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.

Has Any Goofy Gear Gone Mainstream?

There's definitely gear on the market that warrants a laugh, but sometimes even the silliest-seeming products prove to be essential in the field.

What Are the Best Waterproof Packs?

Whether you're planning a rafting trip or just need a commuter bag for fall, it's good to have a quality waterproof daypack stashed in your closet. We tested the following four packs during an 18-day Grand Canyon trip in May.

What Gear Did Cheryl Strayed Use While Hiking the PCT?

Cheryl Strayed started out on the legendary 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail with no backpacking experience, too-small boots, and a massive pack she nicknamed Monster because of its weight. We caught up with Strayed to hear about Monster, REI, and her current gear closet.

What Gear Do I Need in My Daypack?

When you have only the weekend to get outside and play, it helps to have an adventure-ready daypack prepacked and ready to go. Whether you're going to the beach, a music festival, or on a hike, these 10 essentials will get you through any everyday adventure.

Is the Yeti Hopper Worth $300?

When we covered the debut of Yeti Coolers' $300 Hopper in July, many of our readers took issue with its lofty price tag. We get it, but if anyone could make a soft-shell cooler to rival a hard-shell icebox intended for expeditions, it's Yeti.

The Only Work Gloves You Need

With so many “performance” options out there, why do ski patrollers, lifties, and your ski-bum friends still wear old-school leather work gloves on the mountain? They’re cheap, durable, mostly...

How Do I Turn My Truck Into a Home?

If you always feel restless, a static home might not be for you. Turn your single-cab into a mobile home with these six tips.

What's the World's Best Midlayer?

A good midlayer is often overlooked in favor of a sturdy waterproof shell or moisture-wicking base layer. While the latter are certainly important, it's hard to overestimate the importance of a warm yet breathable midlayer.

Are Fanny Packs Still Cool?

Matthew McConaughey came out as a fanny pack champion during an interview last week. While I appreciate a super-hip, talented actor sticking up for those of us who have worn fanny packs (granted, I prefer to call them waist or hip packs) for years, I've never felt the need to defend myself for looking like a nerd.

What's the Strangest New Gear Coming in 2015?

It's not all shoes and tents from the companies who hawk their goods at the huge outdoor gear show. These innovations are offbeat, but we (mostly) like 'em anyway.