Nicholas Barile

Nicholas Barile

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Nicholas Barile's Passions

Alpine Touring
Fly Fishing
Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Mountain Biking
Trail Running
Road Cycling

Nicholas Barile's Bio

I am driven by harmony in life. An acute balance between business and pleasure. Anytime I can combine the two I will definitely take advantage. My friends and family are all on the same page. I thrive on being creative and well reviewed, when at the same time I need to be distracted. Above all, I just want the most out of life! Oh yes, and my wife Camille is amazing...

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on March 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Yes, a spring glove, but pretty darn warm if it stays dry. Race glove?...not too sure... To me a race glove should offer mare tactile handlebar feel and be a little less bulky and loose feeling. Great for training on the bike or XC skiing though. or casual wear if you are into that...Does the job it was intended to do well though.

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on March 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Mavic Cyclone Jacket has many great features. I love the off-set zipper, the zip close storage pockets, and the super soft and ergonomic sleeve cuffs. The fit is a little large throughout the shoulders and arms, but it makes for great movement and comfort on the bike. The jacket blocks the wind to keep you warm, yet it breaths well to keep you dry. Looks nice when forced to wear bib tights. I dig it.

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on February 18, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

SmartWool PhD Outdoor Ultralight Mini Sock is the sock of choice for my spring and summer outdoor activitidads... From hiking to trail runs, to strollin down the block headed to the b-ball court in a wrapped in a sick pair of Reebok Pumps, for a pickup game. Bottom line? Keeps the dogs dry and smellin good, blister free, and comfey!

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

These TNF Beacon Hill Chukkas are rad looking and they are hands down the most comfortable chukka boot on the planet out of the box...My only worry is that they might start out too soft leaving the possibility for a shorter lifespan. I cant be sure yet though. People sure compliment me on these shoes though. So there is that.

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I took back some "are-eee-eye" softshell pantalones that where coming unraveled after light to moderate usage and bought these Mormot Scree Softshell Pants. First impression, comfortable, stretchy, and almost pajama like, yet rugged! I know huh. I have hiked in them several times in cool to cold weather, and even downright frigid conditions with merino base pantalones and they rock the house...they run a touch big for me but I have shorter than average inseam and that is typical of any pants I buy...

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Im using this top for cold weather trail running, mountain biking, hiking, and XC ski days. It is very versitile, light-weight, warm, and blocks wind well. Additionally it is stretchy and comfortable to move in. I was pleasantly surprised with my overall satisfaction. I normally go full zip for this type of top but the 3/4 zip is just right on this...

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Great hoodies are hard to come by. I usually fond one that I like and buy 3 of them so when I wear one out I have a freshie to go with. This is one of those. Take advantage of the great deal, and the pro-wicking fabric, its cozy and durable. The hood and the shoulders are water resistant incase you get caught in a drizzle. Very good product.

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

What more can you ask for? I had a pair of Nick Fannings for 8 years and I just replaced them with these bad boys. The Reef X-S-1 Sandal is a marginal improvement upon the perfection of the Fannings. Close toed shoes are now relegated to weddings and job interviews....if that. Looks like these puppies will last me at least as long as my last pair. Do your dogs a favor and get a half size larger than your shoe size unless you plan on running from something or somebody in them...they will thank you. The bottle opener is ok, but I only drink beer form a can like god intended so I don't use it. Plus, so you really want to crack open a Hiennie with your flop after stepping in Lassie's business? Didn't think so.

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on November 4, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Running the Easton EA70 Flat/Wide bars on my single-speed 29er. I dig them. They are wide, but not too wide which is nice. Didn't have to cut them down to fit my needs as a 5'9ish dude. They are a little stiff for my rigid setup but if you are running a suspension fork up front you have no reason to go avoid this bar. They look great with the stealthy grey graphics and match the EA70 stem perfectly. They are light, and a great vale as well. It will probably last forever...literally.

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on November 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Running the EA70 Stem with the EA70 Flat/Wide bars on my single-speed 29er. I dig it. It looks great with the stealthy grey graphics and it holds my handlebars on my bike so I can't complain. It's light, and a great value as well. It will probably last forever...literally.

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on November 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Oh man. I just did a 24hr race on a rigid single-speed and I used these babies. I can't believe how crucial good grips are in this type of situation. These ESI Chunky MTB Grips really did the trick. Naturally people thought I was crazy to not run a suspension fork for an endurance event like this but I have to say the grips saved my hands, wrists, arms, neck, and more I'm sure...It's the Monday after, and I'm not even sore. Take that skeptics! Highly recommend for all types of MTBing...Not just an XC race grip. These babies are light and don't slip a lick...fo real...

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on November 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Shimano XT Shadow Plus Rear Derailleur is definitely the answer I was looking for...
Coming off a beat X9 group I was looking for an upgrade without breaking the bank. I opted to got Shimano over SRAM because I run all their road stuff and hey why not. As for now, as long as I run a 2x10 I don't think I'll go back. The shifting action is fast and reliable in the rear, and the shadow plus derailleur clutch prevented chain slap like a dream. I no longer sound like a firecrackers exploding in a metal rubbish bin when ping ponging over rocky trails or braking on stutter bumps. For the price...can't beat it...and just a few more grammos than the gucci XTR version.

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on August 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The Troy Lee Designs Ace Short - Men's is my favorite MTB short thus far. My favorite feature is the chamois liner. It is super comfortable and breathable, for those long, hot epics...The short itself doubles as a casual short and or post ride swim trunks...which is a big deal to me...They have velcro adjustments on each side of the waist for a snug and belt free fit tun-ability, and there are several great pockets and vents...If you are looking for a higher quality short with removable liner that will last many, many miles, this is the one.

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Nicholas Barile wrote a review of on August 7, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The Troy Lee Designs Men's Skyline Jersey is another classic from TLD...It fits true to size for a relaxed MTB cut, (I am a MD and it fits like a glove). The design is awesome and you will look super cool sporting it, don't worry about that. The jersey is longer in the back to cover your behind so you don't expose too much crack to your buddies while you smoke them down the trail. It's light...but not too light. TLD says its a light weight summer top, but in Utah, it was still a bit warm and sticky...there are definitely lighter and cooler fabrics out there. The fabric is also a bit stiff, but that is to be expected from a mountain jersey that has to hold up to abuse. Lastly, there is a handy little zipper pocket for small essentials in case you are not packing...which is handy for the 45min lunch loop trail. Overall, get it for the design, fit and durability, not for the warm-weather comfort. My 2 cents...

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