I had the great pleasure of testing and reviewing the Cobra CXT 1035R FLT (Floating Walkie Talkies) and I am not surprised to find that this product delivered in a big way.
At the time of testing this unit was available for only $99.00 US.
The Cobra CXT 1035R FLT is perfect for anyone who needs to clearly communicate at long ranges, while actively participating in both indoor and outdoor activities. The walkie-talkie is the complete package and I quickly learned why it’s the real leader in its class.
I want to highlight a few features that I really loved about the Cobra CXT 1035R FLT (Floating Walkie Talkies) before I begin to breakdown the many features that Cobra packs into this unit.
I listed the Top 5 great features below that make Cobra CXT 1035R FLT (Floating Walkie Talkies) the best two-way radio on the market:
- This unit is waterproof, floats and a special feature allows you to easily “burp” the speakers to remove any water!
- There is a patented “Rewind-Say-Again” technology, allowing for 20-second rewind!
- This unit has VOX (hands free voice-activation)!
- Each unit has a flashlight and comes fully equipped with AA NiMH chargeable batteries and docking station, but you can also use regular alkaline batteries when away from power sources and unable to recharge units!
- You can pair most walkie-talkies with this unit!
It took me about 15 minutes to fully learn all of the great features that this product provides, but within minutes I was able to find a clear, private channel and get started with my testing. The easy to read manual clearly explains how to use the Rewind-Say-Again technology and listen to the last 20 seconds of conversation, or check the weather band, change VOX sensitivity, set up weather alerts and use the 2662 Channel Combinations to find a private channel to communicate.
Testing the Cobra CXT 1035R FLT (Floating Walkie Talkies)
I started testing this unit while biking and kayaking in open-spaces and then preceded to test near natural obstructions and man-made structures and I found that it performed better than advertised. I also found that this unit out-performed the competition in every category. I couldn’t help but think that these units would be perfect for everything from camping, biking, kayaking, boating, construction sites, security details and during natural disasters.
I then moved on to begin testing distance and clarity. While I wasn’t able to test the advertised 37-mile range, I wasn’t surprised to find that the range while over-water was excellent and clear at the 10+ miles that I tested. I was more amazed to receive clear communication from the 3-mile range while in and around the large condominiums on the beach. I tested without a headset, but still found the sound and clarity to be perfect with each test scenario.
The longer that I tested this unit, the more I feel in love with it and I highly recommend that you consider this unit if you are in the market for a two-way radio.
The unit uses FRS (Family Radio Services) and GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) frequencies, with the latter requiring a license with the FCC. Licensing information can be found here.
UHF/FM Ultra-clear long distance reception.
Up to 37 Mile Range Extended range capability provides up to 37-mile range. (Range will vary depending on terrain and conditions.)
2662 Channel Combinations Available when the 22 channels are combined with the 121 privacy codes (38 CTCSS/83 DCS), these combinations prevent interference from other radios.
FLOATING Never lose your radio. Floating design and orange core makes retrieving the radio easy if dropped in water.
10 NOAA Weather Channels Be prepared for storms and emergencies with the built-in NOAA radio receiver providing coverage of all government operated weather channels.
NOAA Weather Alert In the event of a major storm or other weather condition, NOAA broadcasts a 1050 Hz tone that this microTALK® radio can detect and warn you of a weather alert condition. The radio will emit a tone when weather alert signals are received and will automatically switch to the broadcasting weather channel.
Rated Submersible Meets JIS7 (IPX7) standards; submersible for 30 minutes in one-meter deep water.
Rubberized Grips For more assured handling, helps prevent dropping the radio.
Built-in LED Flashlight Handy illumination located on the bottom of the radio cabinet. S.O.S. LED signal capable.
VOX The user’s voice is detected and the radio transmits without the need to press any buttons, freeing hands for other tasks. Five VOX sensitivity levels allow the user to select at which point the radio will detect their voice.
Patented VibrAlert® Enhanced vibrating feedback to notify you of incoming transmissions.
Battery Saver Circuitry A unique circuit extends the life of the batteries. If there are no transmissions within 10 seconds, the unit will automatically switch to battery saver mode.
Scan Feature Allows the user to scan either channels or privacy codes within a channel to locate conversations in progress.
Key Lock When activated provides keypad security eliminating accidental channel changes.
10 Call Tones Allows the user to differentiate between up to 10 different parties on incoming calls.
Roger Beep Tone Confirmation tone indicates the completion of the user’s transmission, and signals to others it is clear to talk.
Auto Squelch Automatically shuts off weak transmissions or unwanted noise due to terrain or range constraints.
Speaker/Microphone/Charger Jack Allows use of wall charger, or earphone speaker/microphones (not included) for “hands-free” operation.
Keystroke Tone Signal Confirms key activation.
Belt Clip Secures your microTALK® radio while on the go.
1 Year Warranty On radios sold in the U.S.A.
6 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries Comes with 6 AA precharged NiMH and ready-to-use rechargeable batteries. Radios can also be used with 3 AA alkaline batteries per radio (not included).
AC Adapter to Micro-USB Cable Charges supplied rechargeable batteries inside radios directly or through the docking charger.
Two-Port Dock Charger Charges supplied NiMH batteries inside radios. Charger accommodates 1 or 2 radios.
- Dimensions: 7.5”H x 2.4”W x 1.5”D (190.5mm x 60.96mm x 38.1mm)
- Channels: 462.550 MHz-467.7125 MHz
- Packaging Dimensions: 13.10”H x 7.45”W x 2.13”D (332.74mm x 189.23mm x 54.102mm)
- Packaging Weight: 1.76 lbs. (798.3 g.)
- Batteries: 3 AA NiMH pre-charged rechargeable batteries per radio (included) or 3 AA alkaline batteries per radio (not included)
OceanParadise Media Group received no compensation from Cobra for the product we reviewed, but we did receive the product at no charge for the purpose of testing. We test each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.