The Best Summer Tailgating Gear of 2017
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A full kit for trailhead and parking-lot shindigs.
EcoXGear EcoBoulder Speaker ($249)
Many of the portable boom boxes we test are totally anemic. But the EcoXGear EcoBoulder’s 100 watts of power translates into a thunderous 115 decibels.
Kelty Loveseat Chair ($90)
With room for two and as many drink holders, the comfy Loveseat will make you sit and stay awhile. The fact that the carry bag doubles as a firewood hauler is a bonus.
Urban Accents Grill Master Set ($48)
Elevate boring chicken and unimaginative burgers to mouthwatering favorites. We liked all eight seasonings, but the Vermont Grill Dryglaze, with hits of maple syrup and sage, was our favorite.
DrinkTanks Juggernaut growler with Keg Cap Kit ($114 and $45)
A personal, portable kegerator, the 128-ounce insulated Juggernaut keeps up to eight pints of home brew or draft beer cold for 24 hours—and carbonated indefinitely, thanks to CO2 pressurization.
Keg Cap kit:
Stanley Adventure Stacking Vacuum Pint Tumbler ($15)
We’re not talking about your college tailgate here. Ditch the red plastic cups and sip from a vacuum-insulated pint glass instead. Stanley’s Adventure is dishwasher-safe and stacks well, so get a bunch.
Patagonia Long Root Ale ($10)
We dig double IPAs, but tailgating beers should refresh without packing an ABV that puts you under. Long Root ale ticks those boxes.
ARB Elements Refrigerator ($1,289)
Traditional coolers work fine, but what you really want is an electrical chest like ARB’s 60-liter Elements. Fridge and freezer settings keep beer and steaks cool. Plus, it’s super durable and sips power—just plug it into a truck-bed outlet or console adapter.
Glenfiddich IPA Experiment Whisky ($79)
Glenfiddich is known for making premium hooch, including its latest: a light-bodied single-malt aged in IPA casks.
Franklin Sports Beach Bumz Golf Toss Game ($130)
The ultimate party pastime without the injury potential of horseshoes.