Kermit Table Review

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by danman, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. danman

    danman tumbling tumbleweed

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    OK, I bought a Kermit Table. I know, I know, they are expensive, much like the Kermit Chair. I get a lot of grief from the boys about the Kermit Chair, until they sit in it and see how comfortable it is. If I leave camp I have to run the 'squatters' off out of my chair when I return. Their $5 wal-mart, k-mart, mini-mart, e-bay, chairs suddenly aren't good enough and when I see the $5 chair boys at the next event they usually have a new $5 chair, as the old one broke the last time they used it.

    So, I got a Kermit Table, (http://www.kermitchair.com/store/the-kermit-table.531586 ) wanted to try it out, see if it was as good as the Kermit Chair. There is not a lot of good information about them, even hard to get a 'feel' for the table from the Kermit website. Ordered one and took it to the Harvest Classic Vintage Motorcycle Show ( http://www.harvestclassic.org ) in Luckenbach, Texas this past weekend.

    Here is the scoop, really simple to assemble, took about 2 minutes the first time, you almost don't even need instructions. Clever design, one of those, "why didn't I think of this myself", designs. The top rolls up and is held together with webbing straps and takes up little space in a bag or panniers. Unroll the top, screw in the legs and Viola, instant table. Very sturdy, lightweight, well made, handy, good height and OK size. I would like to see a larger model, bout 2 to 4 inches longer, and think the design would support it. Very solid, no flex in the top or wobble in the legs. You could almost sit on it. I enjoyed it and it was well used during the trip. A permanent part of my kit. I have the cup holder for the chair but won't use it much since I now have the table. And, yes, its expensive. Photos below;


    Chair (with leg extensions) and table
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    Table
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    Leg Mount
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    Bottom view showing wooden top braces and webbing straps
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    leg mount detail
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    leg mount and top support brace
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    leg mount and top support brace disassembled
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  2. Ranger Ron

    Ranger Ron Been here awhile

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    That table looks good. I don't have extensions on my Kermit. I use this one which is just the right height to set your drinks on while sitting around before hitting the tent for the night:
    http://www.rei.com/product/814319/gsi-outdoors-micro-table

    Does Kermit have shorter legs for their table?

    Ron
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  3. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    I've got a GSI macro table. Similar design, twice the size at 24x16 table top. Packs to 24x5, sure, that's a large pack size than the Kermit table, but it's the same pack size as a Kermit chair.

    and if you're going to carry a 24x6 Kermit chair anyway, that carrying a 24x5 table doesn't really take up more space than a 15x5 table.

    It fits inside my Cabelas boundary waters duffel.

    It also fits in between two Kermits nicely while under the vestibule in my tent.
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  4. danman

    danman tumbling tumbleweed

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    Hey RangerRon,
    Kermit doesnt offer leg extensions for the table. If it is too tall then use a saw on it ;^) . If you are using the chair without the leg extensions then the table is about the same height as the chair arms....

    HayChayalBoded, your double kermit chair rig and table sounds great. Ready for entertaining...
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  5. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    Got any pics of it rolled up?


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  6. danman

    danman tumbling tumbleweed

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    No rolled up photos. It packs up pretty small. You can roll it up in a circle or pack it up in a U-shape
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  7. need2boat

    need2boat boater with bike

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    I think the idea and creative way the table is quite cleaver and the price I know to some is high but time is money so having built my own i can say the $75 or $80 he's asking is fair. That said I enjoy working with my hands and have quite a bit of the need supplies and equipment on hand.

    For those interested. The bolts used are called "elevator bolts" and sold at a few of the larger box stores like lows. For the legs I used 1/4-20 threaded inserts. I think these are most likely sold at the same places. I had some brass ones from a previous job.

    Stock sizes:
    Legs (4) " 1" X 12"
    Top outer (2) pieces 1.5" X 14"
    Top Inner 9 slates are 1" X 14"
    Two wood supports on the bottom 1.5" X 11.5"
    3 strips of nylon webbing 3/4" about 11.5" long, held with 1/4 staples.


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    mock up of the joint

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    bottom joint with threaded inset

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    stapling

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    ready to rock
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  8. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Awesome... how small when packed...
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  9. need2boat

    need2boat boater with bike

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    I haven't sewn the bag yet but rolled in a tube in hand it's 14" X 4" I'll make a bag like a thermarest pad would use.

    The Kermit uses a flat bag with a fold over top. Not really a fan of of them as much. More weight and it's not going to be water proof either way.

    Joe
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  10. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    very nice!

    thank you for sharing!


    Elevator bolt is the term of the day.
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  11. yatman

    yatman Been here awhile

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    Appreciate the review as I've already ordered one for the Mrs to find in her Christmas stocking this year...she like our chairs and isn't aware there is a table...and she made comments about wanting a table...I listened and know she'll like it a lot...and she'll carry it on her Can Am Spyder...perfect.
    Great review
    Ride safe
    yatman
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  12. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    I would love to see pics of the chair in its bag and the table in its bag side by side.
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  13. need2boat

    need2boat boater with bike

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    Were getting some early snow so I had to take this inside. I made my own bag from 1.9 oz coated nylon but the chair is from Kermit. My final weight for the gonzo table as i call it is, 2lbs 15oz w/bag 14.5" X 4"

    If you get the extension legs that add another bag to the mix.

    Joe


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  14. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    Thx! That is small enough to tempt me to get the table. However, I already receive a lot of grief for the chair. The table will cause by buddies to go bonkers.
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  15. Reddane

    Reddane Circling pi

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    Nevermind :)

    Great review thanks!
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  16. need2boat

    need2boat boater with bike

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    I've not really traveled much with the chair. I bought mine used and mostly use it in my VW bus. I recently picked up a "U" bag that both the chair and table will fit in but for sure it's not top on my packing list.

    That said I have a road bike and most of the state campground have table.

    Per the friends, I think the table is priced better then the chair and it's people who can't see the cost of labor that are driving the jobs overseas. :wink:
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  17. runnr548

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    Heading to the Thumper Thaw in NC next weekend with my wife. Just ordered two Kermit chairs and one table. Cannot wait to use them and be made fun of. :clap
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  18. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    I decided to go the build it yourself route. $ 56 at Lowe's bought me all the oak needed to build 2 tables. My retired neighbor and I built them. We made ours about an inch or so longer, since it worked best for the 4' material we bought. He has since built about 4 or 5 more. Funny thing is, while cleaning out his Dad's basement several weeks ago, he ran across a very similar design table his Dad has had for at least 20 years.
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  19. Mr. B.

    Mr. B. Climate Controlled

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    Stock sizes:
    Legs (4) " 1" X 12"
    Top outer (2) pieces 1.5" X 14"
    Top Inner 9 slates are 1" X 14"
    Two wood supports on the bottom 1.5" X 11.5"
    3 strips of nylon webbing 3/4" about 11.5" long, held with 1/4 staples.

    How thick are these? I assume the legs are 1"x1", but curious about the slats and supports. 1/4" or 3/8"?
    Thinking of building one myself. Thanks
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  20. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    The chair and table I can see would be something to have, adds to the comfort i need after a long day on the road. The table to me is priced very fair. The chair I will keep and eye out for one on sale or used.
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