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
Giant Anthem Advanced 27.5 0 Team
Rolling over roots and rocks, leaning through S-turns, taking jumps – every obstacle you encounter when riding the Giant Anthem Advanced 27.5 0 Team feels puny. The bike combines the company's revered rear-suspension system with the new 27.5-inch wheels, as well as a very fast-to-spin-up drive train. In fact, the moment you hit the pedals, the 22-pound Anthem leaps, but you'll never feel unsteady: Its carbon frame holds taut through corners like a stiff race ski. Fun and fast, it's everything a modern race bike should be. [$8,250; giant-bicycles.com]