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Surefire EP4 Sonic Defender Ear Protection by Review Summary ,  Sep 12, 2015

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Surefire EP4 Sonic Defender Ear Protection
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 544 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 0.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.7   average
Level4.7   above average
Fit4.5   average
Range4.5   average
Loud4.3   average
Outdoor4.2   above average
Price4.1   average
Sound4.1   average
Noise4.0   average
Size3.5   below average
Plug3.4   below average


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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I'm not sure what the ring that fits into your ear really does exactly, I GUESS they make them more secure; I BELIEVE they are designed for comfort, but I find the point of discomfort after extended wear being where these rings touch the bowl of my ear."
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"I liked the fit and comfort, but I could not a good enough seal for indoor shooting."
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"They are not the best comfort and hurt my ears after couple of hours."
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"These are without a doubt the most efficient, comfortable and reasonably priced hearing protection that I have had in over 40 years."
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"I found them comfortable, but not remarkably so."
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"Extremely comfortable and well made."
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"Very comfortable and effective"
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"Comfortable in the ear, wore them for about 3 hours with no problem."
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"work great and are comfortable"
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"These work very well, are rather comfortable in my ears, and still allow conversation."
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Design

Design:
"I'm not sure what the ring that fits into your ear really does exactly, I GUESS they make them more secure; I BELIEVE they are designed for comfort, but I find the point of discomfort after extended wear being where these rings touch the bowl of my ear."
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"Sounds, at safe levels, are allowed to pass through into the ear canal, while potentially harmful noises (above 85dB) are reduced via a proprietary design that incorporates a special noise-reducing filter."
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"I'm not sure what the ring that fits into your ear really does exactly, I GUESS they make them more secure; I BELIEVE they are designed for comfort, but I find the point of discomfort after extended wear being where these rings touch the bowl of my ear."
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"These plugs are designed to effectively reduce impulse noise such as that from weapon fire without limiting normal decibel levels or noises such as speech."
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"great design the price is awesome, going to purchase more pairs."
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"Doesn't come out when I put my helmet on for the most part, and the design makes it easy to wiggle back in by pressing on them through the helmet if they aren't in just right."
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"I could leave them in all day, super comfortable and well designed."
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Fit

Fit:
"This is compared to the earband plugs which didn't seem to fit very well and I couldn't get a very good seal."
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"Could not get a good fit."
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"to hard to get to fit the ear right"
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", they can be hard to get adjusted to fit your ear, and lastly the little plastic plug that is supposed to block out all noise doesn't do much and can be a pain to insert."
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"I liked the fit and comfort, but I could not a good enough seal for indoor shooting."
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"I have a feeling that those who say it doesn't block sound have a problem with fit."
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"Excellent fit, seal and noise reduction."
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"Fits well."
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"Fits pretty good."
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"They fit okay and they muffle the sound decent enough as long as you have them in properly."
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"Nice fit, good noise reduction."
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Level

Level:
"There should be a level of stars that indicate that I dislike it very much and wish I didn't get duped into paying money for it."
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"I tried them at an indoor pistol range, and although they reduce the noise to a safe level, I personally was more comfortable with a set of over the ear."
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"With the tabs open, you can easily hear others talking, but the noise from shooting is at a comfortable level."
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"By themselves, they're not *quite* enough to lower the noise to a comfortable level."
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"So I've been searching for comfortable effective ear protection for the last few months now and have ordered a half-dozen different earpieces, all with varying levels of satisfaction... but I think the search is finally over!"
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"These looked great as you can control the level of sound."
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Loud

Loud:
"I work on a 75' Quint truck and the truck interior is loud and combined with the Federal Q siren it is very damaging."
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"I am a mechanic and i'm in a shop most of the day with an impact next to my ear and other loud and annoying noises all day."
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"These can block out some noice and annoying music but not loud lawnmowers and the like."
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"Allow you to have a normal conversation, but not worry about loud noise gearing damage."
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"Nice ear plugs, blocks out loud noises but can still hear normal sounds with it unplugged."
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"I'm still able to hear my radio in the shop without the loud noise of the machines."
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"Very comfortable to wear and blocks out most of the loud sounds at the range! "
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"I have Auditory Processing Disorder and exhibit some ADD symptoms as well, these block out loud noises, while allowing me to adjust the amount of ambient noise I want to hear, thus allowing me to converse more easily in loud, public places."
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Noise

Noise:
"They take away the annoying and damaging wind noise but can still hear what is going on around me."
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"Only complaint is it doesn't do a very good job of letting in noise below high decibel level."
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"I like these, work good able to hear and still blocks harmful noise, can shut cap to add more protection."
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"I use an electric blower in doors and it has a high pitch noise, these Work very good for this problem."
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"Sounds, at safe levels, are allowed to pass through into the ear canal, while potentially harmful noises (above 85dB) are reduced via a proprietary design that incorporates a special noise-reducing filter."
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"I am a mechanic and i'm in a shop most of the day with an impact next to my ear and other loud and annoying noises all day."
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"I tried them at an indoor pistol range, and although they reduce the noise to a safe level, I personally was more comfortable with a set of over the ear."
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"With the tabs open, you can easily hear others talking, but the noise from shooting is at a comfortable level."
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"Excellent fit, seal and noise reduction."
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"GREAT FOR THE RANGE or when the kids make to much noise."
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"Nice ear plugs, blocks out loud noises but can still hear normal sounds with it unplugged."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"Probably good for lawn mowing and outdoor ranges, but buyer beware."
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"However, even outdoors I found them to not be effective enough on their own."
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"Awesome product, I highly recommend these, bought this medium size for my wife and she loves them to, great for outdoor shooting and indoor shooting, even shooting full auto 1919, m249b, m16,these are great, and can still hear people with them in."
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"efficient indoors and outdoors."
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"The price was right so i figured i would give them a try but even with the plugs in they did not cut out enough noise to be effective at an outdoor range."
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"For an indoor range these are good, outdoors, its all you need."
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"Probably good for lawn mowing and outdoor ranges, but buyer beware."
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Plug

