In the world of shaving, Gillette has always prided itself as the leader of the pack. And even though they only really have one competitor in Schick, they are constantly trying to out do themselves with the latest and greatest “innovation.” A few years ago, they responded to Schick’s 4-bladed Quattro, with the 5 bladed Fusion (plus an extra “precision” blade on the back). To further change the game, Schick recently released their latest, the Hydro, which comes in a 3 or 5 blade version. Gillette’s move.
Next month, Gillette will release the new Pro Glide. They didn’t add another blade, but they completely redesigned the Fusion. They enlarged the lubricating strip; made the five face blades thinner, and added a micro comb to separate and help guide your stubble. They also improved the precision trimming blade on the back by increasing the space for hair to go through, preventing cut follicles from gathering on the cartridge. The grips have also been made larger, but not necessarily more ergonomic, and the colorway is Blue Silver and Black.
When my preview Pro Glide arrived in the mail, I was a bit skeptical that this was just another gimmick. I’m also worried as to how much more of an increase in price this new Pro Glide and razor refills will have. I will admit that the addition of the micro comb is a nice touch, and definitely makes for a smoother shave, but that’s about it. I felt that the new grips made it a bit too clunky, and I didn’t really notice a difference with the larger lubricating strip. Another plus is the increase space underneath the precision trimmer on the back, there was no hair collected in it during my shave, which was a complaint I had with the Fusion, even after rinsing the blade. All in all, it may come across as gimmicky to most; it is a more comfortable shave, but no closer than a shave with my Fusion.
The Gillette Pro Glide will be available nationwide, and in Atlanta retailers on June 6, 2010.