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.

Water Bottle Throwdown: Plastic Versus Insulated

Plastic versus metal water bottle? This is one of the most vexing questions we all face while standing in front of the hydration display at the outdoor store. To help you decide as you gear up for...

How to Properly Pack a Cooler

Coolers are only as good as their users. In other words, if you don't pack and treat your cooler right, you'll squander all that fancy insulation you paid through the teeth to get.

Do You Really Need a $425 Rain Jacket?

Jacket prices are all over the place, especially when it comes to waterproof shells. Some are in the affordable $100 range, while others shoot all the way up to an astronomical $700 and beyond. Like...

6 Ways to Keep Animals from Raiding Your Camp Food

To help you keep your food safe during this year's camping season, here are some strategies I relied on as a river guide, plus tips from other outdoor educators who've mastered the art of deterrence.

How to Layer for Fickle Spring Weather

Spring weather is always variable. It can snow one day and be sunny the next. The mornings are cold but we're in T-shirts by the afternoon. All this change makes it hard to know what to pack for an...

Are Expensive Insulated Coffee Mugs Worth the Money?

I love a well-made insulated mug that keeps my coffee hot all day, even when it's in my pack during a bitter-cold ski tour. But I was curious: how would one of the top-end mugs we've reviewed in the...

5 Packing Tips from Outdoor Pros

If you aren't thoughtful about how you pack your bag before heading out to hike, backpack, climb, or ski, you could be uncomfortable at best or dangerously unprepared at worst. For tips to ensure...

Stop Buying Gear and Build It Yourself Instead

It's easy to walk into a shop and buy gear. But what if you want to make your own outdoor toys? For those who are brave enough, plenty of workshops will help you get your hands dirty. Here are five...

How to Properly Store and Care for Your Winter Gear

It's still dumping snow in places like Lake Tahoe and Jackson Hole, but winter will be over soon. When temperatures rise, you'll need to stash your gear. Remember: there's a right and wrong way to...

What Are the Best Winter Boots?

Putting on tire chains while wearing tennis shoes sucks. Heck, just standing around in the ski area parking lot drinking an après beer in tennis shoes can suck. But how do you choose the right winter...

Torture Tested: The World's Most Durable Gear

I review a lot of feathery-light outdoor kit that's great for moving fast but isn't super durable. To find out what's on the other end of the spectrum and track down the most durable gear available,...

Why You Should Have a Backcountry Walkie-Talkie

There are lots of different backcountry communication tools that people use to stay in touch on the trail or, if needed, to contact emergency services. Some use satellite connections and work out of...

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