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.

What Are the Outside Staff's Picks for Best Gear of 2013?

Outside staff members are always busy testing gear—we reviewed more than 600 items for the summer and winter Buyer’s Guides alone. We can’t cover everything in the magazine, so we asked 11 Outsiders to name their favorite piece of gear from 2013.

What Is A Sit Ski, And How Does It Work?

Josh Dueck was paralyzed from the waist down in March of 2004 when he severely overshot a ski jump and injured his spinal cord. Dueck, now 32 and a paraplegic, has triumphantly returned to freeskiing—via a sit ski, a bucket seat suspended above a ski that allows him to rip turns using his upper body and outriggers, which are attached to his hands.

How to Layer for a Winter Workout

Whether you’re running or skiing, learn the optimal combination of cold-weather gear with our guide to winter layering

What's the Most Essential Guide-Recommended Gear For Under $20?

No one is in the field more—or is tougher on gear—than a top level professional guide. I asked five all-star guides from different disciplines to tell me about their most essential piece of equipment. The only stipulation? That it cost less than $20.

What's the Best First Kayak for Me to Buy?

I've been kayaking before and want to start it as a hobby. I would like to be able to use it on flat water and the ocean (calm, that is), but also for medium fast-water. What kayak would you suggest?