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.
Don't worry about buying the perfect setup for your first trip to the crag. You'll be best served by partnering with a mentor who can teach you about the gear that works best on your local wall.
Some picks are unexpected—or downright geeky—but we'd run with any of them.
What kind of base layer should I buy: synthetic, wool, or a blend?
Six barely-there shells for all kinds of conditions
Pro athletes on the gear they want to unwrap this Saturday
Durable, versatile, and just plain cool
If you spend $1,500 on a new kit, you better make sure it lasts more than a season or two
The best-looking gear from the hipster corner of Outdoor Retailer 2015
They're more important than you think, and high-quality options are plentiful
Six products to make the most of hero snow
Goggle manufactures have been trying to figure out how to prevent goggles from fogging up for years.
Inflatable avalanche airbag packs, designed to keep the wearer on top of the snow if he gets caught in a slide, are becoming a mandatory part of the backcountry quiver.
Coming to a store near you this fall
A short-sleeved waterproof-breathable jacket? Seriously? Yes, seriously. Some of our staff were a bit dubious about the real-world functionality of the Ultra Lite, but anyone who has run long...
We don't typically associate Dynafit with versatile big mountain skis. The Austrian company—makers of some of the best, lightest alpine touring bindings on the market—is better known for gear...