The Best Summer Tailgating Gear of 2017

Party over here. (Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
Party over here.

A full kit for trailhead and parking-lot shindigs. 

EcoXGear Eco­Boulder speaker.
EcoXGear Eco­Boulder speaker. (Photo: EcoXGear)

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.

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Kelty Loveseat chair.
Kelty Loveseat chair. (Photo: Kelty)

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.

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Urban Accents Grill Master set.
Urban Accents Grill Master set. (Photo: Urban Accents)

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.

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DrinkTanks Juggernaut growler.
DrinkTanks Juggernaut growler. (Photo: DrinkTanks)

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.


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Stanley Adventure Stacking Vacuum Pint tumbler.
Stanley Adventure Stacking Vacuum Pint tumbler. (Photo: Stanley)

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.

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Patagonia Long Root ale.
Patagonia Long Root ale. (Photo: Patagonia Provisions)

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.

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ARB Elements refrigerator.
ARB Elements refrigerator. (Photo: ARB)

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.

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Glenfiddich IPA Experiment whisky.
Glenfiddich IPA Experiment whisky. (Photo: Glenfiddich)

Glenfiddich IPA Experiment Whisky ($79)

Glenfiddich is known for making premium hooch, including its latest: a light-bodied single-malt aged in IPA casks.

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Franklin Sports Beach Bumz Golf Toss game.
Franklin Sports Beach Bumz Golf Toss game. (Photo: Franklin Sports)

Franklin Sports Beach Bumz Golf Toss Game ($130)

The ultimate party pastime without the injury potential of horseshoes.

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From 2017 Summer Buyer's Guide
Filed To: Summer Buyer's GuideFood and Drink
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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