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What’s the best two-way communication system for the price?

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  • What’s the best two-way communication system for the price?

    And is there a hack, like using your phone somehow?

    I have a new instructor, and she’s great, but is just starting out after relocating, and working at a H/J barn. It would be nice to be able to hear her! She doesn’t have a system of her own, but I’m thinking I might get one to use for all my lessons. My hearing is not what it used to be.
    A helmet saved my life.

    2017 goal: learn to ride like TheHorseProblem, er, a barn rat!
  • Original Poster

    CeeCoach looks affordable, but I can’t find any reviews anywhere.
    A helmet saved my life.

    2017 goal: learn to ride like TheHorseProblem, er, a barn rat!


    • #3
      My instructor has a device which I plug my own sport earbuds in. These go around my ears and the speakers are in my ears. I wear glasses and a helmet with them.

      The little box it plugs into clips on my jodhpurs.

      At his end he can turn the volume up and down. I can hear him. He has hearing the riders turned off as all he hears is deep breathing!

      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


      • #4
        We use our cell phones. I have a wireless blue tooth and my trainer uses traditional headphones. She calls me and off we go. Works great. I use a Motorola Boom blue tooth that sounds good. Others in our barn have their own bluetooths - some work better than others - some my trainer can hear too much breathing/background.


        • #5
          Just install an Intercom app on both your phones. (bluetooth - so you don't have to "call")

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          • #6
            My coach uses the CeeCoach - it is inexpensive, and works pretty well. Interestingly, it works BETTER in an indoor/covered arena - sometimes in an outdoor, it cuts out when you get too far away. I think the only other downside to it - you have to plug the entire unit in to recharge it, so you can't have a set of spare batteries on hand and swap them out when the battery goes low. I like that it is 2-way (versus the Comtech) - so I don't have to yell back. OTOH, she can hear everything I say, hahahaha...


            • Original Poster

              I checked out the walkie talkie apps, but I can’t find one that is Android/iOS compatible.

              Does anyone know of one?
              A helmet saved my life.

              2017 goal: learn to ride like TheHorseProblem, er, a barn rat!


              • #8
                Android/IOS and Bluetoothable.

                Not Bluetooth though.

                PRICE = $0.00

                PS; if you have Bluetooth 5.0, max range is 200 metres.
                Last edited by Equibrit; Aug. 19, 2018, 10:08 AM.
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                  • #10
                    At my barn we have tried them all. The winner?
                    This cheap set from Amazon meant for referees and motorcyclists.


                    For $120, you can get 2 units.
                    If one breaks, simply replace it.
                    Many of the equestrian sets are more expensive and only come in sets of 2.

                    Here are the ones we tried previously:

                    Eartec Simultalk - used to be sold at Dover. Lasted ~6mos then crapped out.

                    OneK, with the rider helmet insert - this one lasted about a year, but it was gross to swap it between riders in back-to-back lessons, and cost prohibitive for each rider to have their own.

                    CeeCoach -- Expensive and fragile - lasted roughly 6mos, the earbuds don't fit everyone super well


                    • #11
                      As others have said, the 'hack' would be your trainer and you both using your phone + bluetooth.

                      Either just having one of you call the other person, or using an app. Equibrit mentioned Intercom. I'm wondering if the skype phone app would work if you have internet access on your phone at your barn.


                      • #12
                        Cheapest "hack" is using your cell phone.

                        Our barn gave up on the CeeCoach - too many issues with parts breaking and poor charging. More on the pricey side but best bang for your buck are the WHIS systems:

                        De officiële website van WHIS het draadloze instructiesysteem voor de ruitersport. Op deze site vindt u een overzicht van de producten die wij leveren, nieuws en een overzicht van onze verkooppunten.
                        *Absolut Equestrian*

                        "The plural of anecdote is not fact...except in the horse industry"


                        • Original Poster

                          Originally posted by ArabDiva View Post
                          At my barn we have tried them all. The winner?
                          This cheap set from Amazon meant for referees and motorcyclists.


                          For $120, you can get 2 units.
                          If one breaks, simply replace it.
                          Many of the equestrian sets are more expensive and only come in sets of 2.

                          So, to be clear, do we each need to buy a device? Also, can I use any earbuds, or just the ones that come with?

                          I love the price!
                          A helmet saved my life.

                          2017 goal: learn to ride like TheHorseProblem, er, a barn rat!


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bristol Bay View Post

                            So, to be clear, do we each need to buy a device? Also, can I use any earbuds, or just the ones that come with?

                            I love the price!
                            yes, you need 2 units -- one for you and one for coach.
                            We have tried using different earpieces with mixed results. some work, some don't. some only work one way (i.e. you can hear but the microphone doesn't work.)


                            • #15
                              Another one here who just uses cell phones. Works like a charm and I find my little ear buds fit better than those “over the ear” ear pieces that come with other systems.


                              • #16
                                Now there are many services like that filter offers from Amazon. There I found myself a $ 64 walkie-talkie and quite satisfied