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The Whizdom

Posted by Dave On September - 17 - 2013

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How does the old saying go? “When you gotta go, you gotta go.” That applies to tailgating more than anything.

Unfortunately, tailgating takes place in an environment where there isn’t an abundance of restroom options. There always seems to be a line for the portable toilets and even if there isn’t a line to get in one, once you get in there it usually is a pretty disgusting experience. With that said, rather than wait in line for the port-a-potty, most of us just tough it out and wait until we get inside the stadium. What if there was a way to not have to wait in line, be able to relieve yourself discreetly and privately and still continue tailgating? You guessed it. There is a tailgating product for that and it is called The Whizdom. Check out the video from Adam, the inventor of the Whizdom to explain how it works.

As you saw in the instructional video, the Whizdom is a personal urinary device that basically extends the end of your penis to the ground in a self-contained tube so you can urinate without having to go to the port-a-potty. (Sorry ladies. This is one product not designed for the female tailgaters in the group.)

You may have the same reaction I did at first that it is kind of gross just peeing on the ground through a tube that runs down your pant leg. Then after thinking about it for half a minute I figured it wasn’t all that bad. I wouldn’t be just standing in the middle of the parking lot, grilling up some brats and letting go right there in my tailgating space. I could use it by casually walking over to some vegetation area and letting it go there. Guys, how many times have we peed on a tree while out camping? Same concept here but you would be doing it more discreetly and in more of a public setting. Just make sure the cops aren’t looking and follow you to the area where you have targeted as your “relief zone”.

Of course, we here at Tailgating Ideas had to have some samples sent to us so we could test it out for ourselves. The main questions we had were how easy was it to put on and just how long could you wear it before it got uncomfortable. (Disclaimer: We did receive samples of the Whizdom for free. The fact these samples was 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.)

Whizdom Packaging

Upon arrival and taking it out of the packaging, we unfolded the Whizdom. It is made out of latex so if you have a latex allergy you can not use the Whizdom. At first look, it appears to look like an uninflated bike tire that was cut and straightened out. The first thing we thought was we needed to wear dark shoes or even black shoes so the black Whizdom would blend well when poking out of the bottom of the pant leg. Now comes the personal part of the review…

When putting on the Whizdom, we followed the instructions from the video to the letter of the law. I won’t give you a blow by blow account of me applying it to myself but I will say it was a bit easier than I expected. I tried it a few times and with each time it seemed to get easier. I would suggest putting it on and taking it off a few times at home before taking it tailgating.

Whizdom on black shoeAfter putting it on, naturally it felt a bit weird but I toughed it out because I wanted to do a thorough test and review of the product. I was skeptical of the claim in the video that after about five minutes you wouldn’t even notice you are wearing it. Yet again, my assumptions were wrong and I completely forgot I was wearing it until I needed to go to the bathroom. It was when I got in there and unzipped that I was reminded I was wearing it. So, naturally I went outside and found a patch of grass and let ‘er rip.

The Whizdom worked perfectly and I was able to relieve myself in plain sight of anyone that walked by. Nobody even thought I was doing what I was doing and didn’t give me a second look. I took out my iPhone and sent a text message while urinating so as to not look like some weirdo just standing on a patch of grass staring up into the sky. In today’s day and age of people being glued to their mobile devices, pretending to be on your phone while using the Whizdom is the perfect cover. Check out these tailgaters outside Gillette Stadium in Foxboro using the Whizdom.

After using the Whizdom I would highly recommend it and it definitely gets the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval.

If you have more questions about the Whizdom, I would suggest reading their FAQ page. Not only is it informative but you will enjoy the humor they put into it including why this is a “one size fits most” product.

I will put out this disclaimer in that, just because with the Whizdom you can pee anywhere does not mean you should pee anywhere. You are responsible for knowing what the laws are where you are using it. We recommend that if you are unsure about the laws, be discreet and respectful of others around you and nobody will know. Please know that urinating in public is still a crime so make sure you know that before using this product.

The Whizdom is priced at $5 per device and shipping is very reasonable. For more information or to order the Whizdom, please visit: thewhizdom.com.

