b'MEET YOUR MAKERALTERED CARBONRobb Jankura, 39Mechanical engineer, Peak DesignAS TOLD TO HAYDEN CARPENTERLive the Dream Shift Gears Try, Try Again Take One for the TeamI moved to Steamboat Springs,The engineering work I wasA tripod, like a bike, needs toTheres a lot of ego in this busi-Colorado, after college to live thedoing at Specializedworking onbe strong, light, functional, andness. You become passionate whole ski- and bike-bum lifestyle.carbon-fiber and full- suspensionbeautiful. Theres no facade toafter investing so much time Ultimately, I wanted to pursue amountain bikesinvolved mak- cover up ugly engineering likeand thought into something. career in mechanical engineeringing tubes, joints, and plastic, alu- there is with a car. On top of that,Making good products is hard, and product design. I was fortu- minum, and carbon-fiber parts.the whole thing nestles so tightlyand everyone has a different nate to get a job at SpecializedWell, whats a tripod? All thosetogether that one design modifi- perspective. Our team does an in 2006. I got to make bikes andthings. So my experience alignedcation would require reengineer- outstanding job of absorbing travel the world to ride. I workedpretty perfectly to help developing the whole thing. We wenteverybodys point of view.there for almost a decade beforePeaks Travel tripod. Thats whatthrough six prototypes and I cant [Peak Design founder] Peterpushed me to jump on boardtell you how many thousands ofCheck out Peak Designs Travel Dering recruited me.with the company. drawings in three years.tripod on page 75.PHOTOGRAPH BY Benjamin Rasmussen TRAVEL | OUTSIDE BUYERS GUIDE 202079SBG20_TRAVEL_Interstitial_rlsd_463505.indd 79 3/31/20 9:57 AM'