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Plate-A-Cup

Posted by Dave On July - 23 - 2014

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It seems as though the market for one-handed eating has expanded to monstrous proportions as of late. A few years ago there were only a few products out there but it seems in just the past year we have reviewed and tried out a number of plates that hold your food and your drink all in one place allowing your free hand to eat, take a drink, shake a hand or give a high five all while standing up. The most recent one-handed plate we have discovered is called the Plate-A-Cup from Eco-Eats Partyware.

Plate-A-Cup PartyAs you can see, the Plate-A-Cup is a square, paper plate with a large area to place food and a cut-out round surface to place your can, bottle wine glass or plastic party cup. The Plate-A-Cup comes in two sizes, seven inch and nine inch depending on the appetites of your tailgate party guests.

Because these plates are made by an environmentally friendly company, you would expect them to be eco-friendly as well. The Plate-A-Cup plates will biodegrade in 30 days or less in a commercial composting facility and approximately 90 days or less in a home composting system. Compare that kind of carbon footprint with those plastic plates that don’t even have the durability and strength to hold up to the rigors of tailgate partying.

We were sent a sampling of the Plate-A-Cup plates and put them to the test. We thought the best place to try them out would be a day at the beach.

We did previously mention that these are paper plates but by no means are they flimsy and weak. These plates are strong and thick and can handle quite a bit of food and weight. No need to skip the heavier foods like ribs, a turkey leg or even a double cheese burger with everything. We found that by placing the drink portion in the palm of our hand and placing our fingers in the grooves between the plate, the Plate-A-Cup is very sturdy with no fears of dropping even a single chicken wing.

Another cool idea you could implement when using the Plate-A-Cup is you can personalize these plates. Throwing a tailgate party before watching your favorite team? Just use some labels you can buy at your local office or stationary store and personalize the drink portion of the Plate-A-Cup with a logo, slogan, your business name, etc. It might be fun to play a fun prank on an old friend and print labels with their face on it and make them feel like they are the guest of honor. In order to customize Plate-A-Cup plates, buy labels that are compliant with Avery 2 1/2″ round labels (#22830) and follow the instructions on the design template.

After testing the Plate-A-Cup while at the beach, this product will definitely feel at home at a tailgate party. That is why we are going to declare the Plate-A-Cup “Tailgate Approved”.

The Plate-A-Cup is priced at $4.50 for a 12-pack of seven inch plates and $7.35 for a 12-pack of nine inch plates. Eco-Eats also offers these plates in a 50-pack or even a case of 200 plates. For more information or to buy some Plate-A-Cups for your next tailgate party, visit: ecoeatspartyware.com/plate-a-cup

Team Cocktail Tailgating Shirts

Posted by Dave On July - 21 - 2014

Drinking Shirt

It’s that time of year again. Time for you to assess what tailgating gear needs to be purchased, what tailgating gear needs to replaced and what tailgating gear needs to be repaired. The same goes with your tailgating clothing.

We recently discovered Team Cocktail, an apparel company out of Lenexa, Kansas that offers a wide array of clothing that promotes drinking, partying and boozing that would fit in perfectly at any tailgate party.

Although the vast majority of their offerings are mainly T-shirts, Team Cocktail also offers hats, can and bottle koozies, drinking glasses, tote bags, flags, bottle openers and alcoholic themed candles. They offer their apparel in both men’s and women’s sizes (sorry, no kids sizes… duh!) and even offer events and travel packages so you can meet and mingle with other like-minded booze hounds.

As you can see from the sampling of shirts the folks at Team Cocktail provided us, their mind is right on the money when it comes to tailgating and the tailgate party lifestyle. They have plenty more to choose from that all promote tailgating and the unique way of looking upon the world only we tailgaters know how.

Most Team Cocktail shirts run between $20 and $25 but some have been drastically marked down to $9.99. They even offer shirts in 3XL size for those of us tailgaters who enjoy our BBQ ribs a little bit more than others. You’ll just have to visit their website to see which shirts come in the different sizes and variations.

They currently offer free shipping on orders over $75 and that equates to about three shirts in a single order.

For more information or to get some shirts before football seaosn and the tailgating really cranks up, visit: TeamCocktail.com

Canopy Cooler Price Reduced

Posted by Dave On July - 19 - 2014

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Do you remember last year when we introduced you to the Canopy Cooler? You probably thought it was an awesome way to weigh down your canopy on windy days and to also elevate your cooler off the ground. You probably didn’t buy it because you thought the price was a little high.

The good news is that the price has been lowered on the Canopy Cooler and is now available via our online tailgating gear store. Click HERE to purchase the Canopy Cooler now at it’s new lower price.

