Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge In-Helmet Evaluation

Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge Evaluation Abstract

The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge is a grand expression of “Katoom” (KTM) fanboy fanaticism, and there’s nothing incorrect with that. If you happen to bleed orange and black, that is for you!
This fancified Packtalk Edge isn’t only a fairly face both. It boasts wonderful battery life, premium JBL audio system, Dynamic Mesh intercom, wi-fi firmware updates, and better of all, unmatched voice command management over all features.
It’s costly, nonetheless suffers from the occasional glitch or two, intercom audio interference can happen, and the Air Mount longevity is unknown, however total I believe that is the most secure and the highest in-helmet communicator I’ve used thus far.


Correct voice command system (~95% accuracy)

Bluetooth can connect with Sena and different off-brand units for intercom wants

Wonderful battery life

Mesh and Bluetooth communication techniques work effectively

JBL audio system have clear, above-average sound high quality

USB C charging cable

Over-the-air updates are tremendous handy

The Cardo Join app has an incredible number of settings

Waterproof, dustproof, and resists chilly/warmth effectively

The magnetic “Air Mount” is ingenious and holds securely

Additionally accessible in a Honda-branded model


Some microphone placement points had been encountered throughout testing

The management buttons will be troublesome to find whereas sporting gloves

Voice management accuracy is affected noticeably by how noisy your helmet is

The charging indicator mild turns off when the battery reaches 100%

That KTM badge typically prices $30 US extra to purchase than a regular Packtalk Edge machine

The Air Mount protrudes outwards greater than competitor units

Air Mount long-term sturdiness?

Connecting a number of riders within the app must be easier

Evaluation Abstract:

  • The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge is a bluetooth helmet communicator with nice battery life, premium audio system, and Dynamic Mesh know-how. It additionally gives wonderful voice management.
  • The Cardo Packtalk Black gives lots of the similar options with a cheaper price tag, however the KTM Packtalk Edge is a superior machine by advantage of its superior know-how like wi-fi firmware updates.
  • It’s comparatively costly in comparison with different intercom techniques, however if you happen to’re in search of a premium helmet communicator, the KTM Packtalk Edge is without doubt one of the finest we’ve ever reviewed. It’s additionally accessible in a Honda-branded model.

First Impressions of the KTM Packtalk Edge

The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge box.
The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge field.

Open the field of the Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge and also you’ll be dazzled by the eye-popping, brilliant orange housing this aesthetically enhanced communicator wears. The orange pops visually when in comparison with the comparatively drab grey-colored housing discovered on the bottom mannequin Packtalk Edge.

As everybody is aware of, placing the KTM brand on something provides 10% extra horsepower, however detractors declare it additionally negatively impacts reliability. For die-hard KTM riders, I’m positive that’s a value they’re keen to pay.

The Cardo KTM PT Edge in its box.
The Cardo KTM PT Edge in its field.

On a severe be aware, this machine appears well-built, though the whole lot I can contact on it’s fully fabricated from plastic with a little bit of rubber on the rotary change and charging port cowl. That makes it light-weight, however will it even be sturdy? Will it degrade and collapse after long-term publicity to UV mild, rain, chilly, warmth, grime, mud, and dust? Is it even made for journey driving?

The Cardo KTM PT Edge in its box.
Cardo says they wouldn’t have printed KTM on it if it wasn’t.

The Testing Circumstances

As a way to correctly discipline check the KTM Edge, my plan was to take it on a protracted and taxing journey journey in the true world. Particularly, on a 5000-mile (8100 km) experience from Canmore, Alberta, Canada southwards, maintaining primarily off-road alongside the Continental Divide Path earlier than ending on the Mexico border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, will all be featured as lovely backdrops alongside the best way as effectively.

The north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona was a beautiful sight to see.
The north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona was a ravishing sight to see.

That’s precisely the way it went.

Temperatures throughout my testing ranged from a low of 41 Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) to a excessive of 102 Fahrenheit (39 Celsius). The KTM Edge braved excessive winds, loads of mud, and heavy rain at instances, however the parts proved inconsequential to its efficiency over the 18 days used to finish our journey.

Thank You Cardo!

Five friends at the Mexican border safely thanks in large part to the Cardo Packtalk Edge.
5 pals arrived safely on the Mexican border thanks largely to the Cardo Packtalk Edge.

Our Cardo contacts Kasey and Zach had been so assured within the Edge they despatched us 5 extra base mannequin units without charge to equip the remainder of my driving group for this journey of a lifetime. This fashion we couldn’t solely keep safer by maintaining the 6 of us related verbally utilizing the Dynamic Mesh intercom function but in addition permitting a wider pattern of the product for testing. In my thoughts, that yields extra correct outcomes.

