Peltor Sport Tactical 100 electronic hearing protection (tac100) is an electronic hearing protector with 22 dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). These electronic ear muffs suppress loud gunshot noises as well as reduce background noises for clearer conversations.
The Peltor Tactical is engineered for fit and enhanced comfort and has recessed microphones that reduce wind and other ambient noises. Other features include cups for gun use, easy to access AAA battery doors and 3.5 mm audio jack that interfaces with most mp3 players or radios.
This Peltor tactical 100 review will reveal the pros and cons of this electronic hearing protection device.
Criteria for Great Electronic Hearing Protectors
Some important criteria for electronic hearing protectors are noise reduction, amplification and comfort, which the Peltor Tactical Sport Protectors were designed for.
According to most Peltor Sport Tactical 100 review posts, these ear muffs offer superior hearing protection, are portable and comfortable and allow for good communication with others at the shooting range. While priced higher than some hearing protectors, the Peltor Tactical ear muffs are well priced for the value they provide.
Other nice to have features that are included with the Peltor Tactical Sport 100 are easy volume adjustment, audio jack compatible with mp3 and 2-way radio players and 2-hour automatic shut off feature to save battery life.
Peltor electronic hearing protection uses compression technology created by 3M. Adaptive Frequency Response technology also allows reduction of background noise so that conversations are more easily understood. For indoor shooting ranges, the Variable Suppression Time feature will reduce echoes.
The intensity of other people’s voices is reduced, but you can still tell the direction that the sound is coming from and understand the conversation. The electronic ear muffs are good at blocking out loud and harmful noises (22db rating) while allow you to hear softer sounds and conversations.
Comfort and portability are some other features that were taken into account in the design of this product. The ear muffs are easy to fold and carry around as they are very compact. The band is durable, comfortable and fits snugly. Padding makes these ear muffs comfortable for most users as seen in this video:
The item is light weight, weighing only 9.3 oz and requires 2 AA batteries. Note that this is not a noise canceling protector.
One disadvantage of the older Peltor Tactical Sport vs Peltor Tactical 100 is that the Sport model was harder to turn on and adjust the volume. The Peltor Tactical includes improvements that allow the user to turn on the device faster than the Peltor Sport or Howard Leight Impact Sport and change the batteries more easily.
See our comparison of Howard Leight vs. Peltor Tactical Earmuffs.
The Peltor Tactical provides 22-NRR noise reduction, which is great for low caliber firearms and for additional hearing protection from higher powered weapons, you can simply insert ear plugs as well. Although both the Peltor and Howard Leight Sport ear muffs have the same 22-NRR rating, the Peltors provide a better seal than the Howard Leight protectors.
The volume dial is big and allows users to adjust the volume, even when wearing gloves. Stereo microphones are recessed so that they won’t snag when the head set is removed.
The audio input jack allows the user to listen to mp3 audio or radio. The volume of the audio input is controlled by the mp3 player, which allows the ear muff wearer to control the sound of external voices separately.
People with prescription glasses may want to consider the Peltor due to their gel cup ear seals. Ear seals allow better hearing protection when the muffs are placed over the glasses. The Peltor Tactical 100 is easy to put on and hardly requires any adjustment to get a good seal, unlike some other competing products.
With compression technology, the ear muffs are faster to adjust to normal hearing than other ear muffs using clipping technology. This makes the Tactical 100 a good choice for instructors or shooting team captains that alternate between shooting and conversing with others.
To compare the older Peltor tactical sport vs tactical 100 model, a reviewer that owned both models noted that the older model that you can’t turn the volume up more than half the loudness of the older version. However, if your hearing is good, then you won’t need the extra volume and the Tactical 100 will work fine. Other electronic ear muffs may be preferable if you want low volume sounds to be amplified beyond normal hearing.
Some users may think that the sound clipping of the Peltor Tactical 100 is too sensitive. In a Peltor Tactical sport review, a user mentioned that the sound of him snapping his fingers was clipped. Sensitive clipping can also make conversation somewhat difficult on the shooting range.
The fit of the ear muffs may be tight for some users, although it can become more comfortable after a few hours of wear. Placing them over and object over night before using them for the first time can make them more comfortable.
The price of the Peltor Tactical 100 is more costly than other ear muffs, but regular and casual shooters will find value in the item for the price paid.
The Peltor Tactical 100 is a well designed product that uses compression technology to reduce loud gunfire sounds and reduce background noise to make conversation more audible. While the cost is higher than other noise protection devices, the Tactical 100 provides great value for the cost and some reviewers even say that it is comparable to hearing protectors costing twice as much.
If you are considering purchasing electronic hearing protectors, feel free to refer back to this Peltor Tactical 100 review.