By CJ Rena Johnson
Scala Rider Q2: Go on
and let them get inside your Head!
When I was first approached to do a review of
a Bluetooth headset device, I really hoped it
was not going to be one of those static-filled
annoying devices that I had tried before.
I said yes and received it in the mail a few
days later. To say the least, I was very
I was happy with it right out of the box,
actually. The set came with two full
headsets already factory preset to work together
seamlessly. I pulled them out of the box,
plugged the chargers into the wall, then plugged
the Bluetooth units into them.
I then reached in the box and pulled out the
helmet mounts. It was a simple matter of
loosening two little screws on each clamp,
slipping the bracket hold onto the edge of my
helmets and tightening the screws back down for
a very snug and secure fit.
I took the provided little alcohol swab and
wiped out the inside of my helmets in the ear
insets, then pulled off the strip on the back of
the speakers, stuck them into the hole, and set
the helmets back down. I finished getting
ready to go. When I got to the trailhead,
I slipped the blue tooth units into their slots
on the helmet mounts and pushed the button.
I adjusted the mouthpiece and said hello.
At the same time, my partner had decided to say
hello back to me. We both smiled as we
heard each other loud and clear. It was as
if we were right there inside each other’s head.
There was no static whatsoever. I was
immediately impressed. There was no waiting for
the other one to speak or stop speaking, or any
time lapses between speaking and hearing.
There was no echo, just crisp, clean
Scala Bluetooth Headsets: Excellent for
meeting out on the Trails
We hit the run switch on our quads and were
pleasantly surprised not to hear any feedback in
the headsets. Still crisp and clean.
We hit the gas and were off running.
After only a few minutes of using it, I knew I
never wanted to go back to not having one.
We were using it on an ATV Trail System during a
night ride this first time, and it came in SO
handy. We were able to alert each other to
possible dangers that were coming up. One
of the first areas we were riding in was quite
muddy and some of the areas a bit steep.
We were able to say to the other one to hold
back until we got to the top and to let the
other rider know if it was something we thought
they could get up. We avoided several
pitfalls this way and spent a lot more time
riding than getting our quads unstuck or out of
unruly mud pits.
The Scala Rider Q2 also came in very handy as we
were trying to shoot some video for the story we
were doing. We were able to get far enough
ahead and tell the other rider to hold back
until we had our equipment ready so we could
film them as they approached different obstacles
or challenges that we wanted to record. It
was great not having to second-guess everything.
It also helped when the lead ATVer met other
riders on some of the more narrow trails.
We were able to alert the riders behind us to
prepare for oncoming traffic.
At a certain distance, you can begin to hear a
bit of static, which is actually a good thing
when ATVing because it alerts you to the fact
that your riding partner is either pulling too
far ahead or falling too far behind. You
can begin to hear enough change in the
background in plenty of time to ask your buddy
what is going on and if he or she is all right
Scala Rider Q2 Fits Snugly In and On
It also helped us a couple of times when the
lead rider missed a turn. We were able to
let them know before they went too far, without
having to try to catch them when we were already
going at full speed. That in itself was
helpful on this trip. We were also able to
communicate to the riders behind us when the
leader took an unexpected fork in the trail and
let the others know which way they went.
It was also great to let each other know when we
were hungry or ready for a break.
A couple of our test riders arrived later than
we did, but this time we did not have to wait
for them. We told them to call us when
they got there, and we took off. We rode,
had a great time and when they got there, my
headset alerted me to an incoming call, which I
answered with the touch of one button.
They clearly heard which trailhead we were
closest to so they could meet us there.
Throughout the entire trip, we never experienced
any background noise from the engines or other
riders. We listened to the radio and I
even hooked mine up to one of my MP3 players for
some great listening out on the trail. I
cranked the music up and felt like I was in the
middle of an ATV video being filmed. Oh
wait, that’s right, I was! Moreover, the
Scala Rider Q2 was there to make it an even
We had an awesome weekend, and I attribute a
great deal of that to having the ease and
convenience of ready communication with us
during the entire ride.
When we did finally head back toward the parking
area, I decided to use the GPS capabilities to
find a nearby restaurant where we could go eat
and talk about the ride and the awesome new
Scala Rider Q2. I was happy to hear my
favorite restaurant was only a few blocks from
the riding center.