- Bend Oregon (Sunny and warm) 3 nights
- Leavenworth Washington (mix of sun and rain) 2 nights
- 2 – Day trips to a local brewery (Bron Yr Aur Brewing Naches Washington)
is one of those tests that remind me why I do this. To be totally
honest I don’t know if I would have ever purchased this table myself.
It is a table...er…um…so? It is like getting a new water bottle to
test…really, what could possibly be new and great enough to make me
NEED this particular one? But then I use it and learn for
myself and hopefully convey my experiences so others can benefit
I would mention here that us and some friends like to
attend “festivals” (actual festivals or just outings we call
festivals…basically any excuse to camp and/or visit breweries or beer
events) and each have our own portable chairs that we simply call our
“festival chairs”. After our first visit to a brewery with this table
it was quite popular with our group and was quickly dubbed “the
festival table” and the name has stuck. When packing to go somewhere,
my wife or I will at some point say something along the lines of “don’t
forget the festival chairs " and now we also include "and the festival
table.” We are also fond of playing board games and this table is just
about perfect size for a standard 4 person board game (e.g. Sorry).
the table up remains quick, easy, and totally intuitive. I can (and
just for the fun of it have) set it up with my eyes closed. All of the
hinges remain tight enough to prevent the parts from moving on their
own but not stiff enough that it is difficult, which I take as a sign
of quality construction. The adjustable legs have been quite nice. I
can set it up low so it is just the right height when my wife and I sit
in our small “festival” chairs (small portable camping chairs we use
for camping, festivals, backpacking etc.), while fully extended makes
the table about right for more standard height chairs (and similar in
height to things like picnic tables). Furthermore the legs can be
individually adjusted to accommodate uneven surfaces which has the
obvious advantage of making it more stable. In regards to stability, it
has been my experience that stability and/or strength are the first
victims of making something portable, but this is not the case with the
Smart Flip table. Between the adjustable legs, stiff joints, and solid
construction (wood and metal materials) this table is strong and VERY
stable. I would mention we have an old plastic folding table that we
have used for years and while it is quick and convenient, it is far
from stable so we have to be careful what we put on it. Drinks can and
have spilled and there is no way we would put something like a stove
or candle on it. But the Beckworth Smart Flip Table is stable enough
that we can put anything we want on it with confidence.
will admit I have been careful to not leave the table out where it can
get wet (rain or sprinklers) but that is our standard practice for all
of our camping gear and not out of concern for this particular product.
The wood has become wet from cold/wet items (e.g. cold drink container)
and has encountered a wide range of humidity (high humidity in
Leavenworth, extremely low humidity in Naches and at home) and I have seen
no indication of warping or discoloration.
Note that I am quite familiar with bamboo and appreciate that it is not only quite sustainable, but also strong and durable.
a tester I make it a habit of trying to find issues or possible
improvements to the products. So far I have not found anything I am
dissatisfied with or would improve upon. I do have things I especially
like such as the stability the adjustable height and independently
adjustable legs, and finally how easy it is to set up and store.
small side note is that unlike many other products I have used, the
included storage bag that came with this table is easy to use and
effective, which is in my opinion a testament to the attention to
details in the design and construction of this product.