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 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...

Tested: Patagonia's Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Pants

Patagonia is best known for making high-end technical mountain clothing from materials like nylon, wool, Gore-Tex, and all kinds of insulation. Starting later this summer, however, the company is...

Our Favorite Made-in-America Gear

It's time again to drink beer, eat hot dogs, and try to avoid torching the forest with fireworks while celebrating July Fourth. For me, it's also a chance to think about my favorite made-in-America...

Why This $130 Bottle May Actually Be Worth the Money

Every time Yeti puts out a new product, I think to myself, "Okay, they've finally gone too far. I'll never use that thing." That was the case with its new, outrageously priced Rambler One Gallon Jug...

The Case for Burly Hiking Boots

I know a lot of people prefer light hikers or even running shoes for the trails. I also know ultralight backpacking is now a thing. I support both movements, but call me old fashioned, because I...

What Are the Best Cooler Backpacks?

I'm a big fan of the recent hard-sided cooler rebirth. But these things have their limitations. Have you ever tried to haul a 65-liter behemoth more than 100 feet? If there's any hiking or scrambling...

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