Spring is here, and although last night was in the 20s, it quickly warmed up to 60 during the day. Ah, spring in the Valley! As the snow melts and mud season begins, it was time to dust off the bike equipment, put the skis away and make the transition. As I got my bike equipment out, I thought back to all the good times I had last year — I got a new cross bike for the dirt roads around here and used a new app called Strava to track my rides.
As we all prepare to get back outside, I thought that there was no better time to bring in a company called Outdoor Tech. As their name suggests, these guys specialize in technology made for the outdoor elements. In particular, their speakers, Turtle Shell 2.0 and the Buckshot, both offer great sound, are water-resistant and have the ability to mount on a bike. The Buckshot includes a bike mount and can fit onto your handlebars (or, in the winter, fit on the chairlift bar) and is great for rocking and taking calls. Its cylindrical shotgun shell shape and single speaker design makes it super portable and great for hitting the bike path!
The Turtle Shell is larger, offering a louder sound with two speakers and battery bass. They claim it’s “louder than a bear’s roar!” I’m not entirely sure how they tested that, but I’ll take their word for it. For those of you who love to belt it out in the shower (really, who doesn’t?), you can mount it there or on your bike using the Turtle Claw. Either one will ensure you get heard this summer and keep you safe. A great speaker with good lows and highs. Note: I have found headphones while biking on the road isn’t the best idea, apparently cars use the road too — who knew?
The Adapt is just that — a great Bluetooth adapter that allows you to make any pair of headphones wireless. A very cool device for those who already love their wired headphones, especially for the ski/snowboard helmets with them already built-in. If you want to skip adapting your old headphones and step into something new, the Privates are a great pair of headphones that offer hands-free calling, as well as a touch interface for controlling play/pause, skip forward/back, and answer/hangup.
Now get outside and enjoy the lovely spring weather!