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.

What's the Most Essential Guide-Recommended Gear For Under $20?

No one is in the field more—or is tougher on gear—than a top level professional guide. I asked five all-star guides from different disciplines to tell me about their most essential piece of equipment. The only stipulation? That it cost less than $20.

What's the Best First Kayak for Me to Buy?

I've been kayaking before and want to start it as a hobby. I would like to be able to use it on flat water and the ocean (calm, that is), but also for medium fast-water. What kayak would you suggest?

What's the Burliest Water Bottle You Can Buy?

In search of the Holy Grail of water bottles, the Gear Guy invents the ultimate insulation and durability tests. The result? A canister you'll fill with confidence.

Should I Try the Hokas?

Maximalist shoes are all the rage in my running circle. Should I try to get over how they look and give them a shot?

The 7 Best Gear Websites

You love to read product reviews and research the hell out of every purchase. Here's what you should bookmark.