Putting in the KTM Packtalk Edge in Completely different Helmets

Klim Krios Professional

The lineup of jackets and helmets used on the long ride south to the Mexico border.
The lineup of jackets and helmets used on the lengthy experience south to the Mexico border.

Three members of our workforce (myself included) wore Klim Krios Professional helmets on this journey. The Edge was a superb slot in all three sizes (Medium, Massive, and XL). I popped it in my helmet and caught the velcro-backed JBL audio system on to the microsuede-lined speaker pockets.

A JBL speaker installed in a Klim Krios Pro helmet.
A JBL speaker put in in a Klim Krios Professional helmet.

The Krios Professional has an ideal location proper above the chin bar vent to mount the button-style microphone and there’s a gap within the neck roll to route wires from the Air Mount bracket on the outside to the inside the place the speaker and microphone connections are housed. Set up took about quarter-hour.

The Cardo Packtalk Edge button microphone installed in a Klim Krios Pro helmet
The Cardo Packtalk Edge button microphone put in in a Klim Krios Professional helmet.

My helmet and the Cardo KTM Edge paired up particularly effectively from a visible perspective because it has the Loko Putting Gray sample which mirrors the orange/black KTM Edge color scheme. It was a match made in heaven!

The Klim Krios Pro in Loko Striking Grey is a perfect match for the Cardo KTM PT Edge.
The Klim Krios Professional in Loko Putting Gray is an ideal match for the Cardo KTM PT Edge.

Scorpion EXO AT950

There have been two Scorpion EXO AT950 modular helmets (ADX-2 exterior North America) within the group. The homeowners outfitted the boom-style microphone in lieu of the button-style mic of their flip-front lids. Once more, no points with mating the Cardo with these helmets.

The Cardo PT Edge installed in Greg’s Scorpion AT950 helmet.
The Cardo PT Edge put in in Greg’s Scorpion AT950 helmet. Photograph by Greg Phillips.

Sadly, one of many increase mics was non-functional proper out of the field, however we had 3 spare, unused ones from the Krios Professional wearers’ kits. A guaranty declare was made by way of the standard Cardo channels and a alternative mic arrived 4 weeks later. That wasn’t essentially the most stellar instance of a speedy alternative, to make sure, and I hope Cardo improves on it.

Arai XD-4 (Tour X4)

The Arai was the one helmet that gave us points with the Edge set up.

Ian’s Arai XD-4 helmet had too much airflow coming in the chin bar vent for the boom mic to handle.
Ian’s Arai XD-4 helmet had an excessive amount of airflow coming within the chin bar vent for the increase mic to deal with.

We simply couldn’t discover a good location for the microphone to take a seat the place it wouldn’t be selecting up some wind noise at freeway speeds. We tried each the increase and button mics to no avail, and ultimately, all of us simply discovered to dwell with the whistling wind noise always accompanying Ian’s witty banter out on the street.

The identical subject was there with the Sena 10C Evo microphone I experimented with in my very own Arai XD-4, so I’m constructive it’s a attribute of the helmet and never a fault of the Cardo.

High quality of the Increase Microphone

We discovered the microphone high quality to be exceptionally clear and good as soon as the proper stage of sensitivity was dialed in utilizing the Cardo App, however the increase mics must be positioned virtually contained in the person’s mouth with the intention to be top-shelf clear.

On the Nice Divide Journey, the increase mic in Ian’s Arai XD-4 was a relentless battle to place ideally as a result of the Edge’s built-in Noise Canceling know-how would inadvertently decrease the amount of his speech whereas working to chop down the wind noise being transmitted to the remainder of us.

You probably have an Arai helmet you might have to put money into a greater wind muffler on your microphone no matter whether or not it’s a Cardo Edge or one thing else.

A Synopsis of What Works As Marketed on the Packtalk Edge

The back of the Cardo KTM PT Edge box lists an impressive suite of features.
The again of the Cardo KTM PT Edge field lists a formidable suite of options.

Right here’s a abstract listing of the options we discovered to work very effectively on the Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge and base Packtalk Edge.

