Our kids are too young for mobile phones, but they are beginning to stretch their legs around the neighborhood enough that my wife and I have begun letting them take family band radios in the basket on their bikes. So far it has worked pretty well, but since there are five of us and only 3 radios, I need to pick up a few more. I prefer Motorola, based on watching my dad carry one in the Air Force on alert, and then as a commander. He would fall asleep in his easy chair and his radio sounding, “TAC operator, paging Col. Blake.” Those radios seemed indestructible.
My experience using them cycling and skiing has been pretty positive as well. Current inventory is one 18 year old orange baby Motorola T5410, and two yellow much newer models, MS350R, which are waterproof and have weather band. The orange one is only good line of sight to about a 1/3 of a mile, the yellow ones much further (advertised 35 miles HA!). Compared to aviation or marine radios, they suck, but I guess that the point.
Does anyone have a suggestion for adding a two to three more (they often come in packs)? Or something better. Counting the seconds until @BeachAV8R responds, as he seems to love outdoor gadgets On the other hand, I can imagine that you military, law enforcement, EMTs, and other professionals who use good radios are probably getting a chuckle out of this. Yes they are slightly better than two cans and twine. FYI, I have an Icom handheld in my flight bag