RECCO® Technology Explained
Having skied for over 30 years, our Founder and Creative Director Tamara knows exactly what she wants from her skiwear. In fact, she’s so obsessed that she tests each piece in-house herself and is always on the lookout for the latest technology. Step in RECCO® reflectors, a mountain search and rescue tool that we use in all of our skiwear from ski jackets to salopettes. Here’s how it works.
What is RECCO®?
For starters what even is RECCO® technology? This is a specially developed tool used to find people trapped in avalanches containing two parts. Firstly a reflector, which is what you’ll find in your skiwear and secondly a detector used by ski resorts and mountain rescue teams.
The RECCO® Reflector is a small chip that we insert into our ski jackets, trousers and all-in-ones that does not need any batteries or extra work from you. It has a range of 120 metres through the air, 20 metres in dry snow, 10 metres in wet snow and 8 inches in water.
How does it work?
Ski resorts and mountain rescue teams carry the RECCO® detectors, which send out a search signal. Whereas the RECCO® reflectors worn by skiers, bounce back a directional signal that directs the rescuer straight to the reflector. Unlike other technologies, multiple RECCO® reflectors on a person can improve detection.
If you’re wearing a RECCO® reflector, you don’t to do anything to activate it. In an avalanche a signal is sent out and when a RECCO® reflector is detected it sends a signal back to the rescuer so they can locate the person who is trapped. Wearing multiple reflectors in your clothing (for example both jacket AND salopettes) can improve detection.
Though one warning...
RECCO® reflectors do not prevent avalanches, nor do they guarantee location or survival of a buried or lost person. However, when someone needs more help than their friends can provide, RECCO® reflectors do provide another chance.
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