The RECCO Reflector saves lives
In the backcountry doing everything you can to assist the rescuers is being smart. The built in RECCO reflector makes you searchable to the rescuers. It’s simple, it works, it saves lives, everybody should use them.
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 in products from more than 150 brands, including jackets, pants, helmets, backpacks, back protectors, boots, transceivers, watches and harnesses.
Reflectors are also available as single products to be attached to Helmets and Backpacks or within our own RECCO Belts
RECCO reflectors are designed to last a lifetime and do not age or wear out. If not mechanically damaged they will last forever.
How it works:
1. The RECCO detector emits a directional radar signal, like the beam of a flashlight.
2. When the radar signal hits the RECCO reflector, it is echoed back to the detector and points the rescuer in the direction of the victim.
3. The closer the detector gets to the reflector the stronger the returned-signal, ultimately allowing the rescuer to pinpoint the victim’s location.
The RECCO SAR (search and rescue) helicopter detector can cover large areas fast. Searching from a height of 100 meters and covering a search area of approximately 100 meters wide, the SAR detector enables rescuers to search 1km² within 6 minutes. The principle of locating a victim is the same as for the handheld detector with the detector sending a radar signal echoed back by the RECCO reflector. Upon receiving a returned signal, the rescuer can locate the lost individual.