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.

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.

The Best Shoes for Obstacle Racing

Like the sport’s competitors, good OCR shoes must be tough, versatile, and able to withstand everything sadistic race organizers throw at them. They also better feel good on your feet.

Car Camping 101: The Kit

We often write about the newest—and priciest—outdoor gear. But when it comes to car camping, you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to build a solid setup.

Last-Minute Gifts for Outdoorsy Dads

My dad never wants expensive gear for Father’s Day, but he still appreciates a thoughtful gift or two. Here are six suggestions that cost $30 or less for your pragmatic, outdoorsy father or husband.

The Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Backpacking Tents

Good backpacking tents gets expensive quickly, and for good reason. The high-quality products save you weight, and they'll perform better and last longer in the field.