While attending the SMGLee Beginner Pistol course on Sep 10th, I took the time to test and evaluate 3 pairs of electronic noise-canceling ear muffs – Walkers Razor, Howard Leight Impact Sport, and Peltor Sports Tactical 100. All three head sets are compact, adjustable, very comfortable to wear and with a sub-$100 budget price point.
As seen in the picture, the featuring Peltor Sport Tactical 100 electronic earmuffs collapses into a compact size that is easy to store. Peltor is part of the 3M Corporation.
The Peltor Sport Tactical 100 electronic earmuffs have an estimated battery life of up to 200 hours. But unlike the Walkers and Howard Leight, there are no batteries included in the package.
The Walkers and Howard Leight headsets have omni-directional microphones, and do a fantastic job picking up and enhancing the lower frequency sounds of voices, while cancelling out the high frequency sounds of gun fire. The Peltor Sports Tactical 100 did an OK job of picking up the low frequency sounds, but when canceling the high frequency sounds of gun fire, the Peltor would have a prolonged silence after each shot – similar to somebody hitting the mute button on the TV.
The Peltor Sport Tactical 100 earmuffs have a good fit, but they are more bulky than the Walkers and Howard Leight sets that were evaluated the same day. I also found myself sweating more from the plastic head piece of the Peltor. You can probably replace the ear cups with the Peltor gel replacement ear cups, although a set of those cost nearly as much as the Peltor Sport Tactical 100 itself.
The Peltor Sport Tactical 100 has a side mounted power and volume control knob that is easy to find and adjust. I found that the Peltor’s directional microphones were less effective at amplifying low frequency sounds, it felt like you had to be looking directly at the person speaking in order to pick up their voice.
Like the Walker’s and Howard Leight, the Peltor Sport Tactical 100 is also compact, adjustable, battery operated, and very easy to operate. If this was a competition, I would have to say that the overall effectiveness of the Walker’s Razor and Howard Leight Impact Sport were too close to call, I believe it would simply come down to the personal preference of the user; however, I personally found the Peltor set to be more effective with the electronics turned off, and at one point during the shooting, that is exactly what I did.
Peltor Sport Tactical 100 Specification:
NRR 22dB noise reduction
Ideal for both indoor and outdoor shooters and hunters
Adaptive Frequency Response reduces background noise for clearer conversations and hearing of commands
Variable Suppression Time feature provides optimal echo reduction in indoor shooting environments
Re-engineered headband for improved fit and comfort
Low-profile cups for rifle/shotgun use
2-hour auto shut-off
Easy-access battery door with tether (Runs on 2 AAA batteries, not included)
3.5 mm audio input jack compatible with most MP3 players and 2-way radios