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Tech­nol­ogy has come a long way. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion con­ve­nience has been read­ily avail­able with the push of a but­ton for years. But with Cardo’s new Packtalk Bold, push-but­ton tech­nol­ogy is al­ready be­com­ing passé.

Cardo’s new Packtalk Bold fea­tures voice-ac­ti­vated tech­nol­ogy to the point where lit­er­ally ev­ery­thing on the Blue­tooth com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem is op­er­ated via voice con­trol. In a world where Siri and Alexa are the new taskmas­ters, it makes sense for voice­op­er­ated mo­tor­cy­cle comm set­ups like Cardo’s Bold. Now you can keep your hands where they be­long: on the han­dle­bars!

With Cardo’s new nat­u­ral voice oper­a­tion fea­ture, you will never have to press a but­ton, turn a wheel or move a slider again. Whether you ride with a buddy or in a group of up to 15, a sim­ple “Hey, Cardo” does the trick to get you and your com­mu­ni­ca­tor, well, com­mu­ni­cat­ing.

The Bold also in­cor­po­rates Cardo’s Dy­namic Mesh Com­mu­ni­ca­tion (DMC) tech­nol­ogy, which solves the usual Blue­tooth in­ter­com con­nec­tiv­ity and clar­ity pains. Just set your in­ter­com once and for­get about it, and stay con­nected with au­dio qual­ity that’s crisp and clear. Whether you are rid­ing with a pas­sen­ger or in a group of four to 15, the Bold can han­dle it all.

As for tra­di­tional comm-sys­tem crea­ture com­forts, you still get univer­sal con­nec­tiv­ity with any of the man­u­fac­turer’s comm sys­tems, plus qual­ity sound from the pow­er­ful 40 mm-wide high-def­i­ni­tion speak­ers and spe­cially tuned au­dio pro­ces­sor for play­ing your fa­vorite tunes, and of course, phone call func­tions for when you have to alert the mis­sis you’re run­ning late be­cause you can’t quite end the ride just yet.

There are some new fea­tures worth men­tion­ing too. You can share your mu­sic playlist or fa­vorite ra­dio sta­tion with your pas­sen­ger in case you want to vibe out to Yanni’s great­est hits to­gether. And when it’s nec­es­sary to ad­just set­tings, the Cardo Con­nect app al­lows you to do just that. And the best thing: You can charge the setup while you ride!

Ba­si­cally, Cardo’s new Packtalk Bold fea­tures ev­ery­thing you need to make your ride more en­ter­tain­ing and enjoyable, whether rid­ing solo or with your best buds. We in­stalled the new Packtalk Bold units in a mat­ter of min­utes into two hel­met styles, Arai’s De­fi­ant-x full-face hel­met and Clas­sic-v open-face hel­met, and we were ready to hit the road.

SIN­GLE $329.95 PAIR $579.95 car­dosys­

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