The SAR Line
Back in the mid 1990s North Face released a very special production line that featured technology was used in the gear provided to SAR teams. Search and Rescue teams from the U.S. coast guard to National Park Rangers used gear co developed and provided by the North Face; the company has a long and infamous legacy in sponsoring gear to the most demanding outdoor professionals and Athletes. The line produced for the public featured special SAR patches and badges, Recco Tech, first aid pockets, huge cellular pockets, rip stop fabric(which literally will prevent any rips/tears from enlarging) and gore tex. For such innovations, only professionals and enthusiasts could handle the retail price of $1200 a jacket, $299 for a fleece, and a whole suite would run into low $2,000 range. To add the prestige, the production run was extremely limited, and thus when anything of the line hits an online auction prices are guaranteed to return or double.