As the snow melts (finally!), our thoughts turn to heading into the great outdoors – and all the great new stuff we’ll need to enjoy it. There's tons of gear coming out in the next few months and we’ve already run in, hiked with, rode on, drove in, listened to and played with most of it. In fact, our team of nearly two-dozen testers has been using (and abusing) all the new offerings to come up with this list of the very best stuff.
Contributors: Matt Berical, John Brandon, Berne Broudy, Ezra Dyer, Greg Emmanuel, Michael Frank, Tobey Grumet, Jason Heaton, James Martin, Dan Nelson, Seth Porges, Carl Rose, Doug Schnitzspahn, Josh Sens, Jeremy Spencer, Ryan Stuart, Erik Sofge, Basem Wasef
2014 Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition
Jeeps are a blast, but don't forget: The agile, open-top four-wheel-drive vehicle was born of functional military necessity. The 2014 Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition embraces the simple aesthetic of its predecessors, combined with some very modern off-road hardware. "The idea behind it was to get back to basics," says Mark Allen, head of Jeep design. But there's nothing basic about the Willys' 285-horsepower, torque-heavy V-6 engine and shift-on-the-fly 4x4 system, which allows you to drive virtually anywhere. It's all wrapped up with some cool retro touches, like a gloss-black grille and throwback logos that include the classic 4-wheel drive tailgate decal. [From $25,795; jeep.com]