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post #1 of 21 Old 10-26-2016, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone used the Pinlock ear plugs?

I have had molded plugs for about 4 years and time for a change.

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post #2 of 21 Old 10-27-2016, 04:46 AM
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Has anyone used the Pinlock ear plugs?

I have had molded plugs for about 4 years and time for a change.

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Been using Earmold plugs for over 20 years, had 3 sets in that time and for me the only ones worth using, not cheap but as the saying goes" ya get what ya pay for"

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I just use the 3M brand industrial ones.

Cheap, comfortable, excellent noise reduction..
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The Howard Leight ones, work supplies them, generous of them,really.
Can't comment on comfort or noise wear the damned things everyday, don't even know they are there.
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YES! I,ve had 3 sets of earmolds and used to wear them every night as well as on rides.After 10 years of using earmolds (I still have a pair)
I changed to the Pinlock ones 12months ago and havent looked back. I keep 2 sets and cannot recommend them highly enough . They are far more comfortable than the earmolds and dont go manky and need recoating every year or two (remembering i used to wear mine every night)
Granted the Pinlocks are about 95% as effective as the earmolds, but are so much easier to live with.they are far more discrete also and can be carried and worn to music concerts etc, workshop use or when visiting the mother in law
The only things I can fault: the colour - they can be hard to find if you drop one..(I always got bright flouro earmolds for that reason)
sometimes- not commonly but it has happened- the little red filter(s) can fall out if you squeeze the plug unnecessarily. You loose that filter you can throw the pinlocks to the shithouse.Thankfully its red which gives you 1/2 a chance of finding it!
The pinlock case is a stupid joke. throw it away before it gives you the shits.
Cough up the $30 and you,ll never look back.
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I used foam plugs for years. Got molded plugs from going to Moto Shows. My first of these was great because the maker had the courage to make the thing deep, but I lost them. All the other molded plugs would "unstick" from the canal, usually on donning the helmet or within a couple minutes. I began to wear beanies pulled down over my ears to stop the helmet edge from moving the external ear and unsticking the plug. I'd even be able to pull up a shoulder and press a bit on the helmet to restick the plug in the canal.

So, foam worked but hurt my ear canal after so many hours, and molded plugs let in too much of the wrong kind of noise. Went to Costco audiologist--don't do ear plugs. Went to real audiologist inside a dermatology palace and she listened to my tale of noise woe very patiently. She ordered a deeply fitting but very short plug made by a lab from her mold kit. They have semi rigid stalks and have to pulled out of the canal as I can't get them with fingernails and I do carry tweezers in case of a problem. They fit very precisely, never hurt the canal, never become unstuck. About $180, roughly the same amount I had spent over the years on all the other solutions. I keep them in the supplied flat case, always in my ears or my tank bag. I know I will inevitably lose them but at least I know what to do then.

I figure none of you will go that far, and the vast majority don't have misshaped ear canals like me so you don't have a problem like mine. She was, however, my last resort and she hacked the mission wonderfully. Alexandra de Groot, AuD. With that wonderful name, she couldn't fail.
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I used foam plugs for years. Got molded plugs from going to Moto Shows. My first of these was great because the maker had the courage to make the thing deep, but I lost them. All the other molded plugs would "unstick" from the canal, usually on donning the helmet or within a couple minutes. I began to wear beanies pulled down over my ears to stop the helmet edge from moving the external ear and unsticking the plug. I'd even be able to pull up a shoulder and press a bit on the helmet to restick the plug in the canal.

So, foam worked but hurt my ear canal after so many hours, and molded plugs let in too much of the wrong kind of noise. Went to Costco audiologist--don't do ear plugs. Went to real audiologist inside a dermatology palace and she listened to my tale of noise woe very patiently. She ordered a deeply fitting but very short plug made by a lab from her mold kit. They have semi rigid stalks and have to pulled out of the canal as I can't get them with fingernails and I do carry tweezers in case of a problem. They fit very precisely, never hurt the canal, never become unstuck. About $180, roughly the same amount I had spent over the years on all the other solutions. I keep them in the supplied flat case, always in my ears or my tank bag. I know I will inevitably lose them but at least I know what to do then.

I figure none of you will go that far, and the vast majority don't have misshaped ear canals like me so you don't have a problem like mine. She was, however, my last resort and she hacked the mission wonderfully. Alexandra de Groot, AuD. With that wonderful name, she couldn't fail.
I have the exact same problem with the foam, they hurt after a while and I have to take them out for a bit at rest stops.
Still using them though, that's the best I can do for now. They really do quiet things down a lot when pushed in far enough.

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I have never tried earplugs. Guess if I bought some it would be something else that I just could not be bothered to wear.

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Once you have spent the time with the plugs in, you'll make the time.
Makes a huge difference.
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Initially I used mouldable ear plugs, but they were a hassle. Then I used industrial ear plugs and squeezed them to get them to stay in my ears. They were quite good.

Now I use Sony earphones with my iPod - I also use them when sleeping, especially within snoring distance of others in tents, hostels, motel rooms, etc. I find that set at the correct volume I can listen to music, hear important sounds from outside but not hear road or other extraneous noises.

On dirt (and previously on sand) I still use them but don't have the iPod running - I'm too busy concentrating!

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