[SHOT Show 2020] New Hearing Enhancement/Protection From Howard Leight


[SHOT Show 2020] New Hearing Enhancement/Protection From Howard Leight

When it comes to hearing protection in the shooting sports, the name Howard Leight by Honeywell has gotten pretty widespread in recent years. Their Impact Sport line of electronic earmuffs has been a particular success, and in 2020 they are expanding that line with the Honor Collection.

What I like best about the Impact Sport is the auto shutoff. I’m like y’all: I sometimes forget to turn off my electronic earmuffs — or else they get bumped or jostled in my shooting bag, which turns them on. In most muffs, that means dead batteries next time you need them. But Impact Sport will turn itself off after 4 hours, so you only have to switch them off and back on to resume enjoying amplification along with protection.

The Honor Collection features three new versions of Impact Sport hearing protection muffs, designed to honor first responders, police officers, and military personnel.

Howard Leight Impact Sport Honor Collection "Smoke"
Howard Leight Impact Sport Honor Collection “Smoke”

From the press release:

Now, this proven performer celebrates veterans and active-service military, law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders in the pride-inspiring new colorways of the Impact Sport Honor Collection.

The patterns, or “colorways,” are Real Blue, One Nation, and Smoke.

Howard Leight Impact Sport Honor Collection "Real Blue"
Howard Leight Impact Sport Honor Collection “Real Blue”

Here are the manufacturer’s specs of the Impact Sport:

  • Built-in directional microphones amplify range commands and other ambient sounds to a safe 82dB, providing more natural listening and enhanced communication.
  • Actively listens and automatically stops amplification when ambient sound exceeds 82dB.
  • Features low profile earcups for firearm stock clearance; adjustable headband for secure fit; compact folding design for convenient storage.
  • Includes AUX input and 3.5mm cord to connect with your music device or radio scanner or another audio source.
  • Includes 2 AAA batteries; automatic shut-off feature after 4 hours increases battery life; approximately 350 hours of battery life.
  • Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): 22dB.

These new Impact Sport Honor Collection models should be available at Howard Leight Shooting Sports Dealers and online at howardleightshootingsports.com in June of 2020. MSRP is $79.99.

Impact Sport Bolt

Howard Leight also has a new “Bolt” version of the Impact Sport, with a digital processor which allows faster response to changes in volume. Bolt has a reaction time of half a millisecond — and this applies both before and after a shot. They say this will help make sure you can hear more conversation (including range commands) by restoring electronic amplification more quickly after blocking the sound of a shot.

Impact Sport Bolt in Orange.
Impact Sport Bolt in Orange.

In addition to working 250 times faster than other Impact Sport models, Bolt comes with a belt clip and two extra ear pads.

Noise reduction remains at 22db, but battery life suffers — Bolt is rated for 150 hours of battery life from the included pair of AAA batteries, vs. 350 hours from standard Impact Sport models.

Impact Sport Bolt in Orange.
Impact Sport Bolt in Orange.

MSRP on the Howard Leight Impact Sport Bolt is $90, and you can order it today at the following links in black, gray, or (my favorite) orange.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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