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8 Outdoor Products That Make Tailgating Awesome

Outdoor gear is lightweight, durable and made to provide comfort away from the home.

Tailgate parties aren’t often associated with outdoor recreation. Sure, they take place out-of-doors, but typically in parking lots (vast, paved-over swaths of land) near gargantuan stadiums, not mountains. But take away the tent and sleeping bags, and car camping becomes tailgating (with a much different view). In that sense, all the other items you might pack for a weekend in the woods — from portable furniture to insulated food storage to rugged electronics — are also strategically suited to gameday gatherings.

Yeti Hondo Base Camp Chair


Lighter options are available, but you’re not backpacking, so why not opt for the burliest camp chair available? Yeti’s Hondo Base Camp Chair employs diehard cast joints, which are similar to those used for truck door hinges, and a comfortable fabric seat that can hold up to 500 pounds without losing its shape.

Buy Now: $300

Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket


Camp blankets are the new breed of picnic blanket, and they’re better in every way; thanks to technical materials, they’re lighter, more durable and warmer too. And for these reasons, they’re an ideal extra to bring to cold weather outdoor outings.

Buy Now: $99

BioLite FirePit


There are cheap, disposable grills that can be found at the grocery store, and there are even miniature charcoal grills that are portable enough, and then there’s BioLite’s FirePit. It’s as close to a campfire as you’ll get without a ring of stones, and in addition to having a rack for cooking, it’s equipped with an attached battery pack that can charge multiple devices.

Buy Now: $200

UE Megablast Bluetooth Speaker


Rugged and portable Bluetooth speakers are abundant today but UE still leads the category, and its Megablast is the biggest and loudest of the bunch. It’s waterproof, drop-proof, Alexa-enabled and also quite affordable.

Buy Now: $170

Orca Classic Cooler


Orca’s rotomolded coolers are well-made down to every last detail — including the whale tail-shaped rubber tabs that secure their lids closed. They’re as tough as coolers come, and won’t mind getting tossed around in the trunk at all.

Buy Now: $290



Neoprene koozies run free at every type of event, but they don’t extend the chill of a beverage beyond a few extra minutes. RTIC’s double-walled, vacuum-insulated version actually works (and it’ll help keep your hands from freezing too).

Buy Now: $29

Goal Zero Sherpa 100AC Power Bank


The truly-prepared will bring a backup source of power, and Goal Zero’s Sherpa 100 is a beast of a battery that can power phones, cameras, laptops, speakers and more. Wireless charging is supported, and it’s airline friendly in the case of an away game.

Buy Now: $300

Thule HideAway Awning


For diehard tailgaters: attach the HideAway to your roof rack, and you have a deploy-anywhere awning that turns any vehicle into a gameday base camp.

Buy Now: $850+

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