Peltor Comtac 2 Earmuff Review

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It takes only one loud bang of just more than 85 decibels to harm your hearing. The body starts to tremble and the ears ring in retribution.

The cumulative damage that is being done to your ears over the course of, say, an eight-hour day continuously is significant. Certain guns, when shot, have the potential to break the speed of sound. That makes hearing protection no longer an option but a requirement when out on the range or on the job or on a mission.

How do you know what is the right type of equipment to buy to keep your ears safe?  There are so many variations from ear buds to more advanced electronic headsets. Each quite effective in certain respects, and the right choice for each person for a different reason.

It seems for shooting, a majority of folks turn to the electronic headsets.  There’s more coverage, a seal completely over the ear. Each brand of these headsets gives great noise reduction. Some people even wear their ear buds under the sets for double protection. So, what are some things to look for when buying your muffs. Let’s look.

What Will Determine The Right Electronic Headset For Shooting

  • Noise Reduction Rate (NRR). How much passive noise is blocked by the gear. The highest decibel of protection available is NRR33. That’s how many decibels the sound will be reduced.
  • Eye protection. It’s important to wear eye protection as well as hearing protection. You don’t want these to impede each other. They need to fit well together. If the eyewear makes the earmuffs bulge out and you lose that seal, the sets not doing you any good.
  • Conversations/sounds around you. This is a safety issue. Being able to hear if someone comes up behind you or any regular sounds that could be emergent is imperative. Too, just being able to have a regular conversation while you’re wearing your ear protection is a good advantage.
  • Comfort. How long you will be out for the day is a big factor when you make a purchase. The muffs you buy need to wear well for the entire day without causing pain. The battery life needs to be able to sustain for the day as well.

Features That Would Take An Electronic Headset From Good to Great

  • Coming with, or being able to get, an audio cable to hook to an iPod for music.
  • Blue tooth feature.
  • Stereo sound. Some like this, some don’t-they feel it sounds like static.
  • Padded headset.
  • Gel inserts.

This gives some ideas to what criteria needs to be met. Now, with the numerous available on the market, it somehow needs to get narrowed down. This was not difficult though.

There was one that stood out over most all of them among a majority of people. It had a median price point but pretty much out-performed even the more costly muffs. You need to check out the Peltor Comtac II (& Swat tac).

Peltor Comtac 2/Swat tac Review

Peltor Comtac 2/Swat tac
3.2/5

The Peltor Compact Tactical Headset is an innovative electronic set with dual comm radio capability. You can talk on two radios simultaneously. With the purchase of a microphone and an adaptor, you have the added ability to send and receive messages.

It has push buttons which makes it easy to use. The battery compartments are on the outside of each earpiece. They’re difficult to open when brand new, but get easier with time. They take two double AA batteries.  

They are cushioned on the inside, but it is recommended to buy the gel inserts. These make them not just more comfortable but less of a sweaty issue when it’s hot.

They are a bit heavier than other headsets. Not so much that you’ll notice when you have them on.

The price for the Comtac 2 headset is median compared to other headsets ranging between $125-$200 depending on the pieces you add with it.

Pros​

  • NRR 20. Attenuation is awesome. There’s no harsh drop and awkward back into the conversation. It’s easy, clean and natural.
  • Safety. You can hear normal noise around including people walking up behind, sirens in case something emergent happens.
  • Conversations. You can talk normally without difficulty.
  • Peltor Comtac dual comm for the ability to talk into two radios simultaneously.
  • Audio input adaptor. Sold separately, can plug into an iPod for music.
  • Microphone/adaptor. Sold separately, will allow you to send and receive messages.
  • Gel inserts. Sold separately, add extra comfort and keep the muffs from getting sweaty in the heat.

Cons

  • Heavy. The Peltor Swat tac are just a bit heavier than some other brands. They aren’t uncomfortably so once they’re on.
  • When the wind is real high, there is a rustling sound that gets through.
  • Extra purchases. Having to buy extra pieces makes these muffs more expensive.

Despite the rating, people loved these headsets. There was a little problem with amplified wind noise and background noise being annoying. Some found them uncomfortable. The majority overwhelmingly loved the sets, found them very comfortable and would recommend them. They did all agree the muffs were pricey, but some went on to say they were worth the money. One said he used them on a mission in Afghanistan and they did a great job for him. So, overall, a winner.

The Peltor Comtac 2 headsets sound like good ear protection for shooters.  Looks like they are the preferred product among the majority. There is a newcomer doing the rounds, though. It seemed like it just wouldn’t be right to not do a little contrast and compare of the two. So, let’s take a look at the MSA Sordin.

MSA Sordin VS Peltor Comtac II/Swat tac

The MSA Sordin and the Peltor Compact 2 have the same item description, but the Sordin comes with more parts and performs differently.

The Sordin is thin and lightweight. There are dual comm so you can use two radios simultaneously. It comes with two microphones. The MSA has aux built into the headset for radio. There is Bluetooth capability.   The set incorporates gel inserts for the muffs. The critical parts of the headset are waterproof. The headband has interchangeable fabric for different occasions (fashionable).

The Sordin headset doesn’t have the same reaction in the wind as the Peltor.  The MSA has better positional and directional sound.

The electronics have to go to the Peltor Swat tac.  There is just a bit of give back with the Sordin. It’s not as clean, clear and concise as the Peltor. You hear just a bit of echo.  

Also, the price is so much more for the MSA when they’re so close in functionality. If you are a real die hard shooter who has to have the most expensive, you can go for the high end. The best quality would probably be the median priced set.

Even with all the perks that come with the MSA Sordin, it all has to boil down to performance. Yes, there’s a slight issue in real high wind situations with the Peltor Comtac 2. For the most part, no issues with that set.

The MSA just has that nagging…something going on with the sound. The Sordin is just not perfect electronic-wise which, for the price, you would kind of anticipate it should be.

The Peltor Comtac 2 Wins

There you have it. The majority of consumers have had their say. A lot of these folks held onto their Peltors for several years. Some of them, the wires are exposed. They’re still using the muffs with no problems.

These Peltor Comtac II/Swat tac are not waterproof, but these people have used them in all kinds of weather. They’ve held the test of time with ease. That speaks volumes for the quality of the headset. When the old sets reach their limit and have to be put down, the customer just goes and gets a new Comtac 2.

Conclusion

When people come to like a product as well as they like these Peltor Comtac II headsets, it makes them feel safe. As it improves, gets better over time, new versions come out; its good to know there’s a manufacturer that’s in tune to what’s needed to take care of all of our shooters—but especially the military and the police who look after all of us. They have somebody looking out for their health and well being.

Comtac 2 gives control back to the shooter as far as his hearing protection and his safety.  There’s no more worry about damaged ear drums or being unaware of what’s happening around you as when the protection you were wearing only canceled out the sound completely. Now you have the best of both worlds.
Don’t forget about your other protection when you go out to use your guns. You should always have good safety eyewear with unbreakable glass. Make sure it fits well with your Peltor Comtac II Swat tac headset. You don’t want to break that seal around your ear and increase the noise getting in.

Always keep your guns pointed away and be safe on the range!

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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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