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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
Camp Chef Sherpa Table
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Price:  $146 List | Check Price at Backcountry
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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  • Stability and Strength - 30% 8
  • Portability - 30% 4
  • Durability - 20% 7
  • Ease of Setup - 20% 8

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 baseCompact storage, durable, solid-surface table top, easy to clean, base and table top store together nicelyLightweight, two cup holders, sturdy yet flexibleLightweight, relatively strong, metal
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 heightCan be wobbly, setup requires top of table to face down, hands get dirty during set upSmall table with a high price, fabric can melt, confusing to set up on first tryA little wobbly, can't place knees underneath
Bottom Line Top notch organization comes at the expense of portability, but having all your camp cooking needs in one place is super convenientThis is a sturdy and spacious folding table that can provide years of use at everything from BBQs and camping to tailgating, birthday parties, and bake salesThis long-time classic table with a vinyl cover is easy to clean, has a straightforward setup, and packs up nicelyIf you're looking for the best ultralight camp table on the market, you've found itRigorous daily use isn't this table's gig, but it can hold its own in basic situations and compares well against similar lightweight models
Rating Categories Camp Chef Sherpa Table 4428 Height Adjusta... Camp Time Roll-A-Table Helinox Table One Lightweight Aluminum
Stability And Strength (30%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Portability (30%)
4.0
5.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
Durability (20%)
7.0
9.0
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4.0
6.0
Ease Of Setup (20%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
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6.0
Specs Camp Chef Sherpa Table 4428 Height Adjusta... Camp Time Roll-A-Table Helinox Table One Lightweight Aluminum
Measured Weight (lbs) 10.2 lbs 18.1 lbs 10.1 lbs 1.5 lbs 8.9 lbs
Unfolded Dimensions (inches) 27 x 17 x 28 in 48 x 24 x 24/29/36 in 32.3 x 32.3 x 28 in 24 x 16 x 14 in 27. 5 x 27. 5 x 26 in
Folded Dimensions (inches) 15.75 x 27 x 18.25 in 24 x 23.5 x 3 in 32.3 x 6.5 x 4.5 in 16 x 3.5 x 3 in 28 x 7. 5 x 2. 2 in
Table Height (inches) 28 in 24 in, 29 in, 36 in 28 in 16 in 26 in
Table Top Material Aluminium Injection molded plastic Wood and poly-vinyl Polyester Aluminum
Claimed Max Support Weight 66 lbs Not mentioned 100 lbs 110 lbs 60 lbs

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...
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.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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...
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.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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

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

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...
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.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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...
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.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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...
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.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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...
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.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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.

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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.

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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.

The Sherpa's biggest drawback is its lack of tabletop space. Most of...
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.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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.

We loved the label holders on the front of each of the storage...
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.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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

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