Mission Viejo Open Space. We were overall very impressed with the Motorola 2 way radios. When you first take them out of the package you can tell they are weather resistant as they are more hearty that other 2 way radios we have used. The important electrical components have rubberized protection and thus you really don't have to worry about their performance in the elements. Note, I would not drop them in standing water, however, because they are weather-resistant they should hold up on your hikes and outdoor adventures. Besides their apparent durability, they were easy to use and to figure out.
These are high end 2 way radios and they are perfect for most any outdoor situation. They would be perfect to have for safety reasons, to either contact someone in the event of trouble or to leave one with someone at home while you go on a hike. You can purchase these 2 way radios at many stores, including BestBuy, Amazon, and Walmart. Prices range from 70 - 80 dollars. Both Ashley and I found they performed well in non-ideal conditions. Charging the 2 way radios was super easy and surprisingly quick. The coolest thing is the LED flashlight at the bottom. It is not a super bright light, but it will come in handy when you need it. When purchasing any commercial 2 way radio, just remember as a hiker who ventures into outdoor settings you will not be using the 2 way radios in ideal settings. These two way radios performed better than others we have used in non-ideal situations. The back of the package explains that the optimal range in most urban or hilly/wooded outdoor settings is 2 miles.
Bottom-line is we were very impressed with how they performed in non-ideal settings. It is better to spend the money on a radio that will work good in non-ideal situations, than as opposed to purchase a regular set of 2 way radios that won't perform well in outdoor situations. Both Ashley and I would recommend these radios given the weather proofing and good range in non-ideal situations.
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