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 Is the Best Fill for a Sleeping Bag?

This is one of the most contentious subjects in the outdoor gear world. In general, a down bag packs smaller, weighs less, and is warmer than a synthetic one. But down is worthless if it gets wet, and it's increasingly expensive.

How Do I Dress Like a "Lumbersexual"?

While the Associated Press uses the term "Lumberjack chic," at Outside we prefer "lumbersexual," for someone who embraces the lumberjack aesthetic (plenty of plaid, flannel, and work boots) but who's never chopped down a tree in his life. Here are seven pieces of apparel that will help you make the jump from lumbersexual curious to a full on flannel hoarder.

The Tools You Need to Make Great Backcountry Coffee

I've been known to eat nothing but ramen noodles and trout to cut weight and save money while camping, but I never go without my coffee. From the welcome warmth on a cold morning to the calming...

What Fitness Gear Can I Pack in My Carry-On?

The average American will gain between one to two pounds during the holiday season. But the average American doesn’t have these six weight-busting, calorie-burning fitness essentials in his carry-on. So turn that stuffing into strength this weekend and return home fitter than when you left.

What Do I Need in My Winter Emergency Car Kit?

The emergency we're most likely to encounter this winter has nothing to do with a superstorm, nuclear attack, or apocalyptic volcanic eruption—it's more likely to take place in your car. The right gear can mean the difference between life and death.

What's the Best Recovery Gear for Runners?

With marathon season coming to an end, now is the time to focus on recovery. These five items will help you self-massage, ice down, stretch out—and work your way back to mint condition by ski season.

Is 3D-Printed Gear Worth Buying?

Many outdoor gear companies are using 3D printers to streamline supply chains and refine products. The winner? You.

For Yogis

Essential gear and clever new products for the posers in your life.

The Home

These goods have it all—quality, style, utility. Pat yourself on the back for a gift well chosen. She'll agree.

Fuel Up

Fuel doesn't always have to mean a pre-run banana. These cooking tools—the strongest and smartest out there—make the best gifts for discerning food-lovers.