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Posted by Dave On March - 10 - 2015

Tablanket at the Beach

Normally combining two names into one is reserved for Hollywood power couples. Brad Pitt + Angelina Jolie = Brangelina. When it comes to tailgating, we sometimes do the combo thing too.

The Scorzie would be a great example. It’s a koozie that helps you keep score of your tailgating game = Scorzie. Add the Tablanket to that category. It is a table and blanket all in one package. Hence, Tablanket. But it is more than just two things in one. It is a whole lot more. Check out this video first.

As you can see in the video, there are multiple uses for the Tablanket and you are not just limited to taking it tailgating.

Kids playing on the TablanketWe were sent a sample of the Tablanket to check it out for ourselves to see how easy it was to set up, break down and the functionality of it while tailgating. As you can see in the photo, my kids took to it immediately and asked if they could use it in one of their rooms.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of the Tablanket. 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.)

So how did the Tablanket idea come to life? Here is the back story.

Tablanket is the creation of its inventor, Ty Dyson, and then brought to life by his business partner, Gary Nightingale.

While residing across the street from both NFL and MLB stadiums, Ty Dyson often noticed during every home game the number of fans sitting on the ground enjoying their pre-game activities. He also noticed these same fans needed a place to put their food, drinks, and other personal items besides the ground. A blanket just wasn’t cutting it. These same fans also required something mobile, so when the game started, they could pack up and enter the stadium. This started the gears turning with Ty, where he realized not only the tailgater could use a more sophisticated product, but any outdoor enthusiast, or even indoor user, who sits on the ground or floor could benefit from his invention.

Ty dreamed of the idea of combining a folding table and blanket into an integrated product that was simple, lightweight, compact, and washable. Having created a patented conceptual design, Ty then approached Gary Nightingale, who specializes in China manufacturing and new product start-ups, to help bring his idea to the mass market. The Tablanket was born.

Petco Park grass seatsNow that you know how the Tablanket went from an idea to something you can now buy, let’s cut to the chase. How does it work and especially how does it work in regard to taking it tailgating?

In a nutshell – it works great. Taking it out of the package and unfolding the blanket, which is quite large, was a no brainer. Anyone who tailgates on grass would love this product and it would be great for concerts in the park or just taking it for a picnic when it is not tailgating season. The Tablanket would be ideal for those baseball stadiums that offer grassy area seats where you can bring in your own picnic.

It is really refreshing to see a product come along and hit the market that from the initial concept, it was designed to help make tailgating easier and better. After thoroughly testing out the Tablanket, it gets the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp.

The Tablanket comes in a variety of colors and as you saw in the video, more accessories are in the works. The Tablanket will cost you about $50 and they are currently offering free shipping to buyers living in the lower 48 states.

To learn more or to buy a Tablanket for yourself, visit: tablanket.com

Pool Lounge Pong Raft

Posted by Dave On March - 9 - 2015

pool Lounge Floating Beer Pong Raft

Even though we have changed the clocks forward and the official First Day of Spring is about 10 days away, it might be a good time to start thinking about spring weather tailgating. And what do you associate the most when you hear the term “spring”? Spring Break, of course.

In honor of that, we want to tell you about a cool beer pong product called the Pool Lounge Pong Raft. Made by the same guys that brought you GoPong beer pong tables and more notable, the Pool Pong Party Barge, have a slight variation to hit the market.

Dubbed the Pool Lounge Pong Raft, it looks very similar to the Pool Pong Party Barge. The Pool Lounge Pong Raft has the cup holders in the triangle pattern on each end just like the Party Barge and also includes eight cup holders around the edge. The additional cup holders can be used for a wash cup, spectators of the game to hold their beverages or just a place to put your drink while you are social floating and using it as a floating bar.

The main difference is that the Pool Pong Party Barge has a central cooler that can hold up to 18 canned beverages plus a bag of ice while the Pool Lounge Pong Raft does not. So why would you choose the Pool Lounge Pong Raft over the Party Barge? Affordability makes this one more attractive for those that are price conscience.

The Pool Lounge Pong Raft is specifically designed for floating beer pong either in a pool or a lake but can also be used while tailgating. Each of the four corners contains a grommet. Just tie a string or twine through it and suspend it from the frame of your pop-up tent and you now have a levitating beer pong table in the parking lot. It also collapses down to a much smaller size when transporting it to and from the tailgate leaving more room in your car for friends, food or, oh yeah, beer.

The Pool Lounge Pong Raft also includes three balls so all you need to provide are the plastic party cups and the beer and you are ready to play.

The Pool Lounge Pong Raft is sale priced right now at $40. When compared to other inflatable beer pong tables, it is the most affordable unit out there. Buy one from Spring Break 24-7.

Pelican Elite Coolers

Posted by Dave On March - 4 - 2015

Pelican Cooler Featured
Although most of the country is gripped tightly in the dead of winter, it is time to start thinking about your cooler situation. It’s hard to fathom wanting to keep something cold when the weather outside looks like the frozen planet Hoth from Empire Strikes Back but stick with me on this.

The weather will start to warm up and having a good cooler for the upcoming Major League Baseball season and summer concert season will be crucial. An added bonus of living in Southern California, the weather is typically warm year round so testing and reviewing coolers is something we can do all year. Enter the Pelican Elite line of coolers.

We had the opportunity to test and review the Pelican 20QT Elite cooler. It is the smallest of their Elite line of coolers but not every tailgate requires a huge cooler on wheels. (Pelican also makes coolers all the way up to 250QT.) Take a peek into the features and benefits of the Pelican 20QT that we were sent a sample to test and review.

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of the Pelican 20QT Elite Cooler. 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.)

