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Mountain Summit Gear Heavy-Duty Roll-Top Review

This metal table has plenty of surface area and distributes weight well, but it's more difficult than desired to set up
Mountain Summit Gear Heavy-Duty Roll-Top
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Price:  $100 List | $99.95 at REI
Pros:  Great look, steel frame, large surface area
Cons:  Difficult to set up, support bars limit leg space, could be taller, potential durability issues
Manufacturer:   Mountain Summit Gear
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 24, 2021
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  • Stability and Strength - 30% 8
  • Portability - 30% 6
  • Durability - 20% 5
  • Ease of Setup - 20% 4

Our Verdict

The Mountain Summit Gear Heavy-Duty Roll-Top Table has a sleek black look and a few forward-thinking design features that give it stability and strength. It's a suitable choice for tailgating, a day at the beach, or longer car-camping or RV trips when the comforts of a more traditional table are desired. The Mountain Summit's frame is well-built and boasts a large 47" X 28" surface. Unfortunately, it is more difficult than necessary to set up and put away, and we feel it doesn't fully live up to its relatively high price tag, given other, better options are available at similar or lower prices. The criss-crossing support bars that add stability to this table also reduce leg space.

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Pros Great look, steel frame, large surface areaSolid 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 Difficult to set up, support bars limit leg space, could be taller, potential durability issuesA 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 This metal table has plenty of surface area and distributes weight well, but it's more difficult than desired to set upThis 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 Mountain Summit Gea... Lifetime 4428 Heigh... Camp Time Roll-A-Table Helinox Table One Portal Outdoor Ligh...
Stability And Strength (30%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Portability (30%)
6.0
5.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
Durability (20%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
4.0
6.0
Ease Of Setup (20%)
4.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Specs Mountain Summit Gea... Lifetime 4428 Heigh... Camp Time Roll-A-Table Helinox Table One Portal Outdoor Ligh...
Measured Weight (lbs) 15.3 lbs 18.1 lbs 10.1 lbs 1.5 lbs 8.9 lbs
Unfolded Dimensions (inches) 47 x 28 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) 30 x 9 x 6 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 Aluminum Injection molded plastic Wood and poly-vinyl Polyester Aluminum
Claimed Max Support Weight 70 lb Not mentioned 100 lbs 110 lbs 60 lbs

Our Analysis and Test Results

Boasting a steel frame and aluminum tabletop, the Heavy-Duty Roll-Top Table is tough, large, and quite stable. Its all-black design is sleek and easy on the eyes. Its setup process, though, leaves something to be desired.

Performance Comparison


The Mountain Summit's all metal design is not only sleek and...
The Mountain Summit's all metal design is not only sleek and appealing, but strong and sturdy. Our testers tended to prefer models that set up easier, though, after several weeks of use.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Stability and Strength


The Mountain Summit's powder-coated, steel frame stood up to our stability and strength tests. The frame's rectangular shape rests firmly in place by way of reinforced cross supports which lock on each side through a notch and pin system. The Mountain Summit's top side rails are also notched, which effectively cradles the entire 47" X 27" aluminum tabletop. On most aluminum roll-top tables, the slatted ends are exposed and free-floating. The Mountain Summit's notched system provides a half-inch wall for the slats to butt up flush against, keeping each slat protected, in place, and providing increased overall stability to the entire table. This is the first time we've seen this design feature in a camp table. We feel this tweak in design adds to the stability and strength of the Mountain Summit compared to some other roll-top tables we've tested.

We really liked this table's notched side rails, which catch and...
We really liked this table's notched side rails, which catch and securely hold the slatted table top in place. This gives the Mountain Summit greater stability, strength, and a more uniform design.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

The Mountain Summit is wide, long, and sits lower to the ground than other tables we've studied. The low center of gravity increases its stability. We stacked more weight on the table than recommended, focusing all the weight on one of the corners at a time. Despite being severely imbalanced, the Mountain Summit never tipped over. Moreover, this table performed well in this metric on a variety of terrain, from asphalt to sandstone, dirt, and sand.

This table weighs more than some of its peers, but the shoulder...
This table weighs more than some of its peers, but the shoulder strap on the its stuff sack makes for an easy portage to camp.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Portability


The Mountain Summit weighs just over 15 lbs. For its size, it packs down well and is fairly easy to transport. We feel the extra weight is an appropriate tradeoff for the stability and durability its all-metal design offers. We like the stuff sack's shoulder strap. It allows the table to be easily transported, while still giving the porter two free hands to carry other items. Given the table's heavier weight, we feel that the manufacturer could have created a backpack-style carrying bag that rides on both shoulders. This would keep the table equally balanced in the middle of the carrier's back and make it much easier to carry additional items.

