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.

What Are the Best Winter Boots?

Putting on tire chains while wearing tennis shoes sucks. Heck, just standing around in the ski area parking lot drinking an après beer in tennis shoes can suck. But how do you choose the right winter...

Torture Tested: The World's Most Durable Gear

I review a lot of feathery-light outdoor kit that's great for moving fast but isn't super durable. To find out what's on the other end of the spectrum and track down the most durable gear available,...

Why You Should Have a Backcountry Walkie-Talkie

There are lots of different backcountry communication tools that people use to stay in touch on the trail or, if needed, to contact emergency services. Some use satellite connections and work out of...

5 European Gear Trends You Need to Know About

This week, I'm reporting from ISPO, Europe's largest gear trade show. Walking the aisles, I've noticed some similarities between ISPO, Outdoor Retailer, and SIA: everyone starts drinking beer around...

The Science Behind Our 5 Favorite Midlayers

Back in 2012, Polartec introduced Alpha, a breathable, moisture-wicking synthetic midlayer insulation that they’d developed for the U.S. Special Forces, and then released to consumers. It completely...

6 Pieces of Gear Pro Athletes Always Travel With

We constantly see sexy Instagram photos of our favorite pros charging big lines or sitting in front of amazing vistas. But we rarely see what it took to get to those spots (the airports, the tuk tuks...

The Simplest Gear Is the Best Gear

I'm lucky. I get to test all the best, most expensive gear. Lots of what I see is really, really good, but I try to remind myself that I came from dirtbag roots (living out of a truck, river guiding...

5 Outdoor Valentine's Gifts for Under $100

There's that saying "spend money on experiences, not things." I support this wholeheartedly, but I also realize that sometimes certain "things" make those experiences even better. To help you and...

The Outdoor Industry Has Too Many White Dudes

The outdoor industry has a diversity problem, which was on full display at Outdoor Retailer. Almost everybody on the floor looked like me (a white dude from Oregon), down to the flannel shirt. But...

6 Apps That Make Skiing Better and Safer

I love to ski, but, boy, can this sport be a pain in the ass. There's all the storm tracking, time in a car, expensive lift tickets, and danger, both inbounds and out. One way that I've made the...

The Best New Gear for Under $30

Twice each year, I walk around the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City gawking at all the new gear that will launch next year. Lots of it is cool, but prohibitively expensive, so I always...

The Gear You Need to Get Your Car Out of the Snow

Over the past few weeks, the Western half of the country has been hit by the winter’s largest storms yet. That means the skiing has been all-time, but the roads have been a mess. I’ve had to stop and...

What Are the Best Sleds Under $40?

It may sound ironic coming from someone who regularly writes about the most expensive outdoor gear on the market, but you do not need to spend thousands of dollars to enjoy the simple pleasures that...

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