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January 31, 2013

Gear Review: Motorola Talkabout MS355R Radios

By Kirk Deeter

Two-way radios are a great way to stay in touch when fishing. I've been using them more and more recently—part of that is safety-related. I typically like to work my own stretch of river, but I like to have buddies around. If somebody takes a fall, the others can help. And then there are simple advantages like, "I left my spool of 5X in the truck, mind if I walk down and borrow some of yours?" or "Hey, the blue-winged olives are starting to hatch up here, keep your eyes peeled." 

My favorite scenario is sight fishing as a team: One angler in the water, and another on a high bank calling in the shots like a forward artillery observer, whispering into the ear piece of the caster (because I do think shouting spooks fish), "Next shot... three feet upstream, and two feet left of the last drift."

I tested the new Motorola Talkabout MS355R radios and they are now my favorite of any I have used or reviewed for Field & Stream. The number one feature is that they're waterproof. Drop them in the river, and you don't have to worry. They also float, so you can find them after they fall in without going swimming yourself. They're not too heavy or bulky, though the electronics are indeed beefy, offering a 35-mile range in flat terrain. In the river canyons, I've been able to reach out for a mile or more, which is better than most options. And the rechargeable 3.6 volt batteries should last through a typical fishing day, even if you're a prolific chatter.

As I typically do when I field test radios, I turned this set over to my 12-year-old son and his buddy, and let them do their worst. They're still crystal clear after being dropped on rocks, left in snow banks, and subjected to sub-freezing temperatures overnight.  

Another great feature is the price. They are just under $100 for a set of two. When considering the durability, range and performance features like weather channels and privacy settings, this strikes me as a darn good deal.

I have a thing about cell phones on the river, or in a drift boat. They're okay for calling in emergencies or making sure your shuttle is in the right place at the right time. So I typically carry mine in a waterproof bag. But it stays tucked away. Somehow two-way radios are more appropriate. If you feel the same way, for the money, the Motorola Talkabout MS355R is a good choice.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

I have used the Motorola Talkabout's for years. Just clip one on your left shoulder and you can stay in touch with your buddy. Much easier to use than a cell phone.

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Very nice, guys. The talkabouts are nice. 1 mile in real world terrain is a great range!

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from -Bob wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Sadly, the cellphone has overtaken FRS radio (at least here in the densely-populated East). I haven't carried my Talkabout in a couple of years. Text messaging seems to have become the modality of choice...which is still a little weird. I haven't yet gotten accustomed to getting messages from my wife while I'm perched up in a tree.

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from Donald Kamplin wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

these are pretty much junk, I purchased a pair for hunting, and they will not work when the temp is below freezing. the will not transmit, I could here my buddy talking to me , but he could not here me. they mite be ok for fishing in florida, but not for cold weather hunting! the same for both radios.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

I have used the Motorola Talkabout's for years. Just clip one on your left shoulder and you can stay in touch with your buddy. Much easier to use than a cell phone.

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Very nice, guys. The talkabouts are nice. 1 mile in real world terrain is a great range!

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from -Bob wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Sadly, the cellphone has overtaken FRS radio (at least here in the densely-populated East). I haven't carried my Talkabout in a couple of years. Text messaging seems to have become the modality of choice...which is still a little weird. I haven't yet gotten accustomed to getting messages from my wife while I'm perched up in a tree.

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from Donald Kamplin wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

these are pretty much junk, I purchased a pair for hunting, and they will not work when the temp is below freezing. the will not transmit, I could here my buddy talking to me , but he could not here me. they mite be ok for fishing in florida, but not for cold weather hunting! the same for both radios.

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