We disliked the cotter pin system. The Mountain Summit uses four...
We disliked the cotter pin system. The Mountain Summit uses four cotter pins to attach to the table top to the frame. The pins are stiff, difficult to use and the holes are difficult to find. The whole system seems overkill and is more time consuming than necessary.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Most camp tables of this size fold in half for storage and transportation. The thin profile can be convenient, but the large area required to pack them might not fit in smaller cars. This model bundles into a carrying bag that requires less floor space available to pack it into a car. Therefore, this might be a better option for campers looking for a large table to fit in a small vehicle.

Durability


During several hours of use, we deployed and stowed the Mountain Summit dozens of times and noted a few potential weak spots. The slatted tabletop is locked in place by way of four spring-loaded cotter pins. During our third attempt to stow the table, one of the cotter pins dissembled, shooting the pin and spring 15 feet into the sagebrush. We found the pin, but never found the spring. We feel the cotter pins are very stiff and require an inappropriate amount of force to retract and release. In our experience, the finger ring used to pull on the pin is too weak and gives out under the required force. The result: The finger ring fails, sending the rest of the spring-loaded cotter pin into the dirt.

In addition to the cotter pin issues, key pivot points on the frame are made of plastic. That said, we noticed no serious wear or tear on these moving pieces, but feel they could be problematic after years of use in the sun.

The Mountain Summit uses an elastic bungee cord system to hold the...
The Mountain Summit uses an elastic bungee cord system to hold the tabletop together. This system allows the slats to easily stretch out of place, as shown here. We feel the table top should have a side-hinge system to hold the slats together.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Another design feature of the table that we didn't love is the tabletop's design. Each slat is held in place by an elastic cord. This allows the slats to move more freely than we preferred. This is a common design feature found on most aluminum roll-top tables. It's certainly functional, but it leads to a sloppier tabletop. Additionally, the elastic strands are prone to fraying, being cut, or simply losing their elasticity over time. There are a few roll-top tables we've tested over the years which use a side hinge system to hold the slats in place. We feel the Mountain Summit would benefit from this type of design.

The Mountain Summit is difficult and time consuming to set up. We...
The Mountain Summit is difficult and time consuming to set up. We didn't like this part about the table. However, once the table is set up, we liked enjoyed using it.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Ease of Setup


We desperately wanted to say this table is a breeze to set up, but in the end, we just couldn't. Tables that traditionally score the highest in this metric are those that most users can intuitively set up without the aid of instructions. We did not find the Mountain Summit incredibly difficult to set up, but we did briefly scratch our heads a few times. Additionally, this table simply doesn't fall into place well and it requires a surprisingly larger amount of muscle to snap into place than one would think. It also takes longer to set up than similar models.

To complete the frame set up, to notch-pin components must be...
To complete the frame set up, to notch-pin components must be snapped into place. This step is quite difficult and was one of our greatest complaints about the table.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Once the table's frame is expanded, it must be locked into place by way of two notch and pin systems. This process is not accomplished easily. The two ends must be pulled together, which narrows the (somewhat spring-loaded) gap between the pin and notch. This step must be accomplished by grip strength. Once clipped into place, the connection is under tension, which provides frame stability and strength, one an upside to this design. The downside is it's simply a pain to then reverse the process and unhook the pin and notch system.

The Mountain Summit's cotter pins are very spring-loaded, stiff, and...
The Mountain Summit's cotter pins are very spring-loaded, stiff, and difficult to use. After just a few uses, one of our pins fell apart.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Another feature we didn't like is the cotter pin attachment system for the tabletop. The table doesn't stand very tall, requiring the user to bend over and search for the holes that receive each of the four separate pins. The solid black color of the table makes it difficult to assess where the pinholes are and whether the pin is actually in place. Additionally, the pins themselves are stiff and require too much force to retract and release. The pin system seems overkill.

This table works well as a dinner table or game table. Its all-metal design accommodates a cooking stove or heavy items like coolers or water jugs with ease. In terms of overall usage and function, we found ourselves wishing the table was several inches taller. This would allow for less hunching while standing during food preparation and cooking. Also, depending on your camping chair, the cross support bars might be in the way of your legs.

This table sits a bit low when compared to other models, and the...
This table sits a bit low when compared to other models, and the height isn't adjustable. However, it's still useful for food and games, especially if you can fit your legs below the cross supports.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Value


After weeks of use, we feel there are better tables, especially for this price. It's an eye-catching product with slick looks, but it's difficult to set up and the height isn't adjustable.

Conclusion


The Mountain Summit Gear Heavy-Duty Roll-Top Table certainly functions. When compared to its many all-aluminum, roll-top peers on the market, the Mountain Summit's steel frame makes it stronger and more stable. However, it's a little too short, the height doesn't adjust, it should have a hinged-base roll-top, and needs a simpler, less rigorous set-up process for us to recommend it strongly.

Jason Wanlass