Gone are those days when you had to ask your fellow bikers to pull over just to figure out the route ahead. Thus we generally waste valuable time stopping by instead of reaching our destination.
But not anymore. All thanks to the helmet communication systems!
These systems connect you with your travel buddies via intercom, along with other features such as music streaming, call access, and GPS voice navigation, taking your adventures to the next level. However, it can be a bit tricky to find the best system amidst several brands in the market. That’s where we come in.
After extensive research and trying out a few products ourselves, we have curated a list of the five best ATV helmet communications systems. We have reviewed them for you to help you make an informed choice. Read on!
5 Best ATV Helmet Communication Systems
An ATV helmet communication system can make your adventures easier by helping you connect with each other anytime and anywhere. The five options we have picked out for you are reviewed on the basis of their features, functions, durability, and price. Let’s go over them in more detail.
#1. Cardo Packtalk
The Cardo Packtalk is a dynamic communications system that allows seamless intercom connection between you and your rider buddies. You can connect with 2-15 people at once to discuss the route or have a conversation in general.
The Cardo Packtalk Bold has a range of 1.6 km (1 mile) and a battery that offers 13 hours of talk time. However, during our test drive, we realized that it actually has a range of about 1 km, which is also decent.
Cardo’s collaboration with JBL provides the communications system with high-quality sound. The speaker’s performance is unrivaled, allowing you to ride with superior audio clarity even with the wind and loud engine sound, courtesy of the noise cancellation feature, which works extremely well.
It allows parallel audio streaming where you can use the intercom and listen to music simultaneously. So, even if you are on a call, music won’t stop in the background.
The unit can be connected to your smartphone as it is compatible with both iOS and Android. You’ll need to download the Cardo Connect App to gain full remote control and command of device settings/presets. You can even pair the non-Cardo headset with the device.
The user can access the GPS voice navigation, make and receive phone calls, and even stream music. The smart audio mixing feature ensures that you can listen to FM radio, make calls, listen to music, and use the intercom all at the same time. Your favorite playlist can be shared with other riders, allowing you to jam out to the same tunes while riding.
The device’s voice recognition feature makes it handy to use and keeps you safe while riding. The rider doesn’t have to pull over every time to use the communications system. All you have to do is say “Hey, Cardo,” followed by the command, and it will jump into action.
It also works with Siri and Google. It can take 20+ commands and in multiple languages, accents, and dialects.
Although the Cardo Packtalk can be easily fitted to all helmets, you’ll have to buy an additional kit for the half helmet. To charge it while on the ride, you can plug it into a battery pack or a 12-volt charger.
The device is waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about sudden weather changes and rainfall. Also, it has a promising two years warranty.
It is available in three different types: bold, slim, and special edition. The Cardo Packtalk Slim has a range of 1.2 kilometers (0.75 miles). The special edition Cardo has the same range as the Bold but a three-year warranty. The unit is easy to set up with the installation kit included in the package. You can either set it yourself or seek professional help at a repair shop near you.
- Can connect 2-15 people at once
- 1Km+ range
- Voice recognition feature
- Superior audio quality
- Compatible with all types of helmets
- Customer support is not good
- Software upgrades may take longer than expected
#2. Sena Motorcycle Bluetooth Helmet Communication System
With the 50S Sena communication system, you can virtually connect to an unlimited number of riders through the Mesh 2.0 feature. It keeps the communication line clear and stable so that messages can be transmitted efficiently.
It supports multichannel communications and can connect up to 24 people in a single group chat. It lets you switch between 9 channels on the go. The device has a range of up to 5 miles / 8 km (minimum 6 riders at 1 mi / 1.6 km intervals).
The 50S is known for its robust and sleek design. The jog dial is glove-friendly, making the device easier to use. However, as it supports voice command, using it becomes completely hands-free and also hassle-free. It also has a USB port, a 2.5mm AUX input, and a 3.5mm headphone socket.
The HD speakers offer superior audio quality along with a boost in volume, bass, and clarity. They have been redesigned to provide the rider with greater physical comfort. The speakers fit easily into the helmet, reducing the possibility of an ear-to-edge chafe.
The system features an ambient mode, which can be activated by pressing the headset’s button. This allows the sound from the surroundings to be heard inside in case you need to stop and ask for directions.
The headset allows up to 9 hours of talk time on mesh intercom and 14 hours on bluetooth intercom. It has a fast-charging battery, 30% faster than its predecessors, and you’ll be on your way with it in as little as 20 minutes.
