We have flown many hours with all of these options and ultimately prefer our standard yellow tips or the Group 1 tips. To help you decide if these might be right for you, more details follow.
- Group 1 Foam Tips – This group is made from a heat-activated memory foam that we feel provides great noise attenuation and comfort. These have a bit more “grip” to stay in place in your ear canal during those hot and sweaty summer flights. The noise attenuation is a little better than our standard yellow foam, and the foam is smoother that many will find more comfortable during long flights. If you are familiar with “CEP” tips in other applications, you’ll find these very similar. In our application, we prefer a small supplied adapter tube with these tips to connect to the sound tubes. We believe these are slightly easier to insert than the regular yellow foam tips due to the inner core and the “handle” formed by our adapter tubing.
- Group 2 Foam Tips – These are a mid-grade foam tip. You might choose this ear tip if you wanted to not replace them as often as the standard yellow foam, yet they are at a moderate price point. Properly seated, these tips have similar noise attenuation to the yellow foam tips. A drawback to these tips is their faster foam recovery rate. The foam expands more quickly with these tips which can complicate proper insertion and result in less effective noise reduction. You want a foam tip that is a little slow to recover after it is compressed.
- The Group 1 ear tips come with a blue piece of tubing that needs to be threaded into the helix core at least half way for both stability and to fully fill up the sound channels that the helix core can introduce. The process does require the tubing be twisted as it is pushed into the tubing.
- Groups 2 ear tips can be used with either the same piece of blue tubing that come with Group 1, or with straight white adapters that are supplied with the ear tips. If using the blue tubing, it may be useful to use a dab of glue to secure the tubing to the ear tip core.
- Ear tips are not eligible for a refund.