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.

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.

goTenna

This new two-ounce gadget offers an innovative approach to off-the-grid communication and safety.

Salewa Speed Ascent

The Speed Ascents offer the most extreme rocker to date combines with slew of smart performance details.

Big Agnes mtnGLO Tents

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

Speedo Nemesis Fins

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

Gear of the Show: Summer Outdoor Retailer 2014

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 Do I Pitch a Great 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.