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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.

Pong Islands Featured

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

Spin Pong Box

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.

Spin_Pong

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.

The Party Starter is now the Kamikaze

Posted by Dave On February - 27 - 2013

The Party Starter is now known as the Kamikaze

Years ago, we’re talking August of 2009, we tested and reviewed a product called The Party Starter. If you are new here or didn’t click the link, the Party Starter was a two chambered beverage dispenser that keeps liquor and mixers separate until they are mixed together and sprayed into an awaiting mouth.

The reason why we said was, as in past tense, is because the website The Party Starter was using is no longer supported and redirects to something completely different. As far we knew, the guys at Party Starter either must have gone out of business or scrapped the idea of pursuing it all the way to market. And that was too bad because we got tons of emails from people asking us where they could find The Party Starter or a product like it.

Well, it seems as though there is a happy ending to this story. The Party Starter, in name only may be gone. But the contraption that allows you to squirt shots and mixed drinks directly into the mouths of your tailgate party guests or even yourself, still lives. It is now called The Kamikaze.

In order to refresh your memory, take a look at the video the guys from The Party Starter made while out in Lake Havasu and you can get a pretty good picture of what the Party Starter was, and the Kamikaze is now… (If college aged girls in skimpy bikinis dancing around and boozing on a lake offends you, then please do not watch the video.)

Now that you have familiarized yourself with this product and what it does, you are probably asking, “Where does one find such a product, no matter if it has different colors and a new name?”.

Because we received so many emails over the years asking us about the Party Starter and how to find a suitable alternative, we thought it would be smart to offer it in our own online tailgating gear store.

You can now get the Kamikaze for $24.99 plus $8 flat rate shipping. Just click HERE and you are on your way to partying on a higher level.

(Please drink responsibly. Always know your limit and please, NEVER drink and drive.)

Mercy Hangover Remedy

Posted by Dave On February - 19 - 2013

Mercy Hangover Prevention Beverage

Hangovers. They suck, right?

Many tailgaters often refer to this time of the year, the time between when football ends and baseball begins, to be the “tailgating hangover”. Hyperbole aside, we’re talking about real a hangover. The kind that makes your head hurt, you have sensitivity to light and noise, etc. More importantly, we want to talk about preventing hangovers while still being able to drink and party like Keith Richards.

Prior to the Super Bowl we were contacted by the folks over at Mercy Hangover Prevention asking us to tell our readers about this new product. Seeing how Super Bowl Sunday is notorious for being a heavy alcohol consumption day, seems like a perfect fit to give a little publicity to a drink that claims to prevent hangovers.

But because we are Tailgating Ideas and not some fly by night tailgating blog that will cut and paste any old press release that manages to get through our spam filters, we told the folks we needed to test it for ourselves before offering a thorough review and potential endorsement. They agreed to send us some samples and we prepared for the impending liver abuse this product review would require. (Yes, please hold a candle light vigil for our livers. It’s a crummy job but someone has to do it.)

To let you know what Mercy is all about, it is a hangover prevention drink that you consume as your last drink before going to bed after a night (or day… we don’t judge) of heavy drinking. The claim is:

Mercy is a caffeine-free, non-alcoholic drink packed with vitamins and amino acids that help fortify your body against the damage caused by alcohol.

Drinking is not science, but preventing a hangover is. Alcoholic beverages produce a nasty toxin called Acetaldehyde, which is 30 times more dangerous than alcohol itself. Mercy is unique in its high quantity of B1 (thiamine), a vitamin critical to the prevention of hangovers because it works with amino acids such as NAC to help break down acetaldehyde. Making these nutrients taste good together is a challenge. The Mercy team, which includes a master mixologist and top flavor consultants, has succeeded in making the drink not just enjoyable, but crisp and refreshing.

The product sample arrived and knowing what was inside, I broke open the box right there in the UPS Store where I get my mail and packages sent. I gave a few cans of Mercy to the guys who work there with specific instructions that if they took a can, they needed to get really hammered and drink one of these before going to bed. They then just needed to tell me how it worked for them the next time I came in. Sounded like a fair deal to me. They get a potential hangover cure and I get a few more opinions to share with you all rather than just my own.

I patiently waited until Super Bowl Sunday to get myself good and hammered in order to properly test this product out. And because I had no dog in the fight in the game, I spent most of my time in the garage catching bits and pieces of the game but mainly spent the lion’s share of my time drinking and socializing. Needless to say, my designated driver got me home safely and before going to bed, I drank an entire can of Mercy before sacking out.

Upon waking up the next morning, I had very little ill effects of all the beer I had consumed the day and night prior. I have tested and reviewed other hangover preventions to much success and I would have to say Mercy was one of the better ones I have tried.

