Up until now, I’ve been using freebie “walkie talkies” on the trails and they have performed as about as expected. You definitely get what you pay for (or didn’t), and it was time for an upgrade!
The Midland Radio X-Talker set is an awesome, entry-level setup for anyone. Not everyone is ready to take the plunge and invest time or money into high-powered radios, including me. What these provide is a solid, clear communication line between you and your buddies - perfect for spotting on the trails.