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07.16.2019 Drew Bartek

What is the Groove Vest?

The Groove Vest, the world’s first impact vest with integrated speakers, designed to bring music to watersports will be launching its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter this August.

The Groove Vest is created by riders for riders. The Groove Vest is designed to solve the issue of not being able to listen to music while out on the water.  The vest is ideal for individuals looking for a comfortable, high quality, lightweight impact vest that has the added benefit of playing music.

“I wanted to listen to music out on the water and found out that I was not alone,” said Drew Bartek, Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Groove Watersports. “Our vests are made to bring the best listening experience out on the water without compromising the comfort and range of motion of your vest.”

The Groove Vest features also include built in memory with the ability to store up to 1,000 songs, up to 6 hours of battery life on one charge, and control buttons built-in the chest for easy access full controls.  

“I’ve always been frustrated when riding behind the boat and never could hear the music clearly.  Then I tried waterproof headphones which just caused more problems,” said Gus Gehlen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Groove Watersports.  “I knew there had to be a better way, so we have designed our vests to solve this problem through the integration of powerful speakers in the shoulder area of our vest for an easy all in one solution.” 


11,000 SONGS

The Groove vest has 8GB of internal memory. Ditch your phone, grab your vest, and get in the Groove.



Throw on your tunes for up to 6 hours of continuous playback. Simply charge your Groove vest with any micro USB charger (provided).


Duh! IP68 is the maximum Ingress Protection rating against solid particles or liquid. Your vest can handle just about anything you throw at it. Just remember to spray it down after a saltwater session.



4-1You are the DJ! Control your music with easy access buttons on the front chest of your vest. There are 4 buttons to help you get in the Groove: Play/Pause, Volume Up/Down, Skip/Back,  Power On.



Engineered for the folks who like to “SEND IT!”. Your vest is designed to withstand high impact crashes.  




  • Speaker Type: Portable Waterproof Speaker
  • Connection Type: 8GB Internal Memory (1,000 songs)
  • Impedance: 4±10%ohm
  • Speaker Output: 3 watts
  • Driver Diameter: 40mm
  • SNR/Sound Pressure Level: 87±3dB
  • Weight: approx. 700g
  • Charging: Micro USB
  • Frequency Range: 200Hz-20KHz
  • Battery Capacity: 3,000mAh
  • Charging Voltage: DC 5V
  • Charge Time: approximately 2 Hours
  • Playback Time: approximately 6 hours
  • Housing Material: Polycarbonate


  • Material: Jersey Knit Nylon Bonded to Scuba Stretch Neoprene
  • Foam: Closed Cell MLC Foam
  • Zipper: YYK #10 Marine Grade Zipper
  • Pocket Flap: Magnetic Neoprene Flaps 

Groove Vests are available in sizes Small to XL, consumers will have the opportunity of pre-ordering on Kickstarter this Summer. The Groove Vest will retail for $299 and during their Kickstarter campaign the vests can be pre-ordered starting at an early bird special of $150.

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Published by Drew Bartek July 16, 2019
Drew Bartek