Well I finally had enough. I was not going to run through another class with this set of Peltor electronic hearing protection.
So prior to to attending some shooting classes recently I bought a new pair of Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic ears and I am am glad I did.
To be fair both the Peltor Sport Tactical and the HL Impact Sport perform the same as far as usability, fit, clarity and sound protection.
The real differences are in design. These features are widely different. And these differences make, in my opinion, the Howard Leight, if you'll pardon the pun, light years ahead.
The HL set is super simple. Slide off a cover, insert two AAA batteries, power on and you are good-to-go. It also features power off after 4 hours. The on-off and volume knob is recessed into the shell of one ear cup and is easy to operate but hard to accidentally turn on. That alone is enough to win over the Peltor. In short these work well. Fit well, do not interfere with shouldering an AR15 etc.
In contrast the Peltor is somewhat complicated and clumsy. The Peltor uses 4 AAA batteries. Two in each ear cup. To replace the batteries is a royal pain in the ass. You have to carefully pull off the cover with the ear cushion attached to get to the battery holders. I can see somebody tearing off the cushion trying to swap a set of batteries. You have to do this for each side as each ear cup has it's own independent mic/amp/speaker. For at least a year I just used the Peltor like a set of standard dumb ear muffs as the battery and controls issue was just a huge pain to deal with and the expectation I'd have dead batteries next range trip.
The stupid does not end there. The placement of the on-off volume knobs makes it super easy for your ears to accidentally get turned on while in your range bag. I cannot tell you how many times I went to use these ears at the range only to discover one or both sides were dead due to being left on. They do have a cutoff. It's when the batteries run dead.
And last grump. The knobs easily fall off the volume control.
In short the HL is, in my experience, a better thought out product than the Peltor. As I said, both work about the same. They are perfectly serviceable when the batteries are good. However if recommending or buying another new set of ears I'd hands down suggest the Howard Leight Impact Sport since both of these sets are close in price.