Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

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.

How to Sell Your Used Outdoor Gear

Spring is here, which means it's time to clean out your gear shed. For tips on how to sell you old kit so you can buy the new stuff, I called Josh Sims, who owns Gear Fix, a consignment store in Bend...

Camp Towel V. Cotton Throwdown

I’ve always walked by the camp towel section in outdoor stores and wondered if they were a gimmick or the real deal. To find out, I’ve been using the PackTowl Luxe—a full-size synthetic camp towel (...

Do You Really Need $25 Merino Hiking Socks?

I truly believe in high-quality merino socks, but for a more detailed explanation about why this piece of gear is so important, I reached out to two Appalachian Trail FKT holders. Then I called Darn...

Water Bottle Throwdown: Plastic Versus Insulated

Plastic versus metal water bottle? This is one of the most vexing questions we all face while standing in front of the hydration display at the outdoor store. To help you decide as you gear up for...

How to Properly Pack a Cooler

Coolers are only as good as their users. In other words, if you don't pack and treat your cooler right, you'll squander all that fancy insulation you paid through the teeth to get.

Do You Really Need a $425 Rain Jacket?

Jacket prices are all over the place, especially when it comes to waterproof shells. Some are in the affordable $100 range, while others shoot all the way up to an astronomical $700 and beyond. Like...

6 Ways to Keep Animals from Raiding Your Camp Food

To help you keep your food safe during this year's camping season, here are some strategies I relied on as a river guide, plus tips from other outdoor educators who've mastered the art of deterrence.

How to Layer for Fickle Spring Weather

Spring weather is always variable. It can snow one day and be sunny the next. The mornings are cold but we're in T-shirts by the afternoon. All this change makes it hard to know what to pack for an...

Are Expensive Insulated Coffee Mugs Worth the Money?

I love a well-made insulated mug that keeps my coffee hot all day, even when it's in my pack during a bitter-cold ski tour. But I was curious: how would one of the top-end mugs we've reviewed in the...

5 Packing Tips from Outdoor Pros

If you aren't thoughtful about how you pack your bag before heading out to hike, backpack, climb, or ski, you could be uncomfortable at best or dangerously unprepared at worst. For tips to ensure...

Stop Buying Gear and Build It Yourself Instead

It's easy to walk into a shop and buy gear. But what if you want to make your own outdoor toys? For those who are brave enough, plenty of workshops will help you get your hands dirty. Here are five...

How to Properly Store and Care for Your Winter Gear

It's still dumping snow in places like Lake Tahoe and Jackson Hole, but winter will be over soon. When temperatures rise, you'll need to stash your gear. Remember: there's a right and wrong way to...

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