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.

Should I Spend $40 on Yeti's New 18-Ounce Bottle?

Yeti now makes a line of bottles and growlers that are supposed to work just as well as its coolers. To find out if that's true, we recently put the 18-ounce Rambler bottle through its paces.

What Belongs in My Weekend Adventure Bag?

Your weekend bag should always be ready to go by Thursday night so you can hit the road after work on Friday. To help you pack, here's a suggested gear list that should have you prepared for whatever...

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.