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    Dum vivimus vivamus ted's Avatar
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    Great Foam Ear Plug Source

    Hi Folks,

    I am a big fan of the Howard Leight Laser Lite ear plugs. At NRR 32 they are higher rated than most other foam plugs out there, and are a great fit for those of us with narrower ear canals who find the big orange ones sold at bike shops and shooting ranges uncomfortable and painful over the long haul. I bought a box of 200 back in 1999 though I only got about 30 pairs in before a bad wreck put my riding on hold for some years. Still, I used them on planes (bliss!), at the shooting range, etc. and a couple years ago when I started riding again went happily back to the box. I ran out at the end of last season and started looking for a new box.

    I started at Conney Safety Products where I got the last box but found them to be priced on the high side and with high shipping cost a bit too much. With a little searching (and a google for "free shipping code") I found Seton Company - they had the best price around on the 200-pairs uncorded and as mentioned free shipping with the "WS0114" code. Total price was half what many others charge.

    I ordered and got the e-mail confirmation, then a shipping notice with tracking code. Two days later the box appeared on my doorstep - total price $23.90.

    Great experience I thought I would pass along. Sure cheaper than paying $1 a pair, and there is never a temptation to re-wear grubby used ones



    PS - DaveB if you read this, send me your address again and I will get you a '99 and '12 one for comparison - frankly except for a bit more vivid yellow I cannot tell the difference. Tried measuring, compressing, twisting, stretching, etc. - they seem exactly the same.
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    BMW MOV Club Director ENFOMAN's Avatar
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    Good price on those Howard leight plugs. I have never tried that particular type. I was offered a few pair of pilots at a trade show a few years back and found these the best fit for me with good DBR.

    http://www.northernsafety.com/Produc...r-Plugs-NRR-26

    Often this company offers free shipping, The cost is a bit more for these but IMO is worth it for the firm and long lasting fit.

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    The Howard Leight plugs you like are sold at Walgreens.
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    ebay has them

    I have been using them for several years...on the bike and to block my wife's snoring!

    You can get them for great prices on ebay...with or without being connected.
    George
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    +1 on the Howard Leight plugs. I've been using the "Max" model for a few years, buying by the box. Discovering too late in life the damage caused by noise, I'm determined to preserve what I've got left. From riding, lawn mowing, power tools, and plane trips, I use 'em now.

    If you don't wear earplugs when riding now, you will wish you did when you get a little older.

    pete

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    Used foam for years, always got the best I could, but NOTHING works as well as these http://www.earplugsonline.com/

    They call them the worlds best ear plugs and I agree. They are a putty like material that you soften by kneading it and press into the ear, they seal EXCELLENT.

    No matter what I did, the foam seal seemed inconsistent, and even loosened during a ride. requiring stopping and reinsertion which is a PITA. I have had these loosen just a couple times, and I can reach inside the helmet and just press it back in on the fly.

    Go to ADV rider, there is a big thread there with testimonials about their effectiveness. Here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...t=worlds+plugs
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    For years I had tried every type of ear plug and could find nothing good. So I would tear a tissue, of the Kleenex(TM) type in two, and stuff each ear.
    Which actually worked the best for me.
    But I was in Torrey and Arizona Al was offering his custom, made for your ear plugs. So I tried them. Excellent. He puts the silicon in the ear, then it hardens, and he then trims the plug. They work excellent, and he also gave me all the science and instructions on how to use them.
    Of course, these have to be made in person.
    But they are the best I have ever found.
    He also puts speakers in them, if you want.
    dc

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    Being a musician, I opted for the molded earplug a long time ago. Their filtering allows the clearest representation of what's happening around you instead of the muffled sound you get from the plushy ones. Lately I've been riding with headphones and got a pair of the Etymotics with their 3 flange rubber earplug on it. It really cuts out the sound and allows you to listen to your music at a low level without damaging your hearing. I'd recommend either customs or the regular Etymotic plugs.

    Granted for the cost, those squishy ones look like a smart thing to buy and keep in the top case just in case.

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