REI Co-op Camp Roll Table Review
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|Pros||Stout, well-built, lightweight for its size, convenient||Solid plastic table top, quick set up, durable, large but portable, steel legs and base||Lightweight, relatively strong, metal||Inexpensive, lightweight for size||Easy to set up, sturdy, metal top isn't susceptible to sparks or flames, cool colors|
|Cons||Protective grommets prone to detach, base of table difficult to expand, tight to pack into carrying case, limited leg space||A little heavy, more difficult to carry than collapsible aluminum tables, difficult for one person to adjust leg height||A little wobbly, can't place knees underneath||A little wobbly, extra steps to set up, can't place knees underneath||Small, heavy for backpacking, colored table top shows scratches|
|Bottom Line||This is a square, stout table that that comes in handy for a camping trip, tailgate party, day at the beach, and more||This 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 sales||Rigorous daily use isn't this table's gig, but it can hold its own in basic situations and compares well against similar lightweight models||This table is offers decent quality and basic function, and there's a place for that, especially at the price point||A fine end table for any camping chair, its aluminum table top also makes it one of the smallest tables you can cook on|
|Rating Categories||REI Co-op Camp Roll...||Lifetime 4428 Heigh...||Portal Outdoor Ligh...||Coleman Compact||Trekology TAO|
|Stability and Strength (30%)|
|Ease of Setup (20%)|
|Specs||REI Co-op Camp Roll...||Lifetime 4428 Heigh...||Portal Outdoor Ligh...||Coleman Compact||Trekology TAO|
|Measured Weight||8.0 lbs||18.1 lbs||8.9 lbs||9.0 lbs||2.7 lbs|
|Unfolded Dimensions||27.5 x 27.5 x 27.5 in||48 x 24 x 24/29/36 in||27. 5 x 27. 5 x 26 in||27.6 x 27.6 x 27.6 in||15.6 x 13.6 x 15 in|
|Folded Dimensions||27.5 x 7 x 4.5 in||24 x 23.5 x 3 in||28 x 7. 5 x 2. 2 in||28 x 6 x 5 in||23 x 4 x 4 in|
|Table Height||27.5 in||24, 29, or 36 in||26 in||27.5 in||16 in|
|Table Top Material||Aluminium||Injection molded plastic||Aluminum||Aluminum||Aluminium|
|Claimed Max Support Weight||100 lbs||Not stated||60 lbs||Not stated||50 lbs|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Stability and Strength
Our efforts to tip and flip this table over were futile. We moved from corner to corner and stacked as much weight on this table as we dared to stack, trying to get this thing to fall over. It was like trying to tip over a large block of wood. In the end, we stopped at 150 pounds. That was enough to prove a point — this table didn't move, didn't lean, didn't sway. This is an amazing feat that few other tables could accomplish.
Its boxy design and reinforced aluminum frame earned this table some of our highest marks for stability. There are virtually no wiggles, wobbles, or swaying from this table. The only thing we don't like about this table's design is the X supports which give the table most of its stability. They make it difficult for users to place their knees under the table when dining.
The Camp Roll also scored high marks for portability. For a reasonably sized and stout table, its overall weight including the stuff sack is just 8 pounds. The large shoulder strap makes it easy to carry from the car to the camp, and it folds down to a manageable size. Additionally, the table was easy to move once set up and loaded. Overall, we are impressed with the packed size and weight of this table. It is one of the most portable tables of its kind that we reviewed.
The only complaint we have is the tightness of the stuff stack. The plastic clips which hold the tabletop to the base tended to catch on the stuff sack fabric when we were stowing the aluminum tabletop. This happened every time we packed up the table, which was a lot, so it did get a little annoying. Still, it's a pretty portable model.
We based our durability rating on a couple of different things including the manufacturer's warranty, materials and design, and a little bit of elbow grease. We unpacked, set up, took down, and re-stowed this table more than 30 times to see if we could find any wear and tear that could lead to durability problems. Overall, the REI Co-op Camp Roll performed well.
When compared to other primarily aluminum tables, the Camp Roll scored very well in this metric. Its stout design is much more durable than backpacking tables or even some cook stations.
Before unpacking the table for the first time, we spent several hours reading consumer ratings and feedback on the table. One reoccurring concern we saw surrounded the small plastic grommets that protect the bungee cords that hold the tabletop together. Falling out of place exposes the bungee cords directly to the sharp edges of the aluminum. If the cord gets sliced in half, the tabletop ceases to be a tabletop.
After a few assemblies and teardowns, a few of the grommets had either fallen out or were damaged enough that they may fall out. After more than 30 go-rounds with the table, we saw no visible damage to the bungee system. That said, this system will likely pose some long-term durability issues after movement, weathering, and sun rot take their toll on the table.
Ease of Setup
This table was not the easiest table set up and tear down, but it also was not the most difficult. It fell right in the middle. For this metric, we took things a little to the extreme to give us a broad view of this table's ease of setup. Not only did we put a stopwatch to several assemblies and tear-downs, but we also asked questions like: Can one person assemble the table? Can the table be assembled with one hand? Then we turned to several bystanders and timed them while they assembled each table without any instructions.
In the end, this table has a relatively intuitive assembly process. It goes together easily but takes longer than the average time to complete. One reason for its slow assembly is the reinforcement brackets. The brackets crisscross and attach to each of the four legs. The attachment section is very tight around the legs, which is good for support but bad for setup. When expanding the base and legs, the attachment pieces don't slide very well, making it a small challenge to open the base. Every time we set up the table, we had to force the brackets up the table legs with our thumbs. It's not a fluid movement. This could be a problem for younger people or users who have less dexterity or strength in their hands. A child might not be able to handle this table alone.
For its price tag, the table's quality, size, and high marks for stability and portability create plenty of value for the cost.
The REI Co-op Camp Roll Table is in no way a round peg in a square hole. The boxy design creates a stable and strong table that is portable enough for the outdoors. This table has no glaring downsides, but to nitpick, we would appreciate an easier setup, a better-protected bungee system for the tabletop, and a larger stuff sack. All in all, though, the price is right for this one.
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