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Fatheadz Eyewear

Posted by Dave On June - 29 - 2016

FatHeadz eyewear

Sunglasses. No matter what season you tailgate, a good pair of sunglasses is key. The harsh glare of the sun during those early football season tailgates or the glare from that snow bank in the late season, you’re going to need some sunglasses this coming tailgating season.

A major complaint many tailgaters have is that they have a larger head and traditional, “over the counter”, one-size-fits-all sunglasses don’t fit properly and are uncomfortable. I have that same problem so I definitely feel your pain and frustration. That’s why when the folks at Fatheadz Eyewear contacted us about their line of products, we were pretty stoked to try them out.

Fatheadz prides themselves in being able to fit each person to their needed width of sunglasses. Their sunglasses range from 130 mm – 164 mm width options. Even if you have a head the size of a watermelon in August, they have you covered.

We had a sample of the Fatheadz Big Daddy V2.0 sunglasses sent to us to test out.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of Fatheadz Eyewear free of charge. The fact this sample was provided to us for free in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

My hat size is 7 5/8 which translates to needing a frame width of 145 mm (5.71 in). They arrived professionally packaged with a sturdy carrying case and fit my face like a glove… actually not a glove but just like a great pair of sunglasses should. After having them on for less than five minutes, I was convinced I had found my new pair of sunglasses for the upcoming tailgating season.

Fatheadz The Boss Sunglasses

Fatheadz The Boss Sunglasses

The Big Daddy V2.0 sunglasses cost $99.00 and the available frame colors include: Black, Trans Grey, Trans Brown and Clear. Available lens colors include: Smoke, Brown, Glacier Blue and Volcanic Red.

Fatheadz boasts nearly 10 different frame styles and within each frame style they are available in multiple colors and lens options.

After testing out Fatheadz Eyewear, if you have a larger head and have trouble finding sunglasses that fit, Fatheadz Sunglasses are definitely “Tailgate Approved”.

Fatheadz are available for purchase via Amazon or you can buy directly from their website, fatheadz.com

Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill

Posted by Brandon On June - 16 - 2016

Ever since the birth of my children I find that time that I can use for recreational outdoor activities has become to put it gently, limited.  And even though the resolution is for them to just get a little older, waiting is the hardest part.  In the meantime I’m always searching for those ways to get me a little taste of the things I used to do in those pre-daddy days.  Well as luck would have it, a couple weeks ago I was contacted about a new product from Johnsonville, their Sizzling Sausage Grill.  Anytime someone is willing to send me a sample, especially our friends at Johnsonville, to get my thoughts I am happy to oblige.  

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I think the first thing worth mentioning is that the fact that this is an electrical appliance is a significant departure from Johnsonville’s food only approach before. In all honesty I was admittedly a little skeptical about the item since it appears to be only useful for sausage cooking.  The other thing is that most people have some experience with the electric grill concept, probably with something sold under a famous boxer’s name.  I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with the idea, but I can’t really tell you the last time I saw one in use.

So for starters the Sizzling Sausage Grill is a counter-top electric grill which has metal inserts with grooves in the shape of the typical Johnsonville sausage link i.e. a tube with that slight curvature.  In the top plate there is a hole through which a temperature probe is allowed to puncture a sausage and sense when to stop the cooking process.  Each of the cooking plates is removable and are dishwasher safe.  On the exterior of the product there is a removable drip tray and the outer surface is a mixture of black plastic and a brushed metal.   It has a solid feel and slight heft which seems appropriate for its appearance.

Using the grill is pretty simple, you place your desired sausage onto the bottom plate, matching the shape with the groove.  You can do 1-5 sausages at a time, the only caveat is that one sausage must be placed into the middle groove so that the temperature probe can detect the internal temp.  Otherwise you’re free to place any extra sausages in whichever spot you’d like.  From there you close the lid until it latches and press the button.  The claim is that the grill will cook the sausages in 10-15 minutes.  Here is a video describing the process along with graphics showing it:

My test was pretty straightforward, cook a pack of brats and see what happened.  Less than 12 minutes later I had 5 nearly perfected cooked brats hot and ready for dinner.  I say nearly perfectly because a couple didn’t have complete browning, which is a minor criticism.  The vast majority of the surface was a lovely even shade of brown and other than the sausage that received the probe none appeared to be punctured/cracked.  And that cook time?  I don’t think I’ve ever turned out brats that fast except when dealing with the pre-cooked varieties.  Truthfully I was very pleased with how they turned out.  

