Surefire Sonic Defenders Filtered Hearing Protection

Surefire Sonic Defenders

Many times we like to go back and visit products on the market that really standout.  The Sonic Defenders line of hearing protection from Surefire goes well beyond a standout product.  These earplugs come from the same Surefire company known for their legendary flashlights.  Just like their flashlights these earplugs are made right here in the United States in Fountain Valley, CA.

 

Models Available

One of the downsides of the Surefire Sonic Defenders is the somewhat initially daunting extensive product line.  You would think with earplugs you would only have a couple choices but with all the colors and styles there are around 50 or so choices.  Below we will breakdown the basics of what there is to make it a bit more manageable.

EP3 Sonic Defenders – Two Flanged FILTERED Earplugs
Colors: Black, Clear or Orange
Sizes: S, M or L

EP4 Sonic Defenders Plus – Three Flanged FILTERED Earplugs
Colors: Black, Clear or Orange
Sizes: S, M or L

EP5 Sonic Defenders Max – Three Flanged Full Block Earplugs
Colors: Black, Clear or Orange
Sizes: S, M or L

EP7 Sonic Defenders Ultra- Foam FILTERED Earplugs
Colors: Black, Clear or Orange
Sizes: S, M or L

EP9 Sonic Defenders Cobalt Max – Three Flanged Full Block Earplugs (metal infused for industrial scanners)
Colors: Blue
Sizes: S, M or L

EP10 Sonic Defenders Ultra Max – Foam FILTERED Earplugs
Colors: Black, Clear or Orange
Sizes: S, M or L

 

Surefire Sonic Defenders Sizing

Of all the models listed above the sizing is uniform and can be understood by the chart below.  Most people will be using the medium plugs but you can measure your concha bowl for an exact fit.

Surefire Sonic Defenders

 

Surefire Sonic Defenders Fitment

When it comes to earplugs, comfort is one of the main concerns especially when worn for many hours at a time.  Basic foam plugs can be initially comfortable but over an hour they can cause discomfort.  The solution form Surefire was to make the Sonic Defenders as comfortable as possible.  After all the only hearing protection which will be worn for long periods of time will be ones not causing discomfort.  The fitment of Surefire Sonic Defenders boils down to their seven unique grab points listed below.

Surefire Sonic Defenders

The Secret Sauce of the Surefire Sonic Defenders

What truly makes the Surefire Sonic Defenders earplugs special are the filtering models.  When you incorporate the comfort and retention features of the Sonic Defenders and then take it a step further by adding filtering this is when the rubber meets the road with these truly amazing earplugs.  Being able to hear people around and you converse when needed.  Answering a phone call or radio.  These are things that would have been impossible without filtered plugs.

 

How Does Filtering Work with the Surefire EP3, EP4 & EP7 Models?

The filtering models of Surefire Sonic Defenders features small filter caps which can be easily opened and closed.  When closed these plugs act much like a full block plug and are always blocking noise.  When the cap is open that is when the magic happens.

Surefire Sonic Defenders

 

Surefire Sonic Defenders

Surefire Sonic Defenders

Surefire Sonic Defenders

 

Tool Report’s Take on Surefire NON-FILTERED Sonic Defender Models (Full Block Models)

These plugs have been very popular amongst professionals covering many areas.  We find them to be beneficial when in an environment where small sounds can be distracting so having a full block model works better.  With the very comfortable fit we often see users wear these plugs all day without a single complaint.  And many users we are around keep a single set for months at a time.  At an average street price of $13-$15 they may seem a bit expensive compared to standard plugs which can be well under $1 per set.  but when you factor in how many foam plugs you would go through in that same 1-3 month period these Surefire plugs then seem more appealing.  But then you also have to factor in the comfort.  User comfort is something which is hard to put a dollar amount on but to me is worth more than a few bucks.

 

Tool Report’s Take on the Filtered Sonic Defenders Models

This whole article can be boiled down to these filtered plugs.  We truly think they are game changers.  Several members of our staff have tested them for over a year with amazing results.  One user is a lawn care professional and swears by them.  Being able to leave the plugs in all day and switch between using power equipment and then conversing with customers and employees is gold.  I personally use them in professional and recreational situations.  Professionally I use them in a machine shop which is a huge benefit.  I can’t count how many times over the years I’ve been concentrating on a project only to have someone come tap my shoulder because I can’t hear them with hear protection.  Those days are over with when using filters plugs.

 

Surefire Sonic Defenders

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