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 Are the Best Lip Balms for Winter?

To test the best natural lip balms, I went until late January without one swab. I had lots of good ski days while torturing my face, but also lots of cracking, bleeding, and pain. As you can guess, I...

The Best Kayak of All Time Just Got Even Better

When Dagger kayaks announced they would be updating their much-beloved Nomad 8.5, a bunch of eyebrows immediately went up, including mine. That’s because most people who use the boat (the top-selling...

How Should I Pack for a Backcountry Ski Trip?

To ensure we’re prepared for safe out-of-bounds skiing, I asked for backcountry packing advice from my friend Richard Bothwell, who’s been guiding in the backcountry for 20-plus years and teaching...

How Do I Buy My First Pair of Alpine Ski Boots?

Buying ski boots can be a real pain (literally, and figuratively). There are a lot of brands and styles to choose from, and if you end up with the wrong pair, your feet will hate you. To make the...

What Are the Coolest New Small Gear Companies?

Over the past couple years, we’ve seen a lot of inventive gear come from small brands like Voormi and RinseKit. To find the next generation of these up-and-coming companies and see what they’re...

What’s the Best New Gear for Less Than $40?

Over three jam-packed days at OR, I got to see hundreds of new products, including some inventive new gadgets that will make your outdoor experience a lot better without breaking the bank.

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