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.

New Balance Minimus Hi-Rez Running Shoes

Instead of a traditional midsole, New Balance bonded 42 independent rubber pods directly to the bottom of its Minimus Hi-Rez running shoes. The result: a remarkably light (3.7 ounces) speedster so...

Retrofitz Clipless Bike Shoes

Send your favorite sneakers to Retrofitz and it’ll turn them into clipless bike shoes. It’s a brilliant, if imperfect, idea: the pedal interface works well, but the protruding cleats still make for...

Rapha and Raeburn Wind Jacket

Arbiter of ciclismo style Rapha teamed up with London fashion designer Chris Raeburn to make the avant-garde Rapha and Raeburn wind jacket. It’s sewn with retired military parachutes and highlighted...

Revono Bedash 29er

Renovo’s wooden Badash 29er is a misnomer—it’s actually meticulously hollowed hickory tubing. But given that the artwork rides well, we will allow the creative license. Best of all, if (God forbid)...

Netatmo Urban Weather Station

The sleek aluminum cylinders of the Netatmo Urban Weather Station measure temperature, humidity, noise pollution, and CO2 inside and outside your house. The data, and regional weather warnings,...

Blink Steady Rear Light

Blink Steady’s rear light uses a photosensor and tiny accelerometer to automatically switch on when the bike is rolling in low light. In other words, no buttons. Just simplicity and sophistication.

Patagonia Belay Parka

Patagonia’s quest to make the best down jacket on earth started five years ago. Here it is, the limited-edition Belay parka. The element-proof puffy is overstuffed with 1,000-fill water-resistant...

Lomography Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter

By borrowing light-metering tech from DSLRs, Lomography’s Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter is the first medium-format camera capable of auto-exposing panoramic images. It also shoots 6x6, 6x9, and 6x12 film...

Boreas Gear Bootlegger Modular Pack System

The best transformable pack we’ve seen yet, Boreas Gear’s Bootlegger Modular Pack System quickly and elegantly morphs from a frameless, minimalist bag, to a 28-liter daypack with beefy suspension, to...

TheGoodLife! GoodWood Dominoes

Thank you, hipsters,for the coolest-looking set of bones ever. TheGoodLife! GoodWood dominoes are handmade and hand-painted in Brooklyn, naturally.

Zootility Tools PocketMonkey

The next best thing to having a slim multitool on your key ring is having an even less conspicuous one in your wallet. Zootility Tools’ credit-card-size, machined-aluminum PocketMonkey includes a...

Petzl Sirocco Helmet

By using the same foam found in car bumpers, Petzl was able to forgo the plastic shell on its Sirocco helmet. The result is a lid that disperses impact like a traditional climbing helmet but weighs...

Sierra Designs Mojo UFO Tent

Sierra Designs’ two-person Mojo UFO tent is undoubtedly the toughest three-season around. The fly and body are made with cuben fiber, a highly breathable material that’s so light and flexible, it’s...

The Best Gear Money Can't Buy

Eight pieces of gear so awesome that you can't actually buy any of them—unless you're willing to jump through some hoops.