7 hot gadgets to make your summer sizzle

Ready for summer? We've tested a fresh batch of tech gear built for the great outdoors. Whether you're going camping, paddling upriver, exploring the backcountry or just lounging by the pool, these gadgets can enhance your alfresco adventures.
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Credit: Ecoxgear

<a target='new' href='http://ecoxgear.com/ecoxbt/'>Ecoxgear Ecoxbt waterproof Bluetooth speaker</a>

An ideal water sports accessory, this nifty speaker is shock-resistant and waterproof (not just water-resistant), and it has a large carabiner clip on the back for attaching it to a raft or a pool ladder. It even floats.

What surprised me most about the 9-in., 1.5-lb. speaker was the audio quality. OK, so you might not use one for a large pool party, but its sound is good enough for all-day personal use. In my tests, the $130 speaker streamed Bluetooth audio from both an iPhone 5 and a Samsung Galaxy S4 without any problems; the bass from bands like Bell X1 and Iceage came through loud and clear.

The Ecoxbt comes in orange, red and black. Its rechargeable battery lasts about 10 hours.

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