CHATTERBOX ATV HELMET COMMUNICATORS
X2 SLIM-P LONG RANGE ATV GMRS/FRS HELMET COMMUNICATOR.
So easy that even a 9 year old can use it!
After the passing of Less Collett and the closing of Collett Communicator in 2019 we here at TheATVSuperStore.com have been searching for a easy to use system to keep in contact with our group while on the trail. Something that is so easy even a 9 year old can use it. After testing several units over the years we have finally found a system that is easy to use and works as stated!
Arizona trail testing of the Chatterbox X2 Slim-P Long Range ATV
Written By: Thor Dahl-Lowe
Even when part of a large group, riding is primarily a solo adventure. There are times we really appreciate the quiet shelter of our helmet while the machine beneath us carries us far from everyday life and to a place that recharges one's soul. Anyone who has spent much time on the trails knows this feeling well. At other times though we want to share the adventure with our riding buddies or just talk about whatever we find along the trail, but unless you’ve got a helmet communication system you’re out of luck. Recently we tried a communication system from Chatterbox that fills that requirement and more.
Helmet communication systems are nothing new, but many are bulky, they can’t be worn with a helmet, and they require extra cords. The Chatterbox Communicator systems are designed to avoid all that and they’ve got several models to choose from. We opted for the X2 Slim and highlights of the kit are:
QUAD TO QUAD COMMUNICATION
· Intended Users: Single users or Large Group
· Maximum range of communication: 5 Miles
· Maximum number of users in communication: Unlimited
· Communication method: GMRS/FRS 2-way Radio
· Compatible devices: X1 Slim, X1BT, X1, X2, X2 Slim
RIDER TO PASSENGER COMMUNICATION
· Rider to Passenger communication via Intercom (purchase the universal headset and the extension cable.)
· Share music with rider (wired)
BLUETOOTH FEATURES WITH REMOTE CONTROL (AVRCP)
· Answer and create phone calls
· Stream music from a Bluetooth compatible device
· Stream voiced navigation from a smart-phone or GPS
· Remote control (AVRCP)
· FM Radio feature: YES
· Battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion
· Water resistant casing
Installation was super easy and we opted to install the X2 Slim-P Long Range kit on two new, 3/4 face helmets. It was no problem threading the small speakers into our helmets, and the Micro Blaster speaker pods fit snugly into the open ear space between padding. The master control unit easily fastens to the side of the helmet using a cradle mounting bracket, and all we needed to do was charge it up and hit the trails. Total installation time was about five minutes!
Ride with a Buddy
Chatterbox should get an award for the simplicity of this system: It’s super easy to understand and with only one button to get you started you’re ready to go in no time. When on the trail there is no fumbling with buttons either as the system is voice activated which means the instant anyone talks it picks up the sound and cuts out anything in the background. All you have to do is talk! Our system came with a boom microphone we positioned inside the front of our helmet, but there is a boomless option as well. When not having a conversation you can also listen to music from your mobile device, but it also has the ability to automatically answer calls from your phone. As long as you don’t ride past cell coverage you’ll still be connected to the rest of the world. Then again, there are times we want to ride beyond where any phone can reach us.
Our real-world test of the X2 Slim-P Long Range taught us several things about the system. We found the noise cancelling features of the system worked well and really cut down or eliminated any wind noise. Overall battery life was very good, and we managed to get 9 hours of riding from a charge and still has some juice left. Although Chatterbox says it’s possible to get 5 miles of range from the system, we found our range was about a 1.5 miles through the mountain trails. More than enough space to keep us from driving in a dust path although that is likely determined by terrain, battery charge, and even weather. Still 1.5 miles is awesome and most of our group riding is much closer than that.
A New Trail Tool
We’re always looking for new products to make our ride more enjoyable and safe. Being able to communicate with your friends and family on the trail is an important safety feature. No more having to turn your head to see how the kids are doing. Now you just simply ask via your communicator! The Chatterbox communicator from Chatterbox is one accessory that will work with whatever you are riding, with every brand, and at any time of the year. We’ve been using ours with ATVs and UTV's. This will even aid snowmobilers in making those weekend adventures better!
Any questions on this product please feel free to give us a call at 815-321-3888. We test and use what we sell and only sell the best!