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.

The 8 Most Important Pieces of Gear from 2016

I've tested hundreds of products over the past 50 or so weeks, many of which were really good. But only a handful stood out as the year's best, either because they totally rethought a category or...

20 Stocking Stuffers for $20 or Less

A lot of outdoor gear is prohibitively expensive, but plenty of pieces are totally useful and absolutely affordable. I've rounded up 20 of my favorites that won't break the bank but will make great...

The Only Winter Clothes You Need

I love to play in the snow, but dealing with all the necessary gear can suck. That's why I've spent lots of time dialing in the perfect layering system that]s versatile enough to keep me warm in the...

8 Black Friday Gear Deals You Can Grab Right Now

I encourage you to #OptOutside on Black Friday to avoid the crowds who will be piling into stores all day long. But I also know this week is a great time to save money on outdoor gifts, so I've gone...

How to Nail the Perfect Ski Shot with Your Phone

The iPhone is a great camera for ski season since it's light and portable. To help you win on Instagram all winter, I asked pro skiers and photographers for their top tips and tricks.

6 Gear Companies That Support Our Veterans

For Veterans Day this year, I want to highlight outdoor gear companies that are either owned by or employ and support U.S. veterans. These companies make bomber products but are also focused on...

6 of the Industry's Best Gear Deals

I trust the house-brand toilet paper at most stores, but I'm always curious about the generic gear that companies make. Am I going to regret going with the non-brand-label stuff, or is it just as...

For the High-Class Adventure Nomad

[photo]2133216[/photo] Grovemade Walnut Pocket Knife Guaranteed Pleaser Grovemade’s Walnut pocket knife, designed and built in Portland, Oregon, is as ­durable as it is...

Our Favorite 3D-Printed Gear

Whether 3D printers pump out prototypes or the final product, this is the best new stuff made using the space-age tech

For the Clean-Cut Stylish Rogue

Eight products to treat your skin right.  [photo]2132816[/photo] Love and Leche's Mountain Goat Lotion Bar Guaranteed Pleaser Love and Leche’s ­Mountain Goat...

For the Well-Outfitted Urban Explorer

[photo]2133731[/photo] Noble Denim Truman Jeans  Guaranteed Pleaser These Noble Denim Truman jeans are the product of a collaboration between Ohio-based Noble and merino-...

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