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The only real downside to tailgating is it can get a little cold in the winter at Northern games. Though tailgaters have never shied away from even the most blustery blizzards for the love of the game, you still want to be comfy. So we put together a list of great winter tailgating gear that will help keep you warm all throughout gameday. These winter tailgating gear options are not only designed to warm you up, but are also very stylish. Here’s Inside Tailgating’s picks for winter tailgating gear.
Gloves are always tricky at tailgates. You need to keep your hands warm but it can be hard to do things like grill and eat. Luckily, Blue Fire grill gloves offer a great solution. They are not thick and bulky like oven mitts, but they can withstand scorching temperatures up to 932°F. They’re also so insulated they’ll keep your hand warm. There are a lot of grill gloves on the market, but we like the Blue Fire ones because they look like regular gloves. Stylish and functional, the perfect blend.
No offense to disposable hand warmers, they have gotten us through many a football season. When we saw the battery powered hand warmers, we knew we had to have one for every member of our tailgating team. These hand warmers are charged by plugging them into a USB port. They’ll stay warm for four to eight hours. They have three levels of heat and go all the way to 132°F. They can be used over and over again throughout the entire NFL season. They even come in a variety of colors. They are a must-have for winter.
When you’re picking out your outfit for the tailgate, it’s a good idea to start with a base layer. A base layer is used in snowboarding and skiing. It’s the first layer you put on. Base layers are often thermal, but also come in a variety of materials. Which one you choose comes down to personal needs and taste. Some have great performance features like sweat wicking. They are also great because if you get too hot, you can always remove your top layer. We love the variety of base layers at Sports Direct. Check them out to stay warm at your next tailgate.
Technology has really come a long way and it’s even impacted fashion. When we discovered these battery-powered vests, we were stoked. They’re available for men and women and have a variety of features. We love the action heat one because it’s waterproof, has three different heat settings, and lasts for hours. The vest works by using a rechargeable power bank (the same ones you use to charge your smart devices on the go). It’s plugged into the vest in the pocket and heats the vest for up to 4.5 hours.
Another great option from the brilliant minds at Action Heat is these universal coat heaters. They work just like the battery-powered heated vest. However, with these you can use any of your favorite coats. The heaters are attached to the coat lining and are easy to install and remove. So you can wear your favorite team coat and have all the benefits of battery-powered heat. It’s a must for your winter tailgating needs.
Cold feet are really pretty awful in the winter. It’s hard to feel warm at all if your feet are still cold. However, with a good pair of thick, heated, thermal socks, you might actually have the opposite problem. We love this affordable set of heated thermal socks. They have cushioned soles which are perfect for tailgating. Plus, they offer heat compression features that can help reduce swelling and foot pain. They’re definitely a great option to buy for winter tailgating to keep your feet warm and toasty.
Winter footwear does not have to be just heavy boots thanks to the inventive team at AllBirds. They make winter sneakers that are waterproof and will keep your feet warm even on the coldest day. They are made with a high-quality wool outer and thick insulation inside. They also have comfort insoles, so your feet won’t hurt after running around all day. They are great for winter tailgates because they’re comfortable like sneakers but will keep your feet warm. Available in a variety of colors for both men and women, they are a great option for winter tailgating gear.
When a burst of cold wind hits, it can be really painful on our faces. Gaiters are great to help protect your face from wind. We love these NFL team drawstring hooded gaiters from Sports Fan Island. They are really versatile. They work as a scarf, a mask, and a hat. They can be configured in any combination of those things depending on the weather. They are made with a fleece-lined fabric and a drawstring that can close them tight to offer more protection. Available in every team in the NFL, you’ll also be able to show off your team spirit.
Sometimes even when you are fully dressed for winter weather, it can still be rough in the cold. A great option to have on hand is a portable heater. There’s a wide variety of portable heaters perfect to keep you warm at the tailgate. Some are powered by electricity, others use butane or propane. Whichever kind you choose depends on your tailgating setup, so it’s good to check out all of the options before making a decision. Portable heaters will help not only keep you warm, but your whole tailgating team.
We’ll never stop going to winter games, but we definitely could be a bit more comfortable at them. So grabbing some great winter tailgating gear will help. For more winter tailgating tips and ideas, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and check out our Amazon Storefront. We offer tons of ideas, product reviews, and even recipes to ensure that you and your team have the best time at your tailgate no matter the season.