August 1, 2014
Finally, a Bluetooth speaker tough enough to keep up with you, from beach bashes to pool parties and everything in between.
Photographed by Jamie Chung
The days of rocking an oversize boom box at the beach have faded faster than a swell at the North Shore, but that doesn’t mean you have to crank your tunes with a tinny portable speaker—or one with circuitry that can’t handle a little horseplay. Enter the aptly named Big Turtle Shell from Outdoor Tech, which brings the noise via two five-watt speakers and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery good for up to 16 hours of play. Your phone provides the music with a wireless Bluetooth 4.0 linkup, and the Big Turtle Shell takes care of the rest, putting out a dynamic, bass-forward sound at a volume of up to 110 decibels—loud enough to create an instant party anywhere. Best feature: It’s drop-, dust-, and water-resistant, so no matter how wild things get (that was just beer, right?), the jams will keep kicking. $230; outdoortech.com