Joe Jackson

Author's Bio

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.

The 4 Best Waterproof Packs

Whether you're planning a rafting trip or just need a commuter bag for fall, it's good to have a quality waterproof daypack stashed in your closet. We tested the following four packs during an 18-day Grand Canyon trip in May.

The Hollywood-Worthy Gear of "Wild"

Cheryl Strayed started out on the legendary 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail with no backpacking experience, too-small boots, and a massive pack she nicknamed Monster because of its weight. We caught up with Strayed to hear about Monster, REI, and her current gear closet.

Be Adventure-Ready, Anytime, Anywhere

When you have only the weekend to get outside and play, it helps to have an adventure-ready daypack prepacked and ready to go. Whether you're going to the beach, a music festival, or on a hike, these 10 essentials will get you through any everyday adventure.

Torture Tested: $300 Yeti Hopper

When we covered the debut of Yeti Coolers' $300 Hopper in July, many of our readers took issue with its lofty price tag. We get it, but if anyone could make a soft-shell cooler to rival a hard-shell icebox intended for expeditions, it's Yeti.

The Only Work Gloves You Need

With so many “performance” options out there, why do ski patrollers, lifties, and your ski-bum friends still wear old-school leather work gloves on the mountain? They’re cheap, durable, mostly...

The Only Midlayer You'll Ever Need

A good midlayer is often overlooked in favor of a sturdy waterproof shell or moisture-wicking base layer. While the latter are certainly important, it's hard to overestimate the importance of a warm yet breathable midlayer.

McConaughey Loves the Fanny Pack

Matthew McConaughey came out as a fanny pack champion during an interview last week. While I appreciate a super-hip, talented actor sticking up for those of us who have worn fanny packs (granted, I prefer to call them waist or hip packs) for years, I've never felt the need to defend myself for looking like a nerd.

Your Perfect Car Camping Arsenal

To answer this question, I turned to Outside’s executive editor, Mike Roberts, who spends his weekends exploring Marin County with his wife and two young boys.

Coming Soon: Some Pretty Weird Gear

It's not all shoes and tents from the companies who hawk their goods at the huge outdoor gear show. These innovations are offbeat, but we (mostly) like 'em anyway.