Two-Way Radios: Ratings of Sources
Total of 11 Sources
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FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio Shootout
by Lisa Densmore
Our AssessmentLisa Densmore tests four two-way radios in this review. She includes good detail about testing, which covers use while skiing, hiking, bushwhacking, in and out of cars and at varying controlled distances. Densmore and her testers also evaluate each model for intuitive operation and ergonomics. Each of the models evaluated receives a balanced, but overall positive assessment.
2-Way Radios Gear Reviews
by Editors of Field and Stream
Our AssessmentThe editors of this outdoors magazine include reports on two-way radios among their reviews of other outdoor gear. Though the reviews are short, they appear to be based on hands-on testing, and a rating is provided. High points and low points are specifically called out. Though it looks like it's been a while since a two-way radio has been reviewed, several of the models covered here remain current.
by Contributors to TwoWayRadioForum.com
Our AssessmentThis user forum features many two-way radio and accessory reviews. One reviewer in particular, a moderator who goes by "jwilkers," says many detailed reviews that make it clear some hands-on testing was conducted. Other contributors also comment on radios, but the quality of those reviews varies. This forum offers more useful information about two-way radios than other user-review sites, such as Amazon.com, but fewer models are discussed and rated. Except for one review that's not terribly helpful, the latest reviews are from 2010, though many of the discussed models are still available.
2-Way Radios Review -- FRS, Talkabout, Ham, More for Backcountry Skiing
by Lou Dawson
Our AssessmentThis intelligent blog post from an experienced backcountry skier and ski mountaineer covers the pros and cons of lower-end two-way radios and recommends a few models, based on dozens of models tested over an unspecified number of years. He also recommends a few key points to look for when shopping for a two-way radio.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com offers lots of models of two-way radios. Some only receive a handful of reviews, but others have garnered hundreds. Like all user-review sites the reports at Amazon.com vary greatly in quality, but the site remains a good place to see how happy consumers are after they've used their two-way radios for a while. Several models are standouts for maintaining high ratings following a substantial number of reviews.
by Contributors to BassPro.com
Our AssessmentBassPro.com, the website for Bass Pro Shops, sells almost 20 models of two-way radios, and most have received at least a couple of reviews. Three models receive a score of 3.9 stars or better; user feedback typically includes pros and cons plus a few brief comments.
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentNewegg.com lists several hundred two-way radios, but very few of them have received many user reviews. A few, however, have received enough feedback to at least give a glimpse of how they perform.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com offers several brands and models of two-way radios. User reviews are brief but contain quite a bit of pertinent information, such as how long the customer has had the radio and how often it is used. Most two-way radios only get a few ratings and reviews, but others draw substantial feedback.
by Contributors to Cabelas.com
Our AssessmentThis popular outdoor retailer offers quite a few models of two-way radios for sale, and most have received at least one or two reviews. However, some standouts with more extensive feedback and good ratings can be spotted.
by Contributors to GanderMountain.com
Our AssessmentGanderMountain.com sells a small selection of two-way radios. While most get just one or two reviews, some have more than a dozen. While the reviews vary in credibility and length, most offer useful commentary on both the pros and cons of a particular model.
by Contributors to REI.com
Our AssessmentREI.com sells a few two-way radios and quite a few accessories. Of those radios, just three stand out with a 4-star or better rating after three or four informative reviews. Although this isn't a lot to go on, the reviews contain enough detail to give a glimpse into how these radios perform.