The Spirit is Cardo’s entry-level helmet communication device, which came in handy on a 2,000km road trip I did a few months ago. The device was attached to an MT Thunder 3 SV helmet using the integrated plastic mount, which held it securely during the entire trip. Weighing just 35 grams, it didn’t even upset the balance.
The Cardo Spirit features 32mm speakers, 400 meter range intercom, 10 hour talk time, water and dust resistance. It also comes with fast charging capability, giving you two hours of battery life in just 20 minutes of charging through the USB Type C port, which is nice. The Spirit has four buttons that are easy to locate when you’re on the go. They control various functions such as play/pause music, next/previous track, connecting to the pilot’s intercom and calling the Google Assistant. Another highlight of the Esprit is the mic, with the voice quality being crystal clear. It is also able to filter out wind and road noise.
Connecting the device to your phone is also a simple affair, although it takes some time to figure out the works. Once paired, it instantly connects to it. However, on our ride, I would be disconnected from other runners within about 200-300m, which is less than the claimed 400m range. Still, what was good was that the device reconnected to others instantly and seamlessly.
At this price the Spirrt comes with a few compromises and the speakers could have been better; they are loud but lack clarity and bass. We also wanted it to have a more secure way to hide the charging port from the elements. Still, given its price, it’s acceptable and not a deal breaker. Another plus is the two-year warranty that comes with this product.
Priced at ₹9,299, the Cardo Spirit is ₹4,400 cheaper than the Spirit HD. In all honesty, it’s worth stretching for HD, as you get longer battery life (by three hours), larger HD speakers and a longer 600m range. It is possible to fit the Spirit with the larger 40mm JBL HD speakers, but this will cost you an additional ₹4,599 which exceeds the price of the Spirit HD. Still, if you’re on a strict budget of ₹10,000, the Cardo Spirit, with its good build quality and adequate features, is well worth picking up.