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.

Geeky Gear We Should Embrace

Most of us reach a certain age and stop caring about how others perceive us. When I stopped giving a damn about how I looked, I ended up having a lot more fun. You too can embrace your inner gear geek with these five items.

5 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

You can scrape together gear from your garage to make a last-minute Halloween costume, but don’t go for the standard—and boring—surfer or kayaker. You are better and more creative than that.

Winter Layering 101

Start with the three-layer principle: up top, you'll want a form-fitting baselayer, a warm-breathable midlayer, and waterproof outerwear. Beyond that, things get a bit more detailed.

Field Tested: 5 High-Tech Headlamps

Yes, a simple headlamp will give you enough light to wash your dishes at camp or make a midnight bathroom run. But when that evening climb turns into a 20-mile epic, you'll want a high-lumen light in your pack.

Make Your GoPro Last Forever

While most of us won't be paddling into Mavericks with a GoPro on the nose of our board, there are ways to maximize the camera's life while using it to capture less-extreme footage.

The Gear You Never Knew You Needed

There's definitely gear on the market that warrants a laugh, but sometimes even the silliest-seeming products prove to be essential in the field.

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.