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 Is the Best Kit for Domestic Travel?

This month, I’ve either worked or played in eight different cities and three different times zones. That adds up to a lot of travel. Which is why I’ve carefully curated a personal travel kit that...

Turn Any Truck Into an Adventure Rig

Freedom on the open roads: What more can you ask for? Here are 10 pieces of gear to prep your adventure-ready rig for whatever you decide to throw at it.

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...

The Best Boats of 2015

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

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.

What’s the Best Fly-Fishing Gear?

A taste for high-end fly-fishing gear is like a taste for fine wine: An appreciation for the subtleties is extremely personal and can get pricey fast. We asked Ryan Allred, Jefferson Flywater’s owner...

What’s the Best Everyday Carry Knife?

If you want a true survival tool, look elsewhere. These are the best knives for everyday use, whether you’re backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail or car camping with the family.


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