US outdoors clothing company Marmot have announced that they’re working with Gore and Electro-Luminescent technology company, Novatech, to develop Electroluminescent mountain wear.
The idea is to take a Marmot waterproof/breathable, all-weather Gore-Tex XCR performance shell and add to it Electroluminescent panels that will provide both close-range visibility for the wearer and longer distance identification, without a significant weight gain.
The potential benefits for mountain use are pretty obvious. Not only will someone wearing one of these jackets be able to read a map etc. without fiddling round with a torch, but they’ll also be far more visible to other people. So that means more visible to companions, mountain leaders and emergency services if need be.