Cork-centered photographer Miki Barlok requires on out of doors trend design with Gnarly Peaks

When we talk at the stop of December, Miki Barlok has been climbing Carrauntoohil with polar adventurer and high altitude mountaineer, Pat Falvey, and his new products and solutions are at this time currently being tested by a number of other adventurers.

Barlok is the pretty definition of a ‘multipotentialite’ or ‘scanner’ — somebody who does, and is excellent at, a lot of unique items. He prioritises motion about inaction — even to the extent of from time to time sleeping just a few hrs a night in order to edit images for do the job or expend time with his spouse and children.

“I’d relatively not sleep and have a excellent time on a wonderful sunny day. I like to attempt to stretch the working day a bit and am used to sleeping pretty minimal because my time rock climbing in Slovakia,” he suggests.

Not only is Barlok 1 of Cork’s most nicely-respected photographers, but he can now incorporate style structure, branding, symbol design, and web site progress to his checklist of accomplishments — satisfying all these roles at Gnarly Peaks although also shooting the pictures listed here.

“I do a great deal,” he admits cheerfully. “But I like it — I love the course of action of development.”

The avid mountain biker, rock climber and hiker was motivated to build his new model by his knowledge of a lifestyle invested outdoors.

“Back in Slovakia, I rock climbed every day, then when I arrived to Eire, I commenced mountain biking as it was a thing I could do by yourself and also in the rain,” he claims.

Barlok is a member of Cork mountain bike club Rebel MBT but claims that he hasn’t been actively concerned all through the pandemic as his wife Rebekah gave beginning to a baby girl for the duration of the initially lockdown.

“Any spare time I experienced I used with the relatives,” he says, admitting that daughter Sophie previously has a harmony bike in spite of being just a yr-and-a-50 % old.

Cork-based fashion photographer and outdoor adventure enthusiast Miki Barlok in Bantry. Picture: Miki Barlok
Cork-based manner photographer and outdoor experience enthusiast Miki Barlok in Bantry. Image: Miki Barlok

“She is a very little much too compact for it at the second but she’ll get there,” he smiles. “She currently loves getting outside and we consider her to the woods and kayaking.”

Possessing moved to Bantry just just before the start of the pandemic, he claims that having a newborn in the middle of the to start with lockdown was “brilliant”. “I was afraid of getting time off or that I could possibly lose shoppers, but I did not have to have to just take time off, I was provided time off. I know a large amount of persons endured but it was remarkable for me in conditions of paying time with my household guilt-absolutely free.”

Barlok has been dwelling in Eire for the previous 15 yrs obtaining moved below to begin with for 6 months. “I have produced Ireland my property by choice instead than by beginning. I like Ireland,” he claims.

His Slovakian upbringing meant a large amount of time put in outside. “In Slovakia, commonly speaking, there is extra of an founded mountaineering culture than there is in Ireland. It is a landlocked region, so numerous people today go to the mountains for vacations. We also have more distinctive seasons in Slovakia so remaining outside is much easier since it doesn’t rain as a great deal as it does right here.

“Ireland is such a beautiful country to take a look at — the mountains are so distinctive where ever you go,” he proceeds. “We like it — two days immediately after our marriage myself and Rebekah climbed Carrantuohill and changed into our wedding ceremony gear for some photos which finished up showing in this newspaper.

“It’s no shock that it rains all the time in Ireland but what shocked me is that there aren’t truly quite a few Irish manufacturers building or coming up with proper water-resistant apparel below.

“If you go to stores in Europe you have a decision of possibly 30 or 40 different manufacturers,” says Barlok. “Here, the alternative of rainwear is a lot more constrained. I consider that simply because it rains in this article all the time we must be the experts on rain and water-resistant apparel.”

Barlok has intended a design and style of trousers that are fully waterproof and that can be worn no matter if cycling to function in the metropolis or biking in the mountains.

“You really don’t have to be concerned about donning waterproofs around your trousers, you can just go about your small business with out worrying about the rain,” he claims. The trousers are designed with a few levels of material which include an internal water resistant membrane and surface treated to repel h2o. “They search and really feel like jeans but are absolutely waterproof,” he says.

Richard Thornhill sporting clothing brand Gnarly Peaks at Sheeps Head, West Cork. Picture: Miki Barlok
Richard Thornhill sporting clothing brand name Gnarly Peaks at Sheeps Head, West Cork. Image: Miki Barlok

The fabric in the jackets is specially produced for Gnarly Peaks to be tremendous-light-weight and highly water-proof: “For instance a standard water resistant jacket may be water-proof to 5,000mm of hydraulic tension whereas mine are water-proof to 30,000mm,” he clarifies. The jacket hoods, meanwhile, can be expanded to be worn about a helmet when rock climbing or cycling.

Even though he doesn’t occur from a manner style history, Barlok states that his skills and qualifications in architecture and interiors, as effectively as his passion for outside pursuits, have presented all the assets wanted to make the Gnarly Peaks products variety.

“I have had to discover a great deal but I experienced loads of time to do that. I have spent yrs and many years in the mountains so I know what type of gear is vital and my history in architecture assisted me a lot. It was a great discovering curve but I received there,” he says.

As the manufacturer is solely self-funded, the existing selection is somewhat compact though Barlok has many far more styles in the pipeline. The rain jackets at the moment occur in dimensions XS to XXL and the jeans sizing is at present centered on male sizes 30” to 38” waistline. The puffa jackets variety from XS to XL.

At the instant the products and solutions are designed abroad because there is no facility listed here that can make to the functionality standard Barlok has established for his brand name. “My types are manufactured in the similar factories that make for large leading manufacturers so they are experts in what they are undertaking,” he claims.

So then, what sets Gnarly Peaks aside from other primary overall performance dress in brands?

“Gnarly Peaks is the only Irish brand name specialising in significant excellent specialized outdoor clothes tackling the infamous Irish rain in a significant way,” says Barlok who would like Gnarly Peaks to grow to be a synonym for rain gear and a house identify.

“We also use recycled and sustainable resources created specifically for us and are working with factories which are BlueSign qualified to keep our generation eco- helpful and sustainable.”


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  • Feminine model: Louise Byrne from Morgan the Company
  • Male design: James McDonald
  • Mountain biker: Richard Thornhill
  • Water-resistant jackets: Out there in Coral Red, Orange, and Slate Gray, €170
  • Watertight jeans, €130
  • Puffer jacket, €80
  • Merino wool beanie, €30.