On Saturday I put 400 miles on my bike (Mid America Motorplex and back...but that will be another thread). I knew it was going to be the longest I had ever been on a bike in one single stretch so I decided that I should give earplugs a try. I wore a pair of North Sonic II ear plugs that are designed for rifle and shotgun shooting. I've been using the same pair for twelve years now and they are still as good as new. Anyway, I wasn't sure on the way there how much difference they were makeing, I kept convincing myself that it wasn't that much quieter. I had a 30-40 mph crosswind the entire way which made everything worse. On the return trip I forgot to put them in. I knew immediately that I had forgotten them and couldn't find a place to pull over soon enough. I couldn't believe how much more relaxed and comfortable I felt without having so much noise in my head (not to mention the lack of hearing damage). Anybody who has been holding off on trying it out should do it today.