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Luminoodle Light Rope

Posted by Dave On October - 19 - 2016


The days are getting shorter and the availability of daylight while tailgating is getting more scarce. Just wait until the United States turns back the clocks in a few weeks and it will start getting dark much earlier. That’s why we were glad to discover the Luminoodle Light Rope.

The Luminoodle is a flexible, waterproof, illumination source that provides a bright, spread out light to light up your nighttime tailgate. Luminoodle comes with universal ties, embedded magnets, a utility loop and a lantern bag so you can stick, strap, hook or hang it to add light to your tailgating space. It is powered by any USB battery or power source so there is no worry about not having a power source in the middle of the parking lot.

We recently had the opportunity to test out the Luminoodle Light Rope at a recent San Diego Chargers game. After the game was over, the parking lot is always a mess and takes a while to let the parking lot traffic die down. A perfect opportunity to test the Luminoodle Light Rope in the dark as we let the parking lot empty out.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of the Luminoodle Light Rope 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.)

As you can see in the photo gallery above, the Luminoodle Light Rope does a great job lighting up our tailgating space. We easily attached the Luminoodle Light Rope to our vehicle’s lift gate and the entire space was lit up. We also liked the fact that the power source has LED lights within it. You can point it in a direction and use it as a flashlight. We used it to look in the cooler and find a soda rather than a beer, because we were going to be driving once the parking lot emptied out. The light was great and we didn’t freeze our hand off fishing for a can until we found the one we wanted.

Once the parking lot cleared out and it was time to head home. The Luminoodle Light Rope was easily packed up, wound up into a circle and placed in the carrying bag. As many of us know, whenever a product arrives brand new, getting it back into the original packaging is next to impossible. Not with the Luminoodle Light Rope. Unpacking and packing it away was simple and fast.

Some major features of the Luminoodle Light Rope:

  • ULTRA BRIGHT: 5 ft. (1.5 m) LED strip produces 180 lumens of light.
  • HANG ANYWHERE: Universal Ties, magnets, & utility loop for easy hanging.
  • LANTERN MODE: Rip-stop nylon carry bag designed to diffuse light
  • USB-POWERED: Works with any USB port or universal battery pack
  • WATERPROOF: IP-67 rated (up to 1 meter for 30 minutes)

After taking it tailgating and thoroughly putting the Luminoodle Light Rope through it’s paces, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The 5′ version will cost you less than $20 and for a total of 10 feet, is less than $30 if purchased directly from Amazon.

For more information or to purchase directly from the manufacturer (price is the same as on Amazon), visit Power Practical.


Swimmer Duo Bluetooth Speaker from Polk BOOM

Posted by Dave On September - 30 - 2016

Duo Swimmer Speaker featured
No matter where you are, the beach, backyard BBQ and especially tailgating, having good tunes to accompany and enhance your experience is a must. But music in the great outdoors inherently has its hazards between the natural elements and a place to put the source where your sound will be emitting. Good thing we recently discovered the Swimmer Duo Bluetooth Speaker from Polk BOOM and took it tailgating.

As you can see in the video, the Swimmer Duo Bluetooth Speaker from Polk BOOM is a small yet powerful portable bluetooth speaker that is resistant to the elements and can be taken anywhere. The two different attachment accessories allow you to wrap the “tail” around anything like a chair armrest, a backpack strap or even your pop-up tent leg. The suction cup attachment allows you to stick the speaker on any flat surface like a car window or the inside of the shower since it is waterproof.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of the Swimmer Duo Bluetooth Speaker from Polk BOOM 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.)

We took the Swimmer Duo Bluetooth Speaker from Polk BOOM tailgating to test it out. We chose to attach it to our pop up tent and also use the suction cup attachment and stick it to our tailgating vehicle. The bendable tail made it very convenient to hang it from the tent frame or even wrap it around the tent leg. The suction cup worked best against a glass window but could also be suctioned to the metal of the car.

While tailgating, we wanted to test the range and strength of the Bluetooth capabilities. With music playing, we walked away from the tailgating space to see how far away we could get before the sound started cutting out. We walked about 12 to 13 parking spaces away from ours before the music started to cut out. Pretty good range if you ask us. You could walk away from your tailgate with your phone playing music in your pocket and assuming the port-a-potty was about 100 feet away, you could keep the music going without having to leave your phone behind. (We suggest you resist using your phone in the port-a-potty for obvious reasons…)

The volume and sound levels were quite impressive for such a small package. The ability to pair two of these speakers for true stereo sound is also a bonus. This little guy may be small but it super durable. It is waterproof, shockproof and dirtproof. That’s the winning combination to make it more than welcome at any tailgate.

