The bottom line is that these are my new favorite hearing protection! They have served me comfortably and well this year in a variety of environments – from the rifle range to the five stand field, from the pheasant fields to the deer and hog blind, and even on an airplane to Texas!
Some people don’t like earmuffs for hunting, but these have not interfered with my gun mount in anyway at all. I do own some in-ear protection, but I’m always worried about them falling out and losing a pricey piece of electronics in the leaf litter. No such worries with these Peltor 500’s. They stay securely on my head where I put them.
One of the reasons I love these electronic earmuffs is that they have audio technology which enhances voice range. So I can easily keep track of range commands from an SO or directions from guide and dogs in the field. I recently took a defensive shotgun class from Tom Givens and had zero issues with hearing his wisdom or with my gun mount in that environment either. The Peltor Sport Tactical 500s passed all of those tests while protecting my hearing with an NRR rating of 26 decibels.
Another simple but useful feature is that these earmuffs take standard AA batteries. I did not have to worry about replacing some odd battery size when I was on the ranch in Texas which was miles from anywhere.
Besides their functionality for shooting, one of the coolest things about these electronic muffs is that they are Bluetooth compatible. Meaning, I can take a phone call while I’m at the gun club without removing my hearing protection. Thanks to the excellent audio quality, I can also listen to music from my phone. I eagerly took advantage of this feature while I was flying to and from Texas last month for my ladies hunt. I listened to an audiobook during the flight, and didn’t have to carry other earphones while I was traveling. Given that I was also flying with a rifle case, being able to lighten my carry-on luggage load helped tremendously.
If you are looking for gift ideas for family members this holiday season, I can heartily recommend the comfort, fit, and exceptional functionality of the Peltor Sport Tactical 500’s. Your ears will thank you.