I was more excited to review the MVP Portable Wireless Speaker from Acoustic Research than any other product I’ve reviewed for this site. Just a quick background on myself – I have a ridiculous amount of tailgate gear and have come across hundreds of products, so when I see something that is good – it’s good! There was very little I could find wrong with this portable speaker!
At first glance the speaker almost looks like a jumbo thermos or a portable heater. It is so light that you can even strap it onto your belt and walk around with it playing your music. It looks like a well built product and the sound is outstanding considering the size of it. This speaker was even tested against a similar product that was twice the price and size and there was very little difference in sound clarity and quality. The one thing this speaker might be lacking in is bass, but it isn’t something to be too concerned with (unless you are trying to blast music for 50-100 people)
There are a lot of great features about this product. For starters, the customized skinit’s that you can get allow you to show your team/school spirit and they seem to have almost every team available. There are no D batteries needed that suck money out of your wallet and seem to drain almost instantly (it takes six AA batteries). One nice thing about the battery option is the convenience. It will allow one to bring the system to a tailgate or to the beach, lake, etc. There is a compartment on the back of it that allows you to put your MP3 player in it – eliminating the hassle and worry of something happening to your MP3 while it is connected. The bluetooth feature is quite simple to setup and very convenient as well.
The way it is designed and the features it has makes this the most ideal portable sound system I can think of. This product was definitely very well thought out and it has an emphasis on convenience, sound clarity and a fair price. I think it would make the perfect holiday gift for anyone who enjoys listening to music on the go!
For more information and to see the SkinIt wrap options available for the MVP Portable Wireless Speaker from Acoustic Research, visit: MVPspeaker.com
The Holstar is a type of product that I have seen on websites before but never have been able to experience for myself. One of the first things I noticed that I liked was that these Holstar’s are made with a quality material. They’re not a cheap plastic or velcro product. Rather, they are made with high quality leather that looks and feels sturdy. One Holstar comes with a metal piece that allows you to slip it onto your belt and another comes with a piece that has a snap on button so both were nice features.
I like that you can have your own team name or a logo customized onto the Holstar as it adds a personal touch. The material is flexible enough to allow you to gain access to a cold drink in a can or glass. I did struggle more when I tried to use a water bottle in there however.
A downside to the product for me was that it seems to be tailored for someone in the Southwest or someone who considers themselves “country” or a “Cowboy”. Not the greatest fit for a tailgater from New Jersey, but that isn’t really their target audience to begin with.
Overall I enjoyed the product and think it could really thrive in a country or Western type tailgate setting. The price is nice considering the quality and effort that the product is made with and it sits so comfortably on your waist that if the Holstar is empty you forget it is there.
Pac 12 tailgating is certainly different from the other five BCS conferences. Considering it is comprised of mostly west coast schools, it should be. One thing it has that no other conference in the country can create, is the picturesque landscapes. Whether it’s the deserts of Arizona, the lake at Washington or the mountains of Colorado, almost every school’s tailgate has beautiful scenery surrounding the stadium. The Pac 12 might’ve been the most difficult conference to collect data on tailgating, but hopefully these rankings will encourage tailgaters to raise their school’s tailgating up to higher levels, generating more information and better rankings in the future.
Washington: Tailgate yachts, snow capped mountains, salmon and crab are just some of the nouns that describe a Washington tailgate. On most Saturday’s in the fall, over 10,000 people party out on Lake Washington before heading off into Husky stadium, makes Washington one of the most unique tailgating experiences in the country. Members of Washington’s rowing team will even shuttle you from the dock to your boat. How is that for service? “Sterngating” is very unique. Where else can you fish for your tailgate food and then cook it minutes later? Besides tailgating in boats, there are also several painted RVs that do a good job of maintaining a solid ground atmosphere near the stadium. Bottom line is this is one of the coolest places to visit in the whole country.
