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Howard Leight Impact Sport Ear Muff Range Report

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by t_dickinson, Jun 8, 2010.

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  1. t_dickinson

    t_dickinson Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    Southern NH
    Here's my experience in case anyone was considering these.

    Out of 5 stars:

    Cost - 5 $53 shipped from Overstock.com

    Value - 5 For the money, you get alot of features that work well

    Durability - Unk So far so good. They say they are water resistant and seem to be well made but I've only had them a short while and haven't dropped them yet.

    Function - 5 I tried them head to head (no pun intended) with the silencio non electronic muffs of the same NRR (noise reduction rating). The Howard Leights take away the sharp crack of the .223 very well. Much more so than the standard muffs. They work great fo keeping a conversation while not shooting. I can keep them on and they are right on top of the noise if someone sends one down range. They go silent in time to protect the ears and return to amplification quickly. Also, they are thin at the lobe so you can shoulder a long gun, this is a nice feature and works well.

    Comfort - 4.5 While very light with a wide headband and soft padding, they feel like they don't touch my head around the bottom of my ears. This is really just a personal issue as they still effectively block noise.

    Extra comments - These are good for mowing the lawn, using power tools, and hunting so I will get lots of use out of them. They have an input jact for an MP3 player but it's mildly useful so don't buy them if you want hi-def tunes. They fold up nicely for a range bag and look good on the head. I wish they came with a case but not expected at the price.

    I have used just about every kind of protection out there in all price ranges and I must say the Howard Leights hold their own and even beat most others. Because they're rated for 22Db NRR I still use foamies under them but that is always good practice anyway.

    Overall rating would be 4.9 (don't do the average and correct me)

    Take this review for what it's worth. I highly recommend this product. Good luck and if you're in the market then I hope this helps. Spelling not checked.

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  2. slicers63

    slicers63 Member

    Jan 9, 2003
    I have used a set for a couple of years now and am very pleased with them. No problems at all.
  3. Jorg Nysgerrig

    Jorg Nysgerrig Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Those are the same ones I use and I've been happy with them for the last few years.
  4. arizona_cards_11

    arizona_cards_11 Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    I bought the same pair about 5 months ago.......very good buy. Like you said, the only negative I can think of is that sometimes they don't seal perfectly at the bottom of my ear when I turn my head.
  5. FLAvalanche

    FLAvalanche Member

    May 14, 2010
    Port Charlotte, Florida
    I've also been happy with mine. I bought two pair so when I take someone else with me to the range we can converse. I also use them hunting although the amplification can freak you out because you hear EVERYTHING.

    And it's nice to be able to plug the MP3 player in when you're at the range alone.
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