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The Kegster Review

Posted by Dave On September - 13 - 2013
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Kegster College Themes

Keg parties are awesome. Although we are partial to a keg planted in a parking lot outside of a stadium during football season, drinking keg beer doesn’t get any better. You know what does suck? Warm beer out of a keg. That’s why in order to have a fun keg party you had to not only get the keg but figure out a way to keep it ice cold just like the moment the guy at the liquor store wheeled it out from the back cooler and loaded it into your tailgating vehicle.

Keeping a keg ice cold involved a plastic tub or a (hopefully clean) trash can and copious amounts of ice to keep it cold. Of course the added expense of the tub and ice was factored into the price of getting a keg but the mess was not. The ice normally melts and has to be disposed of somewhere and the condensation on the outside of the tub or trashcan leaks all over. This is not that big of a deal when you are out tailgating but house parties or backyard parties where the keg is parked on a wooden deck, that water can leave some nasty stains and rings.

There has to be a better way of keeping your keg ice cold for long periods of time without having to resort to the old way of a tub and ice. We recently discovered the Kegster made by X-Treme Keg Wear. Simply put, the Kegster is the first and only, full-branded keg insulating device that keeps beer cold until the kegs run dry. Read the rest of this entry »

WindowFanz Review

Posted by Rob On September - 10 - 2013

WindowFanz
When Allen Iverson led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals, the entire city of Philadelphia came along for the ride. Everyone was sporting jerseys and hats, and you couldn’t drive a few blocks without seeing Sixers flags proudly waving from car windows.

Showing my support, I affixed one to my trusty Geo Prizm and took a ride on the bandwagon. However, my enthusiasm for my home team was quickly pitted against my annoyance with the flag, always flapping in the wind. Rolling the window down quickly became out of the question. To make things worse, a few weeks of typical East Coast weather caused fading and fraying. No true fan should have to support their team in this way. Before I could bring myself to take it down, I woke up to find it had been stolen.

When my WindowFanz helmet arrived, I realized I would not have the same problems that the flag presented. The unique design allows you to connect the three-dimensional helmet of your choice to your car window with suction pads and a Velcro strap that connects it securely inside the car. The helmet itself is way more impressive than a plain flag. Made out of the same materials as actual helmets, it is a true-to-life replica complete with face mask, screws, and official logo.

WindowFanzMy Baylor University helmet arrived the morning I was heading down to the Jersey Shore for Labor Day weekend. I was running late, but it only took about 30 seconds to place it on my Toyota Corolla. After that, I was off and running, taking highways and byways and zipping in and out of the holiday traffic. When I reached my destination, the WindowFanz was safe and sound, right where I left it.

My Corolla and my helmet spent the weekend dealing with salty air and intermittent thunderstorms. By the time I left, I had to run the wipers a few times to clean my windshield, but the beautifully detailed helmet was firmly planted and in great shape.

I thought that was a great initial test for this well-designed product, but the next few days really proved its value.

Philly is certainly not the epicenter of Baylor University fandom, but I still got many honks and thumbs up from other passengers (and no, the honks were not a result of my driving skills). It seems the WindowFanz helmet is such a new and unique item that people can’t help but admire it, no matter their allegiance.

WindowFanzWhile WindowFanz are a much-needed alternative to (and improvement on) the traditional car flag, the availability of different teams is a concern. There are currently 23 college and 5 high school teams available through the website, but that is expected to increase as demand grows and licenses are secured.

Overall, this is a fantastic product. The sections will work on any non-porous surface, and, unlike car flags, there is absolutely no wind noise or fraying. Also, for our non-driving sports enthusiasts, WindowFanz can be placed on a desk or bookshelf, where it will sit upright. You can also remove the Velcro strap to use on an RV or rear window, or remove the suction cups to hang on a nail or wall hook. This versatility definitely adds to an already impressive, and much-needed, method for showing your team spirit.

If you are ready to take your fandom to the next level, ditch the flags and fly your WindowFanz! For more information or to see which schools are currently offered by WindowFanz, please visit: windowfanz.com

Sport-Brella Recliner Chair

Posted by Dave On September - 6 - 2013

Sport-Brella Pair

While out tailgating, you have to have chairs. A comfortable place to sit is one of those tailgating “must haves”. There are a lot of folding chairs out there on the market and honestly unless the chair offers up some serious bells and whistles, we normally pass on doing product reviews on those types of products. Honestly what can you say about a regular old folding chair? Saying “Hey, it unfolds and you can sit in it” really isn’t going to bring readers back to your tailgating blog.

