DirtyDigz

Ear Pro upgrade options?

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Been using a pair of Howard Leight impact sport electronic ear pro for several years, but I’m finding that as I do more outdoor events and wear them for longer I’m getting more discomfort and headaches.  I think this is mainly from the thin plastic-covered-foam earcups and having eye pro arms squeezed against my temples.

Is there a step up between the impact pro’s and something like Sordins/Pro Ears?

I want to keep electronic amplification/filtering but have something that I can wear all day with comfort.

What about electronic earplugs/in-the-ear ear pro?  Any of those worth looking at?

 

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13 minutes ago, Purple Patrick said:

Comtac III come on sale quite a bit. Worth every freaking dollar.
 

Whoah, $500 - $600 reg price!?  What’s a good sale price?

13 minutes ago, Krdshrk said:

Liking this option, thanks Nick!

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3 hours ago, Krdshrk said:

This is the answer you seek if you don’t  want to buy new ear-pro. Gel cups make a ton of difference. 

You can also get a padded cover for the over the head band, if that is annoying you.

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35 minutes ago, High Exposure said:

This is the answer you seek if you don’t  want to buy new ear-pro. Gel cups make a ton of difference. 

You can also get a padded cover for the over the head band, if that is annoying you.

and also if you're wearing a cap....make sure that the over-the-head band isn't resting on "the headache button"

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13 minutes ago, BullzeyeNJ said:

MSA Sordins with gel cups. Comfy all day. Less then $300 and your hearing is worth how much ? 

Both the Impact Sports and the Sordins have the same cutoff level - 82db.  What's the advantage of the Sordins in hearing protection?

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2 hours ago, RichP said:

I got the Sordins a while back and can't say that I'm not completely pleased with them. The gel cups feel weird, but are comfortable all day long.

 

So if you can't say that you're not completely pleased, that means you're completely pleased?

1 hour ago, 1LtCAP said:

and also if you're wearing a cap....make sure that the over-the-head band isn't resting on "the headache button"

Hasn't been a problem yet.  I think the gel cushions are going to help tremendously.

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Just now, DirtyDigz said:

Both the Impact Sports and the Sordins have the same cutoff level - 82db.  What's the advantage of the Sordins in hearing protection?

They are really comfortable and for me that’s worth a lot. I shoot for 4 to 8 hours on training days so they are on my head for a long time. I have the Impact sports too. The comfort level is no comparison IMHO. If I had to wear them for an hour or two then it wouldn’t bother me. It’s all on how your going to use them. 

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1 hour ago, 1LtCAP said:

and also if you're wearing a cap....make sure that the over-the-head band isn't resting on "the headache button"

Good advice. I pop that button off on any hat I wear to the range. I hate that fucking button.

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Gel pads make a significant difference as well as what eye protection I use.  I've switched all my eye protection to ESS Crossbow Suppressors when I'm using  ear muffs due to the flat temples, the combination is just awesome.

Here's a link to the eye pro that has finally made a full day at the range tolerable.  

https://www.esseyepro.com/Crossbow-Suppressor-ONE_287_detail.html

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1 hour ago, Mr.Stu said:

Otto Noizebarriers

https://www.botach.com/otto-noizebarrier-high-definition-electronic-earplugs/

These are amazing and so worth it if you use long guns or shoot in hot weather.

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Very Interesting, thanks Mr. Stu!  Did some googling and came across this thread, I think I'm going to get a pair next time ebay has a ~20% discount coupon:

https://forum.snipershide.com/threads/otto-noizebarrier-earpro-same-as-new-etymotic-elites.6870288

 

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On 11/7/2018 at 8:36 PM, Silphidae said:

Gel pads make a significant difference as well as what eye protection I use.  I've switched all my eye protection to ESS Crossbow Suppressors when I'm using  ear muffs due to the flat temples, the combination is just awesome.

Here's a link to the eye pro that has finally made a full day at the range tolerable.  

https://www.esseyepro.com/Crossbow-Suppressor-ONE_287_detail.html

These look good, I am going to try them out.  I used ESS for firefighting goggles and didn't realize they also made shooting glasses.  Thanks for the recommendation! 

FWIW, right now Optics Planet has them for $111 which is 14% off plus free 2 day shipping.
https://www.opticsplanet.com/ess-crossbow-suppressor-2x-plus-eyeshields-w-3-lenses.html

 

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On 11/8/2018 at 2:50 PM, DirtyDigz said:

Very Interesting, thanks Mr. Stu!  Did some googling and came across this thread, I think I'm going to get a pair next time ebay has a ~20% discount coupon:

https://forum.snipershide.com/threads/otto-noizebarrier-earpro-same-as-new-etymotic-elites.6870288

 

Got a pair of Etymotic Gunsports which seem to be exactly the same hardware, different branding/coloring, for $200ish via ebay.  Should arrive next week.

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Got a pair of Etymotic Gunsports which seem to be exactly the same hardware, different branding/coloring, for $200ish via ebay.  Should arrive next week.
They are rechargable? Enty hadn't released their branded version when I got mine.

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30 minutes ago, Mr.Stu said:

They are rechargable? Enty hadn't released their branded version when I got mine.

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Yep, Etymotic's rechargeables are out - appear to be exact same thing as the Otto's except for color/branding:

 

https://www.opticsplanet.com/etymotic-gunsport-elite-35db-rechargeable-ear-plugs.html

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On 11/9/2018 at 8:04 PM, Pew Pew Plates said:

I use these and I like them a lot.  I can't tolerate over the ear headphones with long guns but I wanted electronics so this is were I landed and they are nice!

https://www.ebay.com/p/3M-Peltor-Tep-100-Tactical-Digital-Earplug/9011945909?iid=372364584536&chn=ps

can you listen to music with them?

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