It's no secret, we all want to be World Cup racers. We lust over bike galleries and scrutinise prototype parts to our heart's content, but it's not so often we take a look at just what the pros are wearing. Riding kit has come on leaps and bounds over the past few years, the days of pyjama suits are long gone and Downhill is finally developing an aesthetic of its own.
While filming with Matt Walker for the latest episode of Bulletproof Talent, we couldn't help but take a closer look at his Madison kit. Madison has really refined their team kit this season and even better, it's all readily available for the average consumer. Read on for a closer look at just what the National Champ is wearing and how you can get your hands on it.
ALPINE MEN'S LONG SLEEVE JERSEY
Ok so technically it's not the EXACT jersey that Matt wears to race in, but apart from the fact that the stripes' placement has changed, this is identical to the jersey Matt won the National Champs in.
Race tested and proven, you can put your faith in the fact that this is going to hold up to the abuse of an uplift or National Series. Constructed from a lightweight fast wicking polyester fabric with 4-way stretch construction, the Alpine jersey is breathable as well as comfortable. It even comes with a limited lifetime warranty, so you know the fellas at Madison are confident it will last the distance.
LAZER MX7 HELMET
Matt's lid of choice is Lazer's top of the range MX7 helmet. Lazer might not be the first brand that comes to mind when you're plotting to purchase a new helmet, but the MX7 has been through the rigour of multiple World Cup seasons and features a fibreglass composition, great ventilation and of course, top-level protection is a given. Throw in the rounded design and moto-inspired visor and the MX7 is a viable alternative to the bigger names.
SHIMANO AM9 SHOES
Shoe wise, Matt rides clips and opts for Shimano's ever-reliable AM9. Designed to offer the ultimate protection from water and dirt, the AM9 also features a reinforced toe and one of the best cleat systems in the business. Durable and lightweight, the AM9 will see you through the best that the British seasons can dish out.
DTE MEN'S WATERPROOF TROUSERS
Madison's gravity-oriented trouser offering comes in the form of DTE. 100% waterproof, the DTE's are designed to be both rugged and durable. Featuring added protection around the inner-thighs and knee as well as breathable fabric and venting, the DTE has been designed to offer all of the protection that a DH pant should while being comfortable and lightweight enough for a full days riding.
SARACEN MYST TEAM
Offering a perfect balance between affordability and performance, the Saracen Myst is the bike of choice for many a privateer. In its Team iteration though, the Myst is a bespoke, World Cup bred race machine. Matt is fortunate enough to be riding the pre-production 29 version of the Myst. While the 29er is not available to the average Joe just yet, we can get our hands on the 27.5 version. Carbon, dripping in top-level componentry and (minus the wheel size) almost exactly the same bike as Matt himself is riding, the Team version of the Myst is a solid shout if you're wanting to be at the sharp end of results.