View Full Version : Anyone ever use a "Throat Mic"?

GLP Standard
September 20, 2008, 01:21 PM
Just wondering how well they work, and if they're worth the money? Also, theres a lot of different kinds and brands and price ranges. Will a $60 one work as well as one of the $200-$400 ones? I know thats an obvious answer, but are the cheaper ones junk, or are they at all comparable to the higher end ones?

For those that dont know what im talking about, a lot of SWAT teams use them.

Heres a higher end one:

GLP Standard
September 21, 2008, 02:09 AM
Either this is a really stupid question, no one knows what im talking about, or no one has used them before....

September 21, 2008, 09:58 AM
Hand held not so good due to other items in your hands.
boom mike style not so good due to googles/gas mask or snagging on brush.
throat mike, none of above problems.
down side, radio needs to be VOX (voice activated).

You get what you pay for---go middle of road in price.


GLP Standard
September 21, 2008, 12:30 PM
Well the reason I would want one is mainly because they don't get interfered with by the wind at all. Where I work, it can get pretty windy, and interference is a huge factor when everyone talks. We don't do any kind of tactical entry or anything, and we don't wear gas masks or anything like that, so I wouldn't buy one just for the "coolness". I would feel kind of stupid anyway wearing one, as I'd be the only one with one, and I'm not so sure my work would even let me. That being said, I probably wouldn't buy one, I was just wondering about them.

September 23, 2008, 09:12 AM
You might want to consider a radio fitted with an ear-piece and a shoulder-mic; practical without sending up Tacklberry flags.

September 23, 2008, 02:59 PM
You might want to consider a radio fitted with an ear-piece and a shoulder-mic; practical without sending up Tacklberry flags.
2008-09-21 10:30 AM

That is what I use. It is easy to use your hand to block wind when talking with the shoulder mic, and you can hear with the earpiece fine. I also like the earpiece for when they tell me a person I am talking with has a warrant. Or, if a partner recognizes a name I just ran as a safety concern and I don't know the suspect, they can tell me info about the person and no one but me can hear it.

September 23, 2008, 03:54 PM
My high speed low drag company commander got one overseas and nobody could understand him. It was a vast improvement over having to listen to the guy:D

Superhouse 15
September 23, 2008, 03:56 PM
We use a bone conduction mike and earpiece where I work (Hazmat team) and the only problem I have found is securing the wires from the radio so they don't get snagged on stuff, and that this particular model has a volume control that is still uncomfortably loud in my ear even when it's down all the way.