“Rocky Talkie” is, if nothing, a catchy phrase. And if you imagine the name foretells a review of a plasticky, gimmicky, cheap handheld radio, stop reading. These radios are at once compact and robust: A toy it is not.
For now, Rocky Talkie is a single product Colorado-based company. They sell the $95.00 eponymous Rocky Talkie – a radio in the FRS class of handheld two-way radios. Like all FRS radios including the industry-standard BCA Link 2.0 or ubiquitous Motorolas, you don’t need a license to operate the Rockie Talkie.
The basic stats present a simple handheld unit with five buttons, a minimal antenna, a legit Mammut carabiner, a burly backup leash in the event you drop it, and a savvy rubberized impact-proof case. The complete industrial design package weighs 220g and is 16.2 x 5.9 x 2.7 cm.
The BCA Link 2.0, by comparison, is a two-piece unit featuring a main body and attached speaker/mic and weighs approximately 340 grams. (We’ll have a review of the Link 2.0 in the next few weeks.)