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The Coolest Cooler

Posted by Dave On November - 24 - 2015

The Coolest Cooler comes in three colors

If you are on social media or have any friends at all, more than likely you have seen The Coolest showing up on your Facebook wall, Twitter news feed, Instagram or just people talking about it around the water cooler at work. It’s the cooler that everyone was going crazy over on social media and it was one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in history, taking in over $13 million in investment money. With all this hype and high expectations, did The Coolest live up to the hype and anticipation? Short Answer: 100% and then some.

In order to rake in over $13 million via crowd funding, The Coolest Cooler needed to have a few more bells and whistles above and beyond keeping your drinks cold. The ice retention is what you would expect from a high quality cooler but the added features are what make this one of the best tailgating accessories we have seen in years. We took The Coolest tailgating to the Chargers/Chiefs game this past Sunday and demonstrated all the features.

As you saw in the video, this cooler is much more than just a way to keep your food and drinks cold while out tailgating. It’s a complete tailgating party system in one. The only thing the Coolest doesn’t do is cook your burgers and clean up when it is time to go in the game.

In the above video we went over a lot of the features of the The Coolest but we weren’t able to show you them all. If we did, the video would have been much longer than it needed to be plus some features require it to be dark outside to truly appreciate them. In an effort to be completely thorough, we will highlight some of those features we did not show in the video and expand on the ones we hit on briefly.

LED Light – One feature we did not demonstrate in the video was the built-in LED light. On the right side lid, there is a silver button you push to turn an LED light to illuminate the contents of your Coolest Cooler. When you tailgate that night game that doesn’t kick off until 8:30 pm, you can still see the difference between that can of beer and that can of soda while it is dark. Choose wisely young Jedi.

Cutting Board Divider – In our video you may have seen the cutting board divider but we did not mention it. It is a plastic cutting board you can use to cut up anything while out tailgating (we showed you the pairing knife that comes included) but also divides your cooler essentially in half. We used the cutting board to separate the drinks and the ice we planned to use in the blender. You could use it to divide the alcoholic beverages from the sodas and water so the underage kids know they should use the left side exclusively. Use the divider to separate the beverages from the food items you want to keep cold. (We still suggest keeping raw, uncooked meats in a separate cooler in case there are any leaks to avoid possible contamination. For a thorough explanation as to why you need to do this, read our guest blog, Two Coolers With One Goal, we did for Tailgate Beer a few years ago.)

Accessories Compartment – In the video we showed you where the wireless Bluetooth speaker is located along with the bottle opener/corkscrew. There is enough room for you to place your mobile phone in there along with other items you want to keep safe and easily reachable. Because the area where the bottle opener/corkscrew is stored is magnetic, this would be a perfect place to put your car keys so you can lock up your vehicle once you are all packed and ready to head inside the game or concert.

Built-in Bottle Opener – Despite many stadium parking lots moving towards a “no glass” policy, tailgaters across the country are still drinking out of bottles. Having a bottle opener is key and the magnetic cap catcher makes this one a show stopper. The magnet catches the caps so they can be thrown away and avoid someone stepping on a bottle cap and injuring their foot.

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – The speaker included with The Coolest is high quality and gets quite loud. Just make sure to have it fully charged prior to each tailgate and you will have plenty of music to last up until game time. In order to keep the party going, just make sure to avoid that Nickleback extended playlist.

Ice Crushing Blender – The biggest hurdle while out tailgating was the ability to make blender drinks in the parking lot. Short of dragging out your generator and stealing your blender out of the kitchen, having the perfect pina colada or margarita in the parking lot was only a pipe dream. As you saw in the video, the blender is high quality and more importantly, the motor is strong enough to crush ice and make your blender drinks into a slushy, delicious cocktail.

After thoroughly testing The Coolest while out tailgating, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”.

Two weeks ago we deemed The Drinking Jacket one of the top three best tailgating accessories we have tested and reviewed in our eight years since starting this tailgating blog. The Coolest Cooler immediately jumps into that category and is easily one of the Top 3 best tailgating items we have ever put our hands on.

The Coolest just started shipping products and rewards to their Kickstarter backers and has put this product for sale via their website. The Coolest cooler is available via Amazon for $399.00.

To learn more, visit their website: coolest.com.

EnerPlex Generatr 100

Posted by Dave On November - 13 - 2015

EnerPlex Generatr 100 Featured

If you needed to charge your devices while out tailgating, you normally needed to turn on your vehicle and plug in your device to the cigarette lighter. With gas prices the way they are, this is terribly expensive not to mention the extra exhaust you will be pumping into the air. You don’t need to fire up your 300 horsepower car just to power up your cell phone or tablet while out tailgating.

We recently discovered the EnerPlex Generatr 100, a lightweight and portable power solution for a wide array of consumer electronics. This power port has USB outputs for phones and tablets, a 12V port for lights and a standard outlet for laptops. Charge the Generatr 100 via wall outlet or sun using EnerPlex’s patented solar panels.

