We dropped them, sprayed them with a hose, and kicked sand on the toughest water-resistant outdoor speakers to find out which ones are really worth taking on your next adventure. To simulate the abuse these speakers might face at a campsite, beach, or pool, we subjected them to dirt, sand, water, and drops of up to 5 feet. Audio quality was checked before and after, and the ratings reflect both sound and ruggedness.
With a cage of resin and aluminum protecting its 360-degree speaker, the Tough easily withstood large rocks dropped on it without even a scratch. It also runs forever, with 40 hours of play time (more than triple that of some other speakers here). The audio overcomes a lack of bass by producing impressive high tones and crystal-clear vocals. [$230; fugoo.com]