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ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table Regular Review

Price:  $100 List | $54.97 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Lightweight for its size, portable, lots of surface space, easy to setup
Cons:  Short for cooking, non-adjustable legs, durability concerns
Bottom line:  Length and height make this table perfect for dining or playing cards with plenty of leg room underneath.
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Weight (lbs):  10.7 lbs
Unfolded Dimensions (inches):  42.5 x 28 x 28 in
Folded Dimensions (inches):  42 x 5 x 9 in
Manufacturer:   ALPS Mountaineering

Our Verdict

At nearly 43 inches in length, the ALPS Mountaineering Regular Dining Table is a long, spacious, and surprisingly portable camp table. This table's function adheres closely to its name: An outdoor dining table. Its all-aluminum design makes it lightweight for its size. The result is a compact table that can be carried to many destinations. We were not impressed by this table's ability to support weight nor by its durability, though.

If you're looking for a table that has the same large surface area but is much more durable, check out the Editors' Choice-winning Lifetime Adjustable Folding Utility Table. One trade-off you will need to consider is that the Lifetime model is less compact and heavier, but its taller height makes cooking on it much more manageable.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Jason Wanlass

Last Updated:
Wednesday
May 30, 2018

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The ALPS Dining Table stands 28 inches tall on an all-aluminum frame and folding tabletop. It packs down into an accommodating carrying bag with a length of 42 inches. It has a modest weight at just over 10 pounds, and transform from packed in your trunk to deployed at your campsite in a few minutes.

Performance Comparison


The ALPS Mountaineering model is specifically designed as a table for eating. It's perfect for lunch at a motocross race.
The ALPS Mountaineering model is specifically designed as a table for eating. It's perfect for lunch at a motocross race.

Stability


We love this table and feel it is stable for most uses. However, during our tests, we were surprised to have the table's legs quickly collapse when too much weight was applied to its corners. To study the stability of all our tables, we stacked 29-pound cases of bottled water on the corner of the table to see how much weight could be supported before the table tipped over.

We were surprised to see two table legs buckle during our stability test. The Alps table performs best when sticking to lighter loads like meals  a camp stove  or basic gear.
We were surprised to see two table legs buckle during our stability test. The Alps table performs best when sticking to lighter loads like meals, a camp stove, or basic gear.

We were surprised to see an immediate crease in the table's leg when we added the first case of water. We plopped it down the same way someone would if they were carrying it across camp and dropped it onto the table's surface (about a half inch drop). Concerned with the crease, we moved to a different corner and restarted the test. At 60 pounds, one of the table's legs quickly buckled.

For comparison, we tested three other tables that were similar in size. We completely stopped the same test on all three after reaching 150 pounds because we didn't dare stack any more items. In error, we assumed the Alps Dining Table would accommodate the same amount of weight.

The slatted aluminum tabletop unfolds and rolls into place with ease. At just over 32 inches long  it has one of the larger surface areas of the tables tested.
The slatted aluminum tabletop unfolds and rolls into place with ease. At just over 32 inches long, it has one of the larger surface areas of the tables tested.

The Alps model has an impressive size-to-weight ratio. Its long body gives the table a wide and steady stance, and we noticed an average amount of natural wobble. In summary, the ALPS Dining Table is stable, but only when used as a dining or game table. We were disappointed with how the table performed in our weighted stability test when compared to other tables in its same group. We don't feel this table is adequate for heavy loads, large cooking endeavors, or large items like coolers.

Portability


At just over 10 pounds  the Alps Mountaineering Dining Table is easy to throw over your shoulder while packing or unpacking camp.
At just over 10 pounds, the Alps Mountaineering Dining Table is easy to throw over your shoulder while packing or unpacking camp.

The Alps Dining Table received above-average scores for its portability. Being one of the larger dining-style tables we tested, we were pleased with the ease with which we carried the table around camp or while tailgating at the motocross track. The storage bag has a large shoulder strap and rides comfortably on your back while freeing up both hands to carry chairs, coolers, water jugs, or hold onto the dog leash. We gave this table above-average marks for this category.

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


While nestled under the Ponderosa Pines of Bryce Canyon National Park, we pulled this table out of its stuff sack, put it together, took it apart and re-stuffed it more than 30 times to see if we could see any immediate wear and tear. In the end, the table responded perfectly. The manufacturer also has a respectable warranty plan, which earned this table good overall marks for durability, as did its all-aluminum design which protects it from water, sun rot, sharp cooking knives and campfire sparks.

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.

As shown in our strength test, the aluminum legs are not incredibly robust. If loaded beyond its weight capacity, we saw first-hand that the legs can buckle.

Ease of Set-up


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

The Alps Dining Table received some of its highest scores for its ease set up. The table's design is logical and intuitive. Most bystanders could set up the table without the use of instructions. It was easy to set up and tear down, even for one person, and the storage bag was large enough to accommodate the legs and tabletop without a struggle.

Even with a lower dining table design  we had enough room to keep our knees under the table without bumping cross beams.
Even with a lower dining table design, we had enough room to keep our knees under the table without bumping cross beams.

Best Applications


This table has a place in anyone's camping or outdoor arsenal. Whether you are headed out for the occasional weekend trip, a die-hard tailgater, a beach bum, or on a 3-month road trip, this table comes in handy in 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 settle up to by the campfire with a few friends and a deck of cards. We love that we can belly up to this table and have plenty of room to move our legs without smacking our knees into a cross-bar.

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

With intentions of dining written in its name, this table isn't very tall. Great for eating, but if you plan to use it for preparing food while standing, you will most likely experience a lot of hunching over.


Value


As we consider this table's price tag, which is significantly less than some of the cooking stations we tested, we feel it may be a tiny bit overpriced but not enough to take much notice. After all, it's one of the larger and lightest general-purpose tables we tested.

If you stick with basic uses like lunch  dinner  and cooking  the ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table Regular is a great product. Avoid placing heavier items like full coolers on the table.
If you stick with basic uses like lunch, dinner, and cooking, the ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table Regular is a great product. Avoid placing heavier items like full coolers on the table.

Conclusion


The ALPS Mountaineering Regular Dining Table is one of our favorites. We like the look, right down to how the slatted table top folds over the edges on each end. Not only does this feature add stability but it just looks nice. We like just about everything about this table, including that the metal top didn't seem to heat up, even in direct, 80-degree, sunlight. We were surprised and a little unhappy with the fact that it collapsed on one end during our stability test; however, under normal circumstances, we feel this table will meet the needs of most outdoor enthusiasts.

Jason Wanlass


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   Mar 14, 2017 - 02:38am
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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