If you’ve ever spent any time in the backcountry either hiking or camping, you likely already know that using cell networks to stay in contact isn’t always reliable. This can make communication with the rest of your party — let alone friends and family back home — a real challenge. For those adventurous few who truly do go to the ends of the Earth, a satellite phone overcomes these challenges. But for the rest of us, good old-fashioned two-way radios (aka walkie-talkies) remain an efficient and affordable option.
Thankfully, there are hundreds of models to choose from, most of which won’t break the bank. Here are five of the best walkie-talkies currently available.