Design that stands the test of time
I apologize up front for the length of this review, but I have to say, you just can't beat this table.
I've had two of these for maybe 10 years, and other than a few spots (I let the alcohol sit too long a couple of times when cleaning off the pitch), they show no real wear -- no splits in the vinyl, and the legs screw in as snugly as they did the day I bought them. One table got a small split in the storage mesh last year, but that's it.
These tables might be lightweight, but they're strong -- I pile computers, keyboards, batteries, heavy 4-D lanterns, reams of paper, manuscripts, you name it, on the tables for weeks at a time while working up in the mountains. I've piled 60-70 hardback references on them more than once -- and they still held up with barely any jiggling. Even 6'3" people can get their knees comfortably underneath the table for breakfast or a game of cribbage.
Key advantages over other tables? 1) They offer more surface area than other collapsible tables. 2) They have a flatter surface all the way across -- no angles in the slats, and no sagging corners like a center-collapse table. 3) The vinyl covering means spills are easily wiped up, as opposed to dripping through exposed slats of other tables that are really annoying to clean. 4) The screw-in legs are remarkably sturdy and stay straight even on rough ground. In contrast, the wide-slat insert, accordian-collapse tables are flimsy, don't hold their shape on uneven ground, and are difficult to use. 5) You can lift and move these tables without the legs popping off (as they do on the pin-style X-brace tables).
I've put in 2+ decades of working outdoors, and these tables are the sturdiest, best-designed portable collapsible tables I have ever found or owned. (I kept getting asked where I got mine -- and bribed to sell them. No, I keep saying, I mean it.)
The reason I wrote this review is that I'm just so pleased these tables are available again. I just bought 2 more for my cabins. Now I'm buying another 2 for a second outdoor kit.
This Table keeps going!
I have had this table for more than 6 years and it was my parents before that and it is still in great shape and is used frequently. This table is perfect for the campsite to set up our prep station so the table at the campsite can be used for sitting/eating at. The pocket on the side that the table is stored in works great to hold small items when it is opened up. It is also the perfect size to take to picnics since it accommodates camp chairs. I have also used this for selling girl scout cookies, nuts, etc since it is easy to transport, sturdy and again the pocket is perfect for holding pens, forms, bags, etc. It is a little wobbly if your coffee cup or cocktail is full, but nothing that would stop me from buying it again.
A Must-Have for Car Camping
We have had this table for 6 or 7 years and we love it. The vinyl coating is quite durable; we haven't had a single tear in it and it cleans easily. It is great for music festivals or rustic camping where picnic tables are not available OR when you are camping with a large group and want more surface space off the ground. We attend an annual festival at which we wait in line for 5-6 hours before we can enter: we set up this table and our camp stove and in no time have a fresh scramble and hot coffee for breakfast. We are the envy of all other festival go-ers with this table!
Great Car Camp Table
I bought this little table based on reviews I saw here and on the sales clerk's advice. I have to say I am glad I listened. This table is simple and kind of low-tech—in a good way. We've even come to like its bright blue color, mostly because the table works so well. It is easy to set up, easy to move around, just strong enough, and it is a breeze to keep clean.
We use it as a dishwashing table when camping in our teardrop trailer. It's nice to separate the clean up tasks from the food prep and eating areas in our outdoor kitchen.
One of my best purchases ever
We bought an earlier version of this table in 1991, and it is still going strong. The older version had two plastic pockets and the staples have come loose from them (could probably be fixed with a staple gun), but this table has been used countless times for many occasions. It nicely seats 4. In cold weather especially you may have to pull to stretch it out, but it sets up easily and is amazingly sturdy considering there is no cross bracing. It may seem expensive, but will last practically forever, and the elegant, simple design is a joy. I love this table!
A great camp table. I've used this car camping and at base camp for a number of climbing adventures. Even at a few tailgating parties. It's well built and will support a good amount of weight. I really like how easy this is to clean. With all the mess that is sometimes involved with cooking I was glad this wipes up very nicely. The vinyl is pretty tough too and the pockets are a nice touch.
It packs up nice too. Takes a minute or two to put together. Very highly recommended for your outdoor adventures.
Super easy, super useful
We've used this table for about 5 years now, and still love it every time. We car camp, and this table takes up very little room. It is light weight, but very sturdy when set up. Set up takes minutes!
The table surface is waterproof, as we have found out it a couple of storms. Spills clean up easily. We love the side pocket...so convenient.
I expect our table to last forever. If anything ever happened to it, I would be back at REI the next day to buy a new one.
work very well
I read reviews on camp tables for hours. This is the one everybody said is the best. It does what it's supposed to. Its not extremely rigid, but it gets the job done. Assembles quickly. Easy to wipe up. Rolls up to store quickly / easily. We used this on a 5 day kayak trip in Lake Superior (it barely fit in a tandem kayak storage hatch) and on a camping trip in California. Its adequate, but not impressively sturdy. I would not want to use the ones people say are wobbly.
I love this table. We've had one for almost 30 years and recently loaned it to someone and never got it back. I was thrilled to find REI still sold them. We use it mostly for trips when we pack into the back country on horseback but have also used it at home for an extra table when we entertain and always throw it in when we go any where with the horses, even if we're not camping. It's very quick to put up and very sturdy.
I've had the older version of this table since 1994. It's been my kitchen in literally hundreds of camps, horse events, long cross country drives, and sometimes when I've established a camp and lived in it for extended periods. I usually pour boiling water over it once a day or so. Still firm, tight, and endlessly useful. It's always in my vehicle, for ease of setting up a birding station, or, sometimes, as a shooting bench. I've always wished I could find another one. Grabbbing now.