As you can see in the video, the features and benefits list of the Pelican 20QT Elite Cooler is quite impressive. Their attention to detail is unmatched. From the moment we removed it from the box we could tell this was going to be a quality cooler with outstanding ice retention.

The thickness of the walls and lid of the Pelican cooler were thick and well insulated. Without putting any ice and beverages in it, we knew this was going to be a great cooler. Then we took it out for a test run in a real tailgating environment.

Pelican_Cooler_SunshineOn some weekends we take products from our online tailgating gear store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com and our newly opened store Spring Break 24-7, to the Orange County Marketplace. It’s an outdoor marketplace where vendors can sell new goods and merchandise you can’t typically find online or at the mall. Being an open air marketplace, it is not climate controlled and having a good cooler to keep your food and beverages cold is a must. We found this to be the perfect location to test the Pelican 20QT Elite in a real tailgating environment.

We loaded the Pelican with a few canned beverages, our lunch for the day and packed it with ice from our freezer. That was at about 4:30 am so we can make it to the registration booth by 5 am. As you can see in the photo, we placed the Pelican cooler in direct sunlight for the entire day. The day we tested it, the temperature was about 78 degrees and peaked at 82 that day. (People in the Midwest and on the East Coast please save your hate mail.) As the sun moved, we moved the cooler to ensure it was in direct sunlight all day. All the while throughout the course of the day we opened and closed the Pelican Cooler removing a cold beverage just like you normally would while out tailgating. By the time the OC Marketplaced closed at 4 pm, the ice retention inside the Pelican was something to behold.

After spending the entire day in direct sunlight, there was very little ice melted. What little ice melted was probably due to the lid being opened and closed and the warm air convection produced the ice melt. Had the cooler been sitting in direct sunlight and not been opened once, I am confident the ice would have barely melted if at all.

Because we like to test tailgating products thoroughly, we brought it out tailgating with us prior to a college baseball game. This time it was not a “simulated” tailgating environment. It was a real tailgating environment complete with going in and grabbing multiple beverages over the course of the tailgate letting cold air escape and warm air into the cooler. Simulated or real, the Pelican 20QT Elite Cooler was a champ and retained ice exquisitely. Had we cut to size and utilized our KoolerCap, we anticipate the ice retention to be even better.

After thoroughly testing the Pelican 20QT Elite Cooler we are going to give it our Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp. The same quality and attention to detail goes into the smaller coolers as it does with the larger Pelican coolers. If you are looking to replace your trusty old tailgating cooler with a new one, we would recommend the Pelican 80QT Elite Cooler. It has wheels for ease of transport to and from the car or if your tailgating space is not directly behind your vehicle.

If you are in the market for a new cooler or need to upgrade the one you already have, we highly recommend the Elite line of Pelican Coolers. They did not disappoint and we are confident you will be impressed as well.

To learn more about Pelican Coolers or to find a retailer, visit: Pelican.com

Snake Bite bottle opener Featured

Shotgunning beers. It has a history with tailgating as far back as one can remember. But when you shotgun a beer the regular way, you risk injury or even worse, losing your beer to foam. We discovered the Original Snake Bite – a forked church key and bottle opener that now makes shotgunning beers easy and safe.

The science behind shotgunning a beer is simple. In order for the liquid to exit a vessel, air must replace the cavity where the liquid once was. If just the main opening is utilized, the pouring has to stop so that air can enter the can and re-establish equilibrium. This is what causes the “glug-glug-glug” sound when pouring something from a can if it isn’t vented. If you have venting, then air is let in which constantly keeps equilibrium in letting the liquid out smoothly. Now that you understand the science, let’s see the Snake Bite in action while out tailgating.

(Apologies for using a Coke Zero to demonstrate but the only beer we brought were craft beers and we weren’t about to shotgun 16 oz. of Wolf Among Weed IPA.)

You may not be into shotgunning beers in the parking lot and have a more sophisticated approach to your beer consumption. The Snake Bite is a great tool for you tailgaters too.

Not only is it a bottle opener for regular metal bottle caps but also vents craft brew cans. More and more craft breweries, with Tailgate Beer being the first, are starting to break the stereotype that if beer comes in a can, it must be crap. The vessel in which it is transported does not ruin the taste of craft beer whether it is in a glass bottle or aluminum can. When it comes to craft beers, you want to have the correct amount of head in the glass. Check out The Beer Advocate’s guide on How To Pour Beer. After you have checked that out, see the video of a side-by-side pour comparison using a Schlafly Hefeweizen into a glass.

Now which one would you want to drink? The one of the left or the one on the right? That’s a rhetorical question.

Snake Bite AnglesThe Snake Bite has a leather case that slips over it to ensure the tips of the “fangs” do not scrape and cut you when not in use. It includes a key ring so you can always have a bottle opener and can venting device on you at all times. The Snake bite comes with three choices of leather colors including black, brown and natural.

The Snake Bite will run you about $22 no matter what color leather sheath you prefer. Free shipping is included to United States customers.

After taking the Snake Bite tailgating and trying it at home and in the parking lot, we are going to give the Snake Bite the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp.

The affordability along with the functionality makes it ideal for you to add it to your tailgating kit or make it part of your everyday key chain. To learn more about the Snake Bite or to buy one of your own, visit: snakebiteco.com

World Series of Beer Pong 2015: Billy Gaines Interview

Posted by Dave On February - 17 - 2015

If you follow us on social media, especially Twitter and Instagram, you already knew that in the beginning of this year we visited Las Vegas and attended the World Series of Beer Pong.

We popped into the World Series of Beer Pong to see what all the hype was about. We checked out the scene and had a chance to get a few moments with Billy Gaines, the owner and founder of BPong and the World Series of Beer Pong. In this interview he discusses the explosive growth and popularity of beer pong, how the WSOBP has grown over the years and some of the greatest teams in the history of the tournament.




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