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    Can anyone recommend a good communication device that they have used while riding? We usually head out to the cabin every weekend or every other weekend, most of the time hauling freight, so the trip can tend to be quite long. It would be nice to be able to communicate with each other on the ride but I'm not sure what would be the best way to do so. Has anyone tried any of the headsets with the 2-way radios, or is there a simpler way of doing so?

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    I would recommend 2-way radios with helmet headsets
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    I have tried the firefox throat mics on my motorcycle and they were useless. Couldn't hear a thing even with it turned up all the way. Some of the higher quality ones that mount on your helmet might work better. I think AK Leather carrys a couple of them.

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    Chatterbox is a good one. Sometimes a pain in the ass to gear up and have an earbud stay in place, though.
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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    we have tried for years to get a good head set that will be heard over the din of the speeding sled. my buddy that runs the Arctic man every year has tried about every conceivable combination to communicate with his skier and still goes back to hand signales... you can spend a lot of money trying things that only work well when parked or at very low speeds an back ground noise
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    How do the helmet headsets work, is it something that you install in/on your helmet or is it just a regular headset that you can wear even without a helmet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMS View Post
    How do the helmet headsets work, is it something that you install in/on your helmet or is it just a regular headset that you can wear even without a helmet?
    the higher dollar ones work installed in the helmet.. however they still pick up all the sled engine sounds. you can not use the VOX control on them while on a sled unless your at slow or stopped speeds.

    they were made for touring bikes with a much lower noise thread hold. we also experienced much feed back from the sleds systems when we were trying them out. high end whines and whistles due to the electrical system and no resistors in place in them.
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    That's too bad. We've got the freight sleds so our noise threshold is softer than that on other machines, but it still sounds like it really wouldn't be a good solution. Guess "break time" and hand signals will just have to do

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    My wife and I use the Scala System from Cardo. The comms are loud and clear at half throttle on our touring sled. It's a new sled and I'm still breaking it in so I haven't had it over half throttle, but we've had the speakers on low or the next highest setting so far and no problems hearing over our 2-stroke.

    The mics fit in between the helmet padding and our breath difusers so that you don't have a foam thing in your mouth and they still activate quite easily when you start talking.

    They also tune in FM radio, have bluetooth so that you can hear your GPS and phone.


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    Angry No luck here

    We tried two different generations of Chatterbox comm systems, and sprung for hi- gain headsets that we mounted inside the helmets, and still they suck. They are sitting on a shelf in the shop, and we all use mp3 players with earbuds. I'd rather listen to rock-n-roll than hear snips of conversation until I finally pull over, ask her what she was saying just to find out she thinks it's "pretty out."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jktimm View Post
    We tried two different generations of Chatterbox comm systems, and sprung for hi- gain headsets that we mounted inside the helmets, and still they suck. They are sitting on a shelf in the shop, and we all use mp3 players with earbuds. I'd rather listen to rock-n-roll than hear snips of conversation until I finally pull over, ask her what she was saying just to find out she thinks it's "pretty out."
    lol....and I hope you agreed! :-P

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