The package includes a Wi-Fi cable for charging the device as well as downloading and installing new firmware whenever Wi-Fi connectivity is available.
Your smartphone can be connected to the device via Bluetooth 5.0. The voice recognition feature can be activated easily with “Hey, Siri” and “Ok, Google” commands. You get hands-free access to your smartphone through this for calls, stream music, and navigate the route ahead.
Now you don’t have to look at your phone repeatedly and risk your safety or getting caught on a traffic camera. The voice feature supports a total of 8 languages for user convenience, including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. However, it may take some time for the voice command to accept the command, so we recommend you to say it a little louder.
Although it is claimed to be weather resistant, you should rethink using it in the rain. Some users have reported that it completely shuts down, leaving them hanging.
You can download the Sena Utility app on your smartphone and get access to all the 50S features on your screen. The app can be used to create a private mesh group and also switch to open Mesh in a jiffy. You can save the presets of your preferred FM station to access them with ease and also adjust the volume of the device.
- Mesh 2.0 technology
- Can connect up to 24 participants at once
- Voice recognition feature
- Faster charging
- HD speakers for clear audio quality
- Few customers complained about the battery issues
- Not weather resistant, as claimed
#3. Lexin 2pc B4FM Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom
The Lexin Bluetooth communication system is perfect for those traveling in a group of four. You can connect with your travel mates over a voice conference and give them the GPS instructions. It has a range of about 1600 meters for intercom communication, which is quite high in comparison to its competitors in the market.
Even at a top speed of 120 km/h, the noise cancellation technology provides excellent audio quality. You can hear each other and the music clearly even over the loud engine sound.
It features a big button design, allowing you to use the device even with your gloves on. Other than this, the device is compact and won’t take too much space in your helmet. It is compatible with almost all types of helmets.
However, before making a purchase, we recommend that you check to see if the device will fit your helmet type. It has two interchangeable microphones, allowing you to use either a boom microphone with flip-face (convertible) and open face helmets or a button microphone with full-face helmets.
It supports universal pairing, which means you can even connect with any other brand’s intercom.
The system works with the Bluetooth devices that support HSP/HFP (Headset Profile/Hands-Free Profile) and A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) connectivity. As you connect the headset with your smartphone, you’ll get access to calls, stream music, FM radio, and even use GPS navigation.
Through the built-in FM radio, you can receive the latest news about weather and traffic conditions on the go. This even allows you to plan your ride accordingly and take different routes, if necessary.
The device allows you to communicate hands-free, all thanks to its voice recognition feature. It is compatible with Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s S Voice for voice commands. This provides a safer riding experience as well as easy access to smartphone functions.
Your hands will be on the handlebars at all times, and the street cameras will not catch you for violating a traffic rule by talking on the phone.
The Lexin communications system is suitable for long trips owing to its great battery life. You can stream music or talk on it all day without worrying about the battery.
The lithium-ion battery allows you 15 hours of music stream, 8 hours of talk time, and 120 hours of standby time. The device has a Type C charging spot, and it will take around an hour for it to fully charge.
The IP67 waterproof feature of the device makes it easier to use during harsh weather conditions. IP67 means that even if it can be submerged in water for half an hour, it will still work fine. So, even if you are caught in heavy rain, it won’t damage the device. It works in temperatures as low as -15 °F (-9 °C).
The system is beginner-friendly and quite durable. It’s a great buy if you are trying your hands at a Bluetooth communication system for the first time, given its price and quality. Also, it is easy to install without any professional help.
- 1.6 km range
- Noise-canceling feature
- Decent battery life
- Built-in FM radio
- Audio sharing is not allowed
- Pairing can be difficult at times
#4. Cardo Freecom 4 Plus
The Cardo Freecom 4+ is a four-way intercom device with a range of 1.2 km. It allows you to connect with your travel buddies on the go, and you can also pair it with other brand devices. It may take about 120 seconds to pair the device, and in case of heavy disturbances, the range may go low, up to 500 meters.
It is known for its cutting-edge design, which is quite user-friendly. It has a razor-thin wheel to control the volume and three buttons: media, phone, and intercom for easy operation.
It also has a voice recognition feature that can be activated by saying “Hey, Cardo,” and it supports Siri and Google. It accepts over 20 commands in a variety of languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Hebrew.
