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Reviewer for Loadout Room (SOFREP) + Ranger + heli pilot
"The difference was impressive and immediately apparent.[...] Ambient noise was shut off with the SightLines cups.[...] Inexpensive Howard Leight Impact Sport muffs upgraded with SightlLines can hang with the heavyweights."
Military gear reviewer since 2001
"SightLines addresses the issues with eyewear compatiblity that headset users like myself have simply accepted as something we'd have to live with. [...] It's a no-brainer for headset users to upgrade to the SightLines; your head will thank you."
PFC Training Operations Manager (bio)
"Noisefighters are legit! I got a pair to try out and they are awesome! I wore them last week during our week long @pfc_training #FSOCX course with thousands of rounds fired (30k+), all in close proximity. They worked as advertised: no more headaches from pinching and gun blasts. They are significantly quieter while in place, no extra wind noise. These are gel ear pads with relief cuts for eye pro and baseball cap fitment. No issues installing these on my current Peltor Tactical headset. They make them for numerous other headsets and companies. I recommend these to every shooter and trainer; these are a game changer. So step up your game and get more protection."
LEO & gear connoisseur
"Wasn’t getting the seal I needed when I mounted my ComTac IIIs to my Exfil. Thanks to Noisefighters, I’m back to where I need to be. My ears are in heaven when I’m wearing these bad boys!"
Military officer + technical expert
"BLUF: @noisefighters SightLines Peltor ComTac Cushions worked as advertised to make wearing eyeglasses or eye protection much more comfortable while wearing over-the-ears hearing protection/comms. -
***Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with Noisefighters, and have not received any sort of compensation for this testing***
I was fortunate to be able to spend a little over a week testing the very first set of 3M Peltor ComTac-compatible SightLines Cushions and wanted to share some of my impressions.
To be honest, after first installing the cushions at the house, I was a little bit tepid, as the pads slightly changed the angle of my glasses, however once on the range and once I was focused on actually shooting and not on my glasses/headset, the slight change in angle became a non-issue, much better than my past attempts to use Rx inserts in various types of eye protection. Once I started going about my business, I more or less forgot that I was wearing them—a good thing in this case, and I found myself much less frequently tempted to remove my hearing protection at every possible interval just to give my temples a rest. -
Ultimately, there’s not really much to say in terms of fancy features when it comes to the SightLines Cushions, they’re straightforward and simple—and the best indication that they’re working is that you don’t notice them at all. I’m very pleased to have had the opportunity to have tried these out, and am looking forward to purchasing a few sets for all my ComTacs."
"Just my $0.02:
I jumped in during their Kickstarter campaign. I received my Impact Sport cups very quickly after the campaign (something nearly unheard of in the Kickstarter funding world).
The Impact Sports are definitely budget-level hearing protection. I have a David Clark aviation headset, and have worn ~10 different models of both passive and active noise-cancelling aviation headphones (one pair was $900 worth of noise-cancelling goodness).
The HL Impact Sport headphones have relatively decent active cancelling. I give them to guests so they can hear my instructions more easily. The real problem is the ear cups. They're the same kind of thing you'd see on a pair of $9 Panasonic headphones at Walmart. A $7 pair of Harbor Freight ear muffs have better passive reduction characteristics.
The Sightlines cups are constructed more like aviation headset cups. It's a flexible membrane over soft foam. These make the Impact Sports feel like much more expensive headsets. They're more comfortable for long periods and massively improve the passive noise reduction with or without eye protection.
The fact that they have little cut-outs for your eye protection makes them stand apart from anything else I've worn. Even for flying, you're usually wearing sunglasses, and these would make a world of difference for comfort on those long flights in those freakishly-loud prop cockpits.
Even if you don't have a burning need for better hearing protection, these guys are really cool engineers pursuing their passion in a very competitive environment. I was happy to patronize them, and even more happy with what I got in the mail.
Note: I have no professional affiliation with them. I'm just some random guy on the Internet who likes to shoot."
"I just got one of the most exciting mail calls I've had in awhile. [...] These make $60 headphones feel like $350 headphones."
"Significantly more comfortable, less noise and no pressure points with eyewear. Every shooter needs these!"