First, let me apologize for the multiple errors involved with Gillette’s free razor widget that we included on our site. They provided us with the code to put on our site, and we have been told the issues have been resolved. More importantly, let’s talk about the razor and the shave:
Aesthetically, the Fusion ProGlide is to the Fusion® what Evil Spiderman is to Spiderman. It is darker, and rubberier (more rubberry? of a more rubeberish nature?) The number of grips on the razor makes me think everyone else must have kept dropping the old Fusion® and demanded more grip. Either that, or Gillette felt they needed to do more to make the razor new and different.
They say the blades are thinner than on the Fusion®, and they certainly look thinner. One would almost say "razor thin". After two shaves with it, it feels very similar to the original Fusion®. I had a tough time feeling any difference in the closeness of the shave,
trying it with and without the pulsating Power feature. It’s possible
that, under a microscope, it was a closer shave, but it was hard to feel
any noticeable difference. The shave is very nice and very quick, but I fear that a trial razor would have been best sent to someone that doesn’t use a Fusion every other morning already. Having tried the Fusion®, and then going back to the Mach 3, I quickly went back to the Fusion® and haven’t looked back save an occasional tinge of nostalgia that will bring out the Safety Razor.
There is also a new lubricating strip. It is defintiely thicker than the original — I’m not sure if that makes it better. I’ve shaved with the razor twice and the strip is halfway gone. I’m guessing I’m going to get 4 shaves out of 1 cartridge before it’s telling me it’s done. That is about what I get with the current Fusion®.
And the sideburns/under-the-nose/cleft-of-the-chin/sometimes-the-nose-hair blade on the backside of the razor? It got a little redesign that I definitely prefer. It’s hard to explain what they did to it, but I had a much easier time cleaning up the hard-to-reach places with it, and I liked the original design fine.
It’s probably worth mentioning that the new Fusion® cartridges will work on your existing Fusion® razor, so if you’ve already bought your Truefitt & Hill Fusion® Razor, no need to scrap it.
Verdict: I think it’s pretty straightforward — if the ProGlide? cartridges sell for the same price as the Fusion blades, it’s worth switching. If Gillette sells both the regular Fusion® and the ProGlide?, and the ProGlide? is more than 15-20% more expensive than the original, I don’t see people switching. It’s incrementally better, but not enough to justify a major price premium. Having used the Mach 3 for years, the Fusion was a revolution; this is an evolution. If priced right, it’ll become my primary blade.
If you’d like to try the Gillette® Fusion® ProGlide?, they have offered the first 100 readers to sign-up a FREE razor. Just click on the widget at the bottom of my first post here.