When you connect the device to your smartphone, you can make calls, listen to music via Spotify or Apple Music, and listen to FM radio. The radio keeps you up to date with the latest news and traffic conditions. It allows audio sharing so that you and your gang can vibe on to the same songs. The FM radio can also be merged with the intercom.
The Cardo Freecom 4+ supports Bluetooth 4.1 that can connect to two channels at the same time. You can use one to connect with your smartphone, another one to the GPS device for easy voice navigation.
The speakers are powered by JBL and offer high audio quality. It has a 3.5 mm audio jack for you to plug in your own earphones or buds. You might be riding at 65 miles per hour and still, the speaker sound would be clearly audible, owing to its noise cancellation feature.
Also, the volume is easily automatically adjusted as per the surroundings.
The device has a battery life of 13+ hours, and it can last up to a week on standby. Also, it takes about four hours to charge via the micro USB port. You can plug it into a power bank or a 12V charger.
It is waterproof with a 1P67 rating, so you don’t have to worry before traveling to regions with high rainfall. It’s also dustproof to combat harsh weather conditions. This adds to the durability of the Cardo Freecom 4+.
You can connect with the Cardo Connect App to gain full access to the device function. The app is simple to install on your smartphone and can be found in both the Google Play and App stores. Pairing with the app is easy and even using it is a cakewalk.
The device is compatible with both full-face and modular helmets. You’ll also need to purchase an additional kit for an open-face helmet. Also, it is easy to install, and you’ll be done in as little as 30 minutes.
- 1.2km range
- Voice recognition feature
- High audio quality with JBL speakers
- 13 hours battery life, one week on standby mode
- Can only connect 4 riders at once
- Doesn’t offer battery replacement
#5. FreedConn TCOM-SC
The FreedConn Bluetooth communication system is a convenient option if you are riding in a group of two or three. The intercom has a range of 800 meters, which is a little short when compared to the competitors. It enables two riders to converse simultaneously but allows pairing up to three.
The device is user-friendly with an LCD screen. It is a reliable product that is easy to set up and ready to use in a matter of minutes.
The device features a DPS echo cancellation and noise suppression technology. The speakers allow crystal clear communication and music even when you ride at 120km/hr as claimed.
However, the audio quality starts to decrease as you go above 80km/hr which is also not too bad. You can adjust the volume as and when required using the jog wheel. The wheel has a button in the middle for you to answer and reject the calls.
The FM radio function keeps you updated with the news of prevailing road and traffic conditions. You can also access radio stations and music while on the go. It can be connected to a smartphone, GPS device, or even an MP3 via Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP.
You can easily receive and hang up the calls with a push of a button. However, if you receive another call while already connected to someone, the device will automatically accept the call, which may not what you want.
Although TCOM-SC doesn’t have the voice recognition feature, it supports voice dialing, and you can command it to redial the last called number. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with Siri and Google.
It allows audio multi-tasking, which means the music doesn’t stop in the background even when you are on a phone call. This feature is not applicable during the intercom call. The communication can be hands-free, and you can even access GPS voice navigation, which prevents the need for you to pull over every time.
The TCOM-SC allows switching between Bluetooth phone, intercom, music, and phone call hassle-free. It has two interchangeable microphones that are compatible with full face, half helmets, flip-face helmets, and most open face helmets that cover ears.
The 400mAh battery gives you 7 hours of talk time on the intercom and 10 with the phone. On standby, the device can last up to 300 hours. It takes about 2 and a half hours for it to charge via a USB cable.
The FreedConn TCOM-SC is water-resistant with an IP65 rating, and a little rain or weather change is not going to damage it. However, in case of heavy rain, we suggest you seek shelter, as the product is not waterproof.
The product is a sunroof and also dustproof, which adds to its durability. Therefore, it will take years before you have to replace this one. Other than ATVs’, it is suitable for motorcycle and snowmobile helmets.
- User-friendly design
- LCD screen
- Decent battery life
- Features noise suppression technology
- Easy to install
- Can only connect 3 riders
- Not waterproof
To sum it up, let us recommend to you the communication system that managed to impress us. Our top pick has to be Sena Motorcycle Bluetooth Helmet Communication System, owing to its Mesh 2.0 feature and ability to connect 24 riders at once. The speakers offer clear audio quality and decent battery life, making the device suitable for long trips.
If you are looking for a budget option, you can go with Lexin 2pc B4FM Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom. It has a user-friendly design and a considerably high range to connect with your travel buddies. However, we suggest you do a little research and purchase a device as per your requirements.