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Camp Chef Sherpa Table Review

Top notch organization comes at the expense of portability, but having all your camp cooking needs in one place is super convenient.
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Price:  $146 List | $89.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Amazing storage options, self-contained, ready-to-use design
Cons:  Sits low, does not compress or collapse, small cooking space
Manufacturer:   Camp Chef
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 25, 2019
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  • Durability - 20% 7
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Our Verdict

Tired of fumbling through plastic storage totes or make-shift containers for the spatula or pancake mix? The Camp Chef Sherpa Table is designed to keep your camping kitchen organized in one place. One of the most unique cooking station tables we've ever reviewed, the Sherpa is an organizer's dream — complete with color-coded storage totes that can be labeled. The Sherpa is more of a portable kitchen cupboard system than a camping table or cooking station. Once set up, it remains in its full-size, box-like configuration, which can organize, contain and carry everything from utensils and non-perishables to ice and cleaning supplies.


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Pros Amazing storage options, self-contained, ready-to-use designSolid plastic table top, quick set up, durable, large but portable, steel legs and baseStout, well-built, all-metal design, lightweight for its size, great valuePacks up nice, solid-surface table top, easy to clean, base and table top store together nicelyLightweight, two cup holders, sturdy yet flexible
Cons Sits low, does not compress or collapse, small cooking spaceA little heavy, more difficult to carry than collapsible aluminum tables, difficult for one person to adjust leg heightProtective grommets prone to detach, base of table difficult to expandWobbly, set up requires top of table to face down, hands get dirty during set up, table top prone to nicks and tearsSmall table with a high price, fabric can melt, confusing to set up on first try
Bottom Line Top notch organization comes at the expense of portability, but having all your camp cooking needs in one place is super convenient.This is a sturdy and spacious portable table that can provide years of use at everything from BBQs and camping to tailgating, birthday parties and bake sales. It is the largest and most general purpose table we examined.This is a stout, rock-solid table that is perfect for a camping trip, tailgate party, day at the beach, and more.Its design is simple but takes a little time to set up. It's frame can hold the weight but never seems to lose its wobble.If you're looking for possibly the best ultralight camp table on the market, you've found it -- but it's gonna cost ya.
Rating Categories Camp Chef Sherpa Table 4428 Height Adjustable Foldi... REI Co-op Camp Roll Table Camp Time Roll-A-Table Helinox Table One
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Specs Camp Chef Sherpa... 4428 Height... REI Co-op Camp... Camp Time... Helinox Table One
Measured Weight (lbs) 10.2 lbs 18.1 lbs 8.0 lbs 10.1 lbs 1.5 lbs
Unfolded Dimensions (inches) 27 x 17 x 28 in 48 x 24 x 24/29/36 in 27.5 x 27.5 x 27.5 in 32.3 x 32.3 x 28 in 24 x 16 x 14 in
Folded Dimensions (inches) 15.75 x 27 x 18.25 in 24 x 23.5 x 3 in 27.5 x 7 x 4.5 in 32.3 x 6.5 x 4.5 in 16 x 3.5 x 3 in
Table Height (inches) 28 in 24 in, 29 in, 36 in 27.5 in 28 in 16 in
Table Top Material Aluminium Injection molded plastic Aluminium Wood and poly-vinyl Polyester
Claimed Max Support Weight 66 lbs Not mentioned 100 lbs 100 lbs 110 lbs
Features Removable aluminum folding table top, 4 zippered organization bins, telescoping legs. Adjustable height options, solid surface top, steel legs and base Lightweight for size, large square design Completely self-contained system. Very lightweight, cup holders, several carry loops on stuff sack
Set-up Time (Avg) 15 secs 12 secs 58 secs 1 min 52 sec 52 secs
Break Down Time (Avg) 14 secs 22 secs 1 min 9 secs 1 min 41 secs 49 secs

Our Analysis and Test Results

Fully assembled, the Sherpa forms a crate-like structure. It's a little bulky, measuring 27" x 17" x 28", but surprisingly only weighs about 10 pounds when empty. The table's initial setup is the most time-consuming of any table we reviewed, requiring about 30 minutes of tinkering. However, once completed, the only necessary step is expanding the telescoping legs to place the table at full height.

Four multi-colored  removable  label-able storage cubes are what makes the Sherpa's design unique. They allow you to store cooking supplies  plates  non-perishables and more. You can even pack the insulated blue with ice.
Four multi-colored, removable, label-able storage cubes are what makes the Sherpa's design unique. They allow you to store cooking supplies, plates, non-perishables and more. You can even pack the insulated blue with ice.