The Beer Tool was an invention created out a problem. According to the owners they were tired of using their wife’s bottle opener to crack open a drink and decided to make something tougher, stronger and manlier. A few hours later they came up with the Beer Tool and the rest is history.
The Beer Tool comes with a tag on it with a catch phrase, “The Manliest Bottle Opener You’ll Ever Own.” One doesn’t disagree with that, as having a wrench on you to open a drink is a pretty cool gadget to have. Obviously the tool is very sturdy because it’s a legitimate wrench that has one side cutoff and shaped, with the purpose of catching onto the bottle cap. The nice thing is that you don’t have to worry about breaking a cheap piece of plastic. Unless you run over your Beer Tool with an Excavator this gadget is probably safe.
Working at a bar I gave it to several bartenders to try it out and give some feedback. Obviously it’s not as fast as a bartender bottle opener, but as a novelty item several thought it was pretty cool and something unique. Coming from a guy’s perspective, one thing I never thought of was that it looked “cute”, but that’s what several ladies told me who took a look at it.
The tool comes in two difference sizes, with a 3/4 wrench and a 5/16 wrench. The 5/16 you could probably hang on your car keys, the other size is probably about 6” and can go in your back pocket. The end of the Beer Tool is convenient so you can hang it near your grill or on the wall and it’s convenient enough to carry in your pocket as well. The one thing I’d like to see added is having the tool in different colors (I might be spray painting mine with some red Rustoleum for Rutgers).
With new year’s eve rapidly approaching it seems as if everyone is looking back and reflecting on the past year. If you can’t beat ‘em then join ‘em is how the old saying goes.
2011 was the best year yet for TailgatingIdeas.com. This year we set a record for the most visitors since opening up the website in 2007 and we are on pace to break the 400,000 visitor mark with one more day to go in the year. We also added two new contributors to the TailgatingIdeas.com family, welcoming in Peter Tverdov and Jeff Herbst into the mix. Jeff just joined the website a few days ago and Peter’s contributions have been popular and controversial and generating a lot of buzz on the message boards.
We also gained some recognition and acknowledgement in the mainstream media in 2011. In July, ESPN the Magazine Featured the PolarHeat Quad Chairs and suggested people buy them from our online tailgating gear store. The article drew so much interest that we completely sold out of the chairs and can no longer offer them for sale. Speaking of magazines speaking highly of us, popular men’s magazine Maxim interviewed yours truly seeking advice on how to have a killer tailgate party. Maxim quoted my suggestion that people use tailgatewiki.com when going tailgating to gain an insider’s knowledge of tailgating parking lots. In August, TailgatingIdeas.com turned four years old and once again defied the odds that a blog dedicated to tailgating and the tailgate party lifestyle would eventually fade away. We’re still here and expect 2012 to be even bigger and better.
All in all, 2011 was our best year since starting this tailgating blog in 2007 but it would not have been possible without all of you reading this right now. With that said, we would like to say thank you for reading and visiting. If you are a regular, thank you for your loyalty and we hope we have provided you with some outstanding tailgating ideas over the past year. If you are brand new, welcome and we hope you bookmark us and return frequently. So without further delay, let’s take a look back at which posts were the most viewed and read by you the visitors.
10)Video: Penn State Tailgating Girl – The video was posted to YouTube and was available for all to see but has since been changed to private. So unfortunately if you missed it there is no more seeing it unless the person who shot and uploaded it to YouTube sends you an invite. But before the video was made private it featured a college co-ed drunk off her ass rolling around in the Penn State parking lot, stumbling around quite a bit and basically acting a fool. We’re not sure when exactly this gal started tailgating but apparently it was too early and went just a little too hard out of the gate.
9)Quick & Fun Tailgating Games – Further proof that some of the simplest tailgating blog posts can be the most informative and popular. Written by Peter Tverdov, this post outlined some of the popular tailgating games you may encounter when out tailgating. For those veteran tailgaters this blog post may have been nothing new to learn but we sometimes forget, not everyone is a tailgating expert. Some people seeking information on the basics of tailgating come across our blog and find the information contained within very insightful and helpful. This is one of those posts that we believe fell into this category and we were happy so many people found it.
