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.

Never Use a Lantern Again

From lanterns to headlamps, there are a lot of ways to light a campsite. And Big Agnes just thought of another one.

These Fins Will Change How You Swim

The design features that make these fins look so funky mimic the characteristics of a humpback whale, according to Speedo.

The Coolest New Gear of 2015

We've scoured the floor of Summer OR 2014 in search of the coolest gear for our coveted Gear of the Show awards. And these five products—from a glow-in-the-dark tent to a revolutionary...

How to Pitch the Ultimate Campsite

Sarah McCloskey just finished a 7,000-mile road trip in a 1987 Vanagon Syncro. During her eight months on the road, she learned the art of pitching the perfect campsite.

Life Hack Your Camping Trip

Here are seven low-tech DIY camping gear hacks that take advantage of equipment you likely already have in your garage. After all, you shouldn’t have to break the bank to get outside.

The Trail Runner You Should Be Running In

A month ago, I caved to the peer pressure and ordered a pair of the N2 Trails. And I couldn’t be happier. Here’s a breakdown of what I—and the rest of my running teammates—love about these shoes.

10 Water-Ready Essentials

Gear that plays well when wet, whether it’s at the beach, in the river, or around town.

Wilderness First Aid 101

The right first-aid kit can save your life in the backcountry, so it’s worth investing the time and the money to get it right.

The Ultimate Kit for a Multiday Raft Trip

Before you start packing for your first multiday raft trip, remember this old adage: A raft is never full. That essentially means you can bring everything—plus the kitchen sink.

7 Made-in-America Tailgating Essentials

After signing the Declaration of Independence that fateful July day, our founding fathers opened their saddle bags and started kicking back ice-cold pints of ale.

Summer Upgrade: The Best New Swim Trunks

I’d always scoffed at “high-tech” swim trunks, but that opinion changed the first time I pulled on a pair of O'Neill Superfreaks in college.