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.

For the Super-Crafty Kitchen Chemist

Bump up your cooking game at home and at camp.  [photo]2133026[/photo] Peg and Awl Cutting and Serving Board Guaranteed Pleaser The rugged charm of the Peg and Awl Cutting...

Why You Should Shop at Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops

Earlier this month, Bass Pro Shops bought Cabela's and its 85 locations across the United States and Canada for $5.5 billion. The news got me thinking: what's the best way to shop at these giant big-...

7 Ways a Multitool Could Save Your Life in the Field

We have multitools in our pockets, packs, and cars and use them to fix our bikes, open beers, and start campfires. But they also come in handy in some unexpected ways. To find the most unique uses, I...

5 Earplugs to Sleep Better on the Road

Sleeping on the road can be hard, especially if you're in a noisy spot or rooming with a snorer. That's what happened to me earlier this month when my buddy Matt and I spent ten days in Utah for a...

What's the Best Gear for Working on the Road?

Earlier this year, a reader wrote to Outside asking which pieces of technology staffers use the most to work and stay connected on the road—a great question since we all travel a lot. To find out, I...

What Gear Can I Save Money On?

In my last column, I wrote about gear you need to invest real money in. For this column, I'm doing the opposite. Here are ten pieces of gear where you can go cheap and not have to worry about a lousy...

The Best Base and Midlayers of 2016

Underwear just keeps getting better. [photo]2121411[/photo] Icebreaker Helix Long-Sleeve Zip Jacket  If you need a do-it-all midlayer this winter, go with the Helix. Despite the...

What Gear Should I Splurge On?

I can't tell the difference between a $1,000 suit and the more affordable one I bought for my wedding. But I can tell you how awful it is to be stuck with a lousy pair of hiking boots or sleeping pad...

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...

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