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 Five Best Startups from Outdoor Retailer 2017

It’s hard to miss the big brands at Outdoor Retailer. They have booths the size of houses and splashy marketing materials plastered everywhere. But we’re always on the lookout for small brands, too....

The Best New Gear for $25 or Less

Don't get me wrong: I loved testing $250 custom-moldable hiking boots and ultra-slick $200 cooler packs at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City last week. But I also know that's a ton of cash...

Our Favorite Made-in-America Gear

It's time again to drink beer, eat hot dogs, and try to avoid torching the forest with fireworks while celebrating July Fourth. For me, it's also a chance to think about my favorite made-in-America...

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