Indoor sausage cooking usually involves a lot of cleanup, that was not a problem with this.  The plates are easily removed, and even though they are dishwasher safe, a quick wash with a soapy sponge took care of them.

Does that mean that I would recommend this to everyone?  Not really.  It’s not very often that I test a product that delivers on it’s claims that I still have reservations.  When we talk about a product in terms of tailgating there are plenty of variables that need to be factored in.  

Firstly this is an electrical appliance, if you don’t have electricity available to you at your tailgate then you’re out of luck.  Also consider that you can do 5 sausages at a time, if you need to crank out more than 5 every 10-15 minutes you need additional resources. Finally it really only cooks the fresh uncooked sausages, that can mean a wide variety of flavors, but it definitely doesn’t mean a burger or chicken wings. 

One place where I can see a product like this being useful for a tailgater is after the event when you want something to eat while you wait for traffic to clear up or to celebrate your team’s win.  Firing up a more traditional grill is can take time, and cool down usually isn’t instantaneous.  This can mitigate a lot of that.

Also for a lot of people they can’t make it to every game and do a fair amount of “homegating.”  In my situation with the kids the ability to go to the kitchen turn on the grill and then walk away for a bit and come back to cooked food is really appealing.  

I do like this product, and where I think it will be of great use will be in prepping sausage when it isn’t necessarily the main course say for pizza or more typical sandwiches.  

The price seems high, but if you’re considering this product you likely don’t take your sausage consumption lightly.  Currently the product site has the Sizzling Sausage Grill listed at $99.98 + $14.95 S&H which can be broken down into 2 payments.  There is a 2 year limited warranty on the product, and right now they include coupons for 4 packs of sausage with every purchase potentially a $28 value.  

My final take?  Tailgating approved with reservations for the reasons I listed above, but worth it if you’re serious about Johnsonville sausage.  For more info see https://www.sizzlingsausagegrill.com/

 

Tremor by DreamWave

What’s a good tailgate without good music? Even if you have the most awesome playlist, what good is it if nobody can hear it? Ensuring your tailgate party has the best music is always a guessing game as to what the people will like the most. Making sure they can hear it and in mind blowing high quality is a no brainer.

We recently tested out Tremor by DreamWave. It may look like a rugged boom box but it is a lot more than just that. The Tremor is a 50w full activity sport speaker with a 20 mAh power bank. What does all that mean? It means that you don’t always play Mettalica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” but when you do, the rest of the parking lot does too.

Most outdoor speakers lose sound quality as the volume goes up. Not with this unit. We took it tailgating to the Cal State Fullerton Baseball game and turned it up. I mean way up. As we reached peak volume, other tailgaters from quite a few parking stalls away walked over to see if we had some sort of a DJ speaker system. Nope. Just a Bluetooth connected Tremor by Dreamwave.

Before taking it to the tailgating parking lot, the first thing we noticed about The Tremor was how rock solid and sturdy it was. I wouldn’t suggest trying to drop it and kick it around but it definitely can handle being packed in a tailgating vehicle and being brought out to a few tailgates.

Pairing the Tremor was quick and easy too. It’s equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC for easy pairing with your mobile music devices. If one Tremor is simply not enough sound to rock your tailgate party, you can connect and pair two Tremors together at once to provide double the sound for the ultimate Hi-Fi experience. We mentioned the rugged construction earlier but it is worth noting the IPX5 protects against water/dust/sand/snow and comes complete with a portable design with a sturdy shoulder strap.