After thoroughly testing out the Swimmer Duo Bluetooth Speaker from Polk BOOM, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The fact that this little speaker is waterproof and can be placed just about anywhere, it is perfectly at home at any tailgate party. No worries that your friend’s shotgun fail will ruin the speaker if it gets beer spray or worrying where to find table space to place the speaker. The ability to wrap it around your tent frame allows the music to come down into your tailgate party area and not just from one side.

If purchased directly from Polk BOOM, the Swimmer Duo Bluetooth Speaker costs $59.99 and comes in four different colors. It is also available from Amazon for $26.95. Buy two for true stereo sound from Amazon and they will ship them for free.


Portland Growler Company Review

Posted by Dave On September - 21 - 2016

Portland Growler Company ceramic growler

Ah, yes. Fresh, craft beer is pure joy. If you follow @TailgatingIdeas on Twitter, you have been subjected to a number of tweets expounding the pageant and majesty of craft beer via the Untappd mobile app. It is well documented our love of the craft beer. And the best craft beer is fresh craft beer directly from the brewery usually transported in a growler. But traditional glass growlers are typically not welcome in tailgating parking lots due to many stadium rules banning glass containers of any type. This is the problem craft beer lovers face each weekend.

We recently discovered the Portland Growler Company which is solving this problem for craft beer loving tailgaters everywhere. Portland Growler Company makes hand poured ceramic growlers in 32 oz and 64 oz sizes. Ceramic is not only a great insulator and keeps your craft beer colder longer, but ceramic is not glass, thus circumnavigating many parking lot glass bans.

no_glass_sign_qualcommWe tailgate at Qualcomm Stadium for the San Diego Chargers games. Qualcomm Stadium has a strict “No Glass” policy and the San Diego Police officers patrolling the parking lots take it very seriously. In our experience, if they even see a glass bottle, even a glass jar of salsa, they will issue a ticket. No warning, just a ticket and they will confiscate the remainder of the glass bottles in your cooler. And for the record, the ticket they issue is not light. Upwards of $250 and if you think about fighting it in court, you better think again. In our experience tailgating in San Diego for 10+ years, we have never heard of anyone getting their ticket overturned or waived.

Now that we have scared you to death about even thinking of bringing glass to a tailgate, we offer you the solution.

Wikipedia defines Ceramic as: An inorganic, nonmetallic solid material comprising metal, nonmetal or metalloid atoms primarily held in ionic and covalent bonds. The crystallinity of ceramic materials ranges from highly oriented to semi-crystalline, and often completely amorphous.

That sounds like a lot of technical science speak but ceramic is not glass. So if a police officer wants to ticket you for glass in the parking lot, let him/her know it is a ceramic growler. We would suggest contacting the stadium you plan to tailgate and find out if ceramic materials are considered glass and if they are allowed. Better to be safe than sorry.

Now that you have a way to bring fresh craft beer tailgating, you should pick up a personalized ceramic growler from Personal Creations.

Tianna Gregory with Portland Growler Company Growler

Model Tianna Gregory holding a ceramic growler from Portland Growler Company. Photo courtesy: SmokSho

Portland Growler Company began in the summer of 2010 as a collective of designers and ceramicists that came together to create hearty, handmade ceramic growlers for beer in a city known for its microbreweries. Each of their unique growlers are slip cast using a high-temperature stoneware clay body and fired to an extreme temperature of 2,232 Fahrenheit. Each growler is handmade and is truly unique in every sense of the word. The bottom of your stoneware growler includes the initials of the artist who made it. Now that is unique.

Portland growlers personalized

Once you fill your growler, you want to keep that beer as fresh as it came out of the tap. Wide-mouth, porcelain flip-top lids and rubber gaskets seal in freshness and carbonation, while thick, ceramic walls prevent light contamination – keeping your favorite beverage tap fresh and cold to the last sip.

And since you are not your average tailgater and you want to personalize your growler, you can even order it engraved with your initials. Personal Creations offers these growlers for sale and you can personalize them. You can see the growler we chose came personalized with the founder’s initials.

After taking the Portland Growler tailgating and enjoying some fresh craft beer in the parking lot, these personalized ceramic growlers are definitely “Tailgate Approved”. (And that’s not the craft beer talking.)

The Portland Growler is $79.00 and includes your choice of one to two initials engraved. Color choices are black or grey and each unique growler is handmade and made in the USA. To order a Portland growler for your next tailgate, visit: Personal Creations.

Dori Pole

Posted by Dave On September - 20 - 2016

Dori Pole
What separates the veteran and hard core tailgaters from the casual tailgater is that you want your tailgate to stand out; to be noticed. In the literal sense of being noticed and standing out while tailgating, you need to have an identifiable marker that can be seen from far away. We recently discovered the Dori Pole and it is a unique way to help your tailgate spot stand out above the sea of RVs, campers and pick up trucks crowding the tailgate lot.

