The Cobra CXT 1035R FLT is a weather-proof, waterproof floating walkie talkie. It performed well up to a mile, includes all the major features we looked for, as well as some additional features, rugged design and a comfortable grip, making it a great choice for short-range communication.
Pros: This walkie talkie is truly waterproof and floated perfectly in our test, unlike the T600 H2O that made testers nervous it might sink. Cobra offers a specific feature with the CXT 1035R called Rewind-Say-Again, which allows you to play back the previous 20 seconds of any incoming message, which is incredibly handy if a message comes in when you’re unprepared or in a noisy surrounding. Its ergonomic design was the favorite of testers, even with a heavier 7.8oz model, and over shorter distances ranging from half to a full mile, its clarity was among the best.
Cons: While this two-way radio transmitted up to 2 miles, communication started to become spotty over 1.5 miles.
Bottom Line: This walkie talkie isn’t the best choice for long distances or obstructed line of sight, but for short distance, especially on water, this is a solid choice.
Best for: Communication over shorter ranges; confident on-water communication
Key Attribute: Features
- 2662 channel combinations
- NOAA weather and alert
- Rubberized Grips
- Built-in LED flashlight
- Micro-USB cable, dock charger & rechargeable AA NiMH batteries included