Car Tech & Gear

The Ultimate Gear Guide to Tailgating Like a Pro

Sep 1, 2016

Get the Gear to Rule Game Day

Tailgating: it’s not just throwing a bunch of burgers on the grill. But you know that. Here are 10 essentials you need to pre-game right and win the day. 

01. Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler - $379.99

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 With a 2:1 ice to can ratio (yes that’s a thing) the Yeti Tundra 50 cooler is the perfect way to keep your beverages cold all day long. It holds 32 cans and has pressure-injected commercial grade poly foam in the walls and lid. It’s the king of coolers for a reason.

02. E-Z Up Quick Instant Shelter Pop-Up Canopy - $119

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You don’t want to be squinting while discussing your team's game day strategy, do you? This tent provides 64 square feet of shade – a perfect covering to allow you to read the latest scores on your phone. 

03. Hammaka Trailer Hitch Stand & Cradle Chairs Set - $289.98

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Mount this set of chairs on the back of your truck or RV and put your feet up – gotta save that energy just in case coach calls you in. (Hey, you still have eligibility, right?)

04. Coleman NXT 200 Grill - $199.99

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With push-button ignition and adjustable burners, this cast-iron grill is ideal for distributing heat evenly. Plus it’s designed to be folded,  and it has wheels. We like things on wheels. 

05. Winegard Playmaker Satellite Antenna - $299

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Easy-to-set up satellite that allows you to watch any game you want —  it is truly a time to be alive. This portable antenna is compatible with the pay-as-you go DISH satellite services. So when the season is over, you’re not still committed. We like this. 

06. RoadShow Portable Entertainment System RSE-2000 - $299.99

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You’re not just going to put your sweet TV in the back of your truck, are you? This entertainment console allows you to keep your electronics safe and sound. It says: stand back, I’ve done this before. 

07. GoSports Portable PVC Framed CornHole Game Set with 8 Bean Bags and Carrying Case - $39.99

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Weighing less than 10 pounds, with setup that takes less than a minute, this set provides the perfect distraction for when your team isn’t ahead. Not that this would ever happen, of course. You pull for winners. But, if you need a breather, there’s always cornhole.


08. iLive ISB665B Bluetooth Tailgate Speaker - $99.99

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With a wireless range of 60 feet and bluetooth connectivity, these speakers offer serious sound for less than $100. 


09. VDP Wheel Well Storage - $143.99-161.99

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This wheel well storage hangs flush on the inside of your pickup bed and does double duty – you can use it to store your tools and your drinks. Plus, there’s an option with marine-grade speakers. Did we mention it has cup holders too?

10. Tailgater Gas Blender - $359

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This blender has a two and a quarter horsepower engine, allowing you to make frozen concoctions in seconds. Practical? Well that’s a stretch. Cool? Sure is. (Also comes with a carrying case with backpack straps and storage for two bottles. Be portable – and popular.)

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