There are provisions to add additional
Pack Talk units to the group, and the
more units integrated into a group, the
greater the possible communication
distance. You can also answer your
phone using only the Pack Talk controls. If your phone is also your music
storage device, you can play music
over the Pack Talk, and the same with
GPS directions. If a call comes in, the
music or direction continues to play in
the background. You can get up to 13
hours of talk time on a full charge, and
the units are water- and dust-proof.
Most of our off-roading is in areas
without cell service, and we had only
the two radios, so we used them only
as communication between two helmets. Once you have powered the
units on, there is really nothing to think
about—perhaps playing with the sound
levels, but otherwise you simply talk.
Communication is clear and crisp.
Generally, the communication distance
is line-of-sight or perhaps a bit more.
At times ambient noise will overcome
the volume of the Pack Talk speakers
and you don’t hear the other person.
For the most part, though, communication is very reliable.
SAFETY AND FUN
As nice as it is to talk effortlessly to
your passenger or another machine
without shouting, we enjoyed the safe-
This is the clip-on mount. It is super
easy to use, but requires room to
get under the helmet padding. There
is a stick-on mount as well.
There are enough parts
with the kit that you
could have the mounts on
three helmets ready to go.
Just clip the Pack Talk unit off
and on the other helmet.
ty aspect the most. It is easy to
keep track of other riders in the
group, to warn them of oncoming or side traffic or trail hazards.
We could also discuss directions and
make course choices without stopping.
While testing, we even smoked a CVT
belt and wasted less than a minute
getting back, breaking out the tow
rope and getting underway back to
camp. We can’t vouch for the 13-hour
talk time, but we never lost juice on a
full day of riding.
At $579.99 for the Pack Talk Duo
pack, the Scala Rider is not the cheap-est option, but they are loaded with
features, are easy to use and truly work
well. The Pack Talk is the pinnacle of
Scala Rider communicators, and there
are cheaper options available from
Scala Rider if you don’t need all the
features of the Pack Talk set.
See www.cardosystems.com. ❏