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For your travelling tunes, here's a modern-day boombox for the iPod set

House of Marley's Roots Rock audio system is a modern-day boombox that's disguised as a stylish bag.

How it works

Crafted from a mix of hemp, organic cotton, recycled plastic bottles and bamboo, it's a slim, eco-friendly version of the 1980s-era portable stereo. While you can plug your music device into the built-in 3.5-millimetre jack, it's designed to work wirelessly using Bluetooth. After 10 minutes spent fiddling with iPad settings and volume control, music streams loudly and clearly through two speakers.

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Pros and cons

I love the sturdiness and over-the-shoulder portability, and you get a full day's worth of use without needing to recharge the built-in battery. The fabric cover protects the speakers and dials from sun, sand and water damage; it's also meant to double as a stand. I don't get the hang of the fold and snap technique, however, so just lean it up against something solid.

Final verdict

This is a novel way to carry around good-quality speakers on holiday. Yet it weighs over two kilograms, which makes it a bigger packing commitment than an iPod. $199.99; thehouseofmarley.ca

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