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HotHands Hand Warmers Review

Posted by Dave On November - 20 - 2014

HotHands Hand Warmers BoxDespite all the global warming alarmists telling us that the earth will spontaneously combust into a ball of fire in the next few years, don’t tell that to the tailgaters in western New York this week. The epic snowstorm in Buffalo is on track to set a record…. IN BUFFALO! Even though the snowpocalypse may descend on many parts of the country before the football season is over, that won’t stop die hard tailgaters from braving the elements to grill up some burgers or give some brats a proper Viking funeral.

Just because we tailgaters will go out in weather that is not fit for man nor beast, does not mean we have to handle it like savages. We recently discovered HotHands hand warmers and Toasti-Toes foot warmers and put them to the test.

The first thing you need to know about HotHands hand warmers and foot warmers is that they are disposable and react to the oxygen in the air when taken out of the packaging. The oxygen combines with the contents inside the packet and causes a chemical reaction that gives off heat for about 10 hours. That’s plenty of time for even the longest of cold weather tailgates. Simply remove the packet from the outer packaging, give the packet a shake to expose the contents to the air and they will begin to heat up immediately. The entire process will probably take about 20 minutes for the packet to reach the full heated potential and will stay that way for the duration. While the heating process was taking place, we placed the HotHands hand warmers in our pockets to maximize the heating efficiency. We also could have inserted them into a glove as well.

When using the HotHands, we noticed the heat level was comfortable enough to keep our hands warm but not too hot that it was uncomfortable to hold them directly on our skin. Conversely, the temperature was not too low either that they wouldn’t make a noticeable difference. The heat level the HotHands hand warmers produce was just the perfect amount that it was not too hot or too cold and was a comfortable temperature.

When the HotHands started to lose heat intensity before the 10 hours were up, we just removed the packet from our pocket and shook the contents around a bit. Apparently the packet wasn’t getting enough oxygen in our pocket to keep the chemical reaction going. We exposed it to the air again to get the reaction going and then put it back in our pocket.

HotHands Hand Warmer Specs:

  • Small size (2.25″ x 4″)
  • Packaged in pairs
  • Produce heat (130F)
  • Portable (No wires or batteries)
  • Odorless
  • Nontoxic, nonflammable

Toasti-Toes Foot warmersAfter noticing that the chemical reaction and the heat it produces reduces when the oxygen level is reduced, we tested to see if we could extend the life of the HotHands packets if we didn’t use them the entire time. After about four hours of exposure to the air, we took the HotHands packet and placed it in a plastic zipper bag and took out as much air in the bag before closing it up. The following morning we took it out of the bag and shook the contents to see if the packet would warm up. Indeed it did and we were able to get two uses out of one HotHands packet.

When tailgating, warm hands is one thing but cold toes is a whole different ball game. Nothing makes tailgating in the cold more miserable than if your toes feel like icicles at the ends of your feet.

HotHands also makes toe warmers too called Toasti Toes. Toasti Toes are a packet similar to the hand warmers but instead of being a rectangle shape they have a rounded toe and adhesive backing. They are designed to function in the low oxygen environment of boots and shoes so you don’t have to keep taking them out and exposing them to the air to maintain a constant heat. All you do is simply stick the warmers to the outside of your sock, under or over your toes, and you now have about eight hours of warmth on your little piggies.

Toe Warmer Specs:

  • Size: 5 in x 4.25 in
  • Maximum Heat: 115 Degrees
  • Average Temperature: 97 Degrees

After thoroughly testing the HotHands hand warmers and the Toasti Toes toe warmers, we are going to give them the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval. They worked well and lasted quite a long time. We enjoyed the fact that they could be reused if you did not use them the entire duration. They are made in the USA which is a plus and also the price was perfect, especially for a one-time-use, disposable item.

For more information or to buy a box of your own for your next tailgate party, visit: warmers.com

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I love coozies. LOVE them. My collection of coozies – or “insulated can holders” – is in the double digits. I’ve got thin sleeve coozies and thick foamy ones. I’ve got coozies with Phillies and Eagles logos, coozies specifically designed for bottles and even a coozie on a necklace for hands-free drinking. I recently got engaged, and received a pair of “Mr.” and “Mrs.” coozies as an engagement present.

I tell you all this because in all my coozie collecting years, I have never owned a coozie attached to my winter gloves. In fact, the thought never even entered my mind until I came across the TailGator Beverage Glove. I quickly realized that I had been missing out, and couldn’t be more excited about adding the “Ultimate Cold Weather Party Glove” to my arsenal of beverage handling.