  • It connects to my iPhone 13 Professional Max and different telephones instantly as soon as arrange
  • It’s gradual to connect with the Cardo telephone app on Android & Apple units, however as soon as related, it really works very effectively and there’s a multitude of helpful settings to fine-tune efficiency
  • Firmware updates wirelessly execute when related to WiFi or cell knowledge
  • The battery costs to full in lower than 2 hrs and lasts all day even when used repeatedly besides when utilizing Mesh, which cuts battery life to simply over half of Bluetooth ranges (12+ hrs for BT and roughly 8 hours for Mesh). If you happen to flip off the Edge when having lunch or different breaks, the Mesh intercom lasts 12+ hours as effectively
  • The battery nonetheless experiences at 50% after sitting unused for 15 days
  • Installs simply in each helmet I’ve tried to put in it in
  • Performs music, radio stations, podcasts, and any audio coming from my telephone completely
  • Makes and takes clear telephone calls
  • Prompts Siri on my iPhone each time I request it verbally or utilizing the telephone button
  • Connects to navigation apps or units that work concurrently with music enjoying within the background
  • Connects through Bluetooth intercom to different Cardo and even Sena units
  • Carried out as meant in temperatures as little as 41 Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) to a excessive of 102 Fahrenheit (39 Celsius)
  • Dealt with publicity to rain, mud, and grime with out points

These are the issues that labored effectively on the KTM Packtalk Edge, however in the remainder of this assessment, I’ll dive into the issues that actually set it aside and the areas it may enhance upon.

The Cardo Packtalk Edge installed in a Klim Krios Pro.
The Cardo Packtalk Edge put in in a Klim Krios Professional. Photograph by Owen Lush.

Over-the-Air Firmware Updates

The very first thing to do once you take away the KTM Packtalk Edge from the field is to cost it totally, though mine arrived that method.

The second factor to do is replace the firmware wirelessly… which I discovered to be an absolute piece of cake. Not like different units, you don’t have to plug it right into a laptop computer to do that and it’s fully painless to make use of WiFi and even mobile knowledge for it.

Updating firmware wirelessly using WiFi or cell data is easy on the Cardo KTM PT Edge.
Updating firmware wirelessly utilizing WiFi or cell knowledge is straightforward on the Cardo KTM PT Edge.

The Cardo Voice Command Function

Some issues are so freaking good that when inserted into my life that I can’t think about how I acquired by earlier than having them. The Cardo Voice Command is one such factor.

My first Cardo machine (a Freecom 4X) additionally had this function and it confirmed me that I ought to by no means have to take my palms off the handlebars once more to poke on the buttons on an in-helmet comms machine.

Since that Freecom 4X, I’ve not touched a Cardo button aside from when turning on or off the machine’s energy… with one lone exception whereas driving by an airport in Montana!

Airports vs. Cardo Gadgets

Airports are the Kryptonite of Cardo units.

I’ve no concept what occurred after I was driving dwelling from Sturgis in July 2022, however the airport in Billings, Montana shut down all voice command performance on my Edge. I can’t clarify why, however after rebooting the machine issues had been again to regular.

General the Voice Command has operated at roughly 95% accuracy in my Krios Professional helmet. Even after I mumble or faux a Scottish accent—it’s almost flawless.

Voice Command?

This function permits a rider to verbally handle the entire Edge features.

You may even activate Siri or Google to do issues like making a telephone name. The photograph beneath reveals the listing of accessible Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge instructions.

The list of available voice commands for the Cardo PackTalk Edge.
The listing of accessible voice instructions for the Cardo PackTalk Edge.

The Most secure Communication Gadget

The Edge is safer to make use of than different comparable in-helmet units as a result of it’s the simplest to manage verbally.

As talked about above, my palms keep on the bars as a substitute of fumbling round on the helmet whereas searching for the amount wheel or telephone button.

The brand new Sena 50 collection units even have an excellent voice command function on them which might accomplish the identical factor, however the person has to make a definite pause between activating the voice command function (“Hey Sena”) and issuing the command (“cease music”).

With the Cardo Edge, you’ll be able to string each components collectively into one, run-on sentence. A minor distinction to make sure, nevertheless it’s straightforward to understand once you’re attempting to shortly shut off your music when your important different, or a police officer is attempting to talk to you out on the street.

USB C Charging Cable

One other small benefit the Cardo KTM Pactalk Edge has over the competitors is its USB kind C connector which might plug into the machine each methods.

The USB C-type charging cable from the Cardo Packtalk Edge.
The USB C-type charging cable from the Cardo Packtalk Edge.

My Sena units typically frustrate me after I’m making an attempt to get the charging celebration began as a result of its USB mini connector solely suits in a method with out damaging the cost port.

The PackTalk Edge Intercom Connects Simply to Sena Gadgets

The Cardo Edge is a lower above the competitors in terms of enjoying properly with non-Cardo units. It may possibly trick my Sena 10C EVO and 20S units into pondering it’s a smartphone in terms of establishing a Bluetooth intercom grouping. Doing that makes the Sena units pair up instantly when requested to make a Bluetooth intercom connection between them.

