Anyone who works in an environment with constant and incessant noises knows how irritating and aggravating it is and how difficult it can be to get things done. Whether you work in construction, outside on the runway of an airport, or simply want to cut out all the unnecessary noise of your day-to-day, you can definitely benefit from the use of noise-reducing headphones.
I personally know of people who work in an office building that say they’re tired of listening to their neighbors talk all day about everything under the sun, while my friends are just trying to get their jobs done. One friend in particular told me a story about their cubicle partner and how this person would go on and on about the latest gossip in office: “Becky talks to Amber about Vanessa and Ricky going out, and how Ricky’s ex in accounting is jealous and threatened to…” I could see myself going mad there–my poor friend.
As a teacher myself, I know the urge to want to sometimes want to drown out the sound of kids screaming and running wild all day. But that’s simply not practical–unfortunately.
However, very recently have I found a new hobby by visiting my local gun range and popping off some rounds after work. It was an interesting experience, albeit a bit scary at first, but soon after I discovered a liking for it, and since then I have become quite the enthusiast. What I don’t like, however, are the earmuffs that they give you when you visit the gun range: they’re often either too big or too small; they don’t breath right and leave your ears hot and sweaty; and most times I feel like they aren’t always cleaned properly, and that they don't even provide the correct hearing protection needed..
This has led me in the pursuit of finding a personal pair of earmuffs that I can call my own.
After perusing the internet for some time, I have narrowed down my options to two brands in particular: Howard Leight vs. Peltor, and more specifically, the Howard Leight Impact Sport vs. the 3M Peltor Tactical 6S.
Similar models are: The Howard Leight Impact Pro vs. the Peltor Tactical Sport. Also a contender the Walker's Razor earmuffs.
A good set of earmuffs needs to be able to reduce harmful noise from the environment, be comfortable to wear, and be useful for all different types of activities, not solely limited to shooting. When it comes to Howard Leight vs. Peltor, both have received high reviews from customers and both claim to be the “best,” but which is telling the truth?
You can read our full Howard Leight Impact Sport Earmuff review here.
You can read the full Peltor Tactical 6S Earmuff review here.
Both earmuffs stress comfort and protection more than anything else, but where they differ is in their features and price. The Impact Sport is sold for around $43 dollars on Amazon, whereas the Tactical 6S runs at some retail stores and online sites for a whopping $120. The Impact Sport has the built-in auxiliary jack that allows the earmuffs to double as a set of headphones, whereas the Tactical 6S allows for a more customized feel with its ability to change the color of the ear cups.
And the Victor Is…
When I’m looking to make a purchase, I tend to correlate price with quality. If this were my only factor than the obvious winner would be the Tactical 6S. But, if hunting or shooting were not my sole purpose in life and was a mere hobby (as it is for me), I don’t know if spending almost triple the price would be worth it.
Another notable comparison is the MSA Sordin vs. Peltor COMTAC III
It all comes down to how practical these earmuffs will be in your day to day. Both of them can be used for miscellaneous other activities and are not solely restricted to shooting.
But if it were up to me, the Impact Sport seem like the better buy. Even if they’ll only last me a few years and need to be replaced, the additional features seem to outweigh the other option. So, in the debate of the Howard Leight Impact Sport vs. the Peltor Tactical 6S, my vote is for the Howard Leight.