Specs:

  • 50W Premium Audiophile Performance Sound System
  • IPX5 Water/Dust/Sand/Snow Protection
  • Connect 2 Tremors Together At Once
  • Bluetooth CSR 4.0 + EDR, A2DP AVRCP, APTX
  • 20,800mAh Rechargeable Battery (Power Bank)
  • Play time: Up to 20 Hours (8 Hours Max Volume, Full Bass Status)
  • Hands Free Calling and NFC Ready
  • USB 5V/1A Port for Charging Mobile Devices
  • Hi-Fi Sound and Anti-Distortion Circuity

After putting the Tremor through it’s paces and thoroughly testing it out, the Tremor by DreamWave is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The sound quality was awesome and the rugged design makes it a perfect addition to any tailgate party.

The Tremor is listed on Amazon for $449.99 but as of press time, is selling for $318.98 + FREE Shipping. You can also get the Tremor for $299.99 purchased directly from the DreamWave website.

For more information, visit: DreamWaveUS.com.

CULER SOLO flash-evaporative air cooler

Posted by Dave On April - 13 - 2016

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Spring has sprung… well at least in some parts of the country. But don’t worry my fellow tailgaters. Soon you will be breaking out the suntan lotion and tailgating in the bright sunshine that is baseball and concert tailgating season.

Many of you will be seeking a better way to stay cool and comfortable while in the great outdoors of those gorgeous parking lots. In the spring and into the summer months, those blacktop surfaces attract the heat like free beer at a frat party attracts college students.

You want to stay cool, but how?

We recently had the opportunity to check out the CULER SOLO flash-evaporative air cooler. It’s a portable “air conditioner” that is lightweight yet sturdy and is simple to operate and maintain. Most importantly, it keeps your tailgating space cooler.

As you saw in the video, you just need to fill up the water reservoir, plug it in and press some buttons. Within 30 seconds you are getting cool air and your tailgating space is getting much, much cooler.

Culer \solo at a Titan Baseball tailgateWe tested out the CULER SOLO model because it was smaller and more compact and would be a better fit for tailgaters. If you purchase the optional 12V power source, you can plug it into your DC power source in your vehicle and start cooling down your tailgating space. And because it draws little power, you don’t have to worry about coming back to your vehicle and having a dead battery.

In the video, you saw comparisons to “pad-type” coolers. The patented flow blurring technology in the CULER atomizes water to uniform micro-droplets which are flash Evaporated to pull heat from the air exiting the CULER. Sounds like a lot of science to us but the proof is in the pudding. When we tested it while tailgating, it cooled down our space noticeably.

It is very simple to use too. Just pour in water, plug in power and press the large, soft-touch power, fan, and cool buttons to start cooling off. The glowing Green LEDs confirm your selections and includes three fans speeds. There are no pads to clean, replace, or treat with chemicals. Once your tailgate is finished, pour out any excess water that was not used and store the CULER for next time.

After testing out the CULER SOLO and taking it tailgating, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. It was quite effective in cooling down our tailgating space and we enjoyed the ease of portability and ease of operation. Maintenance and storage was easy too. If you are dreading those hot summer months and the early football season when the weather is still painfully hot, the CULER SOLO could save your tailgate from being a flop.

Available via Amazon, the CULER SOLO is less than $200. If you need more cooling power, the CULER DUET is a great option as well. For just $50 more, you can double your cooling capacity.

For more information on the CULER SOLO and the CULER DUET, please visit: culer.com

AlcoMate Revo TS200

Posted by Dave On March - 22 - 2016

AlcoMate Revo (Model TS200)
We all know that we should never drink and drive. We here at Tailgating Ideas have always encouraged and advocated using a designated driver while tailgating. Unfortunately some do not follow that advice and will get behind the wheel after having a few adult beverages. If this describes you, you need to read on.

When stopped for a DUI, law enforcement officers offer blood or breath tests to measure the level of intoxication of a driver. Both tests are extremely accurate but taking a blood test while in the parking lot is not really feasible to assess if you are able to drive. A breathalyzer is much more easy to transport and keep in your car. The downfall is that most personal breathalyzers are inaccurate and are for more novelty use. Others need to be recalibrated after 10 uses or some ridiculously low number. There has to be a better personal breathalyzer on the market that wasn’t more high maintenance than the prom queen, was extremely accurate and didn’t require recalibration every five blows. Apparently there is and it called the AlcoMate Revo TS200.

