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
Etón Rukus Xtreme
The Etón Rukus Xtreme is a serious boombox that also happens to be powered by the sun. Featuring two full-range, bottom-heavy speakers that bring a lot of thump, the speaker also has a top-mounted, highly efficient solar panel to keep your music going all day. Come night, its internal lithium battery takes over. Made of rugged rubber, and water-resistant, this is a true go-anywhere Bluetooth speaker. [$230; etoncorp.com]