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The Drinking Jacket

Posted by Dave On November - 11 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

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 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

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 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

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

Tailgating Tavern

Posted by Dave On October - 26 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Tailgating Tavern Featured
While out tailgating, you want to be the life of the parking lot. You want your party to be flawless and have everything you need within arm’s reach. We recently discovered Tailgaterz, which is a new brand of tailgating equipment that has a number of products designed to improve your tailgating experience. Take a look at their company video.

As you saw in the video, there is a really cool party station called the Tailgating Tavern and we had the opportunity to test that product out while tailgating. (Disclaimer: We received a sample of The Tailgating Tavern 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.)

The images show you that it is a portable bar that comes complete with side trays for ice and cup holders. The back has a utility shelf and spaces for bottles much like a wine rack. The bottom has space to place a cooler in there for even more cold storage all organized in one easy to locate area. The top has a hard surface where you can mix and serve drinks and the whole unit is tall like a bar so you can hang out and belly up just like you were at your favorite watering hole. The best part is the Tailgating Tavern sets up quickly and folds down just as fast when it is time to go into the event. The whole thing fits into a carrying bag and fits into any size tailgating vehicle. If you can set up and fold down a quad chair, you can set up and break down the Tailgating Tavern.

Some of the main features of the Tailgating Tavern include:

  • Simple design sets up in seconds
  • Sturdy prep and serving surface resists heat up to 200 degrees
  • Integrated cup holders
  • Built-in hanging organizers for cups, extra bottles, food and accessories
  • Cooler garage provides shelter for most 36-quart coolers (not included)
  • Interior shelf for plates and dry goods
  • Removable insulated side trays offer easy access to beverages and ice
  • Light and compact for easy travel

As we mentioned, we had the opportunity to test out the tailgating Tavern a few weeks while tailgating at the Cleveland Browns vs San Diego Chargers game. The set up was simple and quick and breaking it down was just as easy. Everyone that saw us set it up was curious as to what it was and once they realized it was a portable bar, they started asking how much did it cost and where to buy one.

Although the Tailgating Tavern is designed more for the drinking crowd with the removable ice trays and bottle storage in the back, Tailgaterz also makes a product called the Gameday Buffet which is quite similar to the tailgating Tavern. The Gameday Buffet folds up into a briefcase size and pops up and is ready in seconds as well. If you are not having “that kind of tailgate” where you are serving drinks and need a portable bar, the Gameday Buffet might be what you have been looking for. Check out their video demonstration of the Gameday Buffet.

The Gameday Buffet runs in the neighborhood of $80 while the Tailgating Tavern will cost around $90. After taking the Tailgating Tavern to the parking lot and thoroughly testing it, the Tailgating Tavern is “Tailgate Approved”. We also had the opportunity to test out and review the Cool-N-Carry, also made by Tailgaterz, and will be publishing our review on that product a bit later.

To learn more about products from  or to buy a Tailgating Tavern for your next tailgate party, visit: tailgaterzgear.com.

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Posted by Dave On October - 22 - 2015ADD COMMENTS





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