Snowmobiling can be a fun experience if you are out in the trails with your friends or family. It is far more relishing as a group activity than when alone. So there comes the need for proper connectivity within the group. Investing in snowmobile helmet communicators can serve the purpose of providing safety and the necessary connectivity within the group.
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Features to look for when selecting snowmobile helmet communicators
Look for the ones which offer maximum range. What the companies actually claim is the range under ideal conditions and when we are actually in the trails, there are no such ideal conditions. There will be many hindrances and curves in the trail, so all these can reduce connectivity in real-world conditions. So it is always better to look for the one offering maximum range. The increased range can also come to your aid if you are driving in a group and somebody gets lost.
The best communicator should enable you to convey the messages with the maximum possible accuracy. So, the background noise should be the minimum possible. Investing in a good communicator can result in better noise reduction so that you can hear your fellow passengers with ease.
Also, they should be waterproof, windproof, and able to withstand extreme climatic conditions. Now, as the winter is approaching let’s have a look into some of the good available options of the snowmobile communicators and how these gears enhance snowmobiling.
Sena communicator offer ranges up to 900 meters (980 yards) in the open trail. It utilizes Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. You can participate in four-way intercom conversation, listen and share music, and make phone calls. The advanced noise control technology reduces the background noise at the incoming as well as the outgoing front. A single charge can provide up to 12 hours of talk time and 10 days stand by. They use a Lithium polymer battery with a charging time of 2.5hours. Operating temperatures range from -10°C to 55°C. So though they were developed for motorcyclists, the temperature range they can withstand suggests them as a good option to be used as snowmobile helmet communicators. Also, the extreme weather won’t damage the communicator.
Cardo Packtalk uses patented Dynamic Mesh Communication technology for seamless and long-range communication (about 1000m) which solves most problems faced by normal communicators. They offer good noise reduction features. Whatever is the speed you are traveling at, JBL provides unrivaled sound quality. All features, streaming music, attending phone calls, intercom, etc are up to the mark. With the natural voice operation, you never have to use a button, just say” Hey Cardo” and the rest can be done by the module itself. So you can literally keep your eyes on the road and hands on the bars and be safer. They are also compatible with almost all helmet models.
BT-S2 Motorcycle Intercom
BT-S2 offers a range of 800- 1000m (straight line without any barrier, i.e. ideal conditions). The speed range of 80-120km/hr is considered okay. They use DSP noise reduction and wind noise processing is adopted to ensure high-speed voice clarity.
The communicator allows easy installation. They are waterproof. Reviews claim they are a great option to save money.
LEXIN B4FM Bluetooth Headset
The LX-B4FM motorcycle Bluetooth headset has a range up to 2000 meters. You can have communication with up to ten riders at a time. They use advanced noise cancellation technology like DSP and CVC so that they can function well on speeds up to 120km/h. It allows music sharing between the riders.
The LX-B4FM motorcycle helmet Bluetooth enables easy hands-free communication. It has access to voice command features. The IP67 waterproof technology can handle all weather conditions, even -15°F temperature. It features an 800 mAh battery providing 15 hours music or intercom talk with over seven days of standby time. This too is a budget friendly option.
M1S Pro Motorbike Helmet Communication System
The M1S Pro communicator offers a maximum range of 2000meters under ideal conditions, i.e. straight-line conditions. It can support up to 8 riders group communication. It also supports multiple people simultaneous calls. With hands-free convenience, you can listen to music, retrieve navigation routes, etc.
The company claims high-quality sound even at high speeds. The presence of a CSR chip present in the microphone of the headset makes wind and engine noise not annoying. The communicator module is waterproof and can be used in any weather conditions. The headset offers hard and soft mics. The hard mic can be used for open face helmet and a soft mic for a full-face helmet. The 900mAh rechargeable battery has a working time of 20 hours and standby up to one week.
UClear Motion 6
You can communicate with up to 6 people with UClear motion 6. The communication system has a trendy design and it also performs well. The range of the device is up to 1.2 km. The system offers buttonless control with simple hand gestures. Voice control features are also incorporated. It uses Bluetooth 5.0. Call conferencing is possible. Advanced Beam Forming technology is used for noise cancellation. They are also weatherproof. They have an average battery life of 18 hours. However, some reviews have raised quality issues with the system.
Cardo Freecom 4 Plus
Cardo Freecom 4 plus has a four-way Bluetooth intercom communicator for snowmobiling. The design is very sleek. It offers a pretty good range of up to 1.4 kilometers. Cardo partnered with JBL, which gives a great sound experience. Freecom 4 plus also features a natural voice operation that allows buttonless working.
The Freecom 4 plus also has a waterproof and dustproof design. It has13 hours of talk time and built-in FM radio. It is compatible with all helmet models. Some claim that the system is not so easy to install pertaining to technical issues. The manual is not giving clear information.