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.)

REI shell with RECCO.jpg

Posted by Tom - 01/30/2009 12:48 PM

Where was the REI booth at the show? I walked every aisle but somehow missed it.

Posted by jpea - 01/30/2009 02:32 PM

I don’t think they ever have one. Last I knew their PR folks were walking the floor and doing meetings up on the top rail/biz center.

Posted by midtoad - 01/30/2009 03:14 PM

Author’s eyes freeze below 20F? That’s about -6C! That doesn’t seem too realistic. I cycle at temps down to -35 (C or F, it doesn’t matter), and my eyes never freeze shut. Of course, anyone cycling in the winter should have eye protection to keep the wind off – even simple clear glasses or goggles will do.

Posted by Stephen Regenold - 01/30/2009 03:49 PM

REI had a meeting room at the show, but no booth. It was by appointment only.

MIDTOAD — What are you talking about?

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