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.

It's Time You Bought a Sleeping Bag Liner

Before you head out to camp this fall, you'll need to make some gear adjustments. Make sure to pack a puffy jacket, and you should also consider the Yala Original Opening Dreamsacks sleeping bag...

Why the Sparkr Is an Essential Piece of Camping Gear

When I first got my hands on the Sparkr flashlight, lantern, and plasma lighter, which uses an electric arc instead of flame to create fire, I thought it was a total gimmick. Yet another wannabe...

Why the Patagonia Crosstrek Is the Perfect Midlayer

In addition to writing the Gear Guy Column for Outside Online, I'm the main midlayer tester for the annual Winter Buyer's Guide. I’ve been testing for five years now and have probably worn or...

The World Is Getting Hotter. You Need a Sun Shirt.

The Pacific Northwest, where I live, has had an exceptionally warm and dry summer, which is why there are so many enormous forest fires raging up here. I’d like things to go back to the wetter,...

Why I Love the Humble Cam Strap

One of my most trusted and well-used pieces of gear is actually something I stole. About 15 years ago, I swiped a series of cam straps from the rafting company I was working for (sorry, Adventure...

Why You Should Always Carry a Keychain Multitool

New powder skis are sexy. Keychain multitools? Not so much. But think about this: You might use your powder skis a dozen times a year, if you’re lucky, but you'll probably use your keychain tool...

The Best Stoves for Car Camping

I love cooking on camp stoves. I did it for years as a raft guide, my wife and I courted around the two-burner that lived in my truck, and I still try to get out and cook in the woods at least a...

The Performance Belt Is Having a Moment

Belts have long been a utilitarian piece of gear that went mostly unnoticed. Recently, however, these pants holders have had a renaissance thanks to several up-and-coming companies dedicated to...

The Five Best Startups from Outdoor Retailer 2017

It’s hard to miss the big brands at Outdoor Retailer. They have booths the size of houses and splashy marketing materials plastered everywhere. But we’re always on the lookout for small brands, too....

The Best New Gear for $25 or Less

Don't get me wrong: I loved testing $250 custom-moldable hiking boots and ultra-slick $200 cooler packs at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City last week. But I also know that's a ton of cash...

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