The Cardo Packtalk Bold has just gotten a little edgier, and it still has the same great features as the Bold. For the longest time, Team MotoDeal as well as a bevy of riders in the Philippines and around the world, have grown to enjoy the Dynamic Mesh Communications (DMC) technology that Cardo Systems have been pioneering ever since. Whether you find yourself out on an adventure-tourer going far, or whether you’re blasting in the canyons with your sportbike, group rides are made all the better thanks to Cardo.
DMC offers riders the opportunity to seamlessly pair an intercom system with one another allowing everyone to know what’s up without the need to use hand signals. Up to 15 riders at a time can pair in a group conference, which makes it ideal if you’re looking for buddies to talk to on the way to your destination. On top of that, get your turn-by-turn navigation guidance along with your music for the ride.
While the Bold was great for almost any purpose, even in the world of motorsport, Cardo Systems felt the need to upgrade its hero product with an even better version, presenting the Cardo Packtalk Edge. Different from the Bold, the Edge is a sleeker module and the second generation communicator that will pick up where the Bold left off.
As for its specifications, the Edge will feature a new Bluetooth 5.2 chip for enhanced connectivity as well as an upgraded Natural Voice Operation engine that allows for “Hey Cardo” commands to be better heard and interpreted by the device. The pairing process will also be upgraded and simpler and connectivity will be vastly improved, indicated by the fact that Cardo did not feel the need to attach an antenna to the comms system unlike what we got with the Bold.
For inside the helmet, the Edge features a new set of redesigned JBL speakers that allow users to fine-tune the audio with three brand-new sound profiles. The mic also got an upgrade and now features better noise-canceling properties. The new magnetic Air Mount makes the system more versatile than ever and able to adapt to just about any helmet that you want it in.
“This latest offering is testament to Cardo’s three pillars – quality, purposeful innovation, and user-first. Innovation is in our company DNA and we’re proud to translate that into a product for fellow motorcyclists.”
For pricing, the Packtalk Edge will be priced at about P20,000 on Cardo’s website ($389.95 USD) for a single unit, and about P36,000 ($699.95 USD) for a pair. No word yet on local availability, but expect the price in the country to hover around what’s stated on Cardo’s website for the time being. If you’re not totally set on the price, then perhaps the standard Bold will do you well, though if you want the cutting-edge design plus tech and that USB-C port, then it might be worthwhile to consider this newest communicator from Cardo.