We had a chance to test out the EnerPlex Generatr 100 while out tailgating the Chargers/Raiders game in October and we found it to be quite useful. (Disclaimer: We received a sample of the EnerPlex Generatr 100 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.) You may recall we reviewed the Rapoo A500 Bluetooth Portable NFC Speaker back in the spring. We have been using the Rapoo speaker for all of our tunes while tailgating since. Because we usually play Pandora while tailgating, the bluetooth broadcasting to the speaker and pulling the extra bandwidth to play Pandora will typically drain our battery much faster than had we not. By using the EnerPlex Generatr 100 to power the phone while playing music we were ensured that we would have plenty of battery life left for checking fantasy football scores, social media posts and locating friends to join us for the post game tailgate.

Some of the main features of the EnerPlex Generatr 100 include:

  • 94 Whrs portable battery
  • USB, 12V, 19V Laptop Port, and integrated AC Inverter Outputs
  • Can charge any electronic device up to a laptop
  • Dual Charging Capabilities
  • Recipient of the 2015 Red Dot Product Design Award

After using the EnerPlex Generatr 100 while out tailgating, it is “Tailgate Approved“. No longer do you need to fire up your tailgating vehicle just to charge your cell phone. Just make sure the EnerPlex Generatr 100 is charged before going tailgating and you can stay charged up throughout the entire day. Now you’ll never miss a selfie of be able to play that awesome playlist.

The EnerPlex Generatr 100 costs $349.99 and you can learn more about it at: goenerplex.com

The Drinking Jacket

Posted by Dave On November - 11 - 2015

If you enjoy a beer, wine or a cocktail, you probably are familiar with Zane Lamprey. If you aren’t familiar with Zane Lamprey, (shame on you if the previous statement pertains to you) he is best known for hosting a number of TV shows including Three Sheets, an international travelogue/pub crawl TV series, Have Fork, Will Travel, an international travel show exploring native cuisine and culture and most recently, Drinking Made Easy, another pub-crawl television series. So why are we TailgatingIdeas.com, a blog about tailgating which occurs primarily outdoors, writing about a guy who is well-known for his exploits that took place mostly indoors in bars and restaurants?

The answer is simple. Zane Lamprey invented The Drinking Jacket. A tailgater’s dream come true; The Drinking Jacket keeps you warm while keeping your beer cold.

Drinking Jacket Features

The Drinking Jacket is a zipper hoodie sweatshirt that will definitely find at a home at your next tailgate. The Drinking Jacket is the ultimate accessory for anyone who consumes liquids. This high-quality hoodie will help you open, transport and consume the beverage of your choice. In the video, Zane demonstrates The Drinking Jacket in action.

Naturally when we saw The Drinking Jacket, we had to try it out. Because we normally tailgate San Diego Chargers games and it doesn’t get very cold in San Diego, we decided this is one product we needed to hit the road in order to properly test out. Hence, we took it to Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio State/Minnesota game this past weekend. Here’s me in The Drinking Jacket while tailgating prior to the Ohio State game.

Drinking Jacket Tailgating Ohio State game

(Disclaimer: We received a sample of The Drinking Jacket 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.)

First and foremost, I LOVED The Drinking Jacket. Zane Lamprey was not lying when he said “it will quickly become your favorite hoodie”. (I think he said that. Maybe I am paraphrasing because I have already had a couple of beers…) The features on The Drinking Jacket are well thought out and the materials used are top notch and super high quality.

A tailgater’s dream come true; The Drinking Jacket keeps you warm while keeping your beer cold.

The main function of The Drinking Jacket is to keep you warm. As you can see in the photo above, some of the people around me are wearing heavier coats than me with The Drinking Jacket and I was terribly comfortable. I had a long sleeve t-shirt and a red t-shirt underneath for the layering effect under The Drinking Jacket and I was quite warm. Now that I was warm, all the other features were such a bonus.

In the photo you can see I was utilizing two of The Drinking Jacket’s features visible to the naked eye. I had used the sleeve cuff on my right hand to hold my red cup while keeping my hand warm. I also used the sunglasses holder on my right side to hold my eye glasses. (Give me a break. It was a night game and I wanted to be able to see the field of play without squinting.) A feature you can’t see was the fact that I was using the extra pockets inside, behind the outside pockets, to smuggle in my Lotion Flasks. As you can see by the photo below, these sneaky little flasks were not discovered by the stadium security and I was able to make my coffee just a little more “Irish” if you know what I mean.

Lotion Flask inside Ohio State football stadium

After thoroughly testing (and by testing I mean drinking in…) the The Drinking Jacket, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved“. Many products we discover and review you can tell if the product was or wasn’t designed by an expert. I am confident we can all agree that Zane Lamprey is an expert in the field of consuming beverages. His fingerprints are all over this product. (His fingerprints aren’t literally all over this product. That would be gross. His ideas, knowledge and drinking expertise are all over this product.)