In a nutshell, Dori Pole is a modular display system. Long pennant flags float in the wind and have been proven to help deter nuisance birds such as geese, seagulls and pelicans. (Nothing ruins a tailgate like birds pooping on your guests…) The fiberglass poles are lightweight, flexible and can reach up to 22 feet in height so your tailgating space is sure to get noticed.

The video showed you mounting options by placing it into the grass with the mounting stake. This method would be great for those tailgaters that tailgate on grassy areas. For those that tend to tailgate on hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete, you can use the Wheel Stand that goes under your vehicle’s tire to hold the Dori Pole in place.

Dori Pole Wheel StandThe majority of our football season tailgating takes place at Qualcomm Stadium which is asphalt. We made sure to have the wheel stand to go with the Dori Pole.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of the Dori Pole on a trial basis. After testing the Dori Pole we were given the option to purchase it at a discount or return the Dori Pole. We chose to purchase the Dori Pole at the discounted price and plan to use it for future tailgates.)

When first contacted by the folks at Dori Pole, we immediately were impressed with the wide variety of pennant colors offered. Pennants are not just available in solid colors but a two-color combination can represent your favorite team’s colors. It seems like everyone in the parking lot has a flagpole that displays the team flag but having a Dori Pole to either compliment or replace the old flagpole and team flag is an alternative. Setting your tailgate apart is the goal and having a different type of identifying marker flying above the tailgate lot will make yours easy to spot.

The Dori Pole comes in multiple sizes although the tallest would be recommended for tailgating. Using the 19′ Dori Pole raises the pennant of your color choice well above all of the other vehicles in the parking lot, making your spot easily identifiable. The 13.5′ Dori Pole Mid-Rise and Dori Pole Jr are also options but do not raise the pennant as high.

Once you have chosen your length of Dori Pole that will work best for your tailgate, you then choose which pennant color or color combination suits your tailgate party. The 14′ Collegiate Pennant Flags come in over 20 color combinations to match your college team’s colors. If you are a pro tailgater, more than likely there is a color combination to match your pro team’s colors too. (University of Florida Gators colors of blue and orange are the same for the Denver Broncos.)

If you prefer a solid color, Dori Pole offers 8′ & 14′ Solid Color Pennant Flags as well. Nearly 40 solid color options are available no matter how obscure your team’s colors might be.

Dori Pole

After testing out the Dori Pole and taking it to a number of tailgates, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The very fact that we chose to purchase a Dori Pole (albeit at a discount) so we could continue to tailgate with it for the remainder of the football season speaks volumes. We plan on using the Dori Pole well into college baseball season when it opens in February 2017. We will probably be investing in buying a blue and orange pennant in 2017 to show support for the Cal State Fullerton baseball team while tailgating.

To learn more about Dori Pole or to purchase a pole and pennant for your next tailgate party, visit: DoriPole.com

ColdKeeper Can

Posted by Dave On August - 30 - 2016

Cold Keeper Can Logo

Warm beer sucks. There is no way of getting around that simple fact. Keeping your can or bottle cold while tailgating is difficult especially in the early part of football season when the temperatures are quite high. Normal, neoprene coozies usually can’t cut it this time of year and you need to bring in something a bit more suited for the job.

We recently had the chance to try out the ColdKeeper Can.

ColdKeeper Can Hero

The ColdKeeper Can is a double insulated personal beverage cooler that fits standard sized bottles and cans. The double wall vacuum design chills your beverage while keeping your hand dry. Holding the can in your hand will not result in any body heat transfer. Made of 18″/8″ stainless steel, the ColdKeeper Can is also durable and looks good too. Fits all standard size 12 oz. cans and bottles. Proprietary LockTight Gasket seals in the cold and keeps your beverage secure even at the most rowdy tailgate party.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of the ColdKeeper Can 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.)

We first tested out the ColdKeeper Can at home before taking it tailgating. We took two sodas out of the refrigerator which keeps things cold at 42 F. We placed one can in the ColdKeeper Can and put one out on the counter. We let them sit for an hour without opening them. The ambient air temperature in the house was 76 F.

After an hour passed, we opened both cans and inserted a digital thermometer in them. As you can see in the photos below, the one in the ColdKeeper Can was significantly colder. The can that was left out of the ColdKeeper was almost room temperature.

Later in the week, we took the ColdKeeper Can tailgating. The air temperature for the Chargers/Cardinals pre-season game was in the low 80’s with plenty of direct sunlight in the parking lot. We snapped a few photos of the ColdKeeper Can while tailgating.

After thoroughly testing the ColdKeeper Can at home and in the parking lot, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. Sturdy and tough yet the stainless steel design is sleek and classic. Priced at $17.99, the ColdKeeper Can is available for purchase from Amazon.





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