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First things first, the gloves themselves are awesome. Warm and comfortable and they offer a soft microfleece shell, Thinsulate Insulation, waterproof linin, and soft rubber-tech grip. Even if I was the least-thirsty man in the world, with no intentions of ever handling a beverage, I would feel great about wearing these gloves. And they come in a bunch of great colors like Glacier Blue and Cardinal Red, so you can be sure to coordinate with your favorite team (or go for the Highland Timber Camo if you are trying to remain properly hydrated while hiding from deer).

Tailgator Glove InstructionsWhile these high-quality gloves are great on their own, the built-in beverage holder really puts it over the top. The gloves boast an elastic stretch beverage holder that accommodates all beverages – bottles, cans, plastic cups and water bottles all fit snugly in the holder. Simply flip the holder around to the palm side of the glove and attach it to the Velcro tab. When not in use, the holder attaches to the back of the glove, completely out of the way.

Having a built-in beverage holder brings a lot of positives to your outdoor drinking situation. First of all, your beverage is going to stay cold and your hands are going to stay warm thanks to the insulated material. If you have ever held an ice-cold beer in your hands on a winter day, you know how important this feature is. Even with gloves on, the cold has a way of getting through to your hands.

In the past, I have tried to combat this problem by putting a regular coozie on my beer and then holding it in my gloved hand. Unless you enjoy broken bottles and wasted beer, I do not recommend this. The built-in beverage holder allows you to keep the beer cold and your hands warm, without having to worry about awkwardly fumbling your drink.

Rob Halloween Tailgator Beverage GlovesI recently tested these gloves out on Halloween, the first big chill of the season here in Philadelphia. Going door-to-door with the little ones, I was able to sip on some refreshing adult treats without having to worry about my hands going numb from the cold.

Everybody was asking me about the gloves, and I even received a few free beverages so people could see them in action. When asked by the other adults, I told them all the same thing – “They are great! Get a pair!”

The only downside I could see is that BOTH gloves don’t come with the beverage holder. You know, for when you really like to party.

The Tailgator Beverage gloves cost $24.99 a pair and that price includes free shipping.

To learn more about Tailgator Beverage Gloves, visit their website: thetailgatorglove.com

Quench products cocktail masters

Veteran tailgaters know that beer is as at home at a tailgate as mosquito bites are at a summer camp. But for some tailgaters, beer just doesn’t cut it. And we’re not just talking a box of wine or doing something overly simple like mixing hard liquor and some soda. We’re talking actual cocktails that even James Bond or Dean Martin would be happy to enjoy if they were out tailgating.

Real cocktails take some effort and preparation to make them correctly. After all, you want to make your cocktails alluring enough to entice that entire sorority pledge class over to your tailgate. But making real cocktails requires some tools and those are in short supply while tailgating. That is until we discovered Quench Products Cocktail Masters.

If you skipped the video, Quench Products Cocktail Masters are a multi-tool specifically designed to make a certain type of cocktail. Let’s start with the Margarita Master.
Quench Products Margarita Master
By looking at it, the Margarita Master looks like a multi-use knife. (Actually all of the Cocktail Masters from Quench look like a multi-use knife.) In one compact package you have all the tools you need to make the perfect margarita. All you need to do is supply the ingredients and the glasses.

Quench Products Margarita Master Uses

Quench Products Margarita Master Uses

What if you want to be James Bond in the parking lot and make a Martini? If that is the case, the Martini Master has your back. Quench Products Martini Master

No matter if you like your Martinis shaken or stirred, you have a way to strain the ice and also make the perfect garnish.

Quench Products Martini Master Uses

Quench Products Martini Master Uses

Now that you have mastered the tequila and the gin standards, time for a rum drink. That’s where the Mojito Master comes in. As much as a margarita brings the ladies to the tailgate party, nothing gets the party mood going like some mojitos.

Quench Products Mojito Master

The best mojitos are made with fresh mint and the Mojito Master will ensure your mojitos are the freshest in the parking lot.

Quench Products Mojito Master Uses

Quench Products Mojito Master Uses

So now that you know you have multiple options to make different cocktails in the parking lot, you probably want to know how well these tools work while out tailgating. That’s what we are here for, correct?

We recently took the Quench Products tailgating to test to see if they could feel at home there as much as they would in your kitchen. Because they are already compact and lightweight, they fit right into our tailgating kit. They did not take up too much room at all making them a great fit for tailgating.

