Our top pick? The Long Range Two-Way Radios with Earpieces by pxton
An item that often isn’t thought about in the traditional ‘climbing gear’ sense, but something we’ve found to be extremely useful when rock climbing in pairs or larger groups, (whether that be with a partner belaying or with multiple climbers on the rock) is to each have a two way radio to aid in communication. This is particularly prudent during windy or rainy conditions when your communication, which can be vital for health and safety, is impeded! A two way radio will solve all these problems and allow you to talk with your partner with ease, no more looking down/up/across and shouting at the top of your lungs to get the bit of information across, with a radio you’ll be able to safely and calmly talk at a normal volume.
One of the defining features of a two way radio is the range of it’s communication, however when looking for the best radio for climbing, we felt that is a bit further down the list of priorities compared to other features such as durability, battery life, weight, size and ability to connect to a headset or microphone. A lot of these features speak for themselves. For instance, you don’t want your radio to be breaking easily when scraping the rocks, you want to it be portable, so not too big and heavy, and you want a long battery life for use throughout the day without charging. That final point of a connection to a headset, we really think is basically essential for hands free communication, so that you don’t have to reach down and bring the radio to your face every time you want to use it, which could be difficult and unsafe.
Now we will be taking you through our top picks for climbing two way radios, we have chosen to select only packs of two, however almost all of these radios come singularly or in larger packs, so you can choose whatever is best to suit your needs. Enjoy!
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