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?