We also look for various extra features, including a headset jack and an option for hands-free operation. Some walkie talkies have privacy codes and noise cancelling. If you are hunting and need silence, a vibration feature is necessary. Finally, to ensure you don't push the talk button accidentally, you should make sure the radio has a keypad lock and keystroke alert.
If you're planning a backpacking trip, every ounce matters. You should make sure that your walkie talkie won't add too much weight to your pack. Nearly all modern radios include rechargeable batteries and a charger, but if you are planning a longer excursion into the wilderness, you should look for a radio that can also run on disposable batteries. Lastly, make sure you get a waterproof walkie talkie, just in case you drop it in water.
The Midland GXT760VP4 is the oldest walkie talkie of our top 5. The model has been around for years and still gets used as much today as it did in it’s first year, and there are some good reasons for that. Although slightly bigger than most models the GXT series, and the 760VP4 in particular, is known to be extremely reliable and robust. The device seemingly only has five buttons on the front, which is not a lot, but all buttons have a double function when you hold them for over 3 seconds, giving access to a wide range of features. The Midland GXT760VP4 comes with adjustable power settings, weather alerts and call alerts including a roger beep. Additionally, you are able to replace the battery pack with regular alkaline batteries, making sure your walkie talkie is never out of juice.