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American Overlander: Arizona Outdoor Furniture

It’s no secret the modern overlander has a predisposition for creature comforts. A typical overland campsite often has finer appointments than many brick and mortar homes. This is certainly true if your campsite is adorned with furnishings from Arizona Outdoor Furniture.

In an age when most camping tables are inevitably headed for the dumpster, Arizona Outdoor Furniture’s offerings are built to be handed down to the next generation. Designed and fabricated by well-known overlander Brian DeArmon, his creations are the product of his many years on the trail. He has an astute appreciation for refinement, and the durability required to make sure his furniture endures years of adventure.

We recently had the chance to test the Prep and Cocktail tables, and we are were impressed, not that we had any doubts in Brian’s abilities as a craftsmen. Made of solid white oak, the Prep table has a 32-inch height which makes it ideal for camp duties whereby standing is preferred over sitting. The 36×24-inch work surface provides ample real estate for preparing meals or mixing sundowners. Assembly is intuitive and takes as little as three to four minutes once you get the assembly process dialed in.

 

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One of the finer attributes of the Prep table is its positive stance. Whereas many camp tables are little more than wobbly platforms on which to spill your precious liquids, this table is steadfast and solid. Disassembly is quick and fitting all of the components into the heavy-duty zippered bag is effortless. One of my pet peeves is having to wiggle things into small storage bags but this is not the case with the Arizona Outdoor Furniture bags.

 

 

To compliment the tall prep table, we added the shorter and smaller Cocktail table to our kit. At just seven pounds and packaged in a waterproof bag scarcely larger than a loaf of bread, it slipped into our truck taking up very little room. Once assembled, a process that takes fewer than a few minutes, the 16-inch height and 15-inch squared table surface provided more than enough room for the drinks and snacks we like to keep within easy reach. Not too tall to pair to lower chairs like the Kermit chair, it was also a perfect height when used with regular sized chairs like those from Pico or Snow Peak.

 

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At $279 for the Prep Table, and only $99 for the Cocktail Table, they represent an excellent value considering those prices include a robust storage bag, and lets no forget this is for hand-made furniture.

 

For more information, visit: www.azoutdoorfurniture.com

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Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.