Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson, 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.

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For the Active Commuter

[photo]2364631[/photo] Aether x Mystery Ranch Pack ($235) Water-resistant nylon, a padded laptop sleeve, generous zippers, and cinch side panels are just a few of the smart features that make...

For the Discerning Cyclist

A high-performance carbon-frame rig for under four grand? Believe it. Canyon Cycles’ Aeroad WMN CF SLX Disc 8.0 is a lightweight, durable, do-everything road machine that’s cheaper than the...

For the Remote Worker

[photo]2365036[/photo] Eagle Creek Wayfinder 20 Pack ($80) The versatile Eagle Creek Wayfinder 20 pack is made from lightweight ripstop and has contoured straps. Cord organizers and pockets for...

For the Audiophile

[photo]2364311[/photo] 1more Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones ($100) 1more managed to fit three drivers—for highs, mids, and deep bass—into a single earbud, hence the almost...

For the Powder Hound

[photo]2364706[/photo] Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Vest ($99) Nothing feels as cozy as fleece. Patagonia’s Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Vest is thick and soft, and it...

For the Sun Seeker

[photo]2364751[/photo] Oboz M-Trail Low Shoes ($120) The Oboz M-Trail Low shoes perform all day from city to trail, with breathable uppers and cushioned, supportive EVA midsoles and inserts for...

How to Wax Your Skis

The first snows of winter have fallen on the mountain West, a sure signal that it’s the time to pull our skis out of storage and prep them for the season.

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