Gear Scout: ECOXBT Speaker

There is no sweeter soundtrack to backcountry travels than the hushed sounds of nature, but it’s also nice to fold in a few of your favorite tunes just to add some variety. Wireless speakers have recently become a common fixture to life in the woods, although few are designed to survive those excursions. The ECOXBT speaker from ECOXGEAR is purpose built to not only provide the aural excellence every traveling audiophile deserves, but it’s also waterproof and rugged.

With a texturized case and two large grab handles, the ECOXBT is easy to move around, and the 10 hour rechargeable battery provides more than enough juice for most weekend trips. Synching to any Bluetooth enabled device has proven to be a simple affair and most importantly, the sound quality is superb for such an inexpensive and compact speaker. The maximum volume levels are not excessive, which is fine for a sound system most likely to be used in small settings, and it’s not just waterproof, it floats. It even floats speaker side up. It also has a built-in microphone in the off chance you’d like to use it as a speaker phone for a backwoods conference call. You never know, right? It’s a very well thought out product. Many of today’s consumer electronics have a cheap and almost disposable quality about them, but the ECOXBT is a solid unit capable of enduring the most arduous of backcountry travels.


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Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.