RECCO Rescue Network Grows With Additional Brand Partners and New Lightweight Reflector 742LT
June 01, 2023
When it comes to safety, bigger is better! As RECCO continues to expand the year-round rescue ecosystem, bigger means more brands integrating RECCO technology into their products. Bigger also means an expanded global SAR presence, with more RECCO helicopter detectors deployed around the globe. Bigger also means the safety advantages of more people being searchable thanks to RECCO technology.
The RECCO helicopter system is complimented by brand partners, more than 150 of them, who integrate RECCO rescue reflectors into their products. Lightweight, virtually indestructible, and needing no power source, reflectors add an additional level of searchability and safety for anyone using products equipped with RECCO technology, for example, Arc’teryx’s new Norvan running jacket (Women’s Norvan Shell coming soon) and Norvan 14 Vest or Jack Wolfskin trekking shoes.
“In partnership with RECCO and with the runner in mind, Arc’teryx has created two new products for summer, the Norvan running jacket and Norvan 14 Vest, both equipped with RECCO rescue technology, a tool to more quickly locate people lost in the outdoors. During the design process, we worked closely with the team at North Shore Rescue from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Through this partnership, we learned that trail runners and hikers have been increasingly venturing into higher-risk mountain terrain in recent years. As a result, we recognized that our pieces need to provide an increased level of safety, function, and durability for our users venturing into the outdoors, to account for higher-consequence terrain. Incorporating RECCO technology into our apparel reflects our roots in climbing and intentions of products elevating the safety of our users.” – Mitch Eckensweiler, Design Director - Energy Projects / System_A / Mountain Run, Arc’teryx
“Our winter trekking boots are perfect for the most demanding missions in rough terrain and exposed tours. RECCO was the ideal partner for us right from the start because the technology is amazingly efficient in performance and practical in use. With the integration into Jack Wolfskin's hiking footwear, we give outdoor enthusiasts maximum safety.” - Selim Say, Vice President of Footwear at Jack Wolfskin.
“We carefully select our quality markers and we are very proud of our collaboration with RECCO. As a team of passionate outdoor enthusiasts, we are well familiar with RECCO and have used the technology many times ourselves at different outdoor activities. With the release of the Abisko pant this summer, we want to give our customers the best experience in the outdoors, at the same time contribute to RECCOs mission; to make everyone searchable in a safety perspective.” - Bengt Rimark, CEO at Pinewood.
In addition to the inclusion of reflectors into exciting new products from Arc’teryx and Jack Wolfskin, as well as RECCO technology integrated into Vado’s Sky Trail kids shoe and Pinewood’s Abisko Adventure pants, 2023 sees the introduction of the lightest and most flexible rescue reflector to date. The new reflector 742LT weighs only 1g and is just over 2mm thick and is the ideal solution for integration into products such as puffy jackets and other lighter garments.
The introduction of the innovative new 742LT reflector will be good news for the 150+ partner brands, who now have yet another option when it comes to integrating the unique safety and searchability benefits of RECCO into more products.
“We are really excited to be able to offer reflectors to our brand partners for more categories of their product segments, such as the 742LT made for lighter jackets. More reflectors means more searchable people in the outdoors,“ says Fredrik Steinwall, CEO at RECCO.
Essential to the year-round rescue system is the innovative RECCO SAR helicopter detector. Searching from a height of 100 meters and covering a search area of approximately 100 meters wide, the system enables rescuers to search 1km² within 6 minutes.
Fast and efficient search times, simplicity in locating lost or injured victims, and the ability to limit risk exposure and time on the ground for physical SAR personnel highlight the RECCO helicopter rescue system. Currently, the system has been deployed in 31 locations globally (20 in Europe/ 11 in North America), with the most recent placement being the Pompièrs Emergéncies S.L.U (ESP).
More reflectors, more helicopter rescue systems, and more brands integrating RECCO technology, now that’s BIG.
Julia Granhed, Communications Manager
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 32 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