Two-way radios might seem absurdly retro, but having an open channel of communication can be priceless on a multipitch climb or when trekking through rainforest in Costa Rica. The latest of the breed, the Motorola MT352R, has serious range (up to 35 miles) and is good for 15 hours of nonstop chatter. The handsets charge via USB, include mini-flashlights, and pick up NOAA weather radio. QUIRKS+CONCERNS: They’re fat, which can crowd a climbing harness or bulk up the chest pocket of a parka. They also expose you to a scathing barrage of mall-cop jokes.
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