Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson (@josiewhaler), Outside online's Gear Guy, never thought that the ten years he spent as a raft guide, outdoor retail employee, and vagabond would turn into a career.

What Do I Need to Know About Camp Stove Fuel?

Backpacking season isn't over. In some places, fall is actually the best time on the trail. To help with your stove fuel planning, I decided to take a deep dive and explain everything you need to...

How Tough Are My Sunglasses?

Some weeks I interview microbiologists about water filters or take naps in hammocks for the Gear Guy column. This week, I got to beat the crap out of sunglasses ($713 worth) to find out which ones...

What Backcountry Gear Hacks Should I Know?

Many of my friends are backcountry guides, first responders, and outdoor educators so they spend a lot of time outside. Over the years they’ve all come up with clever hacks that either make their...

What Are the Best Beer Accessories?

I’m no beer expert, but I do live in Oregon, home to more microbreweries than you can count, so I definitely take beer seriously. I’ve recently come across several accessories that make drinking that...

What Gear Do I Need for a Big Thru-Hike?

By the time Pacific Crest Trail hikers reach Ashland, Oregon (where I live), they've walked either 1,706 miles, if they're heading north, or 844 miles southbound. Either way, they've spent a long...

What's the Best National Parks Gear?

We’ve been celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th birthday all year at Outside, and many of our favorite outdoor gear brands have joined the party. Here are seven pieces of gear that not only...

An Elegy to the World’s Best Running Shoes

The subject line was innocuous enough. It read, “Pearl Izumi Focuses on Cycling Business.” I expected an announcement of a new line of bibs, shoes, or jerseys, not the devastating news last week’s...

What's the Best New Gear for Under $50?

Every summer, I run around Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City checking out the most innovative gear for our Gear of the Show awards. But as I walk the aisles, I also pay attention to the small stuff—...

What Are the Best Duffel Bags?

Expedition duffel bags are the workhorses of the adventure world. You see them strapped to yaks in the Himalayas and Tacomas in the Mojave. People love them because they're well made, easy to pack,...

What Items Belong in My Backpacking First-Aid Kit?

Gareth Tate has been a wilderness first responder and NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute instructor for more than a decade, so he's treated a lot backcountry accidents. I called him up to find out...

What's the Best Car Camping Gear for $25 or Less?

Lots of car camping items cost less than $25. For this list, we tried to come up with items you might not otherwise think to bring. Stuff that won't break the bank but will make sleeping under the...

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