AXIL GS Extreme 2.0 Hearing Protection Review

AXIL GS Extreme 2.0 Review

Enhancing Safety and Features In Shooting Hearing Protection

As a firearms professional, I understand the critical importance of protecting my hearing while maintaining situational awareness in the range or the field. If you are like me, you’ve likely had dozens of different hearing protection devices over the years. Recently, I discovered the AXIL GS Extreme 2.0 electronic hearing protection device. In this comprehensive AXIL GS Extreme 2.0 Review, I will share my experience with the GS Extreme 2.0 and whether they’re worth the dough.

Specifications of the AXIL GS Extreme 2.0

AXIL GS Extreme 2.0 Box Contents
  • Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): Up to 31 decibels
    • Compress loud sounds at 85 DB or loader
    • 19 DB SNR with silicone tips
    • 29 DB SNR with general foam tips
    • 30 DB SNR with MAX protect foam tips
  • Amplification: Dual omnidirectional microphones for enhanced situational awareness
    • 5.0 Bluetooth audio for studio-quality audio & hands-free communication
  • Volume Control: Adjustable volume levels for personalized sound amplification
    • 6.5 Premium dynamic speaker
    • 0 HZ-40,000 HZ Sound spectrum
  • Power Source: Long-lasting batteries for extended use (battery type may vary)
  • Construction: Rugged and durable materials for impact, moisture, and dust resistance
  • Comfort: Ergonomic design with adjustable headband for a secure and comfortable fit
  • Foldable Design: Compact and portable for easy storage and transport
  • Compatibility: Compatible with various headgear, including helmets and earmuffs
  • Maintenance: Removable and washable ear cushions for easy cleaning
  • Weight: Lightweight construction for extended wear without discomfort

Exceptional Noise Reduction

Shooting HK VP9 with AXIL hearing protection

The importance of noise reduction while shooting cannot be overstated. Firearms produce intense sounds, often exceeding 140 decibels, which can cause immediate and permanent damage to the delicate structures of the inner ear. Noise reduction measures, such as wearing earplugs, earmuffs, or utilizing another form of

hearing protection plays a crucial role in mitigating the risk of hearing damage. By reducing the intensity of the sound reaching the ears, noise reduction measures help preserve one’s hearing health and ensure a safer shooting experience.

Unmatched Protection for Your Ears

The GS Extreme 2.0 boasts an impressive noise reduction rating (NRR) of up to 31 decibels, effectively shielding my ears from the damaging effects of loud gunshots and other high-intensity sounds. With this level of protection, I can confidently focus on my shooting without worrying about long-term hearing damage.

Like other forms of hearing protection, you still hear the gunshot; it is much quieter. You can switch between sound enhancement and protection mode to Bluetooth mode or use both simultaneously with independent volume controls to tune your environment to what’s comfortable. The earbuds go in and out as simply as conventional and are equally comfortable.

AXIL GS Extreme 2.0 Hearing Protection

Advanced Technology and Enhanced Awareness

Stay Connected to Your Surroundings

Loading magazine at the shooting range

Equipped with dual omnidirectional microphones, the GS Extreme 2.0 offers unparalleled situational awareness. It amplifies ambient sounds, allowing me to hear range commands, communicate with friends, and detect subtle environmental cues when hunting while benefiting from the device’s noise reduction capabilities when shooting.

The quality of hearing is so good that when I first put them on, I was a bit nervous that I was in the wrong setting. I thought it would also sound more intense when I fired my gun. The quality of what you hear and the filtering of the gunshot is excellent.

Tailored Hearing Experience

With adjustable volume control, the GS Extreme 2.0 enables me to fine-tune the amplification of desired sounds. Whether increasing the volume for distant conversations or reducing it for close-quarters shooting, I can easily adapt to different scenarios and maintain optimal hearing.

Comfortable and Lightweight Design

The GS Extreme 2.0 is ergonomically designed with the user’s comfort in mind. It fits snugly over the ears, and the adjustable headband ensures a secure and personalized fit. The lightweight construction allows for extended wear without discomfort, even during intense shooting sessions.

