Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge In-Helmet Assessment


Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge Assessment Abstract

The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge is a grand expression of “Katoom” (KTM) fanboy fanaticism, and there’s nothing mistaken with that. When you 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 so far.


Correct voice command system (~95% accuracy)

Bluetooth can hook up with Sena and different off-brand gadgets for intercom wants

Glorious battery life

Mesh and Bluetooth communication programs work properly

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 amazing number of settings

Waterproof, dustproof, and resists chilly/warmth properly

The magnetic “Air Mount” is ingenious and holds securely

Additionally out there in a Honda-branded model


Some microphone placement points have been encountered throughout testing

The management buttons will be troublesome to find whereas carrying 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 normal Packtalk Edge gadget

The Air Mount protrudes outwards greater than competitor gadgets

Air Mount long-term sturdiness?

Connecting a number of riders within the app ought to be easier

Assessment 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 identical options with a lower cost tag, however the KTM Packtalk Edge is a superior gadget by advantage of its superior know-how like wi-fi firmware updates.
  • It’s comparatively costly in comparison with different intercom programs, however when you’re in search of a premium helmet communicator, the KTM Packtalk Edge is among the finest we’ve ever reviewed. It’s additionally out there 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 emblem 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 worth 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 gadget appears well-built, though every part I can contact on it’s solely product of plastic with a little bit of rubber on the rotary swap and charging port cowl. That makes it light-weight, however will it even be sturdy? Will it degrade and disintegrate after long-term publicity to UV mild, rain, chilly, warmth, dust, mud, and dirt? Is it even made for journey using?

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

To be able to correctly discipline check the KTM Edge, my plan was to take it on an extended and taxing journey journey in the true world. Particularly, on a 5000-mile (8100 km) experience from Canmore, Alberta, Canada southwards, preserving 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 stunning backdrops alongside the best way as properly.

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 phenomenal 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 mates arrived safely on the Mexican border thanks largely to the Cardo Packtalk Edge.

Our Cardo contacts Kasey and Zach have been so assured within the Edge they despatched us 5 extra base mannequin gadgets for gratis to equip the remainder of my using group for this journey of a lifetime. This manner we couldn’t solely keep safer by preserving the 6 of us linked 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 wonderful slot in all three sizes (Medium, Giant, 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 properly from a visible perspective because it has the Loko Hanging 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 Hanging 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 house owners geared up 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 growth 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 via the standard Cardo channels and a substitute mic arrived 4 weeks later. That wasn’t probably the most stellar instance of a speedy substitute, to make certain, 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 growth mic to deal with.

We simply couldn’t discover a good location for the microphone to sit down the place it wouldn’t be selecting up some wind noise at freeway speeds. We tried each the growth and button mics to no avail, and in the long run, all of us simply discovered to reside with the whistling wind noise always accompanying Ian’s witty banter out on the highway.

The identical concern 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 growth mics should be positioned virtually contained in the consumer’s mouth with a view to be top-shelf clear.

On the Nice Divide Journey, the growth 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.

When you’ve got an Arai helmet you might have to put money into a greater wind muffler to 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 checklist of the options we discovered to work very properly 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 cellphone app on Android & Apple gadgets, however as soon as linked, it really works very properly and there’s a multitude of helpful settings to fine-tune efficiency
  • Firmware updates wirelessly execute when linked to WiFi or cell information
  • The battery prices to full in lower than 2 hrs and lasts all day even when used repeatedly besides when utilizing Mesh, which cuts battery life to only over half of Bluetooth ranges (12+ hrs for BT and roughly 8 hours for Mesh). When you flip off the Edge when having lunch or different breaks, the Mesh intercom lasts 12+ hours as properly
  • The battery nonetheless reviews 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 cellphone completely
  • Makes and takes clear cellphone calls
  • Prompts Siri on my iPhone each time I request it verbally or utilizing the cellphone button
  • Connects to navigation apps or gadgets that work concurrently with music enjoying within the background
  • Connects through Bluetooth intercom to different Cardo and even Sena gadgets
  • Carried out as supposed in temperatures as little as 41 Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) to a excessive of 102 Fahrenheit (39 Celsius)
  • Dealt with publicity to rain, mud, and dust with out points

These are the issues that labored properly 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 manner.

The second factor to do is replace the firmware wirelessly… which I discovered to be an absolute piece of cake. In contrast to different gadgets, you don’t have to plug it right into a laptop computer to do that and it’s solely painless to make use of WiFi and even mobile information 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 information is straightforward on the Cardo KTM PT Edge.

The Cardo Voice Command Characteristic

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

My first Cardo gadget (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 gadget.

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

Airports vs. Cardo Gadgets

Airports are the Kryptonite of Cardo gadgets.

I’ve no thought what occurred after I was using residence 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 gadget issues have 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 practically flawless.

Voice Command?

