OR Winter Market 2009 — GJ Report #13

Products as seen by the Gear Junkie at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, January 22 – 24, 2009. . .

REI Shells add RECCOREI introduced updated versions of its Kulshan and Shuksan jackets and pants, which are streamlined eVent-fabric-based shells made for climbing, backcountry skiing, and other winter pursuits. The upgrade includes new colors and, more significantly, the addition of RECCO reflectors integrated into the jacket and pants, which are non-powered devices made to increase a person’s chance of rescue in an avalanche. RECCO reflectors do not replace an avalanche receiver, and not all search-and-rescue teams are equipped to detect a signal from a RECCO reflector. But the device — which is a small electronic transponder with a copper aerial and a diode surrounded by protective weatherproof plastic — serves as an additional safety piece for added insurance. REI’s Kulshan and Shuksan products will be available in fall 2009. (Note: Image is 2008 Shuksan jacket.)

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.