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THE ROAD TO INSPIRATION
Through the lens of Chris Burkard
THE ROAD TO INSPIRATION

"An idea has to start somewhere. Right?"

-Chris Burkard

We are all made up from bits and pieces of experience.



Often glimpses of inspiration that at times are hard to trace. Sometimes, it can be a single photo that can leave the biggest impression on a young mind. This vignette follows Chris Burkard as he recalls his first road trip as a kid and builds a van to carry on the tradition. We retrace his steps as a photographer who is constantly on the road to get a better look into what inspires him most and how he hopes to share that with those around him--most of all, his kids.
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Burkard's Top Picks For The Road This Winter

In His Own Words

First Light Hoody

"This is the only product I have ever left a public review on. Simply the most essential piece of equipment I have ever put into my kit. I take it everywhere. It’s breathable back panel is critical for anyone carrying a heavy camera bag. You will end up buying a backup and praying it never goes out of stock."

Creek Transit

"A modernized haul bag with rugged dependability and modern convenience. This thing doubles as my crag pack, camera bag travel bag and just about anything else I can find a use for it. I only wish it came in a larger size so I could bring the kitchen sink when the job calls for it."

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First Light Hoody

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From first tracks to first ascents, the First Light Hoody is the quintessential start-stop piece, a layer that breathes and moves on alpine approaches, banger skin laps and everything in between. Fully insulated with PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Active and constructed from lightweight Schoeller, it is our most breathable insulation piece, and will stay on through all of your transitions. Learn More
Item# APY4FG455MED1
$249.00
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From first tracks to first ascents, the First Light Hoody is the quintessential start-stop piece, a layer that breathes and moves on alpine approaches, banger skin laps and everything in between. Fully insulated with PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Active and constructed from lightweight Schoeller, it is our most breathable insulation piece, and will stay on through all of your transitions. Learn More
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Creek Transit 32 Pack

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Combining the toughness of our haulbags with the style and function you need around town, the Creek Transit 32 is a sleek, functional pack for travel, trips to the gym and the constant motion of daily life. Learn More
Item# BD681197BLAKALL1
$139.95
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Combining the toughness of our haulbags with the style and function you need around town, the Creek Transit 32 is a sleek, functional pack for travel, trips to the gym and the constant motion of daily life. Learn More

Wind Hood Softshell Gloves

"My hands are my tools. If they don't work, the entire system shuts down. Sometimes, we forget how critical gloves are to a photographer's kit. This is another item that never (ever) leaves my side. I'm literraly wearing a pair right now."

Dawn Patrol Shell

"Used and abused--that's what it's built for. I have used this shell as a lens cover in the rain more times than i can count. I always manage to find a use for this which is why it lives at the bottom of my bag."

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Wind Hood Softshell Gloves

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Pairing a breathable softshell glove with a stowable, weather-resistant shell flap, the Wind Hood Softshell Gloves offer adjustable protection for aerobic mountain pursuits. Learn More
Item# BD801096SMOKMD_1
$49.95
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Pairing a breathable softshell glove with a stowable, weather-resistant shell flap, the Wind Hood Softshell Gloves offer adjustable protection for aerobic mountain pursuits. Learn More
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Dawn Patrolâ„¢ Shell

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For long days and banger uphill laps, the Dawn Patrol Shell features four-way stretch fabric that ensures durability and breathability, combined with a focused feature set. Learn More
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$199.00
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For long days and banger uphill laps, the Dawn Patrol Shell features four-way stretch fabric that ensures durability and breathability, combined with a focused feature set. Learn More