Inside the table are four organizational fabric cubes in red, yellow, green, and blue. Each cube comes complete with a handle, zipper opening, and a see-through label holder. The blue cube is rubber-lined and can be used as a cooler or washbasin. The Sherpa's storage compartment that holds the cubes can also be customized to store larger items like a camp stove.

Performance Comparison


The Sherpa is our Top Pick for cooking stations. We loved its ability to store and carry all of our kitchen supplies in one convenient container. This table's biggest drawback? It lacks counter and tabletop space.
The Sherpa is our Top Pick for cooking stations. We loved its ability to store and carry all of our kitchen supplies in one convenient container. This table's biggest drawback? It lacks counter and tabletop space.

Stability and Strength


The combination of a rectangular design, aluminum frame, and tough 600 denier fabric, give the Sherpa a head start on in our stability tests. However, even when the legs are fully extended, the table (unfortunately) doesn't stand very high, which indirectly adds to its stability.


Its box-like design allows the Sherpa to resist swaying or tipping when fully loaded, which is a real plus when there's a cooking stove resting on top. Overall, this table scored in the upper tier for stability. When specifically compared to other cook stations we looked at, the Sherpa crushed the competition for stability. During our tests, we were impressed with its ability to remain upright, despite being loaded unevenly with extra tabletop weight.

The Sherpa is easy to set up and use. It's also sturdy and simple to carry. Unfortunately  it's quite short.
The Sherpa is easy to set up and use. It's also sturdy and simple to carry. Unfortunately, it's quite short.

Portability


For its size, the Sherpa's base weight is impressive, coming in just over 10 lbs. The manufacturer made good use of 600 denier fabric and an all-aluminum tabletop and frame. Although large, the table comes with two padded end handles and can be easily carried (cooler style) by one or two people, depending on how much weight you've packed inside. We found the table's design to be quite sturdy and were please at its resistance to twisting or bowing when carrying heavier loads.


One drawback to this table's portability rating is it's sheer size when limited trunk or car storage is considered. Once the legs are retracted, the table's crate-like design measures about 27 inches long by 17.5 inches wide and over 18.5 inches tall, giving it the overall largest and boxiest collapsed size of any table we've ever studied. In all fairness, we did take into consideration the Sherpa's ability to store and carry many items that would have been stored in our vehicle, regardless.

Two large  padded handles make it easy to carry the Sherpa like a cooler.
Two large, padded handles make it easy to carry the Sherpa like a cooler.

Overall, we still have a hung jury on whether the Sherpa saves on storage. For example, some of our testers preferred using a more collapsible table and then finding small nooks and crannies throughout the vehicle to store cooking supplies and accessories. Others like having their entire camp kitchen living inside the Sherpa in their garage or storage space because this made packing for a camping trip quick and easy.

The Sherpa's telescoping legs can sometimes be difficult to retract  because of dirt and grime build on the aluminum. The easiest way to pull the legs into place is to straddle the table on a picnic bench seat first.
The Sherpa's telescoping legs can sometimes be difficult to retract, because of dirt and grime build on the aluminum. The easiest way to pull the legs into place is to straddle the table on a picnic bench seat first.

Durability


During our testing, no durability issues were encountered. However, after examining and using the table for several days, our testers did note some areas of the potential concern. A large portion of the table is 600 denier fabric, and nearly all of the seams are comprised of single-stitching, which may decrease the usable life of the table. Also, fabric comes with a higher potential for tearing, punctures, and burn marks.


Zippers are a key component of the Sherpa. We found the table's main zipper to the storage compartment could be difficult to maneuver under the weight of the fully packed storage cubes, leaving a potential for the zipper to fail. Additionally, the plastic end caps on each of the table's four legs are a low-expense design and unlikely to last forever, depending on use.

The Sherpa's aluminum frame connects by way of plastic elbows. Over time  we feel this could present a wear and tear issue when the plastic becomes brittle and sun-baked.
The Sherpa's aluminum frame connects by way of plastic elbows. Over time, we feel this could present a wear and tear issue when the plastic becomes brittle and sun-baked.

Additionally, we were disappointed with the Sherpa's 90-day limited warranty. Still, we feel the Sherpa is well-built and strong and has an average or slightly above-average durability rating. When compared to other cook stations we reviewed, there are some more durable options, yet we think normal use will see this product lasting many, many camping trips.

