Walker Razor X Ear Buds Protects Your Hearing And Allows You To Hear Range Commands

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Walker recently released a new product for hearing protection with the ability to adjust volume to block the sound of gunfire and amplify normal conversations and other sounds. This new set of earbuds is called the Razor X. The Razor X earbuds are contained within a pliable plastic housing that fits comfortably around the user’s neck. When not in use the earbuds retract into the unit and out of the way.

Walker’s Hearing Protection for Hunting   Shooting Sports

When the user is ready to use them you simply pull the earbuds out as long as you need them and plug them into the ear canal (shown in the feature photo). On the unit itself is a off/on slide switch to activate them. A rocker switch is also available allowing the user to adjust the volume. The main unit also contains two stereo microphones, one on each side, which pick up the incoming sound which is then processed and transmitted to the earbuds small digital speakers at the proper volume for the type of sound received. The neck unit also has a micro USB port to use with the included wall charger. A charge last approximately eight to ten hours on average.

Earbuds extended

Earbuds extended

Also each side of the main unit has a single button to depress which instantly retracts each earbud back into the unit. A packet of assorted size ear plugs are included to help you get a comfortable fit.

The contoured shape and soft material make these very comfortable to wear over long periods. They are also much less prone to snagging on guns and gear when the earbuds are retracted.

The contoured shape and soft material make these very comfortable to wear over long periods. They are also much less prone to snagging on guns and gear when the earbuds are retracted.

Since receiving these I’ve used them a number of times on the range and found they work very well at blocking gunfire sound while allowing normal conversation with others as well as hearing other sounds on the range.

Earbuds retracted

Earbuds retracted

Most hearing protectors I’ve used and or tested with these features run in the range of $300 to almost $400. The MSRP of the Razor X is $119.00. I’ve found them on the Internet for as little as $88.00. This is really a good buy with the features you get especially considering the price of other brands products with the same feature set.

RAZORX

Features:

Retractable Digital Ear buds
31dB NRR
Sound Activated Compression (SAC)
Powered by Rechargeable LIPO battery 250mAH battery for 10 hours of use.
Hi Gain omnidirectional microphones for clear sound enhancement.
HD speakers in the ear buds for wide range audio quality.
Includes 3 pairs of 12mm foam tips (S/M/L) and two pairs of 16mm coated foam tips (M/L)
Auto-Shut Off (low power mode) after 4 to 6 hours. Timer resets and unit wakes after any button is pressed.
Integrated Micro USB port .
AC wall adapter with USB port and included 1 meter micro USB cord for charging.
Storage case Included

The Razor-X incorporates a neck worn device featuring retractable digital ear buds that provide incredible comfort for all day shooting. The “behind the neck” design allows for ZERO interference with you or your weapon, allowing you to focus on your target. These remarkable patent-pending buds allow the user to be in loud environments without damaging their hearing, providing an impressive 31dB of noise reduction.

The Hi Gain omni-directional microphones provide clear sound enhancement for enjoyable conversations on the range or to hear firearm instructors’ directions while training. The Razor-X HD digital speakers provide a wide range audio quality that enhances the users experience. The kit includes two different styles of noise reducing foam tips in a variety of sizes to ensure a proper fit for maximum noise reduction. The Razor-X is equipped with an auto-shut off (low power mode) after 4 to 6 hours. The timer will reset and the unit will wake up after any button is pressed. An AC wall adapter with USB port and a one-meter micro USB cord is provided for convenient charging.

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Each time I’ve looked at this kind of design I haven’t really been sold on it and thought they would be uncomfortable and frankly annoying. I was very wrong. The rubber type material is so pliable they can be twisted in just about any direction as well as being rather soft. In short they are comfortable and well designed. Couple that with the fact they work as advertised and the price is right. In fact I’ll probably be using these one the range rather than the higher priced ones I have that use somewhat expensive batteries that last around eight hours and you’re done. Just plug these in and charge them up which only takes about an hour.

