This stereo has a pliable, polycarbonate chassis that is impact- and heat-resistant. Fusion’s StereoActive ($299) also has an IPX7 waterproof rating; it should survive for half an hour in a few feet of water. The ActiveSafe watertight case is ideal if the stereo might endure more than a few minutes in the drink.
Even with the ActiveSafe case, the StereoActive’s total weight is just 4.1 pounds, making it viable for kayaking, canoeing or paddleboarding. The unit is secured with heavy-duty adhesive and a puck mount.
Based on our test, the stereo’s rubberized buttons are easy to press while holding a paddle, and the system’s overall sound quality is solid whether you’re playing the radio or using the Bluetooth function by connecting your iPhone or Android device via the Fusion-Link app.