By Tarra Stoddard
Hearing protection is not all equal. Take for instance Walker’s Razor “X” Digital Bud Headsets with 31dB of noise reduction. The electronic hearing protection and enhancement buds work flawlessly for shooters or hunters.
I am highly impressed also with the new lightweight design that sits comfortably around the neck. This around the neck design has retractable earbuds, it is out of the way from cheek welds on shotguns and traditional rifles or AR-pattern rifles.
The Razor “X” package includes two different styles of noise reducing foam tips. There are four different sizes to ensure a proper fit for maximum noise reduction. Walker’s Razor “X” earplugs also come with a cord for recharging and a wall adapter, along with a Walker’s bag for storage.
Included are instructions that are very clear and easy to understand. The rechargeable LIPO battery, 250 mAh battery powers the Razor “X”, providing 10 hours of use. Battery life is prolonged by an auto-shutoff function that engages after four to six hours. Simply push any button on the unit and hearing enhancement returns back on and the timer restarts. These buttons also retract the earbud cords.
Once the batteries are fully charged, the battery life is outstanding. This is still true after using them on a regular basis for three years.
Because they are designed at an impressive 31dB of noise reduction, they allow for very loud environments without damaging hearing. This places the Razor “X” ahead of the rest in protection offered by earplugs and ahead of what many popular earmuffs deliver. The widely used green Howard Leight over the ear noise-canceling muffs only have a 22dB NRR.
The plugs passed my extreme protection tests when I stood behind a 300 Win Mag rifle firing and didn’t flinch. I would normally flinch with each round fired wearing standard electronic ear muffs.
The Hi-Gain Omni-Directional microphones provide clear sound enhancement allowing you to hear firearm instructors’ directions while training or for casual conversations on the range. The Razor “X” HD digital speakers provide a wide range of audio quality that enhances the users’ experience. The standard electronic ear muffs hurt my ears and head after wearing them for less than thirty minutes. They also got in the way of my cheek weld. I had to constantly reposition the muffs and then the recoil would displace them.
The cost: $119.00—– Protecting your hearing while enjoying clear conversations on the range or in the woods……PRICELESS!
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DESCRIPTION & DETAILS
Retractable Digital Earbuds
Sound Activated Compression (SAC)
Powered by Rechargeable LIPO battery 250mAH battery for 10 hours of use.
Hi-Gain omni-directional microphones for clear sound enhancement.
HD speakers in the earbuds for wide range audio quality.
Includes 3 pairs of 12mm foam tips (S/M/L) and two pairs of 16mm coated foam tips (M/L)
Auto-Shut Off (low power mode) after 4 to 6 hours. Timer resets and unit wakes after any button is pressed.
Integrated Micro USB port
AC wall adapter with USB port and included a 1 meter micro USB cord for charging.
Storage case included
Editor’s note: I would totally back up Tarra’s review. I, too, got a set of these hearing protectors a few years ago. They were used today on two different youth upland hunts with absolute flawless performance! I love my set.