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Beverage Coozie Ice Pack

Posted by Dave On April - 18 - 2013

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Now that baseball season is here and College Football’s spring games are already underway, that means the age old battle of trying to keep your drink colder, longer is back again. The old fashioned koozie sleeve has served us well but sometimes the bottom of the can can still get a little warm. I was recently contacted by the folks who make Beverage Coozie Ice Packs to test out their product. We did a quick video to demonstrate how they work.

If you skipped the video, please refer to the top photo to see how they work. Basically the Beverage Coozie Ice Packs are small discs that are filled with a substance that you freeze and can reuse over and over again. Simply place one of these discs in the base of your koozie, insert your canned beverage into the koozie and the disc will keep your canned beverage cold from the bottom up. Quite the simple concept but a brilliant one at that.

We tested this product thoroughly and found it to be “Tailgate Approved”.

The Beverage Coozie Ice Packs are priced at $1.50 per disc. If you want to buy six, we sell them six (6) for $6. Shipping is $2.00 if you buy one disc or a six pack. To buy any number of these Beverage Coozie Ice Packs, click here.

Shower Beer Buddy

Posted by Dave On April - 11 - 2013

Tailgating is also known as pre-partying. After all, you are having a party in the parking lot before some sort of an event like a concert or sporting event. Naturally when you are grilling and drinking before the main event, it can evolve into pre-partying. But what happens when you want to pre-party your pre-party? You get the Shower Beer Buddy, of course.

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The Shower Beer Buddy is basically a cup holder, in the shape of a busty woman wearing a bikini top, that suctions onto any flat surface and is strong enough to hold a full can of beer. So when you have that invite to a tailgate party and you are not the driver and want to have a beer or two in the shower while getting ready, the Shower Beer Buddy eliminates a lot of problems.

Some may ask, if you are going to have a beer in the shower, why not place it on a ledge or in one of those shampoo caddies? Here is the problem with those. Finding ledge space might be difficult and even if you do find space, knocking your beer over might be a potential hazard. Also getting warm shower water and even worse, soapy water in your beer is just plain gross.

The Shower Beer Buddy gets your beer up and out of the way from shower water diluting your beer and warming it up and keeps it safe and secure. Take a look at their instructional video on how to properly use the Shower Beer Buddy.

So no that you know what the Shower Beer Buddy is designed for, let’s talk about our own findings and how the Shower Beer Buddy does in a tailgating environment.

We tested the Shower Beer Buddy in it’s “natural” environment, in the bathroom and also on the side of our tailgating vehicle. The suction cup on the Shower Beer Buddy is quite strong and with some moisture to create a tight seal, holds onto any flat surface very well. The glass shower door was a perfect spot for it along with the shower itself next to the shower head.

We also found that an additional use for the Shower Beer Buddy could be out in the tailgating parking lot. The glass windows of your car make a perfect spot for the Shower Beer Buddy and allow for your can or bottle to be elevated up and out of the way off of your unfolded tailgate or on your tailgating table. The stability of your can or bottle in the Shower Beer Buddy stuck onto your car ensures your beer won’t get knocked over. Take a look at the photos we shot of the Shower Beer Buddy on our car on both the side windows and stuck to the side of the vehicle too.

As you can see in the gallery, The Shower Beer Buddy sticks to the flat surfaces of your tailgating vehicle and can hold a 12 oz can. Our apologies to the Shower Beer Buddy folks for not putting a beer in there which they clearly state in the above video, but you get the point that a full can is going to be safe and secure in the Shower Beer Buddy even if it is out of the shower.

After testing it out we are definitely labeling the Shower Beer Buddy “Tailgate Approved“.

It is easily portable, fits nicely in any tailgating kit, works great both indoors and out and at under $10 per unit, is very affordable. To learn more about the Shower Beer Buddy or to buy one of your own, click HERE.

MegaPongo

Posted by Rob On April - 10 - 2013

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I still remember the crick in my arm. Driving down to the Wells Fargo Center to tailgate before a concert, my friend and I were trying to secure a large plywood board on the roof by sticking our hands out the windows and holding it down. We weren’t all that confident with our tie-job, and as we picked up speed, the wind was threatening to blow the plywood right down the middle of Broad Street. It was a stressful drive, and we kept hoping for red lights so we could relax our arms. Eventually we made it to the parking lot, lugged a bunch of cinder blocks out of the trunk, and placed our table on top. By the time we had the cups set up, I was sweaty and ready to just relax. Beer Pong shouldn’t be this hard.

