Scenic shot of a group of skiers skinning up in the backcountry on a bluebird day
product technology
Performance starts with product innovation.
Mountain Hardwear designers partner with the
industry’s leading materials researchers to develop
the fabrics, coatings and components we need to
turn design and performance goals into reality.
Performance starts with product innovation. Mountain Hardwear designers partner with the industry’s leading materials researchers to develop the fabrics, coatings and components we need to turn design and performance goals into reality.
recco®
The patented RECCO® technology is a two-part rescue system that is integrated into all our advanced- to elite-level winter outerwear. The RECCO detector, carried by the rescuer, sends a signal to locate the RECCO reflector, carried by the user. The RECCO reflector in your jacket makes you searchable to the rescuers. They are lightweight passive transponders which require no power or activation to function and go unnoticed when worn.
RECCO diagram illustrating how the Advanced Rescue Technology works using radar- Rescuer can detect person under snow pack, helicopters scanning and seeing people below in RECCO gear.
how it works
The RECCO detector emits a directional radar signal like the beam of a flashlight, so when the radar signal hits the RECCO reflector, it’s echoed back to the detector and points the rescuer in the direction of the person in danger. The closer the detector gets to the reflector the stronger the returned-signal, ultimately allowing the rescuer to pinpoint the victim's location. RECCO reflectors are designed to last a lifetime and do not age or wear out—if not mechanically damaged they will last forever, so you can continue exploring the mountains without fear of failure from your rescue technology.
the recco® reflector
The RECCO reflector makes you searchable to the rescuers. RECCO reflectors are lightweight passive transponders which require no power or activation to function. They consist of a diode and an antenna. RECCO reflectors are integrated into the product. RECCO reflectors are designed to last a lifetime and do not age or wear out. If not mechanically damaged they will last forever.
products that feature this technology
Men's High Exposure™ Gore-Tex® C-Knit™ Jacket
Men's High Exposure™ Gore-Tex® C-Knit™ Bib
Women's High Exposure™ Gore-Tex® C-Knit™ Anorak
Women's High Exposure™ Gore-Tex® C-Knit™ Bib
Skiers in the distance skinning up a mountain in the backcountry wearing the Men's High Exposure™ Gore-Tex® C-Knit™ Jacket and Women's High Exposure™ Gore-Tex® C-Knit™ Anorak.