Charging port

Charging port

Walker Website



Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • derick geisendorfer

    They look like the Bluetooth headset/ear buds I have for my phone. I would love to have them have Bluetooth as well for Audio input. I’d buy them in a heartbeat.

  • GPSrulz

    I got the Razor XV with the BT. I like them, but they are a little uncomfortable after awhile. They’re not as soft as foam plugs. Sound and the voice mic are okay. The ambient noise amplifier tends to pick up a lot of back ground noise, especially walking with gear. Good for the range and stationary hunting.

  • Sasquatch

    O use my LG tones some times in a pinch but this is another level. Can you say awesome edc item!

    • Drew Coleman

      I would not use regular headphones for ear pro – they don’t have a high enough NRR

      • Sasquatch

        If you want to get technical neither does your fingers.

  • Bill

    Nice NRR. Bad depth of field in photos.

    • Using a macro lens on my IPhone for the closeups.

      • PK

        You took those photos with a PHONE? More importantly, your phone has a fisheye lens?

      • Simon R.

        If you tap where you want it to focus it will get the subject instead of the background. And its typically better to back up a little bit and then crop the image. Hard for the phones to focus up close quickly. Good review though. I like the minimalist design here.

  • jdsonice

    I have tried these. I could not get these to stay in my ears no matter what I tried. Had to return them back.

    • Did you have the bag of extra plugs in various sizes. You can also heat the plugs on the stove top in hot water and they should become more pliable. I’ve used that method on other brands ear buds.

    • wayne Reimer

      The replacement foam ear pieces for both Shure & Etymonic earbuds fit these. I don’t care for these type of foams either; they move around too much. The Ety’s & the Shure foams are different material, and they mold into your ear after you compress them on insertion. When they re-expand, they don’t move at all, and completely cut out any noise leakage. I’m going to take them in and see if I can get a custom molded earpiece made for them. I’ve done that with my Shure earbuds for wearing under a helmet, and since these are the same post design, I imagine it’ll work fine

  • DanGoodShot

    I prefer things with a small footprint. Especially ear pro. I find most of my stocks and mickey mouse ears dont like eachother. If the sound quality is decent and that lasts more than a couple months, I’m in! As always, good find Phil.

    • Thanks Dan. I particularly like being able to adjust the volume which all the others I’ve tried don’t. These really are comfortable and I can’t stand wearing muffs.

  • Dang. I was hoping for Bluetooth as well.

    • Tom Currie

      Apparently they took the bluetooth out of the headsets they copied the design from to make room for the audio amplifier and especially the automatic retracting reels for the ear buds.

    • The XV has bluetooth

      • Thank you sir! I will be looking into those.

    • mig1nc

      They have a model with Bluetooth.

  • TechnoTriticale

    Is there a photo anywhere of the whole thing in use? I can’t see where the loop hangs, even on the photo of the retail package.

    Also, do these clip all sounds to some unspecified max dB, or mute on impulse and/or generally high noise levels? (apparently the latter, in which case, what is the clamping response time in milliseconds?)

    • wearing them photo.

      • TechnoTriticale

        Thanks for posting the photo.

        On the response time issue, NRR does not tell the whole tale with ear protection. A deep dive on this would make for an interesting article. If the industry is reticent to discuss it, that would be telling.

    • PK

      The delay in ms would be wonderful to know. Such delay is the only reason I haven’t gone with electronic hearing protection, yet. A similar problem of response time existed for many years with auto-darkening welding helmets, where you didn’t really notice the damage being done. I always wonder.

  • Edeco

    Interesting if they work, will be keeping an eye on them.

    Electronic earmuffs with NPR over 30 are pricey and when using with plugs, yanno. I haven’t found it hard to balance protection, cost, and ability to hear speech at the range but t’wernt my first rodeo with PPE and it did take thought. Using electronic earbuds and non-electronic earmuffs if needed makes sense, could make the ear pro problem a no-brainer.

  • Joseph Goins

    The website should change its name to The Firearm and Accessory Advertisement Blog (TFAAB).