I kept having flashbacks to that day the first time I broke out MegaPongo, the portable beer pong set. With a last minute ticket offer to the Phillies game, I headed straight to the stadium without the normal planning that goes into a tailgate. But with MegaPongo, that didn’t matter. The entire kit fits in your trunk as easily as a set of washers or bocce balls, so I had the set all ready to go. I ended up parking a few lots away from my friends, but the design is so light, there was no issue carrying it around with me. The portability of MegaPongo makes it worth the money alone, but there are some really great features in addition to its convenient packaging. (Click images for larger view)

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As I made my way through the parking lot full of cornhole and ladder golf set-ups, I was enjoying the quizzical looks I was getting. What is that? I heard a few people ask. By the time my friends and I had set it up (which is an extremely easy process), we were getting a lot more than just curious glances. “That is the greatest thing I have ever seen,” proclaimed one enthusiastic Phillies fan. Many stopped for an admiring glance or to ask me where I got this sweet game from. And a few took pictures of the game, along with a few shots of us in action (I hope my form was okay!).
MegaPongo makes bringing beer pong to the party extremely easy. No more tying down plywood or storing cinder blocks in your trunk. You can have a game going minutes after arriving at the beach or barbecue. But other than the convenience of transporting it, MegaPongo has some other great features that any beer pong fan will enjoy. The carrying case doubles as the “table,” and the holes for the cups make sure that the wind will not blow them away. If you have ever chased a red cup down a parking lot aisle or tried to wipe off all the grains of sand when it falls at the beach, you will appreciate this feature. Also, since there is no actual table, you don’t have to worry about the playing surface being covered in beer after a few rounds.

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The funnel system is also pretty fantastic. Most shots that do not end up in a cup will bounce around, Plinko-style, until they fall down one of the holes, through a mesh net, and into a large cup just waiting for it. This is true even for shots a little off-the-mark, as the backboard is able to corral a lot of the wayward shots. At one point, my partner and I moved away from the game to catch the last of the remaining sunlight. We casually sipped our beers and watched our opponents shoot – and miss. Instead of chasing the balls around the parking lot, we simply walked back to the game and collected them from the cup underneath the board, actions that would be unheard of in any normal outdoor beer pong game.

When playing MegaPongo, you can tell its inventors are fans of beer pong. The playing surface is large enough to allow for multiple types of racks and re-racks, there is a place for your water cup, and the instructions come with tons of fantastic twists to traditional beer pong. I have to say, I was very impressed with MegaPongo and did not find many negatives. The backboard and funnel system do prevent a majority of the balls from bouncing away, but there are still going to be shots that get away from you. I found it to be much less than in a normal game. While the lack of a table does prevent bouncing, there are plenty of other ways to add variety and individuality to the game. Some unique games, like “Around the World” are possible, and it will be up to you to decide if bank shots are allowed. The price is a little on the high end for portable beer pong, but in my opinion it is definitely worth it. The playing surface is very stable, the game is extremely lightweight and easy to set up and break down, and you will feel very good about yourself knowing you have a game of beer pong ready to go at anytime. Just add beer!

MegaPongo costs $135.00 plus $15 shipping and to learn more or buy a game set for yourself, click: HERE.

Pong Islands

Posted by Dave On March - 26 - 2013

As the years go by, it seems as though the game of beer pong is evolving and is changing quite rapidly to meet the insatiable demand for new ways to play the game. Other tailgating games like cornhole and washers have remained pretty stagnant in developing new ways to play those games but beer pong is changing constantly. When we discovered Pong Islands we were intrigued and knew we needed to test them out for ourselves.

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As you can see in the above photo, Pong Islands are free standing beer pong platforms that can be set up on any flat surface. You can also see in the photo that Pong Islands take up about 10% of the space a traditional 8′ x 2′ beer pong table requires. And as you can imagine, once Pong Islands are broken down, they take up 10% of the space in your tailgating vehicle on the way to the venue or after the tailgate is over. Take a look at the gallery below to see more examples of Pong Islands in use.

Pong Islands consist of two tripod stands and two bi-level trays. The bottom tray attaches to the clear acrylic using spacers, long screws and wingnuts. The trays are very easy to assemble and do not require any tools. You could use a phillips screwdriver to hold the screw steady while you hand tighten the wing nut but it is not necessary. The acrylic top has holes perfectly sized for beer pong cups and hold them in place and steady, avoiding the dreaded “sloppy rack”. Also by keeping the cups tightly racked and held tightly, this completely eliminates the tips, spills and sliding of cups that occurs on a traditional beer pong table that gets wet. A metal piece attaches to the underside of the bottom tray via those long screws and wingnuts to allow the fully assembled trays to screw onto the tops of the tripods stands. Also included are hooks with clips that clamp onto the rim of an extra party cup for the wash cup that hangs on one of the tightening screws of the stand.

