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Proguard BikerPlugz review: A non-blocking dome design silicone earplug for motorcyclists…
I met a ‘Maxi-scooter’ rider in Stanstead airport’s car park recently. As we both prepared ourselves we chatted with the usual banter, I was pleased to see that he was putting in earplugs… Never rode without plugs he said. Very sensible I said. Which ones do you have? BikerPlugz he said… They’re very good…
I had been using them for the last couple of weeks and they do what they say they will. The drop in sound is pleasingly noticeable and whilst I don’t have helmet speakers, my son does ride pillion quite often – and it’s nice to be able to hear what he’s saying, something you really struggle to do with blocking plugs.
The aluminium carry-case has a simple keyring on the screw off lid so you can attach it permanently to your jacket, should be no excuse for leaving them behind then. ProGuard now also included a rubber lanyard so that you can ‘tie’ the plugs together. A nice option that will suit some people for sure.
Changing the filters is not particularly onerous with the supplied tool; I preferred the reds since they are they offer the highest blocking, but what to do with the unused filters? These things are very small and easily mislaid, but given that I’m unlikely to want to change once I’m happy, it’s not a major issue.
Soft and tactile with a handy lip to aid insertion and extraction, once they are in place they remain fairly static and are certainly considerably more comfortable than the squishy rubberized/foam plugs you can buy.
Proguard has numerous options available for those people who wish to provide themselves protection against Noise Induced Hearing Loss and the ever looming threat of Tinnitus*.
*Tinnitus (‘permanent ringing noise in the ears’) is a result of permanent hearing damage and it’s understood that exposure to noise (either loud or prolonged) can trigger the condition. It’s estimated that between 10-15% of the population have the condition in varying levels.
Of course, that leaves 85% of the population unlikely to develop it, but bikers fall into the high risk category because of the prolonged exposure of wind noise; it can get over 100dB in the helmet at speed; that leaves the ‘safe’ exposure time down to 10-15 minutes… Ignore Tinnitus at your peril.