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.
Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 2.0
Indoors, the 5.6-inch-long Turtle Shell is a great-sounding device for its size, with solid bass response and multidirectional output that easily fills a room. As an outdoor speaker, though, this turtle's shell was too fragile for our tests – when the top-facing grille took in water under a gentle spray, the audio sounded like a clock radio under a blanket. [$130; outdoortechnology.com]