Are you looking to upgrade your hearing protection on the gun range? Not a bad idea, since the other option is buying hearing aids when your hearing goes bad, and hearing aids are not cheap. And since you are looking, the 3M Peltor Ultimate 10 Hearing Protector may be a good choice for you.
Click here for pricing and customer reviews
Peltor Ultimate 10 Features
The 3M Peltor Ultimate 10 Hearing Protector has a wide, cushioned band that rests on top of your head; and metal poles extending down to the ear muffs. With a hard plastic outer shell, each ear muff has a soft cushion resting against your head. The pivots on the ear muffs help to increase comfort, as well.
NRR of 30
Peltor Ultimate 10 model is rated at NRR 30 dB, and is designed for use with large caliber and magnum rounds. Although, they are also great for doing yard work, working in the shop, and ignoring other coworkers in the office.
All day comfort
There are a lot of great things about the 3M Peltor Ultimate 10 Hearing Protectors. One is that they are comfortable for hours on end. Other hearing protectors can rely on extreme pressure to get their NRR ratings, but the 3M Peltor Ultimate 10 uses dual walls for maximum attenuation and noise reduction. Being able to wear them all day at work around loud machinery, and head to the gun range afterwards is an excellent perk.
Other factors that make these so comfortable is the padded head band, which is much better than piece of hard plastic resting on your head. They are also extremely light, weighing in at .85 pounds. Other hearing protectors can be quite heavy, but these do not put unnecessary strain on your head and neck. Furthermore, because the 3M Peltor Ultimate 10 Hearing Protectors are so adjustable, from the pivoting ear muffs to the individual sliding poles, it is hard to find a more comfortable set of hearing protectors.
Coming in around $20-$30 a pair, depending on where you find them, they do an excellent job for the price. Further benefit at this price is these hearing protectors are tested in and by nvLap accredited facilities.
The 3M Peltor Ultimate 10 Hearing Protectors really do a good job at reducing sound. They were very successful at the gun range, as I hardly noticed the other shooters around me. It’s nice shooting without the distraction of other shooters, no matter how bad of a shot I may be.
I also tested them out in the office, and they did a great job there, too. Being able to block out keyboards and co-workers was very nice, and helped helped me concentrate. Furthermore, the 3M Peltor Ultimate 10 Hearing Protectors do a great job blocking out lawn mowers and table saws.
The 3M Peltor Ultimate 10 Hearing Protectors are not fault free, however. The ear muff pads are non-replaceable, which means you’ll have to spring for another set when the pads become too worn. However, replaceable pads are not as effective, so there is a choice to be made, and I would rather have my hearing. Also, the pads are very comfortable.
I did notice that when I was using the 3M hearing protectors at the office that female voices were blocked better than deep male voices. It was not a terrible difference, but it was noticeable.
Need to adjust
The 3M Peltor Ultimate 10 Hearing Protectors were difficult to get a great fit at first. The way each ear piece slides on metal poles contributed to that problem. However, after a few minutes of adjusting, they became very comfortable, and I was able to wear them continuously for extended periods of time.
The 3M Peltor Ultimate 10 Hearing Protectors are an excellent purchase. They are comfortable for hour, have great padding on the head band and ear muffs, and are light weight. They do a fantastic job reducing sound, from the gun range to the office or your nagging wife.
While you can buy hearing protectors that block out more sound, you will have to pay quite a bit more. At this price, it is impossible to beat the 3M Peltor Ultimate 10 Hearing Protectors.