Between raindrops over the weekend my friend and I finally got a chance to test our our Scala Q2 headsets. each of us bought one for about $170 each.
I have been using it for the radio, but this was the first chance at communications with it. He had his installed on his 3/4 helmet which has a face shield on it. He was riding a Vulcan 800 with a F&S winshield on it. I was riding my 650 with my Bell FF helmet.
He said he was able to hear me well, once he figured out how to use the volume. I had a bit of trouble hearing him. I believe it's due to the wind noise of the helmet, and him having a wind screen in front of him.
In both directions, wind noise from each other's devices didn't seem to be a problem. I didn't hear any static or noise from him, just that his voice was faint due to my helmet noise drowning him out. I was able to hear his V&H pipes just fine coming through the mic!
We determined that above 45 MPH the surrounding noise is too much to make them usable. The radio portion functioned fine at speed though. Below 45, voices were good enough to talk.
We got up to about 1/4 mile apart with only minor static between us. I would say if you are riding with a staggered group of about 6 bikes and the people in the front and back had them, communication would be fine. One thing we determined is that their communication is pretty much line of sight. if he went around a curve, I lost him.
My son has also tested out the cell phone function with the headset while riding. He experienced similar results that I did. he said the wind noise affected him being able to hear someone else talking, but the person on the other end said his voice was coming in fine. I guess you just have to tell the person on the other end to YELL for you!
So....would I spend the money again? The jury is out. I want to talk to some others who have used devices in similar circumstances before I decide. Overall though, I am reasonably satisfied with it's performance. I'll probably try it on my vulcan behind a screen before I cast a final vote.