Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) is introducing a new riding jacket and pants that both include reflectors for the RECCOÂ® avalanche rescue system. BRP is the first snowmobile company to include avalanche safety technology in its riding gear.
The RECCO system is utilized by 440 rescue organizations worldwide to facilitate the rapid location of burials. The two-part system consists of a detector used by organized rescue groups and the reflectors, which are integrated into the apparel. Together, they enable directional pinpointing of a victim’s precise location using harmonic radar.
While not a substitute for a transceiver, probe, shovel and most importantly, avalanche education and good sense, the RECCO system facilitates a faster organized search and increases the chance of being found in time.
The new 2007 Mountain Light Shell Jacket [MSRP: $329.99 CDN; $269.99 USD] and Mountain Light High pants [MSRP: $359.99 CDN; $299.99 USD] will be available only at authorized Ski-Doo dealers this fall.
First introduced in 1983, RECCO technology was developed by Magnus Granhed with the cooperation of Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology in response to his personal experience with avalanche tragedy. Since then, the system has proven effective in the field and has been adopted globally by ski resorts, helicopter skiing operations and search-and-rescue organizations as an additional tool for avalanche rescue.