Plug:
"If the rings match my outer ear, the plugs are ineffective because they aren't properly seated."
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"Maybe the venue I was at tonight didn't have the best acoustics, but with the plugs out temporarily I heard lots more of the jarring cracking bass tones like when you blow a speaker."
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"While using them tonight it was very hot and some drops of sweat rolled into my ear canals and got trapped by the plugs which was a little uncomfortable."
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"Where do I start, cheap junk says it all, all they are is ear plugs, nothing more and try ain't got ones either"
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"Further you have to remove the plugs to open close the flapswhich could be annoying if traveling in a group or at speed and havin to cahange adapt to new environments on the fly."
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"So, they didn't do me much good and that was with the little plugs closed off."
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"I bought three different types of ear plugs and these were the best."
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"Nice ear plugs, blocks out loud noises but can still hear normal sounds with it unplugged."
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"Pretty good ear plugs but takes time to get used to them in your ear and can be uncomfortable after some time in your ear."
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"The noise reduction with plugs in was outstanding."
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"So I'm solidly satisfied with my purchase and will be using these plugs a lot during this Summer's festival season."
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Price

Price:
"Where do I start, cheap junk says it all, all they are is ear plugs, nothing more and try ain't got ones either"
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"Doesn't work as great as the cheap orange foam plugs but still good."
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"Hard to beat for the price and much more comfy than over the ear muffs."
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"I find this unacceptable for the price, and now have to find a case."
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"My only complaint with these earplugs is that for the price, should have included a nice little case like the 3M Peltor Combat Arms Earplugs do."
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"I hear that they will wear out over a few years, but at the price it is hard to beat, small, battery free hearing protection."
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"These looked great for the money and really liked the idea of using them with the cap open to be able to talk while hunting."
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"Great ear protection and fit for the money! "
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"Durable, choice of sizes, reusable and inexpensive."
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"Great hearing protection at a good price."
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"(PMy Bose QuietComforts are great but you can't wear them around town and even the in ear version was a little above my price point for something that could be so easily lost."
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Range

Range:
"These are ok for range communication but not great."
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"I can see this if you're not squeezing your head with a helmet, relaxing at a gun range but motorcyclists beware."
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"Probably good for lawn mowing and outdoor ranges, but buyer beware."
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"These were horrible for an indoor shooting range."
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"A little small and flimsy though...especially when you're out at the range or in the sticks."
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"They get slightly uncomfortable after wearing them continously for several hours on the range, but this could also be due to my individual ear shape."
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"Good on keeping the sound to a minimum at the skeet range."
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"GREAT FOR THE RANGE or when the kids make to much noise."
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"Great at the range, the concert, or the cinema."
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"not bad it doesn't quite, quite down the .308 bang for my liking when I'm at the range so I back to the electronic muffs I think they'll do well at the pistol range and perhaps on the trap and skeet rang"
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Size

Size:
"I can hear a whisper from across a small room, yet they block damaging frequencies."
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"i was worried that the medium size would be too big for me."
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"Ok I have larger than average ear holes, so maybe that's the problem, but I bought size large and they don't work nearly as well as regular foam plugs."
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"I'm not sure if I purchased the wrong size or what."
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"A little small and flimsy though...especially when you're out at the range or in the sticks."
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"I did have one problem, though--the medium size fit my outer ear perfectly, but the plug itself was too small."
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"I have average sized ears I think, and the regular size worked well."
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"Awesome product, I highly recommend these, bought this medium size for my wife and she loves them to, great for outdoor shooting and indoor shooting, even shooting full auto 1919, m249b, m16,these are great, and can still hear people with them in."
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"These used to only come with the ear pro and wire that connects between them, but now they come with a small carrying case, which is nice."
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"Durable, choice of sizes, reusable and inexpensive."
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"I bought the Medium size plugs as recommended in the video and Like I mentioned the outer part fits, but the plug is too narrow and small, even when compared to other rubber baffle type ear plugs."
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Sound

Sound:
"The problem is this: the wee plugs to go from quiet normal sound level are so tiny and connected to the rubbery, wobbly earpiece that I found it difficult to plug unplug."
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"I have a feeling that those who say it doesn't block sound have a problem with fit."
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"It was a little hard to get a good seal but once it did it blocked sound OK."
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"And the little plug in the middle to shut off all sound is flimsy and hard to work."
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"Unfortunately I have found that they don't help with the bagpipe sound, even closed, and I am going to try the cheap foam protectors from my local drug store."
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"I thought this item would provide hearing protection for shooting without the bulk of traditional products, but it does not provide adequate sound blockage for this use."
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"Good on keeping the sound to a minimum at the skeet range."
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"They fit okay and they muffle the sound decent enough as long as you have them in properly."
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"Great sound protection, very comfortable and they stay in place very well."
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"She attended the same show as me tonight without wearing anything and her ears are ringing and a bit painful whereas mine feel good considering the 3 hours of constant crushing sound we just went through."
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"Those sounds were pretty much non existent with the EP4s in."
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