The best way to do it’s to provoke a normal Bluetooth intercom connection utilizing the Cardo app after which activate the telephone pairing function on the Sena. They’ll hyperlink up and you’ll chat whereas out on the street.

It is a big draw if you happen to experience with pals who don’t personal a Cardo machine as a result of getting earlier Cardo and Sena units to attach efficiently has been so troublesome that I’d simply surrender after a number of makes an attempt.

The JBL Audio system within the Cardo KTM PackTalk Edge

40mm JBL speakers come with the Cardo Packtalk Edge.
40mm JBL audio system include the Cardo Packtalk Edge.

Cardo 40mm JBL audio system and Sena’s HD audio system sound comparably shut in high quality and readability, however I give the JBLs the “edge” at greater quantity.

It’s doable to improve the 40mm audio system to JBL’s 45mm audio system for $90 US if you happen to’re an entire and utter audiophile who insists on having the perfect of the perfect. I haven’t but tried the 45mm audio system, however to this point the 40mm ones have met or exceeded my necessities.

Charging the KTM Edge Whereas in Use?

No drawback charging on the fly with the KTM Packtalk Edge. It is a huge deal if, like me, you experience 10 to 12-hour days… or every now and then overlook to cost the evening earlier than.

The Packtalk Edge “Air Mount” Mounting Plate

The KTM PT Edge housing will bounce by way of the air and connect itself to the Air Mount cradle when moved inside 2 inches of the meant touchdown strip because of the facility of magnetism.

Magnets draw the 2 halves collectively nevertheless it’s a plastic latch that securely bonds them as one. By no means as soon as over the 5000 miles ridden over tough and clean terrain did any of my driving group’s Edge units separate from the Air Mount. Cardo did a superb job with this design regardless that I fear at instances I’m about to interrupt the plastic latch when releasing the machine from the Air Mount. The latch feels on the flimsy aspect however to this point refuses to interrupt or bend.

In reality, eradicating the Edge from the Air Mount is a two-handed endeavor for my clumsy meathooks.

The Air Mount Would possibly Turn into An Challenge Over Time

You can see traces of dust that started accumulating under the Edge between it and the Air Mount cradle.
You may see traces of mud that began accumulating beneath the Edge between it and the Air Mount cradle.

Every time I charged my KTM Edge, I eliminated it from the cradle and cleaned the 2 surfaces to forestall put on and tear on it. The 2 halves are put in so shut collectively that they appear flush however I discovered traces of tremendous mud inside. Water will get in between them as effectively (as seen within the photograph above).

It’s my statement that the members of my driving group who adopted my lead (cleansing when charging) versus those that left the units coupled when charging them skilled fewer electrical glitches.

Apparently, the mud and water by no means did handle to invade {the electrical} connectors on my machine because of the improved seal Cardo put round them.

Electrical Glitches?

Electrical points had been few and much between on the 6 Edges examined on the Continental Divide Experience my group accomplished, however I’ll point out the examples discovered right here anyway. That is along with the airport phenomenon already talked about.

On the way home from the Mexican border.
On the best way dwelling from the Mexican border.

Intercom Points

The intercom utilization in our group was 100% of the Dynamic Mesh selection as a result of Bluetooth wouldn’t enable 6 of us to be linked collectively on a regular basis. We discovered riders 4 by way of 6 within the group wouldn’t hear full sentences from rider 1 if there have been hills or different massive limitations between the back and front of the group. It was essential to have rider 3 repeat essential info and solely then would the sign be clear for all.

Sometimes the hole between the back and front of the group would develop too massive and somebody would drop out of vary, however the Mesh pairing would immediately heal anytime line of sight was re-established. The vary astounded us at instances! We simply may have 2 miles between the entrance rider and rear rider with crystal clear audio if there weren’t too many massive limitations in the best way.

Increase Microphone Points

As talked about one increase mic didn’t work in any respect out of the field, however the identical rider additionally had an remoted subject with the alternative increase mic in his Scorpion AT950 helmet on the two-week mark.

The faulty boom mic from Greg’s Cardo PT Edge
The defective increase mic from Greg’s Cardo PT Edge.

We don’t know why, however in the beginning of the day, his mic merely wouldn’t work in any respect till we unplugged the 3mm connector and rebooted the Edge machine (switched off then again on). Not an enormous drawback in actuality, however worthy of noting together with the truth that not one of the button-style microphones skilled any points in any respect.


