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.
“There has to be a better way,” is a constant refrain among my other contact-shunning, glasses-wearing skier friends. Sport RX is that better way.
Just because down is natural doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a lot going on.
Even after two decades of dealing with many minor—and a few major—injuries on rivers, I still prefer to leave the decision of what medical gear to pack to the professionals.
As a new member of the Tired Dad Club, I'm finding it hard to work up the motivation to put on jeans.
I'm a decidedly low-tech woods pooper—I'll admit to using rocks as trowels—so I called on these experts who have more than 50 years of pooping and peeing outside between them.
While I love going deep into the minutiae of Dynafit's new $799 ski-touring Hoji Boot, the product I was the most excited about has a much more modest price tag.
Gear generally makes a lovely gift for your adventurous guy or gal, but better to pair it with an experience where they can actually put it to use.
You never hear the story of the hiker who packs their headlamp but is still able to make their way home at night, only the accounts of folks that forgot one and had to bivy in freezing temperatures.
These pants are so versatile that I've worn them countless times waiting 40-plus minutes in the cold for first chair on a pow day or huffing and puffing while skinning up a local peak.
While wool is natural, the myriad ways outdoor companies process, futz with, and incorporate it into apparel can be overwhelming.
Matt Thomas was a world-class kayaker who got paralyzed in a mountain-bike accident. His friend Joe Jackson moved in for a demanding stint as a caregiver. Outdoor sports were off the table, of course...
You can break the bank on a fancy pair of insulating pants or a teched-out $250 windbreaker, but if your hands are chilly and throbbing on a cold bike ride or run, you'll be miserable.
Keeping your feet from getting soaked and turning into petri dishes of blisters, infections, and rotting skin while hiking takes some serious maintenance.
Some say you'll be warmer if you sleep wearing as little as possible, while others find it ridiculous to not use the jackets, pants, and base layers you already have to boost warmth.
I used to view nail clippers as a luxury not worth adding to your pack on weight-conscious treks. Now I’m a believer.