Grivel unveils first mountaineering helmets equipped with RECCO reflectors
Stealth helmets field approved by the Courmayeur Mountain Guide Association
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – GRIVEL, a leader in mountain equipment currently celebrating their 200 year anniversary, and RECCO, a Swedish producer of rescue equipment that makes people searchable to rescuers, joined forces to present the first mountaineering helmets integrated with RECCO reflectors at ISPO 2018.
The Grivel Stealth and Stealth HS mountaineering helmets featuring an integrated RECCO reflector will be available starting fall 2018. The Stealth helmet is both hyper-light, weighing only 198 grams, and hyper-ventilated. The Stealth HS is the hard shell version and offers increased durability with an ABS outer shell and an EPS inner shell.
“We are very excited to be the first company offering RECCO reflectors in our mountaineering helmets in an effort to help increase the overall safety of our equipment. Safety is in fact a keyword in all our product development” – declares Oliviero Gobbi, Managing Director of Grivel.
Additionally a pilot program was launched in February 2018 with the Courmayeur Mountain Guide Association, a partner of both Grivel and RECCO, where CMGA guides will be using the product.
“For the Courmayeur Mountain Guides safety is high priority. Therefore, we use all available avalanche rescue technologies and recommend mountain enthusiasts to be electronically searchable by wearing transceivers and RECCO reflectors. With RECCO reflectors integrated in the Stealth helmets, Grivel is now giving us and all climbers the possibility to be found fast in case of emergency,” says Giulio Signó, Alpine Guide Courmayeur and National Technical Instructor CNSAS.
By launching the collaboration with Grivel, RECCO AB is adding another product category to its portfolio of reflector-equipped products. This product launch goes hand-in-hand with the ongoing rollout of the new RECCO SAR system, a helicopter-based detector that will be used to search for missing people in the outdoors year round.
“By collaborating with Grivel, we step into a new product segment and give outdoor enthusiasts one more possibility to be searchable in case of an avalanche or when lost outdoors. The reflectors inside the helmets add an important safety-visibility-factor for climbers and alpinists. This product launch is very timely as eyes are on our new RECCO SAR system, that is used by helicopter to look for missing people in the outdoors,” explains Manuel Duermoser, Global Brand & Marketing RECCO AB.
RECCO® advanced rescue technology makes outdoor enthusiasts searchable to rescuers in case of an avalanche accident or when lost in the outdoors. The technology builds on a two-part radar system. Rescuers carry RECCO® detectors that send out search signals which are echoed by RECCO® reflectors, carried by the user. RECCO® detectors are used worldwide at more than 900 ski resorts and mountain rescue organizations in 28 countries. RECCO® reflectors are integrated into select apparel, helmets, protection gear and boots manufactured by more than 150 leading outdoor brands. RECCO AB was founded in 1983 in Sweden and is owned by its founder Magnus Granhed and the publicly traded investment company Traction AB (listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm). More info at recco.com