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Helmet comms for single track?

RedDirt

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So, my wife and I are both very new to motorcycles. We’re trying to get into single track as a couple. I put some Cardo Freecom 4’s in, and it’s been a huge help. We don’t get as frustrated this way, I can provide some coaching, and we both keep our cool better.

All that being said, the range on the Freecom is awful. As in, in wooded stuff—maybe 200 yds. In wide open, maybe 400 yds. Anyone have experience with something with better range, especially in the woods? Anyone in love with the new Sena’s, or anything like that? I don’t care about the music or phone functionality, just the intercom.

I swear this already came up here, but I couldn’t find it, so I started a new thread.

Edit—as I’m thinking about it, it might be more like 100yds in the woods…. Anyway, less than my spoiled ass wants. Spend my money!
 
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SnakeOiler

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I don't think the Sena's are going to be much better. But I've never used my that way when I had them. I'm a music person on the bike and not much of a talker type. I'm sorta interested in what others have and going to troll your thread here.
 

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My wife and I have some Sena headsets. Maybe the 10 series. The distance in the woods is not great. They are basically line of sight.
 

philipbarrett

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It's not the Cardo that's the problem, it's the Bluetooth which is designed for low power, short distance transmission. As DSquared said, you want the Packtalk series.
 

RedDirt

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Ok, thanks, everyone. It’s just my wife and I, so when I bought these ~1 yr ago I had some reason to think the older tech actually had better range. I didn’t know if the mesh would be helpful with only 2 units. If there is a range bump, though, I’d spend the money.
 

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I upgraded from the Freecom to the Packtalk, and the mesh range is definitely a bit better than Bluetooth.

You'll see an improvement, but how much, I can't actually say.
 

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The mesh system has a better range than Bluetooth, as we tried our Packtalk Bolds on both with someone who didn’t have the mesh system. Almost half a mile on a straight road… a few years ago I switched from Sena and haven’t looked back.. YMMV
 

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