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 Best Running Gear for Beginners

There's beauty in the simplicity of running. A pair of shoes, socks, shorts, and shirt is all you need to hit the road. But skimping on the gear—especially when you're just starting...

Hugh and Crye Button Down Shirts

Instead of neck and sleeve measurements, Hugh and Crye uses the shape of the torso to size its shirts. There are 12 fits, ranging from short and skinny to tall and broad.

Indochino Ultimate Tech Collection

A nanocoating covers the merino-wool suits in Indochino’s Ultimate Tech Collection, so they’re water and stain-resistant.

Rossignol Super 7 Skis

Hold the translucent, honeycomb-patternedtips or tails of Rossignol’s Super 7 Skis up to the light and they glow.

Further proof that good things come in small packages: Gerber’s Daily Carry line is keychain-ready, and the multitools and flashlight (not shown) are TSA-friendly.

Misfit Wearables Shine

Finally, a fitnesstracker that doesn’t look like a Livestrong bracelet. The sleek, quarter-size, waterproof Misfit Wearables Shine ($99) syncs with your iPhone and logs distance and speed for -every...

Spy Tec Inventio-HD Sunglasses

Action-cam-equipped shades still aren’t James Bond suave, but they’re getting more discreet and affordable. The hi-def camera in Spy Tec’s Inventio-HD sunglasses is less than three millimeters in...

Ultralite Cirrus TI Pedals

The advent of stiff carbon-fiber road-biking shoes have made bulky platforms and big pedal-cleat interfaces a thing of the past. Case in point: Ultralite’s 36-gram, spindle-shaped titanium Cirrus TI...

Kaufmann Mercantile Japanese Rubber Boots

Heading someplace mucky? Kaufmann Mercantile’s foldable Japanese rubber boots are just as slimeproof as your typical rubber boots but pliable enough that they roll down to the size of a sneaker for...