This razor is good because it feels great on my skin and it doesn't leaves my skin red and dry. The only bad thing is that it doesn't cut all my beard in one shave and im still looking for a razor that works well cutting the hair. It works better if you massage your beard with the jojoba oil before shaving
Simple Felt like a pair of claws down my face!
Razor burn Firstly, this only applies to my skin...everybody's is different and it's important to bare that in mind when reading this.
I have very sensitive skin, most of my acne has been reduced to marks, I have very bristly facial hair that grows very quick. I used the fusion proglide previously with not much of an issue, but was concerned when I read about the "danger of 5 blades" so after reading the rave reviews of this I thought i'd try it. I used the Sensor Excel for a week and it was possibly the worst razor I have used! Could only describe it as a pair of claws being dragged down my face! I developed major razor burn and a number of bumps...something the proglide never did!
All and all for someone with hair and skin type like mine I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this razor.
Light, sleek design, Dan, you seem cool and all, but I believe you dropped the ball by putting the Trac II over the Sensor. No way, no how is the Trac II the better shaving system. I experimented with both the Trac II (with bump fighter handle) and the Gillette Sensor. The difference was like night and day. Way more nicks with the Trac II blades. The Sensor was lighter in weight, and the duel blades hugged my face way better, and gave me a VERY comfortable shave. So comforable in fact having extremely sensitive skin, the irritation I would normally get on my face and neck was almost non existant. The Trac II blades seemed like they set up higher off my face, thus not making me feel confidant enough that I was getting a close shave. This in turn I believe caused me to make more passes on my face and neck, leaving me with more irritation than the Sensor system. With the Sensor, It was like a religious experience. The handle and blades just felt right. The Sensor blades are are few more buck than the Trac II blade. Oh well, even as the cheap skate I am, I'm willing to pay for quality when it comes to my razor blades. I'll be using this system until I die or until I simply don't have access to the blades or handles anymore. I use Neutrogena for men sensitive shaving cream with their sensitive post shave cream for the best comfort.
-Pieces of hair didn't stay on razor after washing
-Cheaper than 3-5 blade razors -Shave was far from close enough
-Handle of razor is hard to find at stores (was lucky to find it at my CVS store) Once again the bottom line is the shave was not close enough. This razor might do the job for people like Dan but for guys who are more hairy like me a 4 or 5 blade razor would be better.
I tended to get many cuts b/c I was tempted to shave at the same spot a second time (because for the third time the shave was not close enough).
I respect Dan and I'm very grateful for this site his regimen really helps. But I have to disagree with this recommendation of 2 blade razors b/c it might not work for everyone. People like Dan take much longer to grow facial hair and perhaps get irritation from 3-5 blade razors because it's too much for them. Everyone has different skin so it's best to try possibly all 2-5 blades to see which one is best for you. If it doesn't work you can always return it right?
As for me I been using the Gillette Fusion ProGlide and it's the best razor for me so far. Not irritating, I get a very close shave, & I don't get any cuts anymore.