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 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.

Smile, These Lenses Make You Happy

I’ve tested hundreds of sunglasses during my time at Outside. But when it comes to lenses, I have only one clear favorite: Spy's Happy Lenses.

Real Men Wear Lululemon

Full disclosure: I secretly wanted to love Lululemon men’s gear when the company sent me a box of clothes to test. I just didn’t want to admit it.

Pack a Perfect Picnic for Two

So you’ve promised your significant other you'll do something romantic this weekend. Trouble is, you still haven’t planned anything.

6 Summer Cookout Essentials

None of the products on this list are necessary for a good time. But hey, partying itself is about indulgence. And if you’re already indulging, why not enjoy it all the more with these six pieces of summer gear?

Tested: Coolers to Keep Your Beer Ice Cold

‘Tis the season for car camping and barbequing, which means grilled burgers, sunny days, and (hopefully) cold beer. But to keep your beverage of choice chilled, you’ll need a cooler that can withstand the heat.

The Best Bars for the Trail

These trail snacks pack plenty of sustenance into small packages, making them easy additions to your daypack or running shorts. Here are six of our favorites.

The Best New Boats

Whether you prefer heart-thumping whitewater or mellow jaunts across the local pond, we’ve got the right vessel for you.

Cotton (Still) Kills

The short answer is no. You’ve heard the adage "cotton kills," right? While that saying is overused, the fact is cotton retains moisture and doesn’t dry quickly.

Mother's Day Gifts for Active Women

Would your mother or wife prefer to be climbing, boating, or running rather than brunching this Sunday? If the answer is yes, read on.

Your Gear Doesn't Matter

Six of our favorite athletes tell us how they overcame catastrophic gear failures in some of the world’s most dangerous, remote country.