The folks at Sport-Brella contacted us and told us about their newest recliner chair that has a footrest, an adjustable sunshade umbrella and a pocket right in the armrest to store cold beverages, we were mildly interested in reviewing the product. The clincher was the mention of the bottle opener and we were sold on doing this product review and just had to see how this tailgating chair was different. After receiving the sample chair and testing it out thoroughly we thought this chair deserves a video demonstration because it did have all the bells and whistles you tailgaters are looking for.

(Disclaimer: We did receive a sample Sport-Brella Reclining Chair for free. The fact this sample was 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.)

If you watched our video, you can see all the features of the chair and how they work in concert with each other. Obviously the attached bottle opener was a nice touch but the fact that the umbrella could be adjusted to any position means you will never be shading your eyes or scrambling for the sunscreen on those mid-day tailgates. Also, the “chamber” as I have nicknamed it, is pretty awesome in that you can load it up with three to four canned beverages and ice and never have to leave your chair for a cold one. And with a chair like this, you will definitely have to call dibs on it if you do get up to make a run on the buffet table.

Sport-Brella OrangeThe Sport-Brella Recliner Chair comes in two different colors, blue and orange. If you like the foot rest, leave it on and it folds up nicely when you have the chair stored in the bag. If you want to remove the foot rest, it comes off quite easily and can be stored inside the bag sleeve when not in use. The umbrella pole adjusts to either side of the chair back depending on which side the sun may be on. Although the official weight capacity of the Sport-Brella Recliner Chair is 250 pounds, you saw in the video that it supported my weight. As a former offensive lineman in college and being 6’5″ tall, you can imagine that I am a tad over the 250 threshold and the chair held me just fine. But I guess for legal purposes they have to say the weight capacity of the product.

Sport-Brella Blue

Here are all the specs you need to know:

  • 3-position recliner with easy adjusting hinges
  • 3-way swiveling umbrella
  • Built-in insulated pocket holds up to 4 drinks
  • Cup holder and storage pockets with bottle opener
  • Metallic undercoating for UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Umbrella folds down on chair for storage as a single unit
  • Eye protective safety tips on umbrella points
  • Umbrella attaches to either side with quick-release clips
  • Ultra-strong, lightweight steel construction
  • 250 lb maximum

After thoroughly testing the Sport-Brella Recliner Chair we are going to have to stamp it “Tailgate Approved”. Even if it had one or two features like the umbrella or the foot rest it would be definitely able to hold its own at a tailgate party. Add in the beverage pocket and the bottle opener and the reclining feature and this is one chair that will be seeing a lot more time at our personal tailgates.

The Sport-Brella Recliner Chair is priced at $59.99 and is available online for purchase. For more information or to buy a Sport-Brella Recliner Chair for yourself or to give as a gift, visit: sport-brella.com.

Flip-Box Iceless Cooler

Posted by Dave On August - 26 - 2013

FlipBox Cooler
As a tailgating blog you can imagine how often we get hit up to test out and review the latest and greatest cooler the manufacturer or distributor claims it to be. Most of the time the cooler being pushed is not all that unique and the handle that clicks out vs. folding up kind is the only major difference from all the other coolers you have already seen everywhere else. When we were contacted by the folks at Sport-Brella about a new iceless cooler that claimed to keep beverages cold for up to six hours without ice, we were intrigued. That is how we got the opportunity to test out and review the Flip-Box Cooler.

Take a look at their promotional video to see the features of the Flip-Box Coolers

As you saw in the video, there were plenty of examples of how to use it while out tailgating. We decided to put the Flip-Box Cooler through our tests to make sure their claims were not just a bunch of hot air.

First we received the Flip-Box Cooler in one piece. Although you can disassemble it and wash the parts and pieces in the dishwasher, the unit arrived in one piece. That was a good first impression because nobody like to assemble things no matter how fast and easy they are to put together. Upon flipping up the side walls and locking them into place, the cooler was set up and ready for beverages in literally five seconds. We liked that it folded down into a smaller space for ease of storage when not in use.

Flip-Box Cooler packedThey claim that the Flip-Box Cooler can keep beverages cold for up to six hours without any ice accompanying the beverages. I found that hard to believe. Armed with my trusty digital thermometer and about six hours on a Saturday, I decided to put that claim to the test. Here was my plan to test the Flip-Box Cooler how it would be typically used at a tailgate.

