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’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.

What Essentials Do I Need in My First-Aid Kit?

Gareth Tate started teaching Wilderness First Responder courses for the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute almost a decade ago. We took a look inside his personal first-aid kit to compile a list of...

Packing 101: Pay Attention to the Small Stuff

Few things can ruin a would-be stellar camping trip like realizing you forgot something really important. With this guide to packing, you won't have to learn the hard way.

What Are the Best Fog-Proof Goggles?

Perpetually foggy goggles are one of the few things that can ruin a precious powder day. Thankfully, two companies agree and are working to produce the world’s first anti-fog technology.

Your Ultimate Backcountry Ski Kit

If you’re skiing in the backcountry, you want reliable high-performance gear. Here’s a list of the 14 halo products to take with you when the lines get steep and the snow gets deep—all recently...

Camping 101: How to Dress

I knew better than to ask my buddy Bryan where he got the brand-new olive-colored, three-layer Gore-Tex jacket that he offered me in lieu of his $80 portion of a three-week Costa Rican car rental....


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