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
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
Brainy and compact, the 11.7-inch Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000 projector is easy to tote outside for a warm weather movie night. You'll be rewarded with a superbright picture that can be cast up to 300 inches large on a screen or wall. We found that even projected on a wooden fence, movies looked incredibly vivid, thanks to the PowerLite's 3LCD technology, which produces true-to-life color. It also supports 1080p and 3-D video – really, it does everything but pop the popcorn. [$899; epson.com]