Backpacker - - Snow Safety -

OUR TAKE Pretty much ev­ery­body who’s skied in the back­coun­try knows about the Link. The ra­dio, which has a wal­let-size base that you stow in your pack and a com­puter mouse-size mic, has been the best op­tion for recre­ational users—un­til now. The up­graded 2.0 is smaller, more weath­er­proof, and more pow­er­ful.

THE DE­TAILS The 2.0s can com­mu­ni­cate up to 6 miles apart in moun­tain­ous ter­rain—a sig­nif­i­cantly greater range than their pre­de­ces­sors—let­ting us check in on one an­other on a trip in Col­orado’s Elk Moun­tains. Wa­ter­proof screens in­side the speak­ers pre­vent snow from clog­ging the mic (an is­sue with the old model), and the 2.0’s recharge­able bat­tery lasts about four days in the cold (400 hours in standby mode). The 2.0s have the same user-friendly de­sign (just three glove-friendly knobs for vol­ume, chan­nel, and talk mode).

TRAIL CRED “They can talk to the orig­i­nal Links (and other FRS/ GMRS ra­dios), so I was able to com­mu­ni­cate with my friends on a tour in Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park, even though they had the old ones,” one tester says. $180 (each); 12 oz.; back­coun­try­ac­

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