The taste was actually quite nice which was an added bonus. It tasted a bit like an Emergen-C. You know that stuff you take to boost your immune system or to help fight off a cold if you feel one coming on? So if you don’t mind the taste of that product, Mercy will be a pleasant surprise.

When I stopped back in at the UPS Store and asked one of the employees there what they thought of it, they had a similar experience. Virtually no hangover symptoms and they liked the taste. One of the guys there said he was afraid to drink the can of Mercy before going to bed, fearing it would be more like a energy drink and keep him awake when all he wanted to do was just go to sleep. I told him that even though the can looks similar in size and shape to a Red Bull it does not have any stimulant qualities to it. He did tell me he drank it when he got up in the morning and that it did ease the affects of his hangover that had already set it. He said next time he would drink the entire can BEFORE going to bed rather than drinking it the morning after he woke up. Lesson learned the hard way for him.

The bottom line is that Mercy works. It not only works but works really well. Obviously your individual results may vary based on your own physiology and how much you drink. But from our experience, Mercy is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. We like it so much that we’re saving the other cans from the original sample pack we were sent for the next time we overindulge a bit too much.

You can buy Mercy in the original Citrus flavor or in Blood Orange and Ginger Lemongrass flavor at Amazon.com

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Pong-O

Posted by Dave On January - 9 - 2013

Pong-O Official

Tailgating games have come a long way since the tailgate party lifestyle really starting to gain popularity. It seems as though many tailgating games were originally backyard, lawn games brought to the parking lots. But all of that has changed in that people are inventing new tailgating games and combining elements of already established games with the new one. We recently discovered Pong-O and it certainly appears to be a nice combination of two different tailgating games.

Back when we started this tailgating blog in 2007, we discovered the first “hybrid” tailgating game, Sholf. Sholf took elements of shuffleboard and golf and combined them. Shuffleboard + Golf = Sholf. Although Pong-O doesn’t combine the names of the two games it has combined, it certainly melds the two together in a fun and exciting new tailgating game. Take a look at their intro video for an explanation and display of how Pong-O is played.

As you can see from the video, the tossing elements of Pong-O are identical with beer pong (although the configuration of the cups is not in a traditional triangle) and the defensive element is a lot like Polish Horseshoes. Most everyone knows beer pong and how it is played so no need to explain that. Not everyone is familiar with Polish Horseshoes. In Polish Horseshoes, if the flying disc knocks off the can or bottle, the defending team can catch it to score defensive points. Much like in Pong-O, if you catch a missed ping pong ball, that team earns points. So for all means and purposes, this is a lot like beer pong but with defensive scoring much like Polish Horseshoes.

As you can see in the above photos, I took Pong-O to the parking lot and set it up while tailgating. A lot of people saw it and commented that they liked it and how it was a new twist on the game of beer pong. It wasn’t until I started explaining the defensive rules to the game that they realized it was not just a free-standing beer pong stand that eliminated the need for a table. Many people remarked that it was similar to Point Pong in that the cups have their own stand and can be placed at varying distances. Most people also like the fact that Pong-O eliminated the opportunity to bounce the ball into the cups.

Although it was not created or invented to be a free-standing beer pong game, you can certainly use it that way. Get two of the Pong-O stands, set them up at your next tailgate party and you are playing beer pong without the table and without the bounces. (If you really like to bounce, you can easily insert a card table in the middle to still allow for bouncing.)

The craftsmanship of the Pong-O game is top notch. After all, the same guys that created Bog Toss and make those cornhole boards are also the same guys who came up with Pong-O. It comes smartly packaged and there is some assembly required once it arrives. Not to worry. This isn’t “some assembly required” like you are putting together a kid’s toy on Christmas Eve until dawn. If you can hand tighten a few wing nuts and follow a few instructions, you will be playing Pong-O in minutes.

Because Pong-O is brand new, because it is truly a unique game that combines two different tailgating games and because of the high quality of the game, we are definitely going to deem it “Tailgate Approved”. We liked this product so much that we decided to offer it for sale in our own online tailgating gear store, shop.tailgatingideas.com.

Pong-O normally sells for $49.99 per unit but we are offering a limited sale price of $44.99 for one + $9.99 shipping. If you want to buy two units and play Pong-O like beer pong, we’ll ship the second one for free. We are not sure how long the guys at Pong-O will allow us to offer these sale prices so if you think this would be a great game to play at your next tailgate, we would suggest picking up one or two because we don’t know when the sale prices will no longer be valid. You can buy Pong-O by clicking HERE.

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