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
Garmin Forerunner 620
The Garmin Forerunner 620 is one of the best GPS watches our testers have ever used thanks to its touchscreen, fast GPS signal acquisition, and 41 data variables. The onboard accelerometer gathers info on running efficiency (cadence, distance, pace), and with an optional heart-rate monitor, the watch can even predict race times, estimate V02 max, and suggest recovery intervals. It's the most powerful training tool money can buy. [$400; garmin.com]