I loaded the cooler with 20 canned beverages that ranged in different sizes included a few 12 oz. beers, some diet sodas and even some 16 oz. energy drinks. In addition to the cans I also placed about six beer bottles in the Flip-Box Cooler. The bottles were a little too tall for the cooler in order for the lid to close so I placed the bottles on their sides. The taller 16 oz. energy drink cans fit nicely but the beer bottles were just a little too tall to fit.

I placed my digital thermometer in the fridge for about a minute to see what was the starting temperature of the cans and bottles as they came out of the fridge. The internal temperature of the fridge was 42 degrees. Most people would agree that is the perfect temperature for drinking a beer so with that in mind, that was our starting point. All of the contents of the Flip-Box Cooler started at 42 degrees. The ambient air temperature was around 82 degrees so we were testing this cooler on a warm day.

I took notice of the time of day and then set my timer on my phone to alarm every 12 minutes. At each 12 minutes interval I would open the Flip-Box Cooler and remove two to three bottles and cans and then close the lids. I did this for two reasons. The first is to simulate the opening and closing of the cooler while out tailgating. Two or three beers will probably get removed every 12 minutes as people are eating and enjoying the tailgate. Removing the beverages also might bring down the temperature inside with less contents keeping it cold but would simulate a real tailgating environment.

The second reason for going in and out of the cooler and removing cans and bottles every 12 minutes was to let the air escape and be replaced by the ambient air. This also happens while tailgating and I wanted to see if the Flip-Box Cooler was able to withstand the temperature changes it would go through while out in the tailgate parking lot. Tailgating does not happen in a vacuum and it is unfair to test a cooler without opening and closing it because that would never happen during the course of a tailgate.

Flip-Box Coke 2 hoursAfter two hours I decided to test the temperature of one of the sodas I took out. I placed the digital thermometer in the opened can and was highly surprised to see that after two hours of opening and closing the cooler 10 times and removing cans and bottles, the can had gained only four degrees in temperature. It read 46.8 degrees to be exact. To be honest with you, I was stunned that the can was that cold without any ice in the cooler.

I then continued testing the cooler by opening it every 12 minutes and removing bottles and cans until another two hours had passed. By this time it was a grand total of four hours since loading the cooler and I removed the last can. I followed the same process as the other soda can in that I placed the digital thermometer in the can to read the temperature. This can after four hours and opening and closing the Flip-Box Cooler 20 times, was 14 degrees warmer than the 42 degrees it started at when it went into the Flip-Box Cooler.

Flip-Box Sprite 4 hoursAgain, I was quite impressed with the results especially since the cans and bottles were only kept cold without the assistance of ice.

Just to be fair and to see if a “regular cooler” would not do the same thing, I tested this same technique up against my little Playmate Cooler by Igloo. I placed six cans that were 42 degrees and right out of the fridge into the cooler without any ice. I did this to see if the insulation on a regular cooler without ice would work just as well. Every 12 minutes I opened the cooler and removed one can. After an hour of doing this I was left with one can. I opened up the remaining can and much to my surprise, the can was about 57 degrees. You can figure it out already that in one hour’s time the can in the regular cooler was warmer than the last can in the Flip-Box Cooler after four hours. Color me impressed.

After thoroughly testing the Flip-Box Cooler it is safe to say that it is “Tailgate Approved“.

We liked the fact that it is compact in size when not in use but is sturdy and durable when in use. The real clincher was the amount of money you will save by not having to buy ice. Also, the hassle of having to dispose of ice after the tailgate is over has been eliminated because after the last can is taken out, you simply fold down the sides and pack it away. No need for a hard sided plastic cooler to take up room in your car that is empty.

As demonstrated in the video, the Flip-Box Cooler also insulates to keep hot food hot. You can easily take casseroles, dips, wings or other hot foods and keep them hot while transporting them to the tailgating parking lot. Another idea that occurred to me was for those tailgaters in the cold winter months can use the Flip-Box Cooler to prevent their beverages from freezing. Places like Green Bay and Buffalo where the temperature can get so cold the tailgaters need to find a way to prevent their beers from freezing, the Flip-Box would insulate those cans and bottles and prevent the cold air from getting in and freezing them.

The Flip-Box Cooler sells for less than $30 and is available at Lowe’s or you can buy it online by clicking HERE.

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