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

You’ll be able to even activate Siri or Google to do issues like making a cellphone name. The picture beneath reveals the checklist of obtainable Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge instructions.

The list of available voice commands for the Cardo PackTalk Edge.
The checklist of obtainable voice instructions for the Cardo PackTalk Edge.

The Most secure Communication Machine

The Edge is safer to make use of than different related in-helmet gadgets 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 cellphone button.

The brand new Sena 50 sequence gadgets even have voice command function on them which may accomplish the identical factor, however the consumer 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 possibly can string each components collectively into one, run-on sentence. A minor distinction to make certain, but it surely’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 highway.

USB C Charging Cable

One other small benefit the Cardo KTM Pactalk Edge has over the competitors is its USB sort C connector which may plug into the gadget 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 gadgets typically frustrate me after I’m making an attempt to get the charging social gathering began as a result of its USB mini connector solely matches in a technique with out damaging the cost port.

The PackTalk Edge Intercom Connects Simply to Sena Gadgets

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

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

This can be a enormous draw when you experience with mates who don’t personal a Cardo gadget as a result of getting earlier Cardo and Sena gadgets to attach efficiently has been so troublesome that I’d simply hand over 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 potential to improve the 40mm audio system to JBL’s 45mm audio system for $90 US when you’re a whole and utter audiophile who insists on having the perfect of the perfect. I haven’t but tried the 45mm audio system, however so far the 40mm ones have met or exceeded my necessities.

Charging the KTM Edge Whereas in Use?

No downside charging on the fly with the KTM Packtalk Edge. This can be a massive deal if, like me, you experience 10 to 12-hour days… or from time to time neglect to cost the evening earlier than.

The Packtalk Edge “Air Mount” Mounting Plate

The KTM PT Edge housing will leap via the air and connect itself to the Air Mount cradle when moved inside 2 inches of the supposed touchdown strip due to the ability of magnetism.

Magnets draw the 2 halves collectively but it surely’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 using group’s Edge gadgets separate from the Air Mount. Cardo did a wonderful job with this design regardless that I fear at instances I’m about to interrupt the plastic latch when releasing the gadget from the Air Mount. The latch feels on the flimsy facet however so far refuses to interrupt or bend.

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

The Air Mount May Turn out to be An Problem Over Time

You can see traces of dust that started accumulating under the Edge between it and the Air Mount cradle.
You’ll be able to see traces of mud that began accumulating below 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 stop put on and tear on it. The 2 halves are put in so shut collectively that they appear flush however I discovered traces of positive mud inside. Water will get in between them as properly (as seen within the picture above).

It’s my remark that the members of my using group who adopted my lead (cleansing when charging) versus those that left the gadgets 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 gadget due to the improved seal Cardo put round them.

Electrical Glitches?

Electrical points have been few and much between on the 6 Edges examined on the Continental Divide Journey 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 residence 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 permit 6 of us to be linked collectively on a regular basis. We discovered riders 4 via 6 within the group wouldn’t hear full sentences from rider 1 if there have been hills or different giant limitations between the back and front of the group. It was essential to have rider 3 repeat vital 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 giant 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 giant limitations in the best way.

Increase Microphone Points

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

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

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


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

How Can The KTM PackTalk Edge Be Higher?

Charging Gentle Indicator

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

Alternatively, I’d like a visible battery life gauge on the gadget, regardless that at any time when 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 crimson whereas the Edge prices and inexperienced when linked to a cellphone.

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 downside.

Connecting Intercom Teams

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

Charging Port Seal

The charging port seal is straightforward to by chance depart open when charging is completed. As soon as correctly closed it stays put to maintain water and dust out a minimum of.

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 gadgets for intercom, however with a view to do it the newer Edge might want to create the group after which have the older gadgets hook up with it. Doing the inverse has resulted in annoyed Edge house owners attributable to incompatibility. I confirmed this with a few my mates who personal Bolds but it surely wasn’t a difficulty for me to be the intercom group creator. YMMV after all.

Closing 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 gadgets I’ve used and the KTM livery is the exclamation on the “find it irresistible!” advice I’m blissful 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 cellphone as a GPS and my KTM PT Edge to verbally switch instructions to my ears. Photograph by Ian Clark.

The one good purpose I can consider to purchase a Sena or different model is if you need a built-in digital camera in your helmet communicator. That’s the place the brand new Sena 50C might need the benefit or edge over the Edge, if you realize 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 emblem get used without spending a dime. Though on the time of this writing I see Cardo has dropped the worth of the KTM Edge to $389 US making it the identical worth as the bottom mannequin Edge.

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

Folks in search of the perfect worth ought to as a substitute solid their gaze in 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 the vast majority 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.

Perhaps 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 Programs Ltd
  • Worth When Examined: $389 US
  • Assembled In: Ukraine
  • Colours: Orange/Black
  • Assessment Date: September 2022

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