Products as seen by the Gear Junkie at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, January 22 – 24, 2009. . .
REI Shells add RECCO — REI 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.)