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post #1 of 18 Old 03-21-2014, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Favorite ear plugs?

There is a thread about who wears earplugs, and some responded with what brand they use, but most didn't.


Personally i found Howard Leight MAX Lite Foam Ear Plugs to be the best for my smaller ear holes. i've also tried the Howard Leight MAX-1 Foam Ear plugs which block a bit more sound but are not as comfortable.


Which brand ear plugs are your favorite for riding?

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I just use the foamies they have at CVS called Hearos. They sell them in bulk packs and are cheap. Plus, it is really hard to beat their 32 decibel noise reduction rating.

On a side note, riding with earplugs are the way to go. I think it even makes the bike sound better.
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conversation on this thread pretty much covers it: Hearing Protection Poll

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Well, I actually use these. They fit about the same on me too.


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I love the mushy foam ones that you can squeeze real thin, put in your ear, and then then expand. They are comfortable, small, and really block out sound well.

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I love the mushy foam ones that you can squeeze real thin, put in your ear, and then then expand. They are comfortable, small, and really block out sound well.
I use these ones also sometimes. However I do use some of the Radion(?) custom molded earplugs you can buy off Amazon. Got a couple sets of those. One with earplug holes for music riding and ones with no holes.
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I use these ones also sometimes. However I do use some of the Radion(?) custom molded earplugs you can buy off Amazon. Got a couple sets of those. One with earplug holes for music riding and ones with no holes.
How do you like the Radians? Pluses and minuses? Some of the reviews say the molding process is a pain, and some say it doesn't work at all, and then of course some say they are amazing.

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How do you like the Radians? Pluses and minuses? Some of the reviews say the molding process is a pain, and some say it doesn't work at all, and then of course some say they are amazing.
I made mine back in July/August sometime and they work great. The only thing I can say bad about it is the hole where my earplug goes in is starting to give way from all the pulling on and off of the helmet (so user error/use, not the earplugs themselves). The molding process isn't a pain at all. You roll the 2 compounds around in a ball, stick it in your ear, smooth it out, and give it about 10-15 mins. It's really weird at first cause it sounds like Snap, Crackle, Pop cereal inside your ear for the first couple minutes but that goes away after a while. I just used them yesterday to go out on a ride and they are still very much molded to my ears. Soft but rigid. I heard to mold them to a bit more of your outside ear so you have areas to hook them into more and it works like a charm. I would definitely recommend them. They work great with ear phones and definitely keep a lot of the wind and other ambient sounds out with the ones without ear phones while still allowing me to hear cars, my bike, and the like all around me.
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I made mine back in July/August sometime and they work great. The only thing I can say bad about it is the hole where my earplug goes in is starting to give way from all the pulling on and off of the helmet (so user error/use, not the earplugs themselves). The molding process isn't a pain at all. You roll the 2 compounds around in a ball, stick it in your ear, smooth it out, and give it about 10-15 mins. It's really weird at first cause it sounds like Snap, Crackle, Pop cereal inside your ear for the first couple minutes but that goes away after a while. I just used them yesterday to go out on a ride and they are still very much molded to my ears. Soft but rigid. I heard to mold them to a bit more of your outside ear so you have areas to hook them into more and it works like a charm. I would definitely recommend them. They work great with ear phones and definitely keep a lot of the wind and other ambient sounds out with the ones without ear phones while still allowing me to hear cars, my bike, and the like all around me.
cool, i was a bit hesitant but i think i will order this kit now. Thanks for the info.

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cool, i was a bit hesitant but i think i will order this kit now. Thanks for the info.
No problem. I just got another kit to redo the earphones set so they stay in better. Got em from Amazon for like $15,
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I made mine back in July/August sometime and they work great. The only thing I can say bad about it is the hole where my earplug goes in is starting to give way from all the pulling on and off of the helmet (so user error/use, not the earplugs themselves). The molding process isn't a pain at all. You roll the 2 compounds around in a ball, stick it in your ear, smooth it out, and give it about 10-15 mins. It's really weird at first cause it sounds like Snap, Crackle, Pop cereal inside your ear for the first couple minutes but that goes away after a while. I just used them yesterday to go out on a ride and they are still very much molded to my ears. Soft but rigid. I heard to mold them to a bit more of your outside ear so you have areas to hook them into more and it works like a charm. I would definitely recommend them. They work great with ear phones and definitely keep a lot of the wind and other ambient sounds out with the ones without ear phones while still allowing me to hear cars, my bike, and the like all around me.
Nice! I just bought some and they got delivered today according to tracking...looking forward to trying them out
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Nice! I just bought some and they got delivered today according to tracking...looking forward to trying them out
When I did mine, I just did one at a time. I wanted to be able to hear still haha. I also read when they're setting to open your jaw every now and then for the first few minutes to create space for your jaw to move while they're in. Kinda forget the reason behind it now. Anyways, just read the directions they should be fine. Still fit perfectly and keeping out a lot of the sound so far for me!

Edit: Also another thing I saw was when you break up the 2 compounds to mix, they say you only can get 1 pair of ear plugs from them. I broke them up in quarters to make 2 pairs out of it. I found you have more than enough for 2 pairs of ear plugs. If you only break them in half and get 1 pair, seems to me like it'd be a huge ear plug encasing your whole ear in the stuff.

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Here are the custom earplugs I have and love: https://www.1964ears.com/stores/product/10

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When I did mine, I just did one at a time. I wanted to be able to hear still haha. I also read when they're setting to open your jaw every now and then for the first few minutes to create space for your jaw to move while they're in. Kinda forget the reason behind it now. Anyways, just read the directions they should be fine. Still fit perfectly and keeping out a lot of the sound so far for me!

Edit: Also another thing I saw was when you break up the 2 compounds to mix, they say you only can get 1 pair of ear plugs from them. I broke them up in quarters to make 2 pairs out of it. I found you have more than enough for 2 pairs of ear plugs. If you only break them in half and get 1 pair, seems to me like it'd be a huge ear plug encasing your whole ear in the stuff.
You should actually keep your jaw open when you are having impressions or earplugs made. They usually recommend using a 1 - 2" bite block to hold the jaw in an open position while the earplug/impression material cures.

The reason for this is that when you open your mouth, or even when you smile big, the shape of your ear canal changes. So if the custom ear plug wasn't made with the jaw open to begin with, then opening your jaw can/will break the seal of the earplug against your ear canal, and this will allow sound to leak in past the earplug.
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