    • Hey if I find or are shown what looks like a good product I want to share that info with all the readers. It’s up to the readers to decide if it interest them, has good features for their needs and the cost is right and not up to me to censor content like this because someone may not like it. Just skip it if you don’t like it.
      Oh and it isn’t an ad we get nothing for writing things like this up.

      • Cory C

        I genuinely appreciate the reviews. I’m just not plugged in enough to the world of accessories and tactical gear to know about products without your blog. Thanks.

      • Lanette Atkins

        I really appreciate your review as I would probably not known of this product for a much longer time without it. Thanks for the time and effort put forth on your part.

    • Dan

      Add whiney entitled readers to that too.

  • Cory C

    Wayne, you’re the man. I thought these seemed a bit hokey, but your review legitmizes them. Thanks for taking the time to contribute.

  • Sianmink

    Thanks for the review, Wayne! I’m definitely taking a closer look at these now.

  • AD

    What occurred to me while reading this article was that, because the microphones are on the main body around the neck and not on the buds, you could use these to “double-up” on hearing protection without losing the ability to hear conversations; basically put these on, then wear a traditional headset on top.

  • mrsatyre

    Cool concept, but being in the electronics manufacturing industry (headphones included), I know from first-hand experience that wires that thin on retracting winders tend to have a very high failure rate.

    • Edeco

      Yeah, now I’m waiting for ones without retractors

  • totenglocke

    These look great, but will probably suffer the problem of most earbuds where none of the sizes will properly fit your ears and will start working their way loose when you move. Having that problem with my earbuds while jogging is a minor annoyance. Having it happen when I’m shooting and will incur hearing damage? That’s a major problem.

  • Joe

    No Bluetooth? Seriously. These would be so much more useful if combined with typical wireless earbud technology.

    • cheezit

      They make a bluetooth version (the Razor XV), it’s about $20 more.

  • C. Her

    $120 for the Bluetooth model. Heck yeah! Been waiting for one of these for a while for general use which includes listening to Drowning Pool while hunting, Mozart while mowing the grass and to mute the wife out. I’m just curious how Bluetooth mode and still hear outside commands or voice will work out.

  • C. Her

    Does the thin tethers look tough enough for years of normal use?

    • wayne Reimer

      to be honest? No, they don’t, which is why I made the comment about taking them into an audio place and having better quality braided & armored earbud cable installed. That said, I doubt you’re going to twist the earbuds off the leads in two weeks, assuming you’re using them like a grown-up. Sure, you could rip them off the first time you extended them, if you yanked on them like you were trying to start a chainsaw, so…don’t do that! No need to really yank on them anyway.
      To be fair, the unit costs around a hundred bucks; I wouldn’t expect them to have external wiring that I KNOW from past experience can cost upward of $60 a pair. These will be just as durable as the earbuds that came with your iphone, for sure.

  • James

    Saw these when they first came out and bought a set to prevent the ear sweats on the range. Idpa/uspsa competitions get pretty long where I’m at. They work well, but after several uses the on/off button started shorting in and out. Wondering if sweat got in there haha. Been a warm summer. Hopefully my second set will be coming from them soon. I was only getting about 4-6 hours of use as well. I think a rubberized on/off button instead of a mechanical switch would be an improvement and small array of LEDs for power level would be nice.

  • uisconfruzed

    Nice!
    Seal the switches and get rid of the retractables.

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    Great, now add bluetooth so we can hear some tunes, hehe.

    • Lanette Atkins

      They do make them with Bluetooth.

  • Lanette Atkins

    Thanks for the review. I am less concerned about the photography than I am the quality of the written review which is excellent. Also appreciative of comments from others who have used these. I am anxious to try.

  • longnkrnch

    Can anyone tell me if these would amplify normal sounds in the woods?? My hearing is not great. I currently use the original game ear and it helps greatly, but all sounds are like they come from the side I’m wearing it on. Without it, I hear very little when hunting.