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As we approach beach bod season and prepare ourselves for our time in the sun, it’s imperative that we keep up with the season by bringing out splash-free tech tools. Whether it’s a portable speaker, a pair of keep-dry earbuds, or a camera for poolside shutterbugs, it’s all about investing in user-friendly tech. If you’re heading out of town to the beach for the summer, here are the five best waterproof gadgets we’ve seen this year that you should have by your side. 

1
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

Ultimate Ears has consistently been among the most highly-touted speaker companies for those who like fun with a side of premium products. And if carefree were a speaker, it’d be Wonderboom – it floats while retaining its robust, balanced bass. With 10 hours of battery life, 360° sound, and speaker pairing, this Bluetooth speaker is one of the best waterproof gadgets around. 

Price: Rs 4,999

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2
Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera

Capturing a few poolside candids or beach shots is an absolute necessity, but of course, you wouldn’t want to wet your camera lens. Here’s the answer to that conundrum – the Olympus TG-5 gives high-resolution RAW stills and spectacular Ultra HD 4K video. Its nighttime Live Composite Mode makes it easy to shoot incredible cityscapes and star trails. The Microscope Macro Modes available in this waterproof camera shoot high magnification stills of small subjects up to 1 cm from the lens. It has Action Track Sensors which record location, temperature, direction, and altitude data that bring your images and video to life, perfect for adventure and watersports. 

Price: Rs 32,999*

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3
Garmin Vivoactive 3

Anyone who keeps tabs of their sleep, steps, and overall fluctuations in fitness on a statistical level could undeniably benefit from the water resistant Vivoactive 3. This smartwatch from Garmin, which produces tech for the marines and the aviation industry alongside for the recreationist population, is a true all-rounder in matters of tech utility, simple elegance and quality. It comes with the ability to track your activity (eg stress, sleep, and fitness) through 15 preloaded sports apps as well as incident detection and incident safety features while offering water-resistance capabilities. Overall, one of the best waterproof gadgets we found. 

Price: Rs. 22,999. 

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4
GoPro Hero 7

This is an essential for lovers of all things adventure and fun. The GoPro Hero7 Black offers 4K video at up to 60 frames per second and 1080p resolution. And, taking cues from what plays the best on Instagram, this GoPro model offers a trove of features including live-streaming, a timelapse modeWiFi, GPS, face/smile detection, voice control, and cloud subscription services. It’s also completely waterproof, captures 12-megapixel photos, is compatible with prior GoPro mounts and accessories. 

Price: Rs 30,000

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5
Bose SoundSport Free

These earbuds aren’t completely waterproof, but are quite resistant to water, making them perfect for summer sport and light splashes. Offering a total of 15 hours of battery life (5 hours idle and the other 10 from its case), the SoundSport offers an IPX4 rated water resistance. While working purely on Bluetooth, it stretches over a 30m connection radar. In case of misplacement, Bose does offer a ‘Find my Earbuds’ feature if set up beforehand. 

Price: Rs 18,999

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.