It’s the new year, and that means it’s time to make those new fitness goals you’ve been thinking about. One of the ways you can inspire yourself to get moving is through music.

Portable audio solutions that can stand up to a variety of weather or different environments can help you meet or exceed your goals. For example, if getting that 5K run done inside a gym is just not your modus operandi, why not look for an all weather solution to keep you moving while outdoors, whether it’s running, shoveling snow or building snow forts with the kids? All those movements count as activity so keep the motion going with great tracks.

Portable speakers to get you moving!

Altec Lansing H20  Jacket Bluetooth Speaker

Talk about all season! The Altec Lansing H2O II speaker is waterproof, mudproof, snowproof and dustproof so this wireless Bluetooth speaker can keep the sound pumping from December to July.

It’s made for the outdoors with a IP67 rating to withstand water, dust, and impacts. Even better; it floats in the water so you won’t lose it, and it’s got 10 hours of battery life in case you want to put your playlists on repeat. Connecting via Bluetooth, it works with iOS, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices.

The onboard microphone means you can use it as a speakerphone if you want and get clear, hands-free communication. Plus an aux-in jack allows you to directly plug in a device without Bluetooth.

Stash it in a snowbank as you hand pack ammunition for the kids’ snowball fight, or in the summer, toss it in the Mr Turtle pool. It’s going to come in handy outdoors year round.

Fugoo Sport Bluetooth Speaker

The FUGOO Sport speaker is very durable. With a fibre-reinforced resin shell, shock-mounted components, and IP67 rating, this speaker was made to handle water, mud, dust, and impact.

Of course sound quality is important too, so six drivers pump out the music; two tweeters deliver clean highs, two mid/sub drivers provide mid-range punch, and two passive radiators bring out deep bass. All that plus digital signal processing ensures your music sounds rich and powerful and can fill even outdoor areas with rich, powerful sound. It also works as a speakerphone.

With the FUGOO Sport you can connect to your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices within a wide 33-foot range so you can stream everything without having to keep too close. Still use an iPod or MP3 player? Use the 3.5mm stereo input to connect music players without Bluetooth.

The rechargeable battery provides up to 40 hours of continuous play (at 50% loudness) and recharges in just three and a half hours. Plus an included mounting socket lets you attach the speaker to just about anything.

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker that you and your friends can control, Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 should be on your list. Using the UE app and the Block Party setting lets you and three pals connect to a single UE Boom 2 and use a variety of music services to share songs through the same speaker. Plus you can wirelessly connect a second UE speaker with the Double Up setting to boost your music power when the party grows.

The UE BOOM 2 pumps out incredible sound with deep bass in all directions thanks to its 360-degree design. With a wide 100 foot range and 15 hour battery life, this speaker makes it easy to enjoy in the backyard or out at the campground. And IPX7-rated protection means this rugged speaker is waterproof, dirt-proof, and shockproof.

The BOOM 2 links to smartphones, tablets, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices, or use NFC technology or the the 3.5mm audio output to connect.

Altec Lansing Mini Life Jacket III  

The Altec Lansing Mini LifeJacket III Bluetooth wireless speaker is ready for adventures on the water, as the name implies! Smaller than the standard Jacket speaker above, it goes more places, thanks to its compact size.

IP67 rated with water resistance to three meters and shock resistance at just under two meters, this mudproof, snowproof and dustproof Bluetooth speaker floats in water, making it perfect for boats. With a lengthy 16 hours of battery life you won’t need to worry about packing a cord or power bank on the boat with you either.

Connect this compact speaker to your tablet or smartphone via Bluetooth (or use the 3.5mm jack) and stream music or make and receive phone calls.

If one of your new years’ resolutions is to get outside and get active more, one of these rugged durable Bluetooth wireless speakers can help you get motivated.

Erin Lawrence
Editor TV and Home Theatre
Erin is a journalist, writer, and TV producer with a fascination for technology and a love of gadgets. Check out her blog


  1. Fugoo makes some of my favourite portable Bluetooth speakers. Check out the accessory pack —includes a bike mount, strap (secure the speaker to a tree, boat mast or whatever) and a waterproof remote. Remote may sound silly, but it is great — leave your speaker in the pouring rain and control music (even hit up Siri or Google Now) without getting your smartphone wet.

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