Best electronic ear muffs? Cost not a factor...


December 26, 2006, 12:38 AM
I've been reading through many archived threads here the last few days trying to determine what the best electronic ear muffs are, but there's not a lot of info as far as I can tell.

Is there one product that's far superior to the others?

What's the best electronic muff less than $500?

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December 26, 2006, 04:09 AM
A lot of people like Sordins.

Double Naught Spy
December 26, 2006, 04:34 AM
Peltor ComTacs are low profile, collapse for storage, and have an NRR of 24. $200

December 26, 2006, 07:13 AM
I haven't used them all, but I've got a set of Sordins that are wonderful. My next "best" experience is with the Peltor 6's, and they're a good value for the money but not in the same class. I'd imagine that as you move up on the Peltor range they become about the same.

The Sordins are really nice because you can maintain a good cheek weld on a rifle with them on. If you're not going to be shooting a rifle with them then there are better choices that are bigger and have a better NRR.

The cool thing is putting on the Sordins, turning up the volume and taking a walk in the woods . . .or better yet, taking a sit in the woods. It's amazing what you can hear. I never knew that the zipper on my jeans made a jingling noise when I walked until I was wearing them around.

Just my .02


December 26, 2006, 07:25 AM
My Pro-Ears are fantastic. I have the Dimension Plus Sporting Clays, and really like them.

December 26, 2006, 08:49 AM
I recieved a pair of Peltor's Tactial 7's for Christmas and from what little experience that I've had with them they work great. The price I think was about 129 from Cabela's.

Double Naught Spy
December 26, 2006, 09:58 AM
Of course like everything else, what is best?

Are we talking the most convenient to use?
most comfortable?
most nrr?
most adjustable?
longest battery life?
most easily adapted to other uses such as with radios?
smallest size?
fit over big ears? (like mine)
most durable?
work well with rifles and/or helmets (low profile)?
position over or behind head?
use less expensive batteries (AA or 9V versus some of the little specialty batteries that cost an arm and leg, err ear)?

Note that even with some of the more expensive muffs, the smaller, lighter, etc. muffs tend to have less hearing protection and since the goal is to protect one's hearing, then the muffs may need or should need to be used with plugs for some applications. Since my Peltor ComTacs only have an NRR of 24, I wear plugs as well while shooting rifles and turn up the volume inside to compensate.

December 27, 2006, 05:49 PM
get the best you can, shot guns for twenty yrs in the navy, now 6 yrs after getting out, been wearing hearing aids for two yrs now. but still shooting.

naval gunners hit harder and penetrate deeper

December 27, 2006, 06:48 PM
I got a set of Peltor Tactical 7 muffs last year for Christmas. Great muffs. Noise amplification is pretty amazing. I can ease drop on one-on-one conversations from 100 feet away at the clays course. Noise reduction is rated at 24db. Sometimes I wish I had the Tactical 6 because of the slim profile and better cheek weld for long guns. As always there is a tradeoff, the Tac 6 NRR is only 19db. Doesn't sound like much until you do the research. There is a big difference between 24db and 19db since db levels are more exponential than linear.

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