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Maximize Tailgate Season Awesomeness With This Gear

Be warned: With this gear, you’ll have to remind après onlookers to remained socially distanced because everyone going to want to check out just how rad your set-up is.

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While it might be considered a “winter” sport, the best season for skiing is actually spring. The days are longer, the snow coverage is maxed out, the weather is sunny and warm (more often than not), and, even during a pandemic, the parking lot après scene really comes to life.

If you want to rule the lot this spring, however, it’s going to take more than a couple of crappy camping chairs and cheap beer. These are some of the tools to step up your spring tailgate game this season and beyond.

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Primus Tupike Portable Stove

Primus Tupike Stove
The Primus Tupike Stove ready to rumble. Photo: Courtesy of Primus

Designed in Sweden to be as beautiful as it is functional, the wood-trimmed Tupike stove is just the ticket to whipping up some food for the crew when the lodge is closed. With two adjustable burners and compatibility with just about every type of gas canister imaginable, the Tupike is set to jet for making gourmet burgers, grilled cheese, brats, and more in the parking lot. Add in the Primus Campfire Cookset and you can make even more options, like fried chicken sandwiches and chocolate fondue (we made both, and because it was so easy we will make them again soon). [MSRP: $250,]

Watch and Learn: Primus Tupike Stove Video

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Yeti Trailhead Camp Chairs

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The Yeti Trailhead Camp Chair. Photo: Courtesy of Yeti

The problem with these chairs is that as soon as you pop them out of the car, someone will sit in them and not get up for a while. They are just so darn comfortable, however, that it’s hard to blame them. Made out of over-engineered lightweight metal and Yeti’s ultra-comfy and ultra-strong Flexgrid fabric, the Trailhead chairs are built to last and stay comfortable for years to come. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to sit in one before someone beats you to it. [MSRP: $300,]

Buy now: REI | Backcountry | Amazon

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Thermarest Vesper 32 Down Quilt

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The Thermarest Vesper 32 Quilt. Photo: Courtesy of Thermarest

Sometimes it’s a chilly wind, or other times it’s the sun setting just a bit too quickly, but sooner or later every après tailgate gathering is bound to suffer from a dreaded chill. Keeping a down blanket handy is a great way to beat the elements and keep the good times rolling. The Thermarest Vesper 32 Quilt is super lightweight, easy to pack, and features 900-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic down, which dries quickly in case the bag ends up in a parking lot puddle. An easy-to-manage string turns the quilt into a three-season sleeping bag as well. [MSRP: $330-$350,]

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RovR RollR Cooler

RovR RollR Cooler
The RovR RollR has a lot going on to make your tailgate après better than ever. Photo: Courtesy of RovR

Yes, there are dozens of awesome coolers available nearly everywhere these days, but the RovR RollR is so much more than just a cooler. There is a collapsible bin on the lid, fold-out prepping board, and dual cup holder built onto the exterior, and the cooler keeps all the essentials ice-cold for up to 10 days in the right conditions. But the best option is the overbuilt handle and wheels, making the RollR so much easier to haul to your buddy’s tailgate set-up a few cars down. Thanks to the wheels, there’s no lugging required, which is always something to be happy about. [MSRP: From $400,]

Buy Now: REI | Backcountry

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EcoVessel Boulder

EcoVessel Boulder Water bottle in blue
The 32 oz. EcoVessel Boulder in Blue. Photo: Courtesy of EcoVessel

Staying hydrated is a key part of keeping the tailgate après going, and having a sturdy reusable water bottle is important. Made from stainless steel and copper, the EcoVessel Boulder is triple insulated and features an insulated lid to keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for a long time. A built-in strainer is great for tea in the morning and a quick rinse works for water or whatever else you might want after a day of skiing. Available in 20-, 24-, and 32-ounce models. [MSRP: From $30,]

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Tincup Rye Whiskey and Cold Beer

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Tincup Rye Whiskey (look for the green label). Photo: Courtesy of Tincup

If you’re not driving home, a little bit of whiskey and a beer is a great way to finish a day of skiing. Tincup’s rye whiskey is ideal for sipping on rocks or mixing with something nice. It has just enough spice and a cool bottle to feel fancy, but it’s very reasonably priced. [MSRP: $30,]

Learn More about Tincup Rye: Every (Wo)man’s Rye

Alternatively, having options for beer is essential. Want something light and easy to drink? How about Sapporo or Narragansett? Thirsty for something dark and warming? Check out Telluride Brewing’s Snow RePorter or Oskar Blues’ BA20 series. Hop fan? Me too. Grab a sixer of Stone’s Features + Benefits IPA or 10 Barrel’s Hazy Trail Hazy IPA.

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