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.

What's the Best Killer-Value Gear?

Bomber Gore-Tex jackets and wispy carbon bikes are great (and serve an important role), but most of the time, you don't need expensive gadgets to get outside.

How Do I Buy a Tent?

Tents, like rain jackets or sleeping bags, are hard to buy because there are so damn many. Big ones, little ones, models for car camping or thru-hiking. Here's a simplified guide to help you choose.

How Do I Properly Care for My Tent?

Tents are designed to stand up to the elements, but they need proper care if you want them to last. To find out how to protect your multi-hundred-dollar investment, we asked three tent repair experts...

How Do I Shave Weight While Backpacking?

Light is right when you’re backpacking, even if you’re just out for the weekend. You’ll be more comfortable on the trail and less fatigued when you get to camp.

What Are the Best Insulated Growlers?

We prefer insulated growlers to cans or bottles because cold keg beer always tastes better. The only problem with growlers? There are a lot to choose from. To help you decide, we tested five of the...

What Are the Best Beard Oils?

Just like the hair on your head, the hair on your face needs proper care. Beard oils keep your beard tamed and hydrated, but they also moisturize your face and help prevent flaky or itchy skin. Here...

What's the Best Waterproof iPhone Case?

I destroyed two iPhones this year. They died not of trauma, but of drowning. The first iPhone 6 shorted out after plunging into a rest-stop toilet in Ohio. The second iPhone 6 met its maker thanks to...

How Do I Take Care of My Hiking Boots?

Dave Page knows a thing or two about boot care. He's owned a boot repair shop in Seattle for the past 40 years, and he and his employees have worked on thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of...

What Gear Do I Need to Hike with My Dog?

Heath Smith is the program director for Conservation Canines, a University of Washington program that trains rescue dogs to track and study endangered species. His dogs are out in the field every day...

What Are Some Backpacking Gear Hacks?

Backpacking can get expensive: decent packs, stoves, sleeping bags, and tents aren’t cheap. Thankfully, there are plenty of affordable ways to solve some of your backwoods needs. Here’s a list of...

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