G&R Tactical
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Recommendations for affordable hearing protection

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    121
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)

    Recommendations for affordable hearing protection

    I plan to start taking my sisters and their kids shooting. I was hoping to get recommendations for quality hearing protection since I'll be the one providing it for them. I need about 5 or so sets, so I would like to keep the price low ($20, maybe $30). They don't need to be electronic, but I would like them to last more the a few uses with the kids.

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Central AZ
    Posts
    307
    Feedback Score
    1 (100%)
    Howard Leight Impact Sports are frequently available for $35-$40 and are excellent for all ages, and if you're taking a bunch of kids out, believe me when I say that you DO want electronic hearing protection. Everyone being able to hear each other for clear instruction is of huge importance. They are affordable enough and upgradable so there's really no downside to buying these over some cheap Wal-Mart Radians or something. The extra $10-15 per pair is worth it just for the ease of communication, but may even help prevent an accident from happening.
    Last edited by 0uTkAsT; 01-03-18 at 15:55.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    121
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Those were actually what I was thinking, just wanted to know if there was anything other cheaper options. I don't mind spending more on them for the kids health and safety, but more options are always welcome.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Central AZ
    Posts
    307
    Feedback Score
    1 (100%)
    Quote Originally Posted by AAMP84 View Post
    Those were actually what I was thinking, just wanted to know if there was anything other cheaper options. I don't mind spending more on them for the kids health and safety, but more options are always welcome.
    Walkers has a new(er) pair called the Razor that is getting good reviews but they're slightly more expensive than the very well proven Howard Leights and the NRR is 23 vs. 22 so in terms of actual protection there's no practical difference as far as I'm concerned. I don't have a pair to say for sure, but I have four pair of Impact Sports and they are excellent for the price paid and fit everyone pretty well all the way down to my 4-year-old, plus there are gel cups, cases, headbands and other upgrades that you can purchase separately whereas the others have virtually no aftermarket support. That may or may not influence your decision.

    I will say, for anyone who finds over-the-ear muffs uncomfortable, a good set of gel cups can make all the difference. Having the ability to pick up a pair of upgraded cushions for someone with sensitive ears or bulky prescription eyewear might make life easier for you down the road.
    Last edited by 0uTkAsT; 01-03-18 at 17:03.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Republic of Texas
    Posts
    4,088
    Feedback Score
    5 (100%)
    Best for the buck, I believe, are the Howard Leight Impact Sports. Also, check out these add ons:
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...inte?ref=email
    Last edited by austinN4; 01-03-18 at 21:17.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    912
    Feedback Score
    14 (100%)
    I've been using these for a few years with good results. I always put them on over a pair of earplugs. I'm able to hear range commands and conversations with no problems

    https://www.menards.com/main/mainten...8268073&ipos=2

    If I am shooting indoors with other people I ditch the electronic muffs and just use a 3m brand pair I got at Home Depot. The echo from shooting indoors seems to diminish the effectiveness of the electronic set
    Last edited by signal4l; 01-04-18 at 00:43.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Posts
    656
    Feedback Score
    0
    The Howard Leight electronic muffs cost me $49. each and I got a deal on Brownells. I send four sets to me daughter, son-in-law, grandson and his wife. BUT if you are into budget solutions, I picked up a set of electronic muffs at Walmart for myself for $25. and they work great.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Upstate, SC
    Posts
    510
    Feedback Score
    7 (100%)
    I really don't think you can find a better value on hearing protection than the Howard Leights.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    All over the place
    Posts
    9
    Feedback Score
    0
    I used to use the Howard Leights and while they functioned well, they seem made for people with large heads. Personally, I've found that Peltor products fit my noggin better.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •