Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Author's Bio

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 Are the Best Camp Chairs?

For a folding metal-and-cloth contraption, the term “camping chair” covers a remarkably wide spectrum of outdoor furniture. On one end are the kind of lightweight options you might take on a multiday...

How Well Do You Know Your Gear? Find Out.

From Bob Gore’s discovery of ePTFE to the first maximalist shoe, there’s a long history of gear changing the way we recreate. Think you know when each of these iconic products came out? Take our quiz...

The Best Boats of 2015

The trick to choosing the right boat? Think hard about where—and how—you'll use it.

What Are the Best Gear Review Sites?

Since I last updated my list of favorite gear sites more than a year ago, the number has grown. While some of these sites have similar missions—offer the most credible, honest gear reviews—each has...

What Should I Get My Rad Mom for Mother’s Day?

Take care of Mom this Sunday with a thoughtful gift. Bonus points if it helps her get outside. Six elite athletes who juggle the responsibilities of motherhood while competing at the pro level give...

What Products Will Help Me Sleep Better?

We all know how much—and how well—you sleep affects both your athletic and professional performance. These seven products will help make each hour count.

What Are the Best Outdoor Storage Solutions?

If you love playing in the mountains, it’s easy to accrue a mountain of gear. It isn’t until you have to contend with storing three boats, four bikes, and two SUPs that you start to feel like a...

How Max King Got So Fast—and How You Can, Too

Starting in 2007, King, a standout cross-country runner, spent a year and a half training exclusively for the steeplechase. The result? The worst national-championship race of his life.

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