The versatility of Pong Islands allows you to raise or lower the cups as high or low as you like. I would suggest raising the Pong Islands side by side to compare the level that all players can agree on. It is not imperative to have the height be the standard 27.5″ off the ground. If you are a stickler for playing on “official” playing dimensions, (27.5″ is the height the World Series of Beer Pong has agreed upon for their annual competition.) the first time you assemble Pong Islands, use a white or silver Sharpie or Magic marker to mark points on the black stands where the exact level is to achieve the desired height. That way you won’t have to measure each time you play.

Pong Islands Side by sideWhile testing and reviewing Pong islands, we fell in love with a few features right away. We loved how Pong Islands take up minimal space when set up and when packed away, take up even less space in your tailgating vehicle. We also loved the aspect of the tight rack and the elimination of tips and spills. Another feature we liked was the fact that the clear acrylic top that holds the cups allows for you to see the whole cup. For some players that is a huge deal and only seeing the top of the cup of the rim throws off their aim. A comparable product we reviewed back during football season, Point Pong, is similar but the cups are recessed and the shooter can not see the entire cup.

Some people may argue that the rigid racking system make it difficult for unique re-rack configuration, notably the straight line re-rack. If that is your preferred configuration, simply turn the Pong Island slightly until the cups line up in a straight line. Another argument against using Pong Islands is that you can not use other beer pong accessories like the N-Ice Rack to keep the cups cold or Spin Pong that rotates the cups to add an element of challenge to the game. The counter argument would be these are accessories and you could modify the Pong Islands by simply unscrewing the top tray and placing these accessories directly on the bottom tray.

We mentioned earlier how we reviewed Point Pong back in September 2012. It received a positive review from us but unfortunately the price of Point Pong was a bit higher than what some tailgaters were willing to pay. We liked the fact that Pong Islands are affordably priced at $80 for a set of two. That is cheaper than most standard, portable beer pong tables.

After thoroughly testing and reviewing Pong Islands, we are going to deem Pong Islands “Tailgate Approved”. It is lightweight yet sturdy enough to handle the rigors of a tailgating parking lot game of beer pong. The ability to transport it to the parking lot with minimal space required in your vehicle leaves room for a bigger cooler or more chairs. The space it requires when fully set up in your parking space is also minimal and you could even get a game of beer pong going between two parked cars. On top of all those attractive features, we liked the fact that it costs less than most beer pong tables.

In review, Pong Islands are lightweight yet sturdy and durable, take up less space during transport and require less space during game play, eliminates tips and spills and is highly affordable. Sounds like a winner to us.

As you can tell, we thought so highly of Pong Islands we believe it would be a great product to add to our online Tailgating Gear store. Pong Islands are priced at $80 for the set and can be purchased HERE.

Spin Pong

Posted by Dave On February - 28 - 2013

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You may be the best beer pong player in the parking lot. You may dominate every game and be the king of “bring backs”. So it stands to reason you may need a little more of a challenge while playing beer pong. If your opponent can’t challenge you, why not make the game itself a little more challenging and a little more fun at the same time?

We recently discovered Spin Pong and thought we would test it out and see if it could stand up to the rigors of a tailgate party.

First of all, an explanation: Spin Pong is a motorized beer pong rack that rotates clockwise in a steady and even motion. It takes two AA batteries and will spin the cups for about four to five hours. The rack itself has small depressions so the cups fit snugly into the rack so they do not fall out while the rack is rotating or when a ball hits the cups. Take a look at this video we found on YouTube of someone who has a Spin Pong rack and filmed it doing it’s thing.

Pretty simple to understand but as you can imagine, makes the game of beer pong just a little more challenging. If you are playing with people who are not great beer pong players, this could extend the game a bit longer so make sure you have a chill cup on the side to keep yourself hydrated.

After testing out the Spin Pong racks, we will deem them “Tailgate Approved”. They are easy to transport with each rack coming in it’s own box. They are durable in that after one set of batteries run out, just replace them with fresh ones and start playing some more. We would suggest not throwing the Spin Pong racks around because they are made of plastic and do have an electric motor inside but they will fit nicely in your vehicle’s cargo space. Priced at around $30 for the pair, we definitely like that aspect that it won’t break the bank.

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We thought so highly of the Spin Pong that we have chosen to carry it in our online tailgating gear store. You can buy just one Spin Pong rack for $17 or two, one Spin Pong for each end of the table, for $30. To get one or a pair of Spin Pong racks, click HERE.

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