The Cardo Packtalk Edge, which debuted in April, takes helmet communications from being fiddly gadgets to genuine group ride assets. The little device is more streamlined than its predecessor. Cardo eliminated the flip-up antenna typical of its units, made the Edge waterproof with a magnetic attachment system, and improved audio quality through a partnership with JBL. And the Edge adds second-generation mesh networking. All told, it’s a significant upgrade on the company’s already excellent Packtalk Bold.
It’s the mesh network (Dynamic Mesh Communication, in Cardo’s parlance) that makes good on the promises of in-helmet chat. Packtalk units can connect and reconnect with no drama whatsoever—the devices simply re-link when turned on or when back in range of paired units. The Edge also works with Cardo’s existing DMC units. It has a 13-hour battery life and fast charging through USB-C—a full charge takes only around two hours.
The same now-standard capabilities, like FM radio and music via Bluetooth, are still included. The new hardware is thinner and more streamlined. Alongside promised improvements to the natural voice assistant capability, the Cardo Packtalk Edge pushes helmet comms toward becoming road-trip essentials. The Cardo Packtalk Edge has an MSRP of $389.95 for the single and $699.95 for the duo.