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If you’ve had a chance to grab a copy of our latest issue, then you know it’s no secret that we are also fans of skateboarding. It just so happens that John Cardiel, one of the best to ever roll on four wheels, is also a total shredder on two. Chrome has teamed up with Cardiel to create the new Darkwoods collection.

John Cardiel made his name riding skateboards and fixed gears on city concrete but he’s most at peace in the woods. The latest Cardiel collection, Darkwood, celebrates John’s escape from the city and welcomes back one of his favorite bags, the Shank. In the short film “Escape From Babylon”, John relies on friendly woodland creatures, (animated by @hombre_mcsteez), who show him the way from hustle and bustle of bike share in the city streets to the flow of dirt on his Santa Cruz Nomad and a chill campfire session in the Darkwood.

All Hail Cardiel!

Cardiel Fortnight Backpack $200 / 33L

Water-resistant travel backpack with zip-around opening and compression flap. Good for a life on the road. Guaranteed for Life.

Cardiel ORP Backpack $90 / 25L

The Operational Readiness Pack (O.R.P.) is an ultralight, water-resistant, seam-taped, roll-top backpack. The O.R.P works as a daypack and can fit a 13″ laptop in the internal back pocket. When traveling, it can be rolled up and stowed in another bag.

Cardiel Shank $45 / 4L

A fanny pack? A sling? We just call it the Shank. Can easily hold three beers.


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