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Music on the go with the FUGOO Sport waterproof speaker
A fiddle-throwndown next to the campfire. Mellow reggae vibes while floating around at the beach. Raucous guitar shredding on a muddy mountain bike trail. There is no adventure that bluetooth FUGOO Sport speaker isn’t prepared to handle.
— The scoop on FUGOO —
Many of you know that I am a die-hard music fan. Next to spending time outdoors, my other favorite hobby is music. Whether its discovering new bands on Spotify, shaking my booty on the dance floor, or rocking out in my car, I always love to get my groove on to some good tunes. So when I travel, I always make room in my suitcase for some sort of music playing device.
Last summer, I was at the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, and I came across a relatively new California-based bluetooth speaker company named FUGOO. Not only was the speaker on demo waterproof, but the reps also claimed that the speaker had a 40 hour battery life. With these two features, FUGOO seemed like the perfect speaker for music-loving travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.
When I was planning my trip to Belize, I knew I had to get my hands on one to bring along on my island hopping and jungle exploring adventures. After a few weeks of use, it is apparent why FUGOO has won so many awards, including a “Best Of” award at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
— FUGOO Sport Design —
The FUGOO portable speaker comes in three different waterproof styles that all have the same core sound system. The FUGOO Style is sleek and the most chic of the models, while the FUGOO Tough is the most rugged of the designs. I chose the FUGOO Sport, which is a happy medium between the two. It can withstand a beating, including sand, salt water, and even mud, but still has a modern look. The cool part is that the jacket that protects the interior sound system can be swapped out. So if one day you decide that you’d like to swap the Sport out for the Style model, all you have to do is buy a new jacket, rather than an entire new speaker.
The speaker is slightly bigger than the palm of my hand and is small enough to carry around in a tiny bag. At 1.1 pounds, it is also light enough to take on a backpacking trip without it being too cumbersome. FUGOO also sells accessories that allow you to mount the speaker to just about anything.
— How does the FUGOO Speaker Work? —
FUGOO’s speakers pair with most devices that have a bluetooth function, including phones, tablets, and computers, and setting it up is very simple. First you turn on the speaker by pressing the power button on the side. Then you press the bluetooth pairing button and open your phone or computer’s bluetooth settings. My iPhone immediately found the speaker and upon choosing the speaker, a voice tells you that the pairing has been successful. Volume can be controlled by the buttons on the top of the speaker or on your phone. The speaker charges via a wall cable that is included.
— How is FUGOO’s sound Quality? —
This is the 4th bluetooth speaker that I’ve owned, and it is by far the best. For its size, the bass is thumping and at high volumes, FUGOO really does pack a punch. In Belize, I took it out on a boat for a day, and even when the boat engine was running, we were able to jam out to some Bob Marley. Another great feature is that the sound is projected from all four sides of the speaker for 360 degree sound, so you don’t have to worry about which direction the speaker is facing. Other reviewers agree on FUGOO’s sound quality and write that the FUGOO is even superior to Bose. Bam!
— Does the FUGOO battery really last 40 hours? —
This is where FUGOO really shines. The battery lasts for 40 hours, and that’s no joke. This is especially awesome if you are using the speaker on an outdoor adventure, like backpacking or river rafting, when access to a power outlet is limited. As long as you’ve got it fully charged when you leave home, you should be good to go. I used my speaker non-stop in Belize and only had to charge it once after three weeks of heavy use. If you aren’t sure whether the speaker needs charging, you just press the power button while the speaker is on, and a voice through the speaker tells you what percentage remains.
— How waterproof is the FUGOO Speaker? —
This speaker lives up to its claim. See the pictures below as proof. Most of my trip to Belize was water-based, and I brought my FUGOO speaker along on all kinds of adventures. I jumped into the sea with the speaker in hand, and as soon as I emerged, the tunes played on. No gargly noises. Just crystal clear sound as if nothing had happened.
I also took the speaker kayaking in one of Belize’s freshwater lagoons and to the Cenotes in Mexico, where FUGOO played on the sidelines while sitting in a few inches of water. And it’s rockin’ louder than ever before.