Even though they are lightweight and portable, they are also sturdy. Reaming a half of a lime was easy and the Margarita Master was the perfect tool for the job. The cutting wheel on the Mojito Master sliced and diced the mint perfectly and the muddler smashed them as if a professional bartender made these drinks.

After thoroughly testing the Quench Products Cocktail Masters line of products, we are going to give them the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp.

A main factor in these products getting our “Tailgate Approved” stamp was not only their functionality but affordability as well. Priced at under $15 per tool, you can get all three and still stay within budget. And these would make great stocking stuffer gift ideas for any tailgater or party enthusiast on your list. Keep an eye out for the complete line of Quench Products to be included in our Holiday Gift Guide coming next month.

For more information or to buy one of these multi-tools, please visit: quenchproducts.com

Ladies, urine luck! We’ve discovered The Pee Pocket

Posted by Dave On November - 1 - 2014
The Pee Pocket

The Pee Pocket

Let’s face it, having to go to the bathroom while out tailgating is something we try to avoid at all costs. Unfortunately, if you are going to consume a few frosties in the parking lot, sooner or later your kidneys are going to remind you that they have been working this entire time.

Guy tailgaters tend to have it easier than girl tailgaters. Our discovery of The Whizdom last year made it easier for guys to answer nature’s call than the ladies. And even though they have not come up with a female Whizdom, The Pee Pocket may be the next best thing.

Most female tailgater complain they hate the port-a-potty situation in the parking lots. The portable toilets tend to get really dirty way to early and the thought of any body part touching any part of the inside of a portable toilet is enough to make you want to toss your hot dog you just ate. It appears that The Pee Pocket is the solution for the lady tailgaters in the group. Watch their video on what the Pee Pocket is and how it works.

As you can see in the video, The Pee Pocket is a disposable funnel that is contoured and shaped for a woman’s body to direct her urine stream while standing up. By using The Pee Pocket, ladies no longer have to look for toilet seat covers, lay down a barrier consisting of toilet tissue strips or do the classic “hover and go”.

If you didn’t watch the video all the way through, the instructions for using The Pee Pocket are simple:

1. Hold The Pee Pocket™ between your thumb and fingers and squeeze together to create funnel.
2. Lower pants or lift skirt.
3. Place the large opening so it completely covers the urine flow area and point the opposite tip down slightly.
4. Relax and go.
5. Clean with the hygienic tissue wipe.
6. Return The Pee Pocket™ and wipe to the disposable bag, then toss.

It may seem a bit unorthodox at first but when faced with a nasty, filthy port-a-potty, the ladies may ditch the old ways and going the unorthodox way may be the way to go.

The Pee Pocket 3-Pack is $2.99, the 48-Pack is $24.99 and the Pee Pockets sold individually are $0.99.

To learn more about The Pee Pocket or to order some for those female tailgaters in your group, visit: thepeepocket.com

Tribe Provisions adventure blanket

Posted by Dave On October - 31 - 2014
Tribe Provisions Adventure Blanket

Tribe Provisions Adventure Blanket

It’s Halloween tonight and that means if the air is not getting a little crisp where you live and tailgate, chances are it will start to get cold relatively soon. A little inclement weather never stopped us from tailgating and neither should a drop in temperatures.

Layering clothes while tailgating in the cold is always a good idea but nothing beats a blanket to keep yourself warm while out in the parking lots. We recently discovered the Tribe Provisions adventure blanket which is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter. Check out their video introducing the Tribe Provisions adventure blanket.

Normally Kickstarter projects do not have samples to send and provide an opportunity to test and review the product before promoting their Kickstarter campaign. Tribe Provisions was able to send us a sample and we were able to test it out.

All of the features of the adventure blanket seen in the video are true upon receiving our sample. It is warm, durable and cleans easily. We can honestly and without reservation endorse this product and we hope it reaches its funding goal of $15,000.

As of press time, the Tribe Provisions adventure blanket Kickstarter project had 198 backers with $11,721 of the $15,000 goal already funded. If you think this would be a great product to invest in or would like to see it funded to have these made available for purchase, visit their Kickstarter page HERE.

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Started in August 2007 by tailgating enthusiast Dave Lamm, TailgatingIdeas.com has evolved into an advocate for tailgaters rights and is not afraid to touch on controversial issues confronting those who frequent the tailgating parking lots.

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