Walkie Talkie Snowboarding radios need to be chosen carefully, to ensure maximum range.
One thing that radio waves don’t like is obstacles, such as hills. This means that unless you use a hilltop repeater to boost the signal to the other side, communications will be line of sight.
For the snowboarder, you are probably looking for something light and compact, that does not need a licence.
The pan European standard, known as PMR 446 is ideal. Radios that comply with the PMR 446 standard are cheaply available from around £25 for a basic Motorola, such as the TLKR4.
PMR 446 walkie talkie snowboarding radios can be used in all EU countries, and are great for short range communications, for instance from the bottom of a slope to the top.
Durability is a key requirement for snowboarding walkie talkies, so the cheapest option, can be a false economy.
IP, or Ingress protection is a rating given to walkie talkies.
The IP rating is an indication of how well the walkie talkie , will keep out dust and moisture, from getting inside the casing.
The higher the IP rating number, the better the radio will be at resisting dust and moisture.
Obviously snow is not as wet as water, however a radio with a higher IP rating will be a good option.
The radio in our opinion should have an IP rating of at least IP55.
An IP55 radio will successfully resist being dropped in snow for short periods, however for total peace of mind a radio with IP67 would be best (can be dropped in water).
Atex radios are probably going to be ‘overkill’, for most snowboarders needs.
ATEX, or ‘Intrinsically Safe’ radios, are designed for safe use in potentially explosive environments.
Therefore unless you will be operating in and around areas that contain flammable liquids, such as gas, then you shouldn’t need ATEX radios.