8)Whiskey Tango Trailer – One of our more loyal and dedicated readers named Johnny loves to tailgate and loves to share his passion for tailgating with others. He frequently emails us updates on his tailgating adventures and this post was mapping out how he converted a pop-up tent trailer into a dedicated tailgating trailer. He breaks down the costs and even provides insight on how he did it for those of you wanting a DIY job to undertake.
7)Product Review: The Best of Times Bar – Tailgating product reviews have become an integral part of what makes this tailgating blog work so well. We have a standing policy that if someone on our writing staff can see the product, touch and put it through it paces, we will write a review of it. We don’t do cut and paste jobs of press releases so we can truly earn our readers’ trust knowing someone who knows and understands tailgating has made sure this product is as billed. The Best of Times Bar was a great product review performed by Brandon Gunning who put the portable bar through its paces. Brandon gave it a Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp so apparently the positive review garnered a lot of visits making it our seventh most popular post this year.
6)Blacktop 360 Grill-Fryer – It has been a while since we have seen or even reviewed a new grill that is designed for tailgating exclusively. Back in September we got our hands on a Blacktop 360 grill/fryer before it was available in stores and it was unlike any tailgating grill or outdoor cooking device we had tested before. First of all it is round and the cook can stand anywhere within the 360 degree radius of the grill. Not only is it a grill but it has a griddle and a warming plate all along the perimeter of the unit. In the middle is a deep fryer where you can prepare onion rings, french fries, fry up some chicken wings or even warm up soup or keep nacho dip warm. A truly unique grilling machine and as verified by the number of readers this blog post saw, you all were in agreement.
5)Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots In Fresh Strawberries – From time to time we offer up recipes to take and make while tailgating. We shared this one which was simple yet very creative to make it our most popular tailgating recipe of the year. Basically it details how to make strawberry margarita jell-o shots and instead of putting them in Dixie Cups you place them in hallowed out fresh strawberries.
4)Ranking the ACC Schools – Another post written by Peter Tverdov, this one got all of ACC nation in an uproar. Coming in at No. 4, this post, as with any list that assigns a ranking to anything is bound to cause some controversy and debate. That is exactly what this post did and by ranking the ACC schools based on their tailgating prowess, some fans took to their team’s message boards and forums to either confirm the ranking or dispute it. It was a colorful two weeks straight where one message board would link to the post stating it was right on target and then a few days later a rival schools message board would link in refuting the rankings as mere garbage. It makes for a great blog post and sure got the entire ACC fan base in a tizzy.
3)What Should I Drink Flowchart – A humor piece we borrowed from Sixpoint Craft Ales which featured a flow chart to answer the age old question, “What should I drink?”. Of course the answer to any question is always beer.
2)Video: Chainsaw Bottle Opener – The video was only 11 seconds long but it surely got a lot of people watching it. It was simply a guy opening up two beer bottles only he was doing it with a running chainsaw. The beauty is that he popped the caps off the tops of the bottles and neither bottle tipped or sloshed any beer out of it. You need to watch it to believe it.
1)Video: Beer Pong Dunk Over Car – Beer pong is quite popular amongst tailgaters and so is the game ending “beer pong slam dunk”. The NBA slam dunk contest this year featured Blake Griffin jumping over a car to win the contest and videos of it popped up all over the internet. A few guys decided to film one guy replicating the Blake Griffin dunk over a car but with beer pong. The results? Our most popular post of the year. Take a look and see why.
So that’s a wrap on the most popular posts from 2011. Hopefully 2011 was a great year for you too and had you tailgating frequently all year long. Here is wishing you and yours a happy and safe 2012 and many, many hours tailgating in the coming new year.
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