Peltor Sport Tactical Ear Defender For Clay Pigeon Shooting
Retail price is ?179.99. Tactical sport hearing protector provides electronics that perform at lightning speed and protect the user's hearing from loud impulse noises. The system reacts so gently that in most cases, you will never even hear the cut-off when the protector is activated. Generous ear cups are ergonomically designed for comfort and positive sealing.Uniquely give shooters protection from dangerous gunfire noise, along with the distortion-free amplification of low level sounds such as range commands and conversation. Tactical hearing protectors combine the high performance of our passive muff with advanced electronics. Wearers can hear low level sounds up to three times louder than when wearing conventional protectors, but when dangerous noises occur the electronic "valve" closes to reduce the noise. New active-volume hearing protector from Peltor eliminates harmful noise so fast you don't even notice it.The Peltor SportTac is a new active-volume hearing protector for hunters and marksmen. With new digital technology, the hearing protector has sound reproduction and a sense of direction that are as close to nature as humanly possible. But best of all is the reaction speed. You don't even notice when the hearing protector blocks out harmful noise.The active-volume function adjusts smoothly, ensuring the user very pleasant sound reproduction and less irritation. The digital sound circuit eliminates the sharp sound clip that is typical for most active-volume hearing protectors on the market. Many people find that sound unpleasant and disturbing. The new electronics in the Peltor SportTac react instantaneously, protecting the hearing from loud impulse noises. But it does so softly, so that the hunter or marksman rarely even hears the clip as the protection is activated.The new hearing protectors were designed for extra comfort during long hunts that last all day.
Not 100% sold on the headband of the Peltors as it seems to not lay perfectly on my head. I get a pressure point on each side of my head at the ends of the band. Maybe more adjustment is needed or an aftermarket headband. No big deal in my opinion.
I wish there was not a proprietary connection for a jack and it was a standard 3.5mm jack but I don't really intend on hooking anything to them. That may change in time so we'll see...
Battery life is great at 500 hours but I wish you got longer than 2 hours before the auto shutdown feature kicks in. When the time approaches for them to auto shutdown they beep at you and you just have to hit the volume button to restart the 2 hour timer. If I was shooting a match I would try and remember to hit a volume button up then down to make sure they didn't shut off on me during a stage or start beeping at me and throwing me off. Not a huge deal but something to be aware of.
I don't have the gel earseals as of yet and IMO they are just fine without them for most users. Having used gel earseals before, however, I will probably be making that $40-50 upgrade so if that is important to you it needs to be figured into the price. Even with that addition I believe these are the best bang for your buck for electronic ear pro. Waaaaay better than the Howard Leight's. Yeah, they are about double what the Howard Leight Impacts are but I believe they are worth every penny of that.
I did have a terrible time trying to figure out which model I should purchase. There are 3 models that come up in searches: model #97451, model #MT16H210F and model #MT16H210F-479SV. Here is what I found those models are. MT16H210F is just the black cups (does not come with an extra pair of orange cups). 97451 and MT16H210F-479SV are the same exact set of ear pro. Crazy because on Amazon the model 97451 were about $40 cheaper. The description picture shows the writing on the side of the cups in gold but on my unit the writing was silver and was the same as the picture of the MT model. The packaging that mine came in said 97451 but the sticker on the bottom of the actual ear pro had model #MT16H210F-479SV. So I don't know why there are the two model numbers and why the price is so different but IMO they are the exact same set of ear pro...
-Compatible with the Peltor gel ear seals.
-Second set of safety orange ear cups included.
-Can be configured to offer superior seal and comfort.
-Batteries are easy to change
-Gel ear seal cost extra.
-The cable to route audio/comms is proprietary and an additional expense.
Put simply one can configure these units to offer the comfort and more expensive ear pro. But that comfort is going to add about 70-80% to the cost of the product. If you want superior out of the box performance then you are going to spend more money. However if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to some of the more expensive offerings these might do it for you. And if you simply want something cheap, good, and functional out of the box then the Peltor Tactical 100s would probably be a better choice.