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.

How Do I Layer for a Backpacking Trip?

Out on the trail during normal backpacking season—spring through fall—I suggest three different layers up top, two for your legs, and one for your feet to help you stay regulated and deal with...

What’s the Perfect Daypack Travel Kit?

Whether you’re on a road trip with friends or venturing into a foreign city on an eight-hour layover, there are some essential items you always want in your daypack. Here’s a starter list that should...

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...


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