The Clarity Aloft Aviation Headset was perfect for me because it fulfills my requirements extremely well. The lightweight headband fits so comfortably over my ears and back around my head that it's barely noticeable. I wear my sunglasses over it without any problems. The D&C's I wore before caused me headaches and nausea from excessive pressure; these don't.
The foam tips for the in-ear buds work very well, much like professional in-ear monitors for musicians. That gave me the idea to try replacing the foam tips with the triple-flange earbud tips I use with my music monitoring system. Perfect fit, excellent noise reduction (25db-30db), super cheap, easy to clean and durable! The foam tips worked fine too, just personal preference.
The output is very clear and loud, and it's compatible with mono and stereo audio panels. The switch to adjust mono/stereo compatibility is on the outside of the volume control box so it's very easy to use (unlike Bose). BTW, I usually have to turn down my headset volume to about 60% compared to my instructor's Bose headset. The noise isolation and output of the earbuds make it very easy to hear ATC and others.
The boom arm is very small in diameter, yet very effective in positioning the mic. The mic is clear sounding and rejects unwanted noise quite well.
The headset comes in a sturdy, semi-rigid, zippered case and along with several pair of foam earbud tips in various sizes. If you've never used foam tipped earbuds, this may take some getting used to, but it's beats wearing a heavy headset. I'll never go back. The triple flange tips I use can be found easily on eBay for a couple bucks.
Before purchasing this headset, I was planning on buying the latest Bose A20. I am sure glad I didn't. The Clarity Aloft Stereo Aviation Headset performs better, is far less intrusive to wear, and half the price. I'll be buying a second set for my passenger.
Only one note of caution: these earbuds are very efficient and provide great sound isolation, so turn down the volume BEFORE you turn on the radio or you'll get blasted like I did the first time I used them.
My main reason for purchasing this product is that I am 6'8" and I have some real head clearance issues. I was really opposed to the price of the Clarity Aloft but I went ahead and got these as I was tired of sitting with my head sideways to fit under the canopy.
So the price is legit and absolutely worth it! It is obvious that the speakers are hearing-aid quality. This would account for the price. The noise attenuation is far superior to my old active headset. So quiet in fact that my 1st few flights were spent anxiously looking at engine instrumentation because it was TOO quiet.
It's true that the earplug has to go ALL THE WAY IN your ear. I do not like regular earplugs but these are comfortable for up to 2 hours so far.
Also very comfortable on the head. If you are juggling a hat, headset and glasses in a very hot environment this makes for a much better experience. I'm less fatigued and more comfortable.
This head setup is comfortable after you get over the yips from the ear plugs...that was disconcerting at first.
After that, I really like that fact that you dont have that head clamp thing going on.
Volume and noise reduction is very good...my only complaint is you cannot hear cellphone that great.