

As you saw in their video, BROPening beer bottles is pretty simple. Just instal the BROpener on a flat surface, notch the bottle cap in the slot at the top and hit the top of the bottle with your hand. Install the BROpener at waist height or lower on the edge of a sturdy counter, table, bumper of a car, etc.

BROpener Good and bad anglesUse the open hand technique at first and strike with the fatty part of your palm at the base of your thumb. The closed fist technique requires more precise alignment but is in no way difficult.

The key to BROpening is to have the correct angle on the bottle before hitting it. You can see in the image above it shows you the correct angle which is nearly vertical. The wrong angle is when the bottle is cocked further out which in turn makes it much harder and requires more force to get the bottle off. Don’t work harder, work smarter when using the BROpener. The proper angle will take the cap right off and the strong magnet on the BROpener will grab the cap and prevent it from falling to the ground.

We were approached by the folks at the BROpener to see if we could test out their product and offer up a review. We were sent a sample and chose to instal the BROpener on one of the tent legs of our pop-up tent we use for tailgating.

Our experience with the BROpener was a positive one. The BROpener was easy to instal and took seconds to apply to our tent leg. After seeing the proper way to angle the bottle in the BROpener we opened our first beer without an issue. No hitting it two or three times to get the cap off. One quick strike using our hand and the cap came off and immediately stuck to the magnet on the BROPener.

BROPener on hitchAlthough we chose to put the BROpener on our pop-up tent, there are hundreds of places you could instal one if you chose to get one. Places we thought of for tailgaters included, the bumper of your car, side of your grill, edge of your serving table, flag pole, cornhole boards, etc. The side of the beer pong table is just a no brainer as an obvious place that tailgaters would want to mount their BROpener.

After thoroughly testing the BROpener and based on it’s price ($14.99), portability, functionality and overall “coolness” factor, we are definitely going to deem the BROpener “Tailgate Approved”.

If normal bottle openers are just not your style or you hate it when you can never find one because someone walked away with it in their pocket accidentally, then the BROPener is for you. If you install the BROpener on the bumper of your car or the side of your beer pong table, as long as you are close by, you will never fear not having a bottle opener.

The Original BROpener Bottle Opener is red as you see in the images and is priced at $14.99. For a limited time, they are also offering the Silver Anodized BROpener Bottle Opener for the same price. Order two or more and get free shipping within the United States.

For more information including more videos of the BROPener in action opening up bottles in the British Virgin Islands or Alpine Meadows, check out their BROpener in Action section on their website. You can also check them out on social media including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest, YouTube and Google+.

To buy a BROPener or two, visit thebropener.com

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Lotion Flasks

Posted by Dave On September - 7 - 2014
Lotion Flask Pouring

Lotion Flask Pouring

You’ve heard the phrase, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying”. How about, “The drug makers are always one step ahead of the drug testing procedures.”? That same mantra can be applied to smuggling in your booze past the security guards at a football game, festival or concert.

The unique ways to smuggle your booze past security has gotten more and more difficult as security guards have caught on to the multitude of ways to smuggle your booze past their pat downs and bag searches. Last year we did a blog post ranking the best ways to smuggle alcohol past security. We heard word that at the Stagecoach Music festival this year, security had a list of banned items that were intended for stealth ways to smuggle in booze.

But you can’t keep good people and tailgaters down for long. Now comes along the Lotion Flasks. Food grade plastic tubes that hold 4 oz of liquid, each designed to look like a tube of skin lotion. (Click images for larger view and product detail)

We tested the Lotion Flasks and they will not leak and the top screws on tightly ensuring none of your booze will leak out alerting security or law enforcement that it does not contain hand lotion. The cap flips up like a real tube of skin lotion and you can squirt a shot or two into your drink just by squeezing the tube.

  • Each Flask holds 4 oz.
  • Includes 2 Funnels for Easy Filling
  • Looks Like Real Lotion Bottles ensuring they can be taken anywhere
  • Includes 3 Unique Designs
  • Made from Food Safe Plastic (wash before using)

After testing the Lotion Flasks we are going to definitely deem them “Tailgate Approved”. You will not want to use them while out tailgating but rather inside the venue. Either way, these flasks are just another sneaky way to get a little extra hooch inside the stadium without paying those high concession prices.

Each Lotion Flask holds 4 ounces of liquid. Since the Lotion Flasks comes in a 3-Pack, that totals 12 ounces of liquor which is about half a 750 ml bottle of booze. Lotion Flasks cost $15 for the 3-Pack and can be purchased HERE.

