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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down the best radios at REI After testing some cruddy Motorola radios (see separate review) that failed, these Midland's were a refreshing delight. We had coverage all the way up to and over the crest leading to Mt. Whitney, with excellent reception and quality. At one point, we began to get some cross chatter from other climbers, and simply enabled the Group feature and had just direct communication with no other parties for the rest of our trip. The batteries lasted for days on end, the weather alert function is very cool and the fact that it comes with a car charger is a huge help. I would hands down recommend these again and again as the best radios that REI carries.
Date published: 2009-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great radios I have used these things more than I thought. I bought these initially for hunting. I have used them scouting, hunting, 4x4ing, road trips, fishing, working, and more. They get great reception so far. I have been from the Arizona desert to the rocky mountains in Colorado and they worked great. I just went on a road trip for 22 hours and the battery lasted for one day of constant use between me and my buddies truck. The head sets are not so great as far as comfort. after the first day on the trip my ear was raw so I bought some of the rubber style security ear buds and they are awesome.
Date published: 2013-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Radio's got this for my camping trips and emergency kit. great reception in the deep woods and even better reception with a clear line of sight! as for easy to program these radios are breeze (i suggest reading the manual before programming its very user friendly). also these radios do have a VOX function in case you were wondering. not sure what's up with the other reviews, but my set has'nt failed me yet and ive owned mine for about 2 1/2 years and still running strong. also picked up the tactical camo push to talk headsets which are great for hunting (added you turn off all the sounds when programming)
Date published: 2012-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent choice These things rock. Only two cons I think are that the antenna makes them awkward to store in a pocket. I have seen other nice models where the antenna folds down. Almost too many programming options - we just pick an open channel and keep it there. They work well on the ski slopes even when we are on different peaks and are much handier than trying to fumble with a cell phone which probably won't get receptions anyway. These also work well in the woods on hikes or camping even in places that have zero line of sight. The whisper mode is a cool feature that lets you whisper but still comes out like normal speaking on the other end. On windy days just use electrical tape to attach a thin piece of foam across the speaker/mic and problem solved.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing: not waterproof, bad menus They claim to be weatherproof, but mine weren't. I hiked in a drizzle so light I didn't even stop for raingear, and both radios died. I shut them off and brought them home, let them thoroughly dry out (for months!) before recharging them, and they still didn't work. Prior to their premature death, I found the menus impossible to decifer. I could not navigate the menus without having the users manual with me. I'm going back to Motorola Talkabouts. They're a little more expensive, but their durability is better and their menus are easy to figure out, even when you're miles from the users manual.
Date published: 2012-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Privacy Codes and Channels "Privacy Codes" only restrict what you receive, not what others receive. For example, if you transmit on channel 2 with a privacy code, anyone listening on channel 2 can hear you if their privacy codes are not enabled. During receive on channel 2 with a privacy code set, only transmissions on channel 2 using that privacy code will trigger your receivers speaker. A more accurate description of these codes is Do Not Disturb Codes.
Date published: 2010-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Used for motorcycle communications BACKGROUND: Used these for a motorcycle trip for bike-to-bike commo. PRO: - The sound was clear - VOX worked good, especially considering the noise of a motorcycle environment - battery worked all day (10+ hrs) the first day CON: - figuring out the buttons is a bit of a challenge. - 2-pin mic/headphone jack is a PITA to match with other cables if you're not just carrying these, but plugging into a comms system mixer like on a motorcycle - They weren't waterproof enough to withstand all-day drizzle. Mine was fine, but my friend's went hot-mic on the 2nd day. - Headsets are uncomfortable just on your head. Under a helmet, they're awful - Headset mics are clearly not waterproof. Mine failed 1st day. My friend's on the 2nd day. DISCUSSION: - Somewhat large compared to other solutions - Charger cradle is bit dumb if you only have two. Being able to use AA as well as the rechargeables is a plus though.
Date published: 2013-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It sure is fun! We got these to work for base camp and exploring. While, we were in a hilly valley, we got about 1.5 miles apart, until the hills blocked us. We also used them for driving- co-pilot to co-pilot. In traffic, we got about 3 miles from each other- again, in a hilly area. But it did work for what it was needed, for the most part. Battery charged FAST, and HELD super long! (One charge lasted us 4 days!) I guess their range is measured on flat surfaces- which, now that Im typing this- would be great for boating on the lake, to base camp....
Date published: 2014-07-18
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Questions & Answers

Planning a family trip to Glacier and would like something to communicate with family if we get separated on the trail. Do I need to get an FCC license? How long does that take and cost? Can you apply on line and get it same day?

Asked by: Tall Guy
Yes, you need the license if you are using the more powerful GMRS channels. As of June 2017, the price is $70 for five years. Members of the family are included. Go to the FCC website to register and get the license. It normally takes 3 – 4 business days to receive the electronic license.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-19

The Midland website says that the following are "what's in the box." Is this the same contents I get if I buy from REI? Pair of Radios Belt Clips Pair of Headsets Lithium Polymer Battery Packs Desktop Charger AC Adapter DC Adapter Owner's Manual

Asked by: LDog
The GXT1000VP4 2-Way Radios - 2 Pack includes two radios, rechargeable batteries, dual desk charger, AC adapter, mic headsets, belt clips and owner's manual.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-28

What is the approximate battery life on this radio set?

Asked by: lawsont96
If the radio use is 5% of the time transmitting, 5% receiving and 90% in standby, the rechargeable batteries should last about 15 hours. For the alkaline, about 25 hours.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08

Looking at buying a portable charging station and need to know the watt-hour demand for the rechargeable battery option in these radios

Asked by: JoMama
​We're sorry this information is not available and we encourage you to contact the vendor Midland.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-02
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