SCARPA and RECCO® have joined forces to form a powerful partnership and are set to present the brand new F1 at ISPO 2018, the first ski mountaineering boot to feature the RECCO® system.
“The new version of the F1 will be the first boot designed for ski mountaineering to hit the market and to have an in-built Recco tracking system”, says Marco Campagna, SCARPA® Marketing Manager, who adds, “We are extremely pleased to have finally gotten started on this collaboration with this prestigious Swedish company: for SCARPA, safety is crucial. From here on, we can offer our loyal customers technology that reduces search and rescue times for missing persons and avalanche victims to a minimum”.
The F1 has successfully anticipated and interpreted the demand for increased safety desired by ski mountaineers. This is a significant leap forward for mountaineering enthusiasts more generally who will get additional help – in terms of safety – when practising the sport.
The new ski boot integrates a RECCO® reflector able to track missing persons. The technology works via a detector, which is used by the rescue services, and a reflector, built into the individual sports gear: the detector is used by professional responders to locate the reflector, which is “worn” by the skier. Built right into the boot, the RECCO® reflector doesn't need a battery, is always on and needs no maintenance, and always echoes and responds to the harmonic radar of the detector.
“We’re proud of our partnership with a brand leader like SCARPA, with whom we are introducing the first ski mountaineering boot with Recco reflectors”, says Johan Sauer, RECCO® Vice President, who explains: “On the one hand, this partnership highlights Scarpa’s dedication to safety and, on the other, supports our efforts to increasingly extend the Recco system’s fields of application. Our work with Scarpa will make a strong impact on safety standards, aiding the search and rescue of more and more people who love off-piste skiing and ski mountaineering”.
The new F1 will be available from Autumn/Winter 2018/19.