AXIL gs extreme EAR PIECE

The first day in them, I was outside, and it was a fairly hot, sunny day. My initial concern was how well they would stay in when I was sweating. How the earpiece hooks around the top of the ear illuminate that potential issue and the earpiece stayed all day until I took it out.

Durability for Demanding Conditions

The GS Extreme 2.0 appears to be able to withstand the rigors of the shooting range and outdoor conditions, although I haven’t put it to a real test as of yet. It is marketed as resistant to impact, moisture, and dust to ensure longevity and reliability in even the harshest conditions. I am very confident I will have many occasions to do just that and will update this post as that happens.

Effortless Controls and Battery Life

The device features intuitive controls, allowing me to easily adjust volume, power on/off, and switch between amplification modes. The GS Extreme 2.0 utilizes long-lasting batteries, providing extended use on a single charge and minimizing interruptions during crucial shooting sessions. I have worn it for long days and forgot to charge it after use and have yet to run into an issue with the charge life.

AXIL GS Extreme 2.0 controls

Versatile Applications

The GS Extreme 2.0 is not limited to firearms enthusiasts. It is equally suitable for hunters, law enforcement personnel, competitive shooters, and outdoor enthusiasts. Its versatility makes it a valuable investment for anyone seeking superior hearing protection without sacrificing situational awareness.

Compact and Portable

The device’s compact size and foldable design make it highly portable. It can be easily stowed in a range bag or backpack, allowing me to bring it wherever I go. Its portability ensures that I never compromise on hearing protection, whether training at the range or embarking on an outdoor adventure.

User-Friendly Maintenance

Maintaining the GS Extreme 2.0 is hassle-free. The device’s removable and washable ear cushions ensure cleanliness and hygiene. Additionally, AXIL provides comprehensive user manuals and customer support, ensuring I can quickly address any questions or concerns.

Solid Value

Considering its advanced features, durability, and exceptional performance, the GS Extreme 2.0 offers unbeatable value for firearms professionals. It provides reliable and effective hearing protection, enhancing safety and performance without compromising situational awareness. The retail price of $199 is higher than many solutions, but AXIL’s website offers great promotions if you are on their newsletter.

AXIL GS Extreme 2.0 Review Conclusion

In conclusion, the AXIL GS Extreme 2.0 is a game-changer in hearing protection for me. Its exceptional noise reduction capabilities, advanced technology for enhanced awareness, customizable sound amplification, and comfortable design make it a top choice all the way around.

Whether you’re a seasoned competitive shooter, a law enforcement officer, or an avid hunter, the GS Extreme 2.0 delivers hearing protection without compromising your ability to stay connected to your surroundings. It’s user-friendly controls, and versatile applications should make it a serious consideration for anyone looking to upgrade their hearing protection.

The GS Extreme 2.0 is a solid choice, and if I did star ratings, it would land at a 5 out of 5.

AXIL GS Extreme 2.0 Review FAQ

Can I wear the AXIL GS Extreme 2.0 with other types of headgear?

Yes, the GS Extreme 2.0 is designed to be compatible with most types of headgear, including helmets, hats, and earmuffs.

How long does the battery last on the GS Extreme 2.0?

The GS Extreme 2.0 provides long-lasting battery life, typically lasting for several shooting sessions before recharging.

Can I adjust the amplification levels separately for each ear?

The GS Extreme 2.0 allows for independent volume control in each ear, ensuring a customized hearing experience.

Is the GS Extreme 2.0 suitable for indoor shooting ranges?

Absolutely! The GS Extreme 2.0’s noise reduction capabilities make it ideal for indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, providing reliable protection in any environment.

Are replacement parts available for the GS Extreme 2.0?

Yes, AXIL offers a range of replacement parts for the GS Extreme 2.0, including ear cushions and batteries, to ensure your device’s longevity and continued performance.


  • Michael Hodgdon

    A firearm, shooting, outdoor, and hunting enthusiast for over 35 years. Thank you all for the suggestions on topics you would like to see; we'll keep posting as you keep sending them in. Please comment; we will try to answer all comments quickly.

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