3M Peltor Optime 105 earmuffs provide ear protection of noise levels up to 105 dBA. These over-the-head earmuffs feature double-shell technology to provide comfort and safety for a variety of uses. Proprietary Twin-Cup™ design creates a soft, comfortable feel. The stainless steel headband distributes weight for a low-pressure fit.
Noise Reduction Rating of 30dB
Superior comfort, fit, and hearing protection
Fully adjustable steel wire padded headband
Patented twin-cup design
Recommended for extremely loud conditions
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244 of 259 found the following review helpful:
Comparison to Bilsom Thunder T3Apr 20, 2010
I won't reiterate what others have said, but just make a couple pertinent points:
You're likely comparing (and if not, you should) this Peltor headset along with the top=of-the-line Bilsom: the Bilsom Thunder T3 is the best constructed headphone/ear protection I own. A have several by Peltor, and the one most comparable to the T3 is the Peltor H10A. The Peltor is not as well made; the over-head piece on the T3 is much better--it actually clicks into place and does not move. The Peltors are all wire, and move easily. I would say, if many people are going to use same headset (such as different shifts at a worksite), Peltor might be better as it's easily adjusted by just sliding on the wire. The T3 are better at a single set for your head size and it does not move.
The Peltor H10A might actually be a tad more comfortable for my head hat size at 7 3/4. The T3 is tight, and cannot be adjusted out for looseness. I'd rather wear the Peltor H10A for a protracted period of time than the Bilsom T3. If my head were smaller, I think the T3 would be fine.
The Bilsom T3 blocks sound better than any Peltor I have owned (I have owned about three models of Peltors). It's as simple as that.
Both have, because of the larger ear cup size (compared to lower profile, usually less protective for hearing, models) the ability to keep your head straight when dozing on an airplane. You know how people use the cervical neck pillow U-shaped things so they won't kink their neck to one side when they sleep on a plane? Well, you won't need that with a high-profile larger cup size sound protection like these---they stick out from your head enough that you will sleep with head straight ahead regardless. This is a "plus". And no need the lousy "noise cancellation" headsets for six times the price, plus batteries to charge, etc. These are great for air flight.
The Bilsom T3 is slightly wider on each ear cup than the Peltor H10A. Both, however, are not good to wear around your neck when not in use. The ear cups are too large and they will hit your chin. If you plan to wear and remove to "dangle" around your neck, like a rifleman might, you;d better stick with the lower-profile "shooter" type headsets...these are too wide. They will hit your chin, unless you have a super long neck.
The weight of each is about the same. I'd give the nod to the Bilsom for sound protection capability and quality of build (the wire overhead piece on Peltors can get stretched or bent--no chance with Bilsom) over the Peltor high-end models, having owned both. But, with my head size at 7 3/4, and certainly if your noggin is larger than mine, you'd better stick with Peltor. The wire can be bent to accomodate the jumbo cranium better than Bilsom. Thanks.
141 of 149 found the following review helpful:
Outstanding in noise reduction and moreJun 08, 2004
Put these on and turn on your shop vac and you will be amazed how much noise reduction these earmuffs provides. In addition, the ear pieces are very soft and extremely comfortable. Wear them to be near any machinery or mowing your lawn and your ears will thank you.
71 of 73 found the following review helpful:
Peltor H10A earmuff is quiet!Sep 05, 2005
By G. McGowan This product significantly reduces the noise reaching my ears.
I wear these earmuffs three to seven hours a day while performing technical work in an industrial area where vacuum cleaners, air hoses, high frequency whines/squeals from electronic equipment, and boom boxes (why these people want to add to the noise level defies comprehension) are common.
It is impossible to carry on a conversation while wearing this product; you cannot hear what anyone is saying unless they shout, and even then, it is difficult to understand them.
I considered noise cancellation headphones, but rejected them because most of the annoying noises in my workspace are percussive, impact-type noises of a non-repeating nature. Noise cancellation headphones work best with steady-state noises.
Although the earmuff is a bit snug (lots of pressure against the side of my head), I am reluctant to spread the earmuffs apart for fear of decreasing the excellent sound deadening ability of the product. In addition, my ears are somewhat large for the available space inside the earmuff. I compensate for these "problems" by making frequent small adjustments in the earmuff's position on my head.
I highly recommend the Peltor H10A earmuff. I own a 17db Peltor product that I use while mowing the lawn, and fully intent to replace them with the 30db version.
230 of 255 found the following review helpful:
WHAT? I can't hear you! Oh, yeah, I can't hear ANYTHING!Jan 07, 2004
By Kona The Peltor H10A Hearing Protector ear muffs really do the job! I ordered them to help eliminate the annoying whine of my computer tower. You know the kind of sound...very slight, but so high-pitched it goes straight to your ear drums and drills a hole till you can't STAND it anymore!! Why am I SHOUTING!? Well, you can see how I had to do something to preserve my sanity.
I received the Peltor set and man, oh man, does it eliminate sound!! What pc whine? What pc! This headset completely eliminates those little sounds that drive you crazy. I recommend it for those who have noisy neighbors or roommates, barking dogs, drippy faucets, etc. It is amazing. Loud noises can still be heard, so the headset does not interfere with normal life and is not a safety hazard. They are comfortable on the ears, are fairly lightweight, and fit very(!) snugly.
If you can't concentrate due to small, annoying noises, you would probably benefit from using this headset. The price is very reasonable, considering the benefits.
42 of 43 found the following review helpful:
Comfortable, snug fit, great protectionAug 23, 2004
By Shelley Gammon
I use this Peltor hearing protector when I go out on the shooting range. They have different varieties that can be rented, and after trying several brands, I found these to be the best "bang" for the buck. I like to target shoot, but I have absolutely no interest in hunting. The more expensive models allow you to amplify talking so you can hear your buddy, while the louder gunshots (or jackhammers or whatever the loud noise is that you're surpressing) are surpressed, but I don't see the need for such a fancy model, myself. I don't want to be distracted by the conversations of others on the range when I'm shooting - plus, you can hear people talking just fine - as long as they yell - which isn't a big deal on a firing range!
I have been right next to other folks who were firing .45 and .50 caliber rounds - the racket those bullets make is mind-numbing - I can literally feel my skull vibrate when the rounds are fired - and they're still very loud while wearing the ear protection - but ultimately, my ears are undamaged thanks to the protection afforded by these babies.
I never need to fiddle with the head strap and even after an hour in a sweltering shooting range, the headphones do not slip from their original place. If you wear earings, it's highly advisable that you remove them, because the snug fit of this gear will shove your posts or hooks right into your carotid glands!
When you're by yourself firing, you don't get much of the concussion of sound, but if other people are shooting beside you - whew! They can be shooting the same model gun and the same exact rounds, but it sounds 50 times as loud. You will be able to hear - during AND after shooting. :-)
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