Extremely durable two-way radios for extreme conditions - do they exist? Yes, absolutely, and if you want the most rugged radios available, look to the U.S. military. Radios that meet military specification MIL-STD-810 are specially designed for the battlefield, and they're built to withstand harsh environments. IP ratings are another standard for designating two-way radio toughness. When you see either or both listed in a walkie-talkie's specifications, you know you're getting a radio that has been tested under the toughest conditions.
Tough, Durable MIL-STD-810 Two-Way Radios
What does it mean when a two-way radio conforms to Military Standards 810 C, D, E F and G? It means that the radios have been tested for resistance to vibration, shock, dust and extreme temperatures. Radios such as the Motorola DLR1060 digital radio and the Motorola RMU2080 UFH radio meet these rigorous MIL-STD-810 specifications. They also have an extremely durable polycarbonate housing with built-in antimicrobial properties that inhibit bacteria growth.
Two-Way Radios with IP-54/55 Compliance
Ingress Protection (IP) is a rating system that tests the device's level of protection from particles and water. IP54 indicates protection from limited dust and water spray from any direction. IP55 indicates protection from limited dust and low-pressure jets of water from any direction. The Motorola RMU2080 meets both MIL-STD-810 and IP-55. Other walkie-talkies that meet these extremely high standards include the Motorola RDV5100, Motorola RDU4100, Motorola RMV2080 and Motorola RMM2050. If you want a walkie-talkie that's weather-proof but also economically priced, check out the Motorola Talkabout Radios. With compliance to IP54, they are designed for family and personal use, operating on the Family Radio Service (FRS) frequency band. This particular radio service doesn't require an FCC license. They're not as heavy duty as the business radios, but they will provide some degree of weather protection at a lower cost.