New Ear Pro from Howard Leight | SHOT 2017

Howard Leight

Howard Leight by Honeywell had several new models of hearing protection at the SHOT Show for people to try out. One is called the Honeywell Sync Wireless while the other is an updated version of the Impact Sport.


The Sync is an over the ear muff that provides 25 dB of noise attenuation. The real key with this muff is that it is Bluetooth 4.1 enabled. It allows you to stream music or other audio to the muffs wirelessly.

Additionally, the Sync has a boom mic so you can take calls from your phone through the ear muffs. One of the reps I spoke to said the noise cancelation circuitry in the mic was so good that you could hold a normal conversation with someone while mowing your lawn. I’m not sure if the noise cancellation is really that good, but I would be happy if it is.


Howard Leight

Many shooters have the Impact Sport line of ear pro. These use low profile, over the ear cups to reduce harmful noise. The new Bolt model offers an improved amplification circuitry that provides a 5x boost in sounds, which could be great for hunters listening for animal movements. Additionally, the circuitry has a much faster 0.5 millisecond response time.

Lastly, and perhaps more impactful than the other improvements, the system uses compression technology so that when a loud noise is encountered, it doesn’t simply shut things down. Instead, it uses a compression algorithm to attenuate the harmful sound while still allowing you to hear other sounds like conversations.

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  • Henry Reed

    Still think the Impact Pro is a better option, especially combined with plugs.

    • Curious_G

      Since the Bolt is basically a revised/improved Impact Pro, I am curious why the Impact Pro is a better option. Is it because it is green?

      • Henry Reed

        Please cite where the Sport Bolt is an improvement over the Pro. The Pro has historically had higher dB protection as well as more comfortable muffs.

        • Curious_G

          1. Read the article.
          2. Look at the picture – it IS the impact sport (hint: it says it on the side. Impact Sport/Bolt), so there is no reason to believe it is less comfortable.

      • ZQ

        It’s not an improved version of the Impact Pro, the Bolt is part of the Impact Sport lineup.

        The Impact Sport is a lot less bulky and helps keep a cheek weld with the gun due to its low profile for the people that need it.

        • Henry Reed

          I guess he deleted his comment telling me to “read the article” when he realized he’s in fact the one who needs a lesson in reading comprehension.

      • Henry Reed

        Where’d your little snarky comment go?

  • MrBrassporkchop

    None of this explains why the dummy head they used looks like a burn victim.

    • Bill

      It scared me.

    • Rem870

      It is a transparent (glass or plastic) model. In the photo, the lighting makes it look weird. Made me look a couple times.

  • ExurbanKevin

    The link for the Bolt goes to a optics rail for a Browning rifle.

    Look, I get that you guys run the site on affiliate links, but can we link to the right gear, please? 😉

  • Drew Coleman

    Love my Howard Leights. May have to try these new ones out.

  • Mmmtacos

    I might need some new Howard Leights, mine sort of got battery acid all over them…