I had the opportunity this past April to attend a course with the man behind the SARA adapter, Zach. He’s a sharp fellow, for sure, and it was at this course that I got my first look at the SARAs. I’ve spent some years (and plenty of dollars) searching for equipment solutions and the prototype SARA adapters he was wearing were of great interest to me. In June I was offered a chance to try a set and have been using them since when indicated.
The SARA adapters are fairly easy to install. The only potential hang-up one might encounter is the need for a pair of snap ring pliers. Installation takes under half an hour, counting adjustments. The Sordin headset could be returned to original configuration with the replacement of some heatshrink if need be. I don’t think that I would convert my only comms-capable headset to this configuration, as the ability to remove one’s helmet and remain on comms is essential in many environments, but I wanted to try this solution and have found it to work very well.
My particular case is a bit out of the ordinary. My headset is mounted on a TC2002 “Gunfighter Cut” helmet, instead of the “High Cut” helmet types the ARC Rail Adapters are designed for. I found that with the use of the Crye Precision AirFrame Peltor Adapter Set and a bit of bending to the ARC Rails that I can get a good seal on my gel ear cups. While I would certainly recommend using the ARC/SARA/Sordin setup with the correct “High Cut” helmet, such as the TC2001, Ops Core FAST, or Crye AirFrame I have found that my modified solution works very well for my head shape. I have worn my setup in enclosed areas with significant noise during training and would confidently use it anywhere. If you have a need for helmet-borne active hearing protection and prefer the Sordin headset, like many do, the SARA is the answer.