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 Everyday Carry Knives?

You'll always be glad to have a quality knife in your pocket, whether you need to open a box from UPS, make a cheese sandwich on the trail, or save your ass in an emergency.

What Are the Best Hammocks?

Over the past month, my friends and I have taken a lot of naps in these hammocks to test comfort and ease of use. Rough job, I know. But we also wanted to test durability, so I bought ten 50-pound...

What's the Best After-Work Adventure Gear?

Next Monday is the longest day of the year. Take advantage of the extra sunlight that day and all summer with this roundup of some of our favorite gear that'll have you ready for the trail as soon as...

How Do I Re-Waterproof My Gear?

It's usually an easy fix when your waterproof gear stops breathing or soaks in water, says Lindsey Stone, operations manager at Rainy Pass Repair in Seattle, which performs as many as 5,000...

Should I Spend $40 on Yeti's New 18-Ounce Bottle?

Yeti now makes a line of bottles and growlers that are supposed to work just as well as its coolers. To find out if that's true, we recently put the 18-ounce Rambler bottle through its paces.

What Belongs in My Weekend Adventure Bag?

Your weekend bag should always be ready to go by Thursday night so you can hit the road after work on Friday. To help you pack, here's a suggested gear list that should have you prepared for whatever...

What's the Best Killer-Value Gear?

Bomber Gore-Tex jackets and wispy carbon bikes are great (and serve an important role), but most of the time, you don't need expensive gadgets to get outside.

How Do I Buy a Tent?

Tents, like rain jackets or sleeping bags, are hard to buy because there are so damn many. Big ones, little ones, models for car camping or thru-hiking. Here's a simplified guide to help you choose.


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