Product Review – nyne BASS

Posted by Brandon On June - 24 - 2014

Every good tailgate has a few things in common.  You’ve usually got tasty food, fun games, and plenty of great people.  You might also have some good music just to bring everything together.  In the past you might have dragged out the old boombox or even just turned up the radio in the car as I’ve done.  However, the old methods may not be useful anymore.  Let’s face it, depending on where you’re going to be tailgating the radio options can potentially be downright awful.  How many times do you need to hear the latest top 40 song before it gets old?  So to combat this many of us carry our music collections around on mp3 players, or our smart phones.  The problem with this is how can we play our music for a group of people without needing to leave one of these devices physically attached?  The answer is a wireless connection, and probably the most common one these days is Bluetooth.  This is how the nyne BASS speaker system works.nynelogo

Disclaimer:  We received a sample of the nyne BASS free of charge for testing.  This in no way affected our ability to review the product fairly and objectively.

The nyne BASS is a portable audio solution that incorporates quality acoustic performance into a truly portable device.  When the product arrived for testing the first thing I noticed was the weight of the box.  It was heavier than I had expected it to be, which I felt to be a good thing.  Once I opened the box I was pleased to find a very sleek and attractive device.  Since I wanted to test this in the way most like tailgating I decided to charge the device overnight so that I could test the manufacturer claim of a 10 hour run time.NYNE-BASS

The following day I powered on the device and paired it with my phone.  This process was pretty straightforward and I had little problem making the connection.  Then I decided to listen to a broad variety of music so test out the audio performance.  What I experienced was a sound that far exceeded my expectations for this sort of peripheral.  With a name like “BASS” you would expect decent low end sound, and that sound was delivered quite well.  Not only did the lower frequencies come through well, the middle and high ranges were also well represented for a pleasantly balanced overall delivery.  I had some doubts about the quality I could expect from being on a wireless connection, but those were unsubstantiated and completely erased once I was able to listen to things from techno all the way through contemporary jazz.   Furthermore when I consulted others for their opinions they were impressed by the sound performance as well.  As for the claim of 10 hours of playback, while I did not sit by with a stopwatch, I made it through a day at the office and a couple more hours at home and it didn’t die one me.  That, to me, was a passing mark.

The volume on the device can be controlled in two ways.  First you can raise or lower the volume via the buttons on top of the device.  Those buttons, like all of the controls, are large and have raised emblems to distinguish which does what.  The other way is to use the transmitting devices volume control.  Each of these would be important for using this at a tailgate, as you’ll likely want to control the volume from whichever piece is closest to you.   One obvious question is does this thing get loud.  Yes it can get loud.  Does it distort when it gets loud?  That I cannot answer definitely.  I took the BASS as loud as I could tolerate and as loud as I feel would be prudent at a tailgate party and I experienced no distortion.  This was a very positive feature in my eyes.  The 20 watts of power were more than enough to deliver the level of sound needed from this size apparatus.

bluetoothOther positive features include the ability to use a cable (included) to connect your music device directly to the BASS.  However I would reserve this for non Bluetooth equipped devices because the performance is that good.  The charger has interchangeable plugs for various outlets that you might encounter around the world.  Speaking of chargers the nyne BASS has a USB port on the back which can be used to charge your device, if that is how it charges.  The only thing I would note is that it will draw from the battery so if your phone has a large battery capacity you’ll likely cut your playback time significantly.  However the ability to charge the device is very handy.   There is also a convenient carry handle which makes for easy moving if the need should arise.

The last feature to cover on the BASS is the microphone which allows you to use it as a Bluetooth speakerphone.  Of all the features this one is probably the one that you’d be least likely to use in a tailgating setting.  However we did want to give it a fair shake.  Initial tests did not go so well.  These were done across the room speaking in an elevated voice, but not so much as to call it yelling.  However once I moved closer to the device and spoke directly into it the quality improved.  I would think that any ambient noise in the area would only work against you as it pertains to this feature, however if you use the BASS on your desk when you’re not tailgating it could be useful.  It may take some getting used to, but the learning curve should be minimal.

All in all the BASS delivered on everything that it said it would.  I especially liked the rich sounds that was produced, and that it covered a wide spectrum of music very well.  Furthermore the ability to control things remotely via Bluetooth is very much a win win.  As such I am declaring the nyne BASS as “Tailgate Approved” for it’s functionality and its usefulness for being on the go.  The only negatives I could find were the white finish was easy to get dirty, however it was also easily cleaned, and the microphone took a little getting used to.  Those, I believe, are minor and shouldn’t influence purchasing decisions by themselves.

The nyne BASS is available in white and gray (tested) or in black and silver and sells for around $150 online.  You can check out all the specs, see their other products, and get more info on nyne’s site here.

It seems like there are quite a few Kickstarter campaigns going on that the product would be a good fit for tailgating. Here comes another one and this time it is for a can koozie that has a digital thermometer embedded in it and also a device that chills your beer in the koozie. Check out their Kickstarter video.

The Koolernaut is a potential new product but the inventor is a familiar one to those longtime TailgatingIdeas.com readers. The inventor is also the same guy that sells the Beer Outlaw. We reviewed the Beer Outlaw back in 2009 and it passed with flying colors.

If you think this idea of the Koolernaut has some legs, drop some funding on these guys so they can put it into manufacturing.

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