While most aluminum roll-top tables use a bungee cord to hold the slats in place (foreground)  the Sherpa's table top (background) is held together with a plastic  chain-like system  which wears much better and keeps the slats in place.
While most aluminum roll-top tables use a bungee cord to hold the slats in place (foreground), the Sherpa's table top (background) is held together with a plastic, chain-like system, which wears much better and keeps the slats in place.

Ease of Setup


The factors surrounding the Sherpa's ease of setup are a two-sided coin. Out of the box, this table requires much more pre-use assembly than any table we've tested. The initial setup is time-consuming and slightly complicated. However, once all the parts are connected, the only set up required at camp is telescoping the table's four legs into place.


There are two options when deconstructing this table: Leave the frame constructed, remove the tabletop, and retract the legs or completely deconstruct the table for storage in tighter spaces. We recommend leaving the table assembled if space permits.

Sometimes the Sherpa never left our truck. Instead  we simply kept the legs stored in place and just cooked off the end of the tailgate. Because the Sherpa is rather short  we found it was easier to not expand the legs  and place it on top of something  like a picnic table or tailgate  to get the height we needed.
Sometimes the Sherpa never left our truck. Instead, we simply kept the legs stored in place and just cooked off the end of the tailgate. Because the Sherpa is rather short, we found it was easier to not expand the legs, and place it on top of something, like a picnic table or tailgate, to get the height we needed.

The blue storage cube is rubber-lined and insulated. The cube is large enough to carry a 10-pound bag of crushed ice and six cans of beverage. The photograph below (left) shows the condition of the ice after 5 hours in 85-degree Fahrenheit heat. The zipper, however, is not sealed water-tight (right photo, below), so the cube must lay flat at all times to keep from leaking.


The Sherpa is a breeze to set up. Pull out the table's four telescoping legs until they lock into place and snap the aluminum roll table top into place. The only setup issue we experienced involved the table's four telescoping legs: They don't glide very smoothly and often require a little elbow grease to pull them out and into place.

The blue storage cube can also be filled with water and used as a washbasin. We found it large enough to wash a medium-sized frying pan.


Best Applications


The Sherpa serves the same purpose as the cupboards in your kitchen. It can easily be used to store and carry all you need for cooking in the outdoors. After the fun is over, the Sherpa doubles as a great storage tote to keep all of your outdoor kitchen stored together in one place in your garage, basement, or closet.

The Sherpa's biggest drawback is its lack of tabletop space. Most of the time there is only room enough for a camp stove and a few cooking utensils.
The Sherpa's biggest drawback is its lack of tabletop space. Most of the time there is only room enough for a camp stove and a few cooking utensils.

This system is perfect for people who love to organize. Group trips where multiple people help with the cooking will benefit from not having to track down the one person who knows where everything is packed away. However, it lacks a great deal of available cooking area, which quickly becomes a factor when you need to move cooked bacon to a plate or stack pancakes. This table comes with a bit of irony; it's a perfectly portable kitchen, but lacks in the way of a kitchen counter. We love this table, but recommend it for outings with basic cooking or to be combined with another table for added food prep space.

We loved the label holders on the front of each of the storage cubes. It allow us to easily store and retrieve all of the things we needed for our portable kitchen. They also help more than just the owner know where items are located.
We loved the label holders on the front of each of the storage cubes. It allow us to easily store and retrieve all of the things we needed for our portable kitchen. They also help more than just the owner know where items are located.

Value


The value of this table is mostly dependent on what the user values. If they value organization and uniqueness, they'll love this table. Overall, the table does its job well if the job description is organization. However, we are a bit disappointed with the table's lack of prep and cook space — sometimes you just need space to place a bowl of pancake batter or a carton of eggs. In terms of a kitchen storage system, this table is worth the cost. If you need to pair this cook station with another camping table, costs will add up, decreasing overall value.

The Sherpa's inner compartment dividers can be unzipped and removed to allow larger items like a camp stove to be stored.
The Sherpa's inner compartment dividers can be unzipped and removed to allow larger items like a camp stove to be stored.

Conclusion


Whether at the beach, the lake, the woods or in the parking lot of your local football stadium, the Camp Chef Sherpa lives up to its name by allowing adventure seekers to pack and carry most of their cooking needs in one compact, easy to use system. It lacks counter space and sits lower than most tables we've studied, but it offers a unique approach to outdoor cooking — just be sure to have an extra table near by to place the hash browns once they're cooked.

The Sherpa is an organizers dream. Just be sure you're buying it for the right reasons  and not expecting a ton of counter space.
The Sherpa is an organizers dream. Just be sure you're buying it for the right reasons, and not expecting a ton of counter space.


Jason Wanlass