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.

We're in the Middle of an Underwear Revolution

It sounds ridiculous, but Saxx has revolutionized underwear the same way Gore-Tex revolutionized jackets. For too long, men’s underwear was full of compromises. We wore it to keep our private parts...

The Best Boats of 2017

At some point in the past 20 years, boating got way too serious. Every new model was designed for charging hard in gnarly conditions. Sure, surf kayaks built for aerial maneuvers and creekboats with...

The Best Sleeping Pad Ever Made

If you’ve never slept on a Paco pad while car camping, you’re doing it wrong. They’re the plushest, most durable sleeping pads made and have a longtime cult following among river guides.

The Best Waterproof Bags and Boxes for Your Gear

I’ve been Outside’s Gear Guy for four years now, but for ten years before that, I guided on rivers in California and Oregon. Living on the water meant I had an obsessive relationship with all kinds...

Six Hot Weather Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re just headed out for a short hike or run near your house this summer, bring water and wear sunscreen. But if you’re planning a longer epic, you’ll need to be more careful. For advice on what...

What Are the Best Car-Camping Tents?

There are two kinds of car-camping tents. The first is affordable and made for quick weekend jaunts with the family or drunken festivals out in the woods. The second is more expensive, better...

What Are the Best Car Camping Sleeping Bags?

Here are my two pieces of buying advice: If you’re using a car to haul your camping gear, buy a comfortable sleeping bag instead of a claustrophobic backpacking model that weighs less than a turkey...

How to Avoid and Deal With a Poison Oak Rash

I hate poison oak and have come up with a dialed-in system to try and avoid, prevent, and, if need be, mitigate any rashes. Here are my favorite tips, plus some extra beta from buddies who also...

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sunscreen

Now that it’s warmer and you’re shedding clothes, it’s time to remember some best practices for sun protection (because skin cancer sucks). To find out what type of sunscreen and clothing you should...

Our Six Favorite Adventure Blankets

I’d say that an adventure blanket stacks up right behind flip-flops and shorts in terms of useful summer gear. They’re great for picnics on the beach, stargazing in the mountains, and cuddling in...

How to Sell Your Used Outdoor Gear

Spring is here, which means it's time to clean out your gear shed. For tips on how to sell you old kit so you can buy the new stuff, I called Josh Sims, who owns Gear Fix, a consignment store in Bend...

Camp Towel V. Cotton Throwdown

I’ve always walked by the camp towel section in outdoor stores and wondered if they were a gimmick or the real deal. To find out, I’ve been using the PackTowl Luxe—a full-size synthetic camp towel (...

Do You Really Need $25 Merino Hiking Socks?

I truly believe in high-quality merino socks, but for a more detailed explanation about why this piece of gear is so important, I reached out to two Appalachian Trail FKT holders. Then I called Darn...

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