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
Able Planet Linx Fusion
You know how headphones work: Tiny speakers are parked over or in your ears, and the music does the rest. Thing is, there's only saw far this can take you when you're dealing with a medium that is, quite literally, sensed through vibrations in your body. These over-ears try something different: They simultaneously stream their sound through mechanical vibrations that are directed at your skin, ears, and bone. The upside: A unique ability to raise the perception of loudness without forcing you to crank the dial to eardrum-breaking level as well as an more intimate method of experiencing your favorite songs. [$350 with active noise cancellation, $300 without; ableplanet.com]