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.

Kids at Heart

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.

The Winter Athlete

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

For Do-It-All Athletes

For the people in your life who train the hardest, gifts to keep them fit and safe.

Boutique Spirits

What better gift to put friends and family in good spirits than...spirits? We've selected the best craft liquors and extras to keep your gift-giving cup overflowing.

What's the Best Obstacle-Course Racing Gear?

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.

What Are the Best Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottles?

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.

Is Geeky Gear the Best Gear?

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.

What Are the Best 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.

How Should I Dress for Winter?

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.

What Are the Best High-Tech Headlamps?

Yes, a simple headlamp will give you enough light to wash your dishes at camp or make a midnight bathroom run. But when that evening climb turns into a 20-mile epic, you'll want a high-lumen light in your pack.