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Sound Off — Bluetooth Speakers

Take the party along for the ride with these wireless portable speakers.

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Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker

Red Beats Pill+
Photo: Hayley Posner

Power is the name of the game with the Beats Pill+, boasting a 12-hour battery life plus a tweeter and woofer stereo separation system featuring the same mechanics found in professional recording studios. If your phone battery wanders into the red zone, the Pill+ can also be used as a portable charging source. Adjust the volume and change songs with the Beats Pill+ app. [$180, beatsbydre.com]

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

Dark blue Bose Soundlink
Photo: Hayley Posner

Adventure compatibility is a defining feature of the Micro, built with a soft silicone exterior for durability, a handy strap for clipping it on, and the water resistance needed to survive life near a hot tub. With six hours of sound and engineered to be the most powerful with as few distracting vibrations as possible, the Micro just might be your new adventure buddy. [$110, Bose.com]

JBL Flip 4

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Hayley Posner

The Flip 4 comes with two external bass radiators at either end, so you can hear, feel, see, and fully experience the power in this little package. This waterproof speaker can also be wirelessly linked to more than 100 other JBL Connect+-enabled speakers, so you can endlessly amplify your listening experience. The battery lasts up to 12 hours; go ahead, party all night. [$100, jbl.com]

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

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Hayley Posner

The Wonderboom may be cute, but it also packs a punch. With a 10-hour battery life and 360-degree sound, the Wonderboom, about the size of a large orange, delivers great bass and overall volume. There is also a loop at the top for easy hanging. Don’t worry about damage while it’s on the outside of your bag; this little guy is waterproof and dropproof up to five feet. [$100, ultimateears.com]

Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0

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Hayley Posner

In addition to having an awesome name and shape, the water-resistant Turtle Shell plays your tunes nice and loud, and boasts a 16-hour battery life. You can thank its funky shape for such good sound, giving it clear, clean audio with a wireless range of 32 feet. Bonus: The Turtle Shell has voice prompts, so you don’t need to get up to adjust the volume, bass, or to skip a track. [$100, outdoortech.com]

Lifeproof Aquaphonics AQ10

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Hayley Posner

The AQ10 not only produces amazing sound quality and follows Lifeproof’s award-winning “four-proof protection” (that is, dirt, dust, snow, and water), it has a built in drybox that fits your phone, cards, cash, keys, and whatever else you want to keep safe on the go. As an adventure companion, this speaker floats and survives being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes. [$200, lifeproof.com]

Looking for more gadgets to make your ski life better? Check out our favorite gadgets and tech from the 2018 Gear Guide here, and our Used & Abused gear gallery, where you’ll find a review of the Skullcandy Barricade XL BT speaker.