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Best passive ear muffs? Howardleight, 3m or Pro-Ears? Any world real data?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by wacki, Mar 31, 2012.

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  1. wacki

    wacki Member

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    Any idea which one of these is the best?

    Any real world tests with QuietDose™ In-Ear Dosimetry Measurement system been used to compare these muffs?

    Some thoughts:

    Pro Ears
    I know pro-ears has the best rating but that could be just marketing. I've seen it done all the time in other industries. Over promise and under deliver on performance.


    Pro Ears Ultra 33 NRR 33 Passive Ear Muffs


    Howard Leight
    Howard Leight put an impressive amount of resources into their website. The VeriPRO and QuietDose™ In-Ear Dosimetry Measurement system make me wonder if anyone has used those systems to test real world applications at the firing range. With that amount of resources focused on hearing protection you have to wonder if they aren't at the top.


    Howard Leight Leightning® L3

    NRR 30


    3M
    I think the navy uses these so they have to be good right? I'm not sure how to read their attenuation ratings yet. SNR, H, M, L??? They seem to be the only muff that has double walls. I assume the Bull's Eye is better.



    3M™ Bull's Eye™ III Earmuff
    Product code:
    H540A-441-GN - Headband
    HY54 GN - Hygiene Kit, Military Green
    Attenuation:
    SNR=35dB, H=40dB, M=32dB, L=23dB


    3M™ Optime™ III Earmuff
    Attenuation:
    Headband: SNR=31dB, H=34dB, M=29dB, L=20dB
    Neckband: SNR=31dB, H=34dB, M=29dB, L=20dB
     
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    My recommendation always has been to purchase shooting hearing protection from major occupational hearing protection manufacturers. Of your list, 3M and Howard Leight are the two occupational hearing protector manufacturers. Pick the highest NRR and wear the highest NRR plugs under them.

    Since you're in the U.S. why are you looking at SNR from a UK site instead of NRR which is what you'll find in the U.S.? What is important is that the highest rated hearing protection be used when comparing products and less what the numbers mean absolutely.

    For anyone that cares,

     
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    I fixed the link. US link still uses SNR. Would love to see these measured side by side with QuietDose on the range.

    Home Depot and Amazon both have Howard Leight L3 muffs.

    3M stuff is hard to find. I can't find Optime III or Bull's Eye on google shopper or amazon. "peltor optime H540A" comes up empty on google shopper. Found some mom & pop shop that carries Bull's Eye III.



    Easier to understand explanation of SNR vs NRR on Wikipedia:

     
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    I've used Peltor Bullseye 10 muffs for many years. Even though they say they're only NRR 29 they seem to do the exact same job as the highly rated Leight muffs.

    The Bullseye 10 muffs also do an excellent job compared heads up against my Pro Ears Pro Tac Mag Gold (NRR 33) with the electronics turned off.

    And fwiw, the Leight MaxLite plugs are my favorite.
     
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    3M isn't difficult to find.

    Locate your local Grainger's and visit them or just order them off the internet. There are 2 in Indy.

    Mom and Pop shops don't carry 3M because they aren't marketed to.
     
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    www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores..._mmc=shopping-_-googlebase-_-D25X-_-203032779

    Home Depot carries some of the 3M/Peltor muffs. These are NRR 27 - "3M Tekk Protection Bull's Eye Earmuff" - $23.47


    And the redesigned 3M Tekk Protection Ultimate 10 is only $21.47. NRR is 30 and the blurb says "Designed for use with large caliber or magnum rounds "

    www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores...H=REC-_-product-1-_-203032779-_-203032763-_-N

    3M bought Peltor about 5 years ago for something like a billion and a half dollars.
     
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    The only 3M site for that muff doesn't even have a picture but it sounds impresive:

    Old model? Their Catalogue doesn't even list that muff. Their current catalogue says Bull's eye III is where it's at. And that doesn't make those claims.

    Weird. Time to call 3M.
     
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    http://odspec.com/hearing/hearing.html

    The 5th pic down is what both of my old Peltor Bullseye Ultimate 10 muffs look like. I have one in red and one in blue that was my father's.

    After a little googling I have found a variety of names on the Ultimate 10 - Peltor, AO Safety and now 3M.

    Okay, earlier when I said 3M bought Peltor, I should have said that 3M bought Aearo Technologies five years ago. www.aearo.com

    Aearo included Peltor, AO Safety, EAR and a couple others.
     
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