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Wearable tech is nothing new and audio companies have embraced the trend wholeheartedly. Bose, for example, has designed some of the coolest wireless audio products that deliver amazing sound via Bluetooth and you never have to put earphones in to experience it. The company’s sunglasses, for instance, have audio chambers with mini speakers built into the temples. Functionality aside, they are also incredibly chic.
Another way to take the party to the beach or by the bonfire this summer is to invest in a good outdoor speaker that’s compact in size and sturdy in construction. Fortunately, there are plenty of those on the market and they will keep the fun going even if the weather conditions are less than ideal.
Now peruse some of the best wearable and portable speakers that will play your favorite tunes for hours and hours while you are enjoying the nice weather and your friends’ company.
Bose Soundwear Companion Wireless Wearable Speaker
Bose’s Soundwear Companion speaker will make your next hike an even more pleasurable experience. You can enjoy your favorite tunes and podcasts without having to be completely cut off from the world around you. It only weighs about half a pound and rests comfortably on your shoulders thanks to its ergonomic design.
Its main feature is of course the impressive sound quality—it delivers a remarkably clear audio experience with deep bass. The speaker is sweat and weather-proof and comes with a stretch case for extra protection. And thanks to the battery that allows for up to 12 hours of playtime, you can rest assured that your next trekking adventure will definitely be a lot more entertaining.
To buy: $300, bestbuy.com
JBL Extreme 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
This is the ultimate outdoor speaker that can take anything you or Mother Nature throws at it including submerging it underwater. It even comes with its own carrying strap so you can take it anywhere even if you’re not carrying a backpack.
It offers 15 hours of playtime which is pretty much an entire day. The speaker features two bass radiators and four drivers that deliver immersive multidirectional stereo sound.
To buy: $250, jbl.com
Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II
Wherever your next outdoor adventure takes you, this portable Bose speaker deserves to be right there with you. Its compact size, lightweight, and water-resistant construction (it has a soft-touch silicone exterior) make it perfect for travel and play in the great outdoors.
Naturally, this being Bose, you can expect a rich audio range and impeccably quality. It even has a build-in duo of opposing passive radiators that ensures pumping bass while limiting vibrations.
To buy: $130, bose.com
Sony SRS-XB32 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Get the party going with this portable Sony speaker that was made to endure the harshest outdoor conditions (it is certified water-, dust-, and shock-proof). The built-in extra bass technology delivers incredible sound performance while the multicolor flashing lights will add a party vibe to your next bonfire gathering.
To buy: $100, bestbuy.com
For the Beach
Bose Frames Alto Speaker
These frames are a multitasking wonder. They let you soak up all the Vitamin D you want while protecting your eyes and allowing you to enjoy your favorite playlists or take a call with the touch of a button. The rectangular unisex shape of the lenses is timeless and guarantees a flattering look. The shades are made from scratch-resistant nylon with stainless steel gold-plated hinges. You can even have them ordered with prescription lenses.
Because there are no earphones involved—the acoustic chambers are in the temples and the sound comes out from miniature speakers located just above your ears—you are able to hear and interact with everyone around you while listening to music.
To buy: $200, bose.com
Ultimate Ears Megablast Smart Portable Speaker
A pool party without music is no party at all. The Ultimate Ears Megablast speaker was made to deliver a club-like experience in the open. It’s fully portable, drop-, and water-proof ensuring the party will keep going even in rugged conditions.
The round shape delivers a powerful 360-degree sound that includes clear audio and intense bass. And thanks to the voice control function you can do anything, from checking the weather to playing your favorite song, with a simple voice command.
To buy: $240, bestbuy.com
Bang & Olufsen Portable Bluetooth Speaker
This sleek splash-resistant aluminum speaker will make your next beach day or pool party a lot more fun (and stylish). It weighs 1.4 lbs and has a carry strap that allows you to attach it to a backpack or a beach umbrella.
Once you pair it with a Bluetooth-device, you are ready to enjoy the rich and clear audio it produces. And because it has a built-in microphone, you can even take calls through it.
To buy: $250, bestbuy.com
For Working Out
Gvision My Theater Wearable Neckband Bluetooth Speaker
Don’t be fooled by the ultra-slim design of this neckband speaker—it delivers impressive home theater-quality sound with rich bass and an excellent dynamic range while allowing you to stay aware of your surroundings. Because of its ergonomic shape and sweat- and weather-resistant construction, it’s ideal to use while working out outside.
The sound is powerful enough for you to enjoy it but not loud enough to disturb other people around you and thanks to its ultra-light built and 14 hours of playtime per charge you can comfortably wear the speaker all day long.
To buy: $97, walmart.com
Bose SoundLink Micro Portable Bluetooth Speaker
What makes the Bose SoundLink Micro speaker your ideal workout companion is its ultra-compact size and light weight. It measures less than four inches in height and width and comes with a tear-resistant silicone strap so you can attach it to a backpack, a belt loop, or carry it in your pocket.
It produces an unmatched sound quality and bass performance for its size and has a built-in speakerphone that enables you to take phone calls through it.
To buy: $100, bestbuy.com
For Relaxing in Your Backyard
Pablo Designs Uma Sound LED Table Lamp
Liven up al fresco dinners and backyard parties with this elegant and multifunctional table lamp. The lantern-inspired design features a full-range dimming technology as well as a built-in 360-degree speaker that pairs with any Bluetooth device. The leather strap makes it fully portable while the eight-hour battery life will allow you to entertain your guests well into the night.
To buy: $479, lumens.com
Sonos Move Speaker
This powerful portable speaker can withstand pretty much anything—high humidity, showers, dust, snow, extreme temperature fluctuations, and accidental drops which is why it is the ideal year-round speaker for your patio or backyard. It works via WiFi and Bluetooth so if you decide to take it on the road, all you have to do is pair it with a device.
The sound that comes out of it will completely blow you away—it has two digital amplifiers that deliver a rich audio range and deep bass while the smart Truplay tuning feature adapts the sound to the noise levels in your environment.
To buy: $399, sonos.com