Garmin International used the kickoff of the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colo., on June 3, 2011, as the site to unveil a new series of upgraded Rino two-way radios. According to Garmin, the 650 and 655t 5-watt FRS/GMRS, boast up to a 20-mile communication range, and include features such as a barometric altimeter and NOAA weather radio. Whether you’re a hunter looking for peace of mind in the woods, a ski patroller monitoring conditions in the Rockies or simply want to enjoy the outdoors with the benefit of radio communication and GPS, the new Rino has what you need,” Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales, said in a statement.

Bartel added that the Rino’s position reporting capability lets you send your exact location to other Rino users so they can see it on their map page. And after pairing for the first time you will be able to see your friends even in situations where they cannot call for help or tell you their position. You can also send unit-to-unit text messages to other Rino users in your area. Check out a demo on this new device as we look to get our hands on a testing model at