Penfield Life In The Open | An American Road Trip

A motorbike journey that turns the 'California Dreamin' dial all the way up to 11

Picture the all-American road trip, and what do you see? Big open skies? A rolling horizon that refuses to quit? Opportunity? Escapism? Adventure? Perhaps it’s the spectacle of some noisy motor vehicle, with a Valhalla-shaking engine, thundering over tarmac to an unknown destination? Maybe, in your mind’s eye, you look out at a sprawling spread where you can can drive, and drive, and ultimately feel like the last people left on earth. Yes, losing yourself in a country the size of a continent, a country precisely like the United States of America, will always have a certain magnetic quality to it. Stick on The Boss, and all that type of music, because tramps like us, baby, we were born to run.

This short film from Penfield, made to celebrate their new AW collections, beautifully captures the feeling of being a small dot somewhere massive like the USA. So often, in life, we’re told by people far more wise-sounding than us that it’s not the destination but the journey we go on that counts. Well, bottle up that saying, stick the key in the ignition, and hit the highway. That’s the vibe this content’s giving off. We’re here for it. ‘For life in the open’ sums up what Penfield’s latest AW gear is all about. Discover more about that message on the brand’s website.

“Stick on The Boss… because tramps like us, baby, we were born to run”

From the crowded hustle and bustle of LA, the makers of this film headed out into the open spaces on offer in California. Along the way, they stopped in places with magical-sounding names like El Mirage and Lone Pine. El Mirage is all about getting  remote on large salt flats in the middle of nowhere. It’s served by one isolated gas station. Lone Pine, on the other hand, is a town that sits at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It’s used as a base camp for hiking Mount Whitney, which is situated just 12 miles west, and is a significant spot in the history of moviemaking. Since the 1920s, film crews have been coming out this way to capture their very own slice of the Wild West.

Watch the short film below, browse the excellent photographs, and get inspired to go on your very own journey of discovery down on America’s west coast. Where we’re going, we do need roads.

Alternatively, head to the Penfield new arrivals page and give that a look.

Images courtesy of VALIENTE.

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