(Charles Dustin Sammann)

The Best Après Tailgating Gear of 2018

Charles Dustin Sammann

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Win the parking lot post-ski scene.

Tembo Tusk Skottle Kit
Tembo Tusk Skottle Kit (Courtesy Tembo Tusk)

Tembo Tusk Skottle Kit ($275)

The skottle—think a shallow wok with legs—makes an ideal grilling surface for post-pow steaks and veggies. Invented by South African farmers who repurposed old disc harrows from tractors, the propane-fueled cooking tool has gained popularity among U.S. overlanders because of its simple design and giant grilling surface.

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(Courtesy Patagonia)

Patagonia Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Double Knee Pants ($79)

Ditch your crinkly, uncomfortable ski pants for these soft, warm, nearly indestructible work pants made from industrial hemp, recycled polyester, and organic cotton. Bonus: they only look better over time (and smeared with a little dirt).

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(Courtesy Kegworks)

Kegworks Picnic Time Deluxe Portable Travel Bar Set ($180)

This handy travel accessory comes with a shaker, tongs, martini glasses, and lots of other cocktail gear, all neatly packaged into a backpack-size, easy-to-carry case.

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(Courtesy Stanley)

Stanley Adventure Base Camp Cookset ($80)

Nineteen kitchen tools—from a frying pan to place settings for four to a drying rack—squeeze Russian-nesting-doll-like into one 3.7-quart pot for easy transport. Who’s ready for soup?

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(Courtesy Burton)

Burton AK BK Down Insulator Jacket ($260)

You get cold fast when you’re standing around the car drinking beers midwinter. Other than a raging bonfire, there’s no better way to keep warm than this subtle, stylish 800-fill down puffy.

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(Courtesy Goal Zero)

Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Portable Power Station ($1,800)

Plug ten gadgets into this monster lithium energy pack, which can charge a laptop 23 times, a phone 70 times, and a Bluetooth speaker about 100 times. Connect it to Goal Zero’s Boulder 100 solar panels ($200) to keep it powered up while you party down.

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(Courtesy ManCan)

ManCan 128 Picnic Keg ($70)

This portable keg—with the help of separate CO2 cartridges and tap ($125)—keeps eight pints of your favorite microbrew cold and bubbly for up to a month. As for the stainless-steel body, it will withstand drops, plus any damage your drunken friends inflict.

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(Courtesy Best Made)

Best Made Straight-Hold Hatchet ($88)

The drop-forged and hand-ground steel head chews through kindling so you can get the fire pit going. And it’s pretty to boot, with an Appalachian hickory handle.

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(Courtesy Tudor)

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono Watch ($4,725)

Skiers wearing fancy watches is actually a thing. Consider French former World Cup alpine racer Jean-Claude Killy, who was sponsored by Rolex. This modern Tudor, with its leather band and sapphire crystal, will take tumbles on the hill and still look damn good.

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(Courtesy Duluth)

Duluth Packs Growler Pack ($70)

Yeah, a koozie for your growler. Some say indulgence, we say brilliance. This pack keeps beer colder for at least a few more hours and comes with D-rings on the side so you can lash it to a pack or bike.

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(Courtesy Front Runner)

Front Runner Pro Stainless Steel Prep Table With Foldaway Basin ($439) 

Just because you’re in a parking lot doesn’t mean you have to cut culinary corners. This kitchen helper has 29-inch-tall aluminum legs, putting your ingredients, a tough stainless-steel surface, and a built-in water basin at standing height.

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(Courtesy Westland)

Westland Winter 2016 Whiskey ($100)

On the coldest days, ditch the beer for whiskey. This Seattle-made single malt is blended to be crisp and clean, with a smooth, smoky flavor. Drink it down neat.

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(Courtesy Schmidt Brothers)

Schmidt Brothers Bonded Teak BBQ Tools Four-Piece Set ($100) 

Hamburgers, grilled onions, chicken—whatever you throw on the skottle, this set has the spatula, tongs, fork, and basting brush you’ll need to perfect it.

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(Courtesy Snake River)

Snake River Brewing Snow King Pale Ale ($10 for a six-pack)

This winter seasonal is an international hybrid that combines Challenger and Fuggle hops from the United Kingdom with Magnum hops from the United States for a moderately bitter, refreshing brew that tastes best after a day of turns.

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(Courtesy Forsake)

Forsake Duck Boots ($140)

A rubber shell over the sole and toe, combined with a waterproof leather upper, keeps the snow out. Color accents on the sole, sides, and laces are nothing but cool.

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From Winter 2018 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Charles Dustin Sammann

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