Redi-Tray Product Review
We’re in midseason form since it’s…well, midseason. And we’re back at it again checking out new tailgate accessories for the season. Today we looked at the Redi-Tray from Kamp-Rite.
This multi-function mini table top has a bracket attachment that can be used on most collapsible tailgate chairs–quad-style and director-style. This tray has flexible uses including setting up as a small table to eat, or turning vertically as a stand for a tablet or phone. Here are the specs:
- Tray Dimensions: 15.8″ x 10″
- Post Length: 8.25″
- Weight: 2.3 lbs.
- Weight Capacity: 10lbs
- Color: Gray
Just like all products we evaluate, we’re looking at 2 main things: Function & Portability.
Any seasoned tailgater knows setting up, breaking down, and the overall portability of all equipment is super important. You should really spend your time enjoying the tailgate, not messing around with everything else. We had mixed feelings on the Redi-Tray in this area.
While it’s super compact design won’t take up much space, and the bracket can remain on the chair when breaking those down, the set up wasn’t as quick as we hoped. Yes, it only took a minute or two, but there seems to be some room for improvement. The bracket has “gator teeth” locking mechanism to stay attached but it took a little work to get it on there. And it wasn’t the most intuitive.
That being said, once attached, it was solid. It would have been nice if there was an easier clamp or vice grip style attachment that would be a little more user friendly, and wouldn’t require instructions.
We liked having an attachment table accessory instead of only a full-on table. So many people at our tailgates awkwardly eat with a plate in their lap, and this really helps. Ditto on people having to stand and eat. The table itself had enough room for a paper plate and a drink to rest comfortably. There’s a slip-guard piece that can switch to top and bottom rim areas, preventing the chance that your plate will end up in your lap. All bets are off if you are on beer #5 though.
Some fans with lesser-interests in the tailgate itself (say, your tweens who live on their phones) would appreciate the table for their mobile device. You can fit a small laptop on there, but if people are that dedicated to their devices on game-day, they probably shouldn’t be there in the first place. Still, it COULD do that.
It would be really great if the Redi-Tray could also swivel down the side of the chair, completely out of the way like those tables in grade school but it wasn’t a huge deal.
The adjustable height functionality was a pleasant surprise though. It can adjust to kids or adult heights fairly easily making it flexible for all tailgate party guests.
The overall quality of the product was very good. It is very sturdy, will hold up for years, and most tailgate guests will appreciate it. While it’s not a critical tailgate accessory, it is a solid “nice-to-have” at a tailgate and worth consideration. And for under $30, it’s an inexpensive investment for your event, especially where space is at a premium, which in Austin, and for Longhorn tailgating, is paramount. We’ll call this a 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. We wouldn’t rush out to get them, but we may pick up a few for a bit of an upgrade.
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