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 Best Affordable Mountaineering Pack?

I'm looking to upgrade my current 50L Arc'teryx pack for something a little larger that can handle weekend to weeklong alpine mountaineering. I'm on a tight budget so any advice is appreciated.

What Are the Best Socks for Winter Hiking?

Editors at Outside test socks perhaps more frequently than any other gear. With a staff of year-round ultrarunners, avid skiers, and even a nationally ranked snowshoe racer, it says a lot that there is one clear favorite sock brand in the office: Fits.

What Are the Outside Staff's Picks for Best Gear of 2013?

Outside staff members are always busy testing gear—we reviewed more than 600 items for the summer and winter Buyer’s Guides alone. We can’t cover everything in the magazine, so we asked 11 Outsiders to name their favorite piece of gear from 2013.

What Is A Sit Ski, And How Does It Work?

Josh Dueck was paralyzed from the waist down in March of 2004 when he severely overshot a ski jump and injured his spinal cord. Dueck, now 32 and a paraplegic, has triumphantly returned to freeskiing—via a sit ski, a bucket seat suspended above a ski that allows him to rip turns using his upper body and outriggers, which are attached to his hands.

How to Layer for a Winter Workout

Whether you’re running or skiing, learn the optimal combination of cold-weather gear with our guide to winter layering