Stash these in your trunk all winter, and you'll never party alone.
Stash these in your trunk all winter, and you'll never party alone. (Inga Hendrickson)

The Après Tailgating Essentials of 2016

You can do better than ketchup and crackers

Stash these in your trunk all winter, and you'll never party alone.
Inga Hendrickson

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Because you can do better than ketchup and crackers.


Zippo All-Terrain grill 

With an easy-to-set-up folding frame, rugged rubber-coated wheels, and 1.9 square feet of cooking space, the All-Terrain is your instant party starter. With a durable aluminum body and heavy-duty grate, it’ll last for years. And it works just as well at campsites come summer. 

Price $300
(Cascade Designs)

Therm-a-Rest Treo chair 

A camp chair is not an unnecessary luxury in the parking lot—it’s a throne you’ve earned with a day of hard charging. And this one is too easy not to pack: it’s smaller than a bottle of wine and weighs just over two pounds.

Price $100

Stanley Classic Vacuum growler 

Après without beer is like winter without snow. The two-quart steel Classic keeps your cerveza cold for 28 hours or coffee hot for 18, thanks to its vacuum-insulated body and foam-packed lid. Nice: the top stays open for one-handed pouring. 

Price $50
(Canada Goose)

Canada Goose Brookvale hoodie 

Made from super-packable down fill and a stretchy face fabric, this is the kind of insulator you keep at the ready year-round. Bonus points for the understated camo print. '

Price $475
(Ridgemont Outfitters)

Ridgemont Monty Hi shoes 

The Monty Hi’s oiled-suede upper is sufficiently waterproof to fend off light snow and earns far more style points than your old rubber boots. It’s also relatively lightweight, so your little stinkers will feel liberated after spending eight clammy hours strangled by heavy plastic shells. 

Price $99
(Bigtruck Brand)

Bigtruck Brand Pro hat 

The flat-brimmed mafia has taken over—and we’re fine with that. Our lid of choice is made by Lake Tahoe’s Bigtruck Brand, which was started five years ago by two friends who wanted to make high-quality, good-looking caps for people living and playing in the mountains. 

Price $35
(Snow Peak)

Snow Peak Silicone wineglass

It may look like glass, but it’s made of a foldable, unbreakable lightweight silicone for easy packing and worry-free drinking. Available in tumbler and Old Fashioned versions, too.

Price $27
We Are The Rhoads

Client: Bose
We Are The Rhoads Client: Bose (Bose)

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker

This portable sound machine is loud enough to get your crew shakin’ and delivers the excellent acoustics expected from the Massachusetts-based audio-equipment company. Syncs seamlessly with a smartphone and—aw, yeah—comes in five fun colors. 

Price $130
(Spy Optics)

Spy Discord Kaleidoscope sunglasses 

We’ve been casual fans of the Kaleidoscope’s chunky frame and high-quality signature lenses for a while. Now we’re full-on groupies. This year it comes in a wide range of translucent, neon-bright frames to match your Hot Dog… The Movie ski kit. 

Price $120
From Winter 2016 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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