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 earmuffs.

Howard Leight Impact Sport

Peltor Tactical 6S

NRR
22 dB
19 dB
Weight
2.2 Lbs
1.29 Lbs
Comfort
Padded Headband
Lightweight Foam
Battery Life
350 Hrs.
200 Hrs.
Features
Basic + Low Profile
Easy Volume Control
Doctear's Choice
Runner-Up

Howard Leight Impact Sport

NRR
22 dB
Weight
2.2 Lbs
Comfort
Padded Headband
Battery Life
350 Hrs.
Features
Basic + Low Profile
Doctear's Choice

Peltor Tactical 6S

NRR
19 dB
Weight
1.29 Lbs
Comfort
Lightweight Foam
Battery Life
200 Hrs.
Features
Easy Volume Control
Runner-Up

Based on our analysis the Howard Leight Impact Sport is the victor over the Peltor Tactical 6S (500), although they come very close. Read the rest of our comparison for a more detailed analysis.

Howard Leight Impact Sport

Peltor Tactical 6S Earmuff

Howard Leight Impact Sport vs Peltor Tactical 6S Sport

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..

howard leight vs peltor tactical earmuffs

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?

Howard Leight Electronic Impact Sport

3M Peltor Tactical 6S

Howard Leight Impact Pro vs Peltor Tactical 100

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 under $50, whereas the Tactical 6S runs at some retail stores and online sites usually over $100. 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, such as mowing your lawn, 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.

Josh Roberts

Josh spent many years of his life working in an industrial environment where hearing protection is paramount to workplace safety. Since then he has been on a mission to share how important taking care of your hearing is for living a great life.

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