Walkie-Talkies for Skiing: What should I be looking out for?
Stay in touch on the slopes
Finding the best walkie talkie for skiing involves looking for certain technical characteristics that ensure constant communication between you and others on the slopes. In this brief guide, the key features that you should be looking out for in a walkie talkie for skiing outlines features such as a UHF frequency, a high IP Rating, VOX function and headset connectivity to name a few.
|Motorola TLKR T92 H20 Walkie Talkie (Twin Pack)||10km|
|Kenwood TK-3401D Walkie Talkie||10km|
Military Standard 810G
|Midland G18 PMR446 Two-Way Radio||9km|
|Kenwood PKT-23E Walkie Talkies||8km|
Military Standard 810G
|Mitex General Xtreme||10km|
For skiing, the IP rating you need from a radio will be either IP67 or IP68. As snow is essentially water, this makes skiing one of the worst environments for potential damage to a radio. An IP67 rated radio can withstand constant submersion of up to 1 metre for 30 minutes, an IP68 radio however is impervious to water to a depth of 1.5 metres for 30 minutes.
The threat of an injured skier, impending danger or more seriously, an avalanche, is a possibility when skiing. Therefore, emergency features from your walkie-talkies are important. Most walkie-talkies come with an emergency button or function as standard. The emergency function can be an intermittent siren sent to others on the same frequency, followed by a live transmission of spoken sound. Some walkie-talkies also come with an LED flashlight.
Walkie-talkies, just like mobile phones, are able to support group calls. The feature allows your radio you to transmit a message to multiple users at once, which is perfect for an extreme sport such as skiing. You are also able to include and exclude users in a group, or simply choose to communicate to one individual if you have created a caller ID for them.
This is perhaps one of the most useful functions on a walkie-talkie for skiing. The VOX (voice over call) function enables you to transmit your message without pressing the PTT (push to talk) button. The walkie-talkie will begin to transmit simply when the user begins to speak. This allows you to remain hands-free on the slopes, without hindering your ability to communicate.
Most walkie-talkie manufacturers include earpieces as standard when you purchase a radio pack from them. For skiing, you can use earpieces in conjunction with the VOX function. By clipping the radio to your belt or trousers, and connecting the earpieces, you can communicate during your extreme activities with improved audio quality, without touching your radio when the VOX is activated. Your radio can also be hidden away with an earpiece if you’re looking for discretion.
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For more information on the different features on walkie-talkies and how they could be useful to you, take a look at our walkie-talkies buying guide.