CARDO SYSTEMS PACKTALK EDGE COMMUNICATORS: PRODUCT REVIEW

Once you try them, they’re hard to live without!

PACKTALK EDGE DUO FROM CARDO SYSTEMS CARDO SYSTEMS PACKTALK EDGE COMMUNICATORS: PRODUCT REVIEW

Packtalk Edge is the one of latest and greatest products Cardo has to offer. We were sent two individual units to test, but they also offer the Edge communicators as a set. You’ll save roughly $75 by purchasing the Duo over the single unit Edge.

Cardo had already been making fantastic units with great success. Improvements have been made since the last generation and we’ve simply had a ball testing these. The amount of laughs on the trail have been tripled and being able to guide friends through certain areas has been easier. If you want to keep moving on group rides the Edge units allow you to keep a higher pace with instant, open-line communication.

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VERIFIABLY DUMBY PROOF
You don’t have to be a tech-savvy person to set up the Edge. If you are though, you’ll love this system. The amount of functions it can perform and ways to use them are endless. Yes, you will need to download an application on your smart phone and or computer, but trust us, it’s not complicated to use. Cardo has done a beautiful job prompting you through the app. You’ll need to make sure the device has the latest updates occasionally and that is done easily by pairing wirelessly to the app.

INSTALLATION AND FIT
Aside from various YouTube videos on how to install the unit, Cardo has their own fully detailed instructional video that we found helpful. Different helmets are made differently, and many already have indents for speakers made into them. That makes it easier to install, and potentially more comfortable depending on the fitting of the your helmet.

We used motocross helmets for our testing which are generally not the most popular choice of helmet style to use a communicator. Truthfully, our helmets weren’t exactly built with the idea of integrating speakers into them. It should be noted that If your helmet is even a little tight on your head, the speakers might push on your ears and cause soreness. That is if your helmet won’t accommodate the space. Lucky for us, they fit just right in the Thor and 6D helmets.

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Truthfully, it doesn’t matter what type of machine you ride; if there’s a group of you, the Cardo communicators enhance the experience.

BENEFITS AND USES
We used them both on dirt bike trail rides as well as some fire roading with quads and UTVs. You can include up to 15 people on the Packtalk Edge on a group ride. Cardo Claims you can stay paired for up to a mile but we found that distance to vary heavily depending on where we were riding. The units have been upgraded with an updated Dynamic Mesh Communication which helps automatically and seamlessly re-pair if the connection is lost. There isn’t an unnecessary amount of alerts about the connection being lost or re-paired which we liked.

The JBL speakers have also been upgraded and to us sound amazing, especially if you want to listen to music. You can be listening to music as loud as you want and other people in your group won’t hear it because of the advanced noise cancelling technology. You’ll also be able to call and answer phone calls while riding in the rain if you have to. They are completely waterproof. We had a friend that had never ridden a dirt bike before so we let him take a helmet and we coached him through the first steps. The pace at which he learned was incredibly fast as we were guiding him along. We found the Edge to be priceless for that type of use.

FINAL THOUGHTS
We have to give kudos to Cardo for making a quality unit that isn’t a headache to get up and running. Impressive functions and updates have been made and are noticeable if you’ve had previous generation models. We really like the magnetic locking mount that makes it easy to put on the helmet. Just read the directions before detaching! It literally locks in place and has a specific sequence to get it off. The units are not exactly cheap at $700 for the Packtalk Duo. We wondered if they were worth the money, but we were bummed when we rode and we didn’t have them, so that was our first sign. If you even think they would be a little bit nice to have, we would suggest getting a pair. Once you actually experience the added fun and even safety at times, it’s hard to ride without them.

PRICE: $700 for DUO system

WEBSITE: www.cardosystems.com


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