In addition to its basic two-way radio functions, the Garmin Rino 110 adds GPS technology, which allows you to visually track your position as well as the positions of other Garmin Rino users in your group. Other features include voice activation, a hunting/fishing calendar, a PC interface and built-in memory. A big negative, however, is that the Garmin's range is fairly limited (five miles on GMRS channels and two miles on FRS channels). It's also relatively expensive, and an $85 FCC license is required for the GMRS channels. If GPS isn't an important consideration, you may be better off with the less expensive TriSquare TSX300 (Discontinued), which doesn't require you to purchase an FCC license.
The best professional reviews of the Garmin Rino 110 two-way radio are at the online version of Field & Stream magazine and at About.com. We also consulted reviews posted by owners on Amazon.com.
1. Field & Stream
Editors take the Garmin Rino 110 out for a spin and are impressed with its GPS capabilities, durability and sound quality. They say it's waterproof, but complain that the small buttons are difficult to use with gloved hands.
Review: Garmin Rino 110 Handheld Radio, Editors of Field & Stream, November 6, 2009
In this review, Steve McCormick, the About.com guide to NASCAR racing, praises the Garmin Rino for its built-in GPS receiver and rugged, waterproof construction that's ideal for outdoor events such as NASCAR races. While the Garmin Rino is heavier than other two-way radios, it comes with a belt clip that makes it easier to carry. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Garmin Rino GPS-Enabled Two-Way Radio, Steve McCormick
Over two dozen owners post reviews of the Garmin here. Most of them have good things to say, though a couple feel that the transmission and reception are a bit weak. One or two are slightly disappointed that the Rino 110 does not come pre-loaded with street maps.
Review: Garmin Rino 110 5-Mile 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Waterproof 2-Way Radio and GPS Receiver, Contributors to Amazon.com