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New kit from Downing brothers’ cycling club Out of the Saddle

| Blog, ProCycling | 11/08/2011 16:10pm

New kit promotes good cause – and it’s comfortable too
Out of the Saddle is the club launched and run by the famous Downing brothers, Team Sky rider Russ and Rapha-Condor-Sharp rider Dean. The main aim is to continue and step up the charity work that the brothers have done in recent years, as well as spreading the Bike-Pure anti-doping message.

This year their chosen charity is CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young. It works to raise awareness of heart conditions that can lead to Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD) and Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS). Undetected heart conditions cause 12 young deaths per week and they’re a serious issue in cycling too, highlighted in 2009 by the death of Frederiek Nolf at the Tour of Qatar.

Out of the Saddle’s new club kit has just landed in our office and it’s real smart stuff. As well as the long- and short-sleeved jerseys and bibs, there’s a skin-suit, gilet, mitts and arm and leg warmers. More like a pro team wardrobe than the average club get up.

The kit is made by RST. It’s a new brand to cycling this year but it’s already on the pace thanks to the former pro and elite riders involved in the design and development, plus a background in highly engineered motorcycle kit. They’ve sought out some of the finest materials, used by the likes of Assos, and the highest spec chamois available. The full length hidden zip on the jersey is a quality touch too.

We’ve had the chance to ride in it already (race in it, actually) and we’re impressed. The chamois really delivered on RST’s promises and felt at least as comfortable as our favourite bibs.

And the best thing? This is not expensive gear. The bibs retail for £59.99, the short-sleeve jersey for £49.99. As you’re also supporting a great cause, and advocating clean cycling, that seems like a bargain to us. Get on board.

If you’re quick – and good – you can enter the club’s annual summer E/1/2 race, held on 28 August in South Yorkshire. Visit for more info.


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