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.

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...

The 8 Most Important Pieces of Gear from 2016

I've tested hundreds of products over the past 50 or so weeks, many of which were really good. But only a handful stood out as the year's best, either because they totally rethought a category or...

20 Stocking Stuffers for $20 or Less

A lot of outdoor gear is prohibitively expensive, but plenty of pieces are totally useful and absolutely affordable. I've rounded up 20 of my favorites that won't break the bank but will make great...

The Only Winter Clothes You Need

I love to play in the snow, but dealing with all the necessary gear can suck. That's why I've spent lots of time dialing in the perfect layering system that]s versatile enough to keep me warm in the...

8 Black Friday Gear Deals You Can Grab Right Now

I encourage you to #OptOutside on Black Friday to avoid the crowds who will be piling into stores all day long. But I also know this week is a great time to save money on outdoor gifts, so I've gone...

How to Nail the Perfect Ski Shot with Your Phone

The iPhone is a great camera for ski season since it's light and portable. To help you win on Instagram all winter, I asked pro skiers and photographers for their top tips and tricks.

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