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 Mad Man's Well-Stocked Bar

Give these high-class alcoholic creations to your coolest friends, then hope they invite you over to partake of their well-stocked bar.

The Ultimate Base Camp

Good news for your holiday shopping: There's plenty of innovative new gear for avid campers. Take your pick.

Gadgets That Get You Off the Grid

Give the gift of escape. Ironically, these tech-y items are exactly what you need to do that: They'll keep giftees safe and prepared in the backcountry.

Presents to Bring Out Your Inner Kid

Have more fun with gifts that let you shred, glide, play, catch, and roll in style. Think of this as the toy catalog for grownups.

Dating a Skier? Buy This for Her

Powder fiends deserve great goggles, high-class jackets, and amazing skis. Give 'em what they want with these picks.

Obstacle-Course Racers: Embrace the Spandex Shorts

King, an Olympic hopeful in both the steeplechase and the marathon, placed fourth in the 2014 Western States 100, the oldest ultra race in the world. Here are his five gear suggestions to get dialed on race day.

We Shot at These Bottles So You Didn't Have To

We love insulated stainless steel water bottles for a few reasons. They keep beer cold in the summer and coffee hot in the winter, they’re lighter and more durable than glass, and they’re free of the chemicals found in some plastics.

Geeky Gear We Should Embrace

Most of us reach a certain age and stop caring about how others perceive us. When I stopped giving a damn about how I looked, I ended up having a lot more fun. You too can embrace your inner gear geek with these five items.

5 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

You can scrape together gear from your garage to make a last-minute Halloween costume, but don’t go for the standard—and boring—surfer or kayaker. You are better and more creative than that.

Winter Layering 101

Start with the three-layer principle: up top, you'll want a form-fitting baselayer, a warm-breathable midlayer, and waterproof outerwear. Beyond that, things get a bit more detailed.