Trust me. I know this summer has been hot and humid, but come this fall, there will be a chill in the air and leaves on the ground. It’s been a long summer for football fanatics, but schools are back in session and your favorite high school, college and professional football teams will be on field, blocking, tackling and scoring touchdowns.
Tailgating is the way many football and sports fans start their day. Why not make the entire process so much easier and add up the pregame fun with some tailgating tech you can put to use this fall?
This unique oven was first developed and perfected in 2011. The Uuni 3 provides the perfect cooking conditions for pizza and so much more – roast meat, fish and vegetable dishes. Did I mention how fast the Uuni 3 is when it comes to pizza? The portable wood-fired pizza unit heats up to 932°F in just 10 minutes. Uuni 3 cooks delicious 13″ pizzas in an incredible 60 seconds, and they taste fantastic! The Uuni is safe and reliable for your party. Before Uuni there wasn’t a portable wood-fired pizza oven on the market. Now they have partnerships with the likes of Williams Sonoma and ACE Hardware. Also available starting at $299 at www.uuni.net.
This grilling set comes with deluxe hardwood handles, all in a durable plastic case for carrying and storing tools. Set includes: 4-in-1 spatula, tongs, 4 skewers, fork, basting brush, knife, grill brush and 8 corn holders. Founded in 1972, Mr. Bar-B-Q has been committed to providing consumers innovative, superior quality products at an excellent value. Also available on Amazon for less than $20.
Maybe you want a portable gas grill with an electric igniter and smaller propane tanks, so you can get grilling as soon as you set up shop in the parking lot. This small but powerful grill features the Stok Grilling Insert System, like all other Stok Grills, so that means a Stok insert grate that is cast iron, and a bonus temperature gauge and side table. When you are finished, the Stok Gridiron cleans easily then fold up flat and has wheels for easy transport and storage. Available at hardware retailers that sell grills or www.stokgrills.com for $159.
All your perishable goods and drinks will be rolling through your tailgate this fall on the latest from YETI. YETI’s legendary toughness and unmatched insulation always go the extra mile with the Tundra Haul. Nothing was sacrificed in the making of this cold-holding powerhouse, ensuring the Haul™ lives up to the Tundra name. The Tundra Haul is the toughest cooler on two wheels and available at for $399.99.
If you need to talk your tailgate indoors due to weather or any other unforeseen factors, Swiss Diamond lets you simply pull out this pan to transform your stove top into an indoor grill, ready to please even the deepest of grill lovers. The new and enhanced Swiss Diamond XD nonstick coating is what truly revolutionizes the excellent design that measures 17 x 11 inches. This nonstick double-burner grill pan provides ample room to cook a variety of foods, including chicken, steak, pork chops, vegetables and anything else for your game day celebration. This is a quality grill pan for $229.99.
Serious grillers want to attack their tailgate with a vengeance. They can do that with the Grill Sergeant Apron. This camo covered apron has pockets and loops to hold all of your essential utensils, and condiments—even a 6-pack of beer. It will keep your clothes from getting those pesky stains and there is even a hidden bottle opener in the apron. A quality apron for $19.99.
A premium-quality BPA-free water bottle that has been designed with a removable high-quality iHome music system. Aquio features a double-walled stainless-steel bottle design with fashionable designer colors and can keep hot liquids hot for up to 14 hours and cold beverages cold for up to 24 hours. Users also get up to six hours of playtime with thespeaker. Available in black, seafoam, blush and merlot, Aquio is perfect for those fall tailgates and priced at $69.99.
Don’t let your tailgate “go dark.” DanForce’s G1 PRO is a modular, customizable flashlight that adapts to any lighting situation. The G1 PRO comes with a CREE LED performance chip producing 1080 Lumens, high-powered batteries, an emergency power bank a mount, compass and color filters. This light is so strong it can serve as a lantern or works well as a mobile flashlight. The DanForce G1 will be out this fall for $89 and is available now for presale through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for $64.
Available in different sizes,, the Weatherman umbrella will keep tailgaters dry and the UPF 50+ barrier protects them from the sun. A large mesh pocket offers a dry storage compartment and a non-slip rib is the perfect place to hang a towel. Use the Weatherman app that pairs with a Bluetooth tracker in the umbrella to detect the current weather forecast, then get alerts if you need to bring your umbrella to the game. Even if you misplace your Weatherman umbrella, the app makes it easy to track its location. Founded by national meteorologist, Rick Reichmuth, the Weatherman Umbrella predicts there is a 100% chance you’ll stay safe and dry and your next tailgate will be a success with this umbrella. Get it at www.weathermanumbrella.com.
ScoopOTP contributor, Rick Limpert is an Atlanta-based writer that covers the intersection of sports and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell, hear him on Radio 105.7 with Sully and check out his new gadget and tech website at WirelessWednesday.live.