As you saw in the video, the AlcoMate Revo TS200 comes with a replacement sensor so you can keep testing without any downtime. They mentioned that accuracy is the key and nothing speaks more clearly than being recognized by government agencies as being highly accurate. The AlcoMate Revo (made by AK GlobalTech) has recently been included on the approved list of alcohol screening devices from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When these two agencies sign off on your product, you know it is accurate.

Some more fact about the AlcoMate Revo TS200:

  • Each of AK GlobalTech’s breathalyzers are tested and approved for accuracy by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Due to their innovative technology, multiple sensor modules are additionally tested by the DOT during this process.
  • All other approved in-market breathalyzers are tested only one time because they utilize the same sensor throughout their life cycle.
  • Cell phone breathalyzers are not tested or approved by the DOT, therefore their accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • All breathalyzers become unusable and unreliable in one year or less and most use calibration in an attempt to restore their accuracy.
  • AK GlobalTech’s devices include Pre-calibrated Replaceable Intelligent Sensor Module (PRISM) technology, which allows consumers to avoid calibration completely.
  • Users of AK GlobalTech products simply swap out their old sensor and replace it with a brand new one, restoring the device back to day-one accuracy, even if it is several years old.
  • Other breathalyzers lack this technology and need calibration in hopes of maintaining accuracy, which is simply a “Band-Aid” method. Calibration cannot and will not completely restore a breathalyzer’s sensor back to its original accuracy.

We can attest to the AlcoMate Revo TS200’s accuracy and ease of use. We had a sample sent to us and decided to run it through the gamut of testing while on a brewery hopping tour through Portland, Oregon. If there is one place where a breathalyzer can get a work out, it’s in BeerTown USA. We posted up an Instagram video of the AlcoMate Revo TS200 in use.

Although we were taking both Uber and Lyft all around the city when not on foot, the AlcoMate Revo TS200 was a great tool to determine our level of intoxication and to know our limit.

The AlcoMate Revo TS200 is professionally packaged and comes in a retail case for storage when not in use. The retail case features a sturdy, re-inforced ABS exterior with a thickly padded interior for superior protection of REVO and accessories. It includes:

  • Revo Breathalyzer
  • User’s Manual
  • Carrying Pouch
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • 5 x Mouthpieces
  • Pre-Installed PRISM component (Sensor Module)

Breathalyzer Specifications

  • Model: AlcoMate Revo
  • Alcohol Sensor: Fuel-Cell with PRISM Technology
  • Size / Dimensions: 4.0 x 2.0 x 0.6 in
  • Weight: 1.0000 oz
  • Material: ABS Molding
  • Users: Corporate, Law Enforcement, Medical, Military, Pro-consumers
  • Power: 2 x Standard 1.5V AAA (Included)
  • Detection Range: 0.000 – 0.400% BAC (G/DL)
  • Display: 4-Digit LCD
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Recalibration Needed: No required. Sensor Module should be replaced every 1000 test or at least once yearly.

After thoroughly testing the AlcoMate Revo TS200, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. Limited yourself to using this device only for tailgating is not recommended. We recommend this product for any time you are consuming adult beverages. Having an accurate breathalyzer on hand for house parties, game watch parties or anytime you have been consuming alcohol and want to check your level of intoxication, having one of these on hand is key and highly recommended.

The AlcoMate Revo TS200 sells for a little over $200. Some may think that is quite expensive but you get what you pay for. Cheap breathalyzers are inaccurate and are more of a novelty. Before you disregard our recommendation because of the price, consider this. What is the price of a DUI/DWI in your state? Another question to consider is, what is the cost of driving while intoxicated and possibly harming or killing another motorist? After considering those two questions, $200 doesn’t seem that expensive after all.

You can purchase the AlcoMate Revo TS200 directly from their website: alcomate.net or on Amazon.

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