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REI Co-op Camp Roll Table Review

This is a square, stout table that that comes in handy for a camping trip, tailgate party, day at the beach, and more
REI Co-op Camp Roll Table
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Price:  $75 List | Check Price at REI
Pros:  Stout, well-built, lightweight for its size, convenient
Cons:  Protective grommets prone to detach, base of table difficult to expand, tight to pack into carrying case, limited leg space
Manufacturer:   REI Co-op
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 24, 2021
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  • Stability and Strength - 30% 8
  • Portability - 30% 7
  • Durability - 20% 6
  • Ease of Setup - 20% 6

Our Verdict

We bought it. We used it. We put it through the wringer. The REI Co-op Camp Roll Table is a square, useful table to have at a campsite. Great for cooking off, this aluminum table can easily support camping stoves and is sturdy enough to handle a realistic load. It's substantial yet relatively portable in comparison to other large, hardtop models we tested, making it a natural choice to bring along to campsites, tailgaters, and all kinds of events. It's a nice and handy table, but its longevity is likely limited to the elastic cords that hold together the table slats.

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Pros Stout, well-built, lightweight for its size, convenientSolid plastic table top, quick set up, durable, large but portable, steel legs and baseLarge surface, sturdy, all-metal, adjustable, encapsulated table topLightweight, relatively strong, metalInexpensive, lightweight for size
Cons Protective grommets prone to detach, base of table difficult to expand, tight to pack into carrying case, limited leg spaceA little heavy, more difficult to carry than collapsible aluminum tables, difficult for one person to adjust leg heightHeavy, table top prone to dents, more expensiveA little wobbly, can't place knees underneathA little wobbly, extra steps to set up, can't place knees underneath
Bottom Line This is a square, stout table that that comes in handy for a camping trip, tailgate party, day at the beach, and moreThis 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 salesA heavy camping table to fulfill camping, RV life, and cookout needs for a large surface area with adjustable leg heightRigorous daily use isn't this table's gig, but it can hold its own in basic situations and compares well against similar lightweight modelsThis table is offers decent quality and basic function, and there's a place for that, especially at the price point
Rating Categories REI Co-op Camp Roll... 4428 Height Adjusta... REI Co-op Camp Prep... Lightweight Aluminum Coleman Compact
Stability And Strength (30%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
Portability (30%)
7.0
5.0
5.0
7.0
7.0
Durability (20%)
6.0
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5.0
Ease Of Setup (20%)
6.0
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Specs REI Co-op Camp Roll... 4428 Height Adjusta... REI Co-op Camp Prep... Lightweight Aluminum Coleman Compact
Measured Weight (lbs) 8.0 lbs 18.1 lbs 19.7 lbs 8.9 lbs 9.0 lbs
Unfolded Dimensions (inches) 27.5 x 27.5 x 27.5 in 48 x 24 x 24/29/36 in 49 x 24 x 22-31 in 27. 5 x 27. 5 x 26 in 27.6 x 27.6 x 27.6 in
Folded Dimensions (inches) 27.5 x 7 x 4.5 in 24 x 23.5 x 3 in 24 x 24.5 x 4.25 in 28 x 7. 5 x 2. 2 in 28 x 6 x 5 in
Table Height (inches) 27.5 in 24 in, 29 in, 36 in 22 - 31 in 26 in 27.5 in
Table Top Material Aluminium Injection molded plastic Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Claimed Max Support Weight 100 lbs Not mentioned 100 lb 60 lbs Not mentioned

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The REI Co-op table is durable, compact, stable and lightweight...
The REI Co-op table is durable, compact, stable and lightweight enough to take along to the campground, park, beach, tailgate party or motocross race.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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 REI Co-op table is extremely stable and strong, making it a...
The REI Co-op table is extremely stable and strong, making it a perfect place to store gear, cook, or serve as a buffet table.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Portability


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.

The table's stuff sack and shoulder strap make it easy to carry to...
The table's stuff sack and shoulder strap make it easy to carry to just about anywhere you're headed.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Durability


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.

A few of the plastic protective grommets fell out of the tabletop...
A few of the plastic protective grommets fell out of the tabletop during testing. By falling out, they expose the cord directly to the sharp edge of the aluminum.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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.

Due to the time of year we tested the product, we did not expose the table to regular summertime temps. We did, however, use the table at temperatures up to 80 degrees under direct fun and found that the metal tabletop did not heat up significantly in the sun.

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.

The Camp Roll Table's aluminum top makes it an ideal place to use a...
The Camp Roll Table's aluminum top makes it an ideal place to use a camp stove.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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.

Each time we expanded the base, we were required to inch the...
Each time we expanded the base, we were required to inch the brackets along with our thumbs -- bad for our thumbs but good for making the table base stiffer and more sturdy.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

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.

One of the first things we noticed about the table is how much space...
One of the first things we noticed about the table is how much space the cross beams take up. They made it impossible for us to slide our knees under the table for a more comfortable posture.
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Value


For its price tag, the table's quality, size, and high marks for stability and portability create plenty of value for the cost.

Round bowl on a square table: The Camp Roll Table's block design...
Round bowl on a square table: The Camp Roll Table's block design makes gives the table great strength and sturdiness.
Photo: Jason Wanlass

Conclusion


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.

Jason Wanlass