Tailgating isn’t gentle.
Tailgating is messy.
Tailgating will break the things you love.
Understanding these very important concepts, I try to buy things that I know are going to survive the rigors of being tossed around a truck, dropped in a parking lot and a myriad of other adventures in the course of an afternoon. One thing I don’t like to include in my regular kit is glass and I think the reasoning speaks for itself. While we all love drinking a cold beer out of our favorite pint glass, it’s just not worth having an errant football smash it into a thousand pieces.
The first thing I normally do when I receive a product to review is consider how easily I can break it. I don’t want fragile or frail products that only serve to add some “flair” to my tailgate. I want products that can take a good ass kicking and smile. I really can’t think of a product that fits that description better than Silipint.
Made of 100% food grade silicone, this 16oz pint glass is built to take just about anything you can throw at it. I had a few conversations with the company and instantly loved the fact that they welcome the challenge of trying to somehow destroy their product (with the exception of open flame or sharp blades). That put a very large smile on my face.
Let’s start off easy. In the setting of a relaxed beer drinking environment, the glass got high marks from my test subjects (they promised to not let the free beer sway their opinions). It’s a solid drinking vessel without the possibility of shattering on the floor or in the dishwasher. I also let my kids toss it around and they found it to be a great replacement for a soccer ball. With it being BPA free, I have no issues with letting them use it for milk or juice which is a big plus.
Next up came the fun part-stress testing. When they say the glass is indestructible they really aren’t kidding. I’m going to now offer a list of things I have done to try and hurt this thing in some way and they all failed:
Stepping on it
Running it over
Hitting with a hammer
Two people pulling it apart on opposite sides of opening
Slamming it into the concrete
Slamming it into the concrete again out of frustration when the first time didn’t do anything
Squeezing it flat in a bench vice
Teeing it up and smashing it with my 3 Wood
The list goes on and on but I can only take so much. I’m starting to wonder if Einstein was right when he said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A part of me wants to continue on my quest to somehow destroy the glass but at this point I have to give it a place of honor in my cabinet. I raise the white flag Silipint…you win.
Under the terms of my surrender I am now required to tell you to buy this glass. They offer customization so it’s great for teams, businesses and community groups. If you do head over to pick a few up, tell them the highly frustrated guy from Tailgate365 sent you.