These speakers will withstand and enhance your adventures.
These speakers will withstand and enhance your adventures. (Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Bluetooth Speakers

Take the party with you

These speakers will withstand and enhance your adventures.
Berne Broudy

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There’s nothing wrong with jamming out when you’re car camping or throwing a fall backyard barbeque. These six models are portable enough to take anywhere.

Aukey SoundTank ($55)

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Tank indeed. You can practically dropkick this dual five-watt speaker, thanks to its heavy rubber bumper and protective grate. It’s not submersible, but it will shrug off light rain. And it boasts kicking bass—not typical of a speaker that weighs in at only a pound.

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Scosche BoomBottle H2O+ ($100)

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Water-skiing, surfing, rainy-day mountain biking, beach volleyball—take this tubular, dunkable speaker along and get it wet. Per the name, it fits in a standard bottle cage and thumps music 360 degrees for up to 11 hours. 

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Fabriq ($50)

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This palm-size unit cranks out five hours of tunes and will order you a pizza while you tweak your playlist. Outfitted with Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant, it can also check the weather and call home at your command. Choose a wrap design that speaks to you, like plaid or paint splatter.

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Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth ($300)

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Other portable speakers may be louder, but none beat the balanced, bass-rich, distortion-free sound of this sleek boom box. It’s water- and drop-resistant, and the simple styling makes it look at home in any setting, inside or out. Fully juiced, it can sound off for up to 16 hours. 

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Marshall Headphones Stockwell ($229) 

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Hands down the most powerful travel speaker of its size, the Stockwell looks like its big-brother amps, down to the iconic retractable analog knobs. Its solution for superior fidelity: two woofers, two dome tweeters, and a class D amplifier. A flip cover angles it up for best sound. All that and it runs for 25 hours before needing a charge.

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Ecoxgear EcoSlate ($150) 

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Consider the dual ten-watt EcoSlate the Swiss Army knife of speakers. It’s waterproof and floats, and a raised roll cage protects the guts from falls; it also functions as a power bank for charging your other gadgets in a pinch and has a built-in 200-lumen flashlight.

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From Outside Magazine, September 2017 Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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