Do you like being outside? Do you like listening to music? Do you like listening to music outside? What about listening to music when doing yardwork? Swimming? Floating? Poolside? On a boat? In the shower? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re going to want to pick up a wireless, waterproof, and shockproof portable speaker from ECOXGEAR. These stereos are amazing! How amazing are they? They are so amazing that I own three, I bought one for my Dad, and I convinced my neighbor to get one (and he raves about it). I like to have music on when I can, but I’m often moving about the house, or yard, or lake. I need the music to come with me. I also frequently camp and tailgate. These speakers are perfectly suited for all of these activities, and they won’t break the bank, either. Also, they won’t break! We keep one in the shower, one on the boat or kayak, and one for around the house. These dynamic speakers are Bluetooth connected, but you can (and I do) plug your iPod or any other music device directly into it. Here’s a list of the major pros:
IT’S FREAKING WATERPROOF
You can literally throw it in the lake and it still sounds great. Perfect for those days spent floating in the lake or pool. We have a boat stereo, but it’s too loud to play if everyone is floating in the lake, so we set this either on a tube, or on the front deck of the boat. If it falls in or gets splashed…no biggie. It also floats.
The battery on this thing seems to last forever. It will last you all day, plus they come with a 12v plug-in charger so you can recharge it on the go. No more D batteries to lug around!
They come in different sizes, but they are all built to be taken with you. We strap it onto our kayaks, and the small one clips on to a hiking backpack and they all come with a suction cup and GoPro-like mount so they can go anywhere! Also, because it’s so portable, you don’t have to blast it. I like to listen to my music loudly. Too loudly, according to my neighbor and wife. HOWEVER, with the ECOX speaker, I can just angle it at me or place the speaker closer and problem solved. I can hear it fine, everyone else cannot. Even though I have a great taste in music that I’m sure most people would enjoy hearing, I also have a great deal of respect for not bothering other people.
This isn’t a $500 Sonos Play5, but it’s not trying to be. The sound is above-average. These speakers will not shake the ground, or your eardrums, but they do bring a nice mid-range and the low-levels are adequate enough. I would sum up the sound as, “I don’t know Miles, it [sounds] pretty good to me!” Considering the size of these speakers, these little guys over-deliver! Watch the video above for proof.
Return on Investment:
To me, the return on investment for these speakers is about 1 use, if that use is somewhere where you normally could or would not take a stereo. This is how I use mine 90% of the time, so I’ve easily made my money back in terms of enjoyment, convenience, and durability. They don’t cost much, come in all shapes and sizes, and deliver big results. You should have one. Or two. Or more.
What a rough night we all had “working” on testing these two must-have boat accessories for the wine drinker. These large plastic wine glasses and wine glass cup holders go hand in hand, and will give you a return on investment immediately. Glass stemware on boats is a no-no as most stem-ware won’t fit in the cupholders, which can (and will) result in broken glass, or red wine spills on your upholstery or clothes as the boat moves about. If you are going to drink wine on your boat, you need these two great products.
When I’m on a sunset cruise, I typically prefer a glass of wine (or a bottle if I’m not driving). After naively bringing various wine glasses with us, and consequently spilling red wine on ourselves or the boat, we had reserved ourselves to drinking wine out of Solo cups. Solo cups are great when we’re day-drinking domestics or partaking in drinking games, which we do from time to time, so there’s certainly a time and place for them.
However, we try to keep it classy on the lake and Solo cups are just not nice enough, nor are they the proper receptacle for wine. I don't remember Toby Keith saying that they were fine for wine cruising, and they also create a lot of trash. The sunset booze cruise with a more “distinguished” crowd requires proper drinking receptacles, and here you have the perfect option. At only $25 for 8, and the matching wine-glass you aren’t breaking the bank to add a little style for you and your guests.
So now that you're drinking out of the right glass and your friends are all impressed, you'll really want to blow their minds with these wine-glass cup holders
These bad boys come in around $11 each and work exactly as intended. We tested the glasses full with the boat at full speed--no spilling. We crossed several wakes at various speeds—no spilling. We used the exact jumbo sized wine glasses above, so there was enough room for the wine to move around without a danger of spillage, and the cup-holders kept the glasses firmly in place.
It's back, and we get drunk on Summer, and that's what's in The Cooler!