Noise wasn’t an issue with any of the units because it has been with a few of my Sena 10C EVO, 20S, and 30K units. These Cardos simply appear to do audio higher total though I haven’t tried the Sena 50 collection but to touch upon the most recent era of comparable Senas.

How Can The KTM PackTalk Edge Be Higher?

Charging Gentle Indicator

The charging mild indicator glows purple whereas the machine is charging however then switches off fully when the battery reaches full. I’d choose it to glow inexperienced when totally charged to let me realize it was profitable with a look.

Alternatively, I’d like a visible battery life gauge on the machine, regardless that every time the Edge is switched on or off the battery standing is verbally introduced to the wearer.

This green light glows red while the Edge charges and green when connected to a phone.
This inexperienced mild glows purple whereas the Edge costs and inexperienced when related to a telephone.

Microphone Wind Muffler

The microphone has a foam wind muffler on it however that is largely insufficient for helmets just like the Arai XD-4 which channel wind on the wearer’s mouth and muck up the audio high quality. A “useless cat” model muffler would assist cope with this drawback.

Connecting Intercom Teams

The Cardo App is healthier than the Sena App in virtually each method besides one: connecting intercom teams. Cardo ought to copy Sena and have a person QR code on every particular person’s telephone app that will get scanned utilizing the digicam on the group creator’s telephone to ascertain the specified connections.

Charging Port Seal

The charging port seal is straightforward to by chance go away open when charging is completed. As soon as correctly closed it stays put to maintain water and grime out not less than.

The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge charging port seal tends to stay open if not carefully closed back up.

The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge charging port seal tends to stay open if not carefully closed back up.
The charging port seal tends to remain open if not fastidiously closed again up.


Backwards Compatibility

The Edge will join with older Packtalk Daring and Black units for intercom, however with the intention to do it the newer Edge might want to create the group after which have the older units connect with it. Doing the inverse has resulted in pissed off Edge homeowners attributable to incompatibility. I confirmed this with a few my pals who personal Bolds nevertheless it wasn’t a difficulty for me to be the intercom group creator. YMMV in fact.

Ultimate Ideas on the Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge Communicator

The KTM Pactktalk Edge is a tool for folks like me: KTM followers who don’t already personal a Cardo Packtalk Daring or Black. The wi-fi firmware updates and superior voice command options set it above all competitor units I’ve used and the KTM livery is the exclamation on the “adore it!” suggestion I’m joyful to label it with.

Somewhere in New Mexico using my phone as a GPS and my KTM PT Edge to verbally transfer directions to my ears. Photo by Ian Clark.
Someplace in New Mexico utilizing my telephone as a GPS and my KTM PT Edge to verbally switch instructions to my ears. Photograph by Ian Clark.

The one good cause I can consider to purchase a Sena or different model is if you need a built-in digicam in your helmet communicator. That’s the place the brand new Sena 50C might need the benefit or edge over the Edge, if you already know what I imply.

Hopefully, Cardo will quickly construct a tool to compete with Sena in that regard.

Cents and Sense: The Worth of the Packtalk Edge

The KTM PT Edge is (typically) $30 costlier than the bottom mannequin PT Edge.  That is annoying, however comprehensible since KTM isn’t within the behavior of letting their brand get used at no cost. Though on the time of this writing I see Cardo has dropped the value of the KTM Edge to $389 US making it the identical value as the bottom mannequin Edge.

The KTM Packtalk Edge is spectacular however not the perfect worth in Cardo’s lineup.

Individuals in search of the perfect worth ought to as a substitute forged their gaze in the direction of the Cardo Packtalk Black.

The Packtalk Black will be had for $350, has the upgraded 45mm audio system, nonetheless has Dynamic Mesh, Voice Command, and nearly all of the identical options because the PT Edge. The Black lacks the pointless however nice-to-have Air Mount however so what? The one actual draw back to it’s the lacking wi-fi firmware updates, thus having to make use of a Cardo-specific cable to improve the software program on it utilizing a laptop computer.

Meals for thought…

The Cardo Packtalk Black: Photo from Cardo.
The Cardo Packtalk Black. Picture By way of: Cardo

For myself, I’d anticipate an end-of-the-season sale and purchase myself a KTM Packtalk Edge as a result of it’s far too straightforward to misplace the unique charging cable for the Black. Apparently, solely the unique cable or particular ones like it may be used to replace the Black and Daring.

Possibly I’m simply too fancy for my very own good, however I’d pay $40 extra for wi-fi updates and an orange housing.


  • Producer: Cardo Methods Ltd
  • Worth When Examined: $389 US
  • Assembled In: Ukraine
  • Colours: Orange/Black
  • Evaluation Date: September 2022

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