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KoolerCap Review

Posted by Dave On September - 6 - 2014

KoolerCap FeaturedIf there was one thing tailgate parties that we typically run out of too soon, it is ice. Whether we underestimate the amount we will need or the cooler we are using allows it to melt too quickly, ice is the one thing you can never have an overabundance of while tailgating.

We were recently contacted by the makers of KoolerCap that claimed their invention can reduce ice melting by 30%. A rather bold statement if you ask us. Always up for debunking a claim, we received a KoolerCap to review and put it to the test in a real tailgating environment. Before we do that, let’s share with you the KoolerCap claim and how it works.

From the time coolers and ice chests were invented, cooler companies have attempted to address the biggest cooler problem; short ice life. Coolers of today feature thick walls of modern insulation and positive locking rubber sealed lids. As these improvements were added, they have extended the life of ice used in them, but at the cost of additional weight and expense. Today’s most efficient coolers can cost hundreds of dollars. (See our product review of the Yeti Tundra 65 as one example of these higher-end coolers.)

Every time a cooler is opened, warm outside air rushes into the cooler cavity through a process called convection. When the cooler lid is re-closed, the ice within the cavity is forced to re-cool the warm cavity air in order to maintain the desired temperature within the cooler. We all know that coolers are normally opened and closed many times during any given day, especially while tailgating . This constant cold air loss to convection results in faster melting ice. The KoolerCap claim is that it solves this problem and extends ice life by about 30%. During a typical tailgate party, that can be as short as three to four hours to an entire extra day. This saves the hassle and expense of asking later arriving tailgate party guests to purchase extra ice so that perishables don’t spoil and drinks stay cold. The idea of tailgating is to enjoy those your time in the parking lot, not worry your ice is melting too quickly.

Vern McGarry, the inventor of the KoolerCap did this test video to demonstrate how the KoolerCap works and extends the life of your cooler ice. He did this test during the summer with temperatures in the 85 – 90 degree range.


KoolerCap – The Test by vern-mcgarry

As you saw in the video, the KoolerCap works by sealing the ice and perishables from the unused cooler cavity using compression technology. The KoolerCap is a specially formulated closed cell foam insulation material and is very light, weighing only a few ounces. As each cooler has its own interior dimensions, each KoolerCap is custom trimmed by the customer to their individual cooler size and dimensions. The KoolerCap is designed to compress along the interior walls and corners of the cooler, sealing the ice and perishables from the cooler cavity, which is exposed to outside air sources when the cooler lid is opened. After accessing drinks or perishables within the cooler, simply slide the KoolerCap back down to the top of the ice and perishables, sealing them. The ice then only cools the very small amount of air directly under the KoolerCap.

Of course, we here at Tailgating Ideas are always skeptical and have always tested the claims of product manufacturers. That is why we requested a sample of the KoolerCap in order to test it for ourselves in a real tailgating environment. Instead of testing the KoolerCap within the Yeti Tundra 65, we chose to test it within our old Igloo cooler we got over 10 years ago. That cooler is more of the “standard” cooler that most tailgaters would have if they don’t want to spring for the more expensive types.

We loaded up our cooler with cans and bottles of water that had already been in the fridge overnight to ensure they started cool. We all know that beverages that are room temperature to start will make the ice melt faster and thus making test results partisan. We then bought a 20 lb. bag of ice and covered the ice chest ensuring all the cans and bottles were completely covered. We then took the KoolerCap and placed it on top of the ice cubes making sure it was a tight fit and was touching the tops of the ice. We then placed the cooler in the car and drove for about 45 minutes (about the average drive time most tailgaters take to get to their game). Once we parked we opened up the cooler, pulled back the KoolerCap and removed three or four beverages every 15 minutes. Our test was to simulate the frequency and removal of beverages of a three to four person tailgate party over the course of five hours.

We also did the same test with the same cooler, the same number of chilled beverages with 20 lbs of ice the next day. We removed the same number of beverages each time in 15 minute intervals. Both days the temperature was around 85 degrees. The results you can see in the photos below speak for themselves.

As you can see, the ice in the cooler without using the KoolerCap melted quite a bit and was mostly water. The ice in the cooler that enlisted the KoolerCap was hardly melted and was primarily ice. Of course, this test was conducted over the course of five hours, the same time a normal tailgate party would take.

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

The standard KoolerCap is 24.75 inches long, 13.25 inches wide and .75 inches thick. It is designed to work with coolers up to the 75-80 quart range. The Standard KoolerCap can be cut and customized by the customer to fit their individual cooler if smaller. Make sure to measure the interior dimensions of your cooler prior to ordering. The cost of each standard KoolerCap is $ 19.95

For more information or to order one of your own, visit: koolercap.com

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