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.

Who Makes the Best Sunglass Lenses?

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.

What’s the Best Gear for a Summer Outdoor Party?

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?

What Are the Best Mini Coolers?

‘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.

What Are the Best Snacks 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 Boats of 2014

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

Does Your Gear Really Matter?

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