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ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table Regular Review

Editors' Choice Award
Price:  $100 List | $72.74 at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight, highly portably, lots of surface space, easy to setup.
Cons:  Little short for cooking, non-adjustable legs.
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Features:  Aluminum frame and folding top.
Unfolded Dimensions (inches):  42.5 x 28 x 28 in
Folded Dimensions (inches):  42 x 5 x 9 in
Manufacturer:   ALPS Mountaineering

Our Verdict

Ever found yourself at a primitive campsite saying to yourself, "I sure do wish I had a table with me for [insert activity here]," but you're in a Prius with limited space? Look no further. The Alps Mountaineering Dining Table won our Editors' Choice award for being the most versatile, stable, durable and easiest to set up option we tested. It's lightweight and easy to transport, no matter how large, or small, your car, and it won't take up much space while your camping gear winters in a closet. Although we feel this table unfolds at a reasonable price point, if you're on a budget, check out our Best Buy winner, the Camp Time Roll-A- Table. Looking for a table with more bells and whistles than this one? The Coleman Pack-Away Deluxe Kitchen and Camp Chef Sherpa Table will keep your camp kitchen organized both at the trailhead and at home. If you need more table space, grab the XL Dining Table ($120) which is 13" longer and 3lbs heavier. For smaller groups, the smaller Square Dining Table ($90) is all you need (12" shorter and 4lbs lighter).


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Gentrye Houghton

Last Updated:
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November 16, 2015

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The ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table Regular is an aluminum framed table with a folding top that stands 28 inches tall. The frame and top fold separately, and can be transported in its very own haul bag, measuring 42 inches long by 5 inches wide and 9 inches tall. It is lightweight, at just under 11 pounds, and can easily transform from your trunk to a campsite in about 30 seconds.

Performance Comparison


Our reviewers love the larger surface space on this table; even with a camping stove taking up some room  there's extra room for a cutting board  plates  or anything else you might need.
Our reviewers love the larger surface space on this table; even with a camping stove taking up some room, there's extra room for a cutting board, plates, or anything else you might need.

Stability


This table took the highest score in this category as it was the most stable model we tested. The larger surface area gives it a bigger footprint, making it less wobbly than some other models, like the Camp Time Roll-A-Table. If you plan on camping on uneven surfaces, you'll want a model with legs that are farther apart, like this one, to increase stability.

Portability


This table took second in this category. Although it is only marginally heavier than the Camp Time Roll-A-Table, we knocked this table down a point in the portability category because of its carry bag. The Camp Time table is completely self-contained, whereas this model is stored in a separate bag, which is one more piece of gear to keep track of, and/or lose. That being said, this table is easy to transport, and it fits into pretty much any vehicle space.

This table is no bigger than a common camp chair  and easily fits into a multitude of spaces.
This table is no bigger than a common camp chair, and easily fits into a multitude of spaces.

Durability


This table lasted months of bouncing around in our tester's converted school bus while being carted to many different campsites across western Colorado. During that time we did not experience any issues, such as scratches, dents, etc, with this table. Aluminum has the best weight to strength ratio and we don't anticipate many issues in the durability department with the frame of this table. However, the only potential issue we did see was with the table top itself. The aluminum slats are strung together with bungee cord elastic, which could wear out over time. Also, because the slats are not connected stiffly to each other as one congruent piece, during cleaning the slats move around a bit, making it difficult to do a quick wipe down of the table top as a whole, and we had to clean each slat individually.

The table top is held together with an elastic bungee. This makes it easy to set up  but could potentially wear out over time.
The table top is held together with an elastic bungee. This makes it easy to set up, but could potentially wear out over time.

Ease of Set-up


We're not sure that it could get a whole lot easier to set up than this! The table breaks down into two pieces: the aluminum frame and the aluminum folding table top. All you have to do for setting it up, and the reverse to break it down, is unfold the frame, lay out the table top and attach it to each end of the frame. Voila! It takes about 30 seconds to setup, and about 10 seconds longer to get it back into the bag.

The ALPS Mountaineering table fits neatly into its own bag  and has a quick and easy two step set-up process.
The ALPS Mountaineering table fits neatly into its own bag, and has a quick and easy two step set-up process.

Best Applications


This table has a place in anyone's camping arsenal. Whether you're living out of your van or taking the occasional weekend trip, you'll find this table comes in handy in a many situations that don't always include food. This is a great table to lay out your map while you plan the day's adventure, or to snuggle by the campfire with your favorite board game.

Check mate! This table can be utilized for much more than just cooking or dining.
Check mate! This table can be utilized for much more than just cooking or dining.

This table is designed to be more of a dining table, and therefore has a shorter table top height than what we'd like to see for cooking specific activities. We had to bend over slightly while preparing food, especially while chopping vegetables. However, once you place a camping stove on the top, the short table top is less noticeable, and we loved the amount of surface area this table gave us. The only thing our reviewers wish this table had was adjustable legs for a slightly taller cooking station.

As you can see  the ALPS Mountaineering table is slightly shorter than the picnic table found at a Avalanche Creek Campground near Carbondale  Colorado.
As you can see, the ALPS Mountaineering table is slightly shorter than the picnic table found at a Avalanche Creek Campground near Carbondale, Colorado.

Value


This table costs $100, which is significantly less than some of the cooking stations we tested, and this table is more versatile and useful than those models.

Conclusion


This table won our Editors' Choice award for being the most stable, durable, easiest to setup and portable table that we tested. All-in-all, our reviewers felt this table was the most versatile table within this review, and the table we turned to nine times out of ten for our camping table needs.

This table has an ample amount of surface space whether you're using it as a cook station or extra counter top space while preparing gourmet camp meals.
This table has an ample amount of surface space whether you're using it as a cook station or extra counter top space while preparing gourmet camp meals.
Gentrye Houghton


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   Mar 13, 2017 - 10:38pm
Mark G · Camper · Lyle
I love this table for car/boat camping. It is extremely stable and can handle a lot of weight without worry. quick and easy to set up and comes with a great storage bag with a shoulder strap. Non adjustable legs aren't really an issue to me, i either prop up a leg or scratch down a small divot if i am in a designated camping spot. Table is easy to clean, but some liquids will get between the slats when spilled, so take care to clean when breaking down camp. Overall love it.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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