The design and the quality that went into The Drinking Jacket is superb and is by far, in the top 5 of the best products we have reviewed for tailgating. We have published nearly 700 reviews of tailgating gear and tailgating games since starting this tailgating blog in 2007 so we have seen the good and the bad over the years. The Drinking Jacket ranks easily in the Top 5, possibly Top 3, of products I would suggest you run, not walk, but run to get for yourself or for the tailgater who has everything. The Drinking Jacket is the best tailgating product we’ve seen in years.

With that said, you need to get one of these. The Drinking Jacket comes in multiple colors and sizes. Available colors are Black, Blue, Burgundy and Grey. Sizes range from XS all the way to 5XL. (5XL? Yeah, he’s got you covered big guys.)

To get one for yourself or someone on your gift list, visit: TheDrinkingJacket.com.

Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair

Posted by Dave On November - 10 - 2015

Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooler Chair
Even though the air is getting cooler and daylight savings has ended, you may be in an area where tailgating requires you to cool down. If that is the case, you may want to read further because this tailgating chair, the Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair, is right up your alley.

The Traveling Breeze AIR C20 delivers a quiet, powerful airflow over your back and neck to keep you comfortable anywhere. It has a sturdy, powder-coated frame tested for a 300-pound weight capacity. It comes with an extra-wide seat and extra-tall back. Weighing only 13 pounds, it’s easy to carry, use, store and clean. The rechargeable battery, battery charger and heavy-duty carrying bag is included. Take a look at their introduction video.

We received a sample of the Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair and took it to the Chargers/Raiders game on October 25th. (Disclaimer: We received a sample of The Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair 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.) Despite October 25th being a few days away from Halloween, the air temperature in San Diego was still high and we needed some cooling down. Perfect opportunity to test out if the Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair really works. We shot a video of my wife in the chair and you can see the air moving her hair with the fan on.

Needless to say, the Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair was not only comfortable and functional for tailgating but it really did cool off whoever was sitting in it. Truth be told, I never had a chance to sit in it because my wife commandeered it and said that she was now “claiming it” as her tailgating chair for all future tailgates. If that is not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is? If the air temperature doesn’t require you to cool off, simply do not plug in the battery pack and use the chair like a normal tailgating chair. All things considered, without a doubt, the Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair is definitely “Tailgate Approved“.

Even if you tailgate in a location where it does get cold, consider the Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair for the warmer months. Baseball season and summer concert tailgating will be here before you know it and keeping cool for those tailgates is essential.

The Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Chair is available through Amazon or directly through the Traveling Breeze website, travelingbreeze.com. Cost is $69.99 in either store. If you have Amazon Prime and can get free shipping, buying through Amazon may be the better choice.

For more information, please visit: travelingbreeze.com


Posted by Dave On October - 27 - 2015

Kooba game

When it comes to tailgating games, most of the new games coming to market are combo games, combining aspects of two or more games into one. We recently discovered Kooba which combines darts and board games into one tailgating game. Take a look at the video to see the set up and game play of Kooba.

We had a chance to test out Kooba and took it with us to the San Diego Chargers vs Cleveland Browns game. Our first concern was, how would we set it up while tailgating? There are no solid walls to hang things while out tailgating and the majority of examples we saw of Kooba being played were indoors hanging from a wall. As you can see in the photo below, we figured out a way to hang it using a bungee cord and the frame of our pop-up tent.

Kooba Featured

The aspects we enjoyed the most about Kooba was the close proximity to the game of darts it resembles but without the dangerous and sharp points that traditional darts bring to the party. The magnentic “aeros” fly off the sticks at the game board but won’t hurt anyone if there is a miss. If you plan on taking Kooba to a tailgate and hanging it up off your tailgating tent, we would suggest hanging it with your vehicle behind it or hanging a tarp “wall”. That way shots completely missing the Kooba game board don’t go flying into someone else’s tailgate or into foot or vehicle traffic.

Kooba is fun to play and is much more different than the regular cornhole or beer pong you see at most tailgate parties. Once you get the feel for the shot off of the Kooba sticks, you can make accurate shots and even play a little defense against opponents. I found my seven year-old son and I playing Kooba because it was a tailgating game we could play underneath the tent. If you are a regular reader of TailgatingIdeas.com and read our review of the Hang N Out Tailgating Bag Holder, you already know the weather in San Diego for that game was very “Un-San Diego-like” with some rain and wind before kick-off. Kooba was a tailgating game we could play underneath the tent whereas other tailgating games like cornhole would have placed us out in the elements.

After thoroughly testing and playing Kooba, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. Priced at $69.95 at Amazon, it includes: 2 sticks, 3 Aeros, 4 Markers, Kooba center piece, folding portable board with integrated stick handles and instructions for three different games are included on a hanging card.

For more information or to buy Kooba for your next tailgate, visit: koobagame.com





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