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Old May 7th, 2007, 01:10 PM
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John Lee
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Need Electric Razor Advice

I want to buy an electric razor for use on the trail. At home I much prefer the blade razor over the electric, so I have very little experience with electric razors.

I would like the electric razor to be small, so that it takes as little room as practicable but still remains usable. Basically the only time I would use the razor is on the trail.

Does anybody have a favorite small electric razor?
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Old May 7th, 2007, 02:01 PM
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why not continue to use the razor on the trail?

I can only vouch for the Braun 8000 series razors, I use it exclusively at home. I have taken on business trips and the battery lasts easily all week.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 02:28 PM
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suck it up and dry shave.

this hitachi looks pretty cool, the rotary blade looks like a sweet old style push mower.
http://www.newlaunches.com/archives/...0_b lades.php
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Old May 7th, 2007, 02:51 PM
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John,
This is what I like to take with me on my weekend surf trips. It's compact, uses AA batteries, and is "washable".



Check it out:
http://www.braun.com/na/products/sha.../pocketgo.html
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Old May 7th, 2007, 03:08 PM
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I take my razor (Gilette Fusion Power) with me when I pack for the trail, but it's mostly out of habit. I rarely shave on the trail because I'm lazy. I shaved at RR7, but don't remember shaving on the trail for quite a while before that. So I was looking to electric for the convenience. I'm hoping the electric will be convenient enough that I will actually shave on the trail. Just a quick once-over to prevent the wino look.

I don't get the heavy beard like most of you guys. I get worse. I get the Fu Man Chu, with hairs poking out of my mustache area and chin, and uneven/splotchy growth all over the rest of my face. It's disgusting.

I'm kinda digging that baby Braun. It's only $15 too. I thought I might face the situation where the travel razors cost almost as much as the Armageddon models, and I thought I might end up buying one of the Armageddon models instead. But $15 is super cheap. I might have to try out that baby Braun.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 03:22 PM
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John, try the gourmet Braun 8000 stuff and you might leave that razor behind forever. I got my dad to switch after a lifetime of razor nicks and cuts and to date 3 friends are now singing the praises of the Braun.

To me shaving with a razor for a few lone whiskers is pretty ridiculous, of course it's going on two weeks since I last shaved. This time I think I might stay with the beard for a while. I really like the jihadist look.

-Rob
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Old May 7th, 2007, 03:53 PM
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I'm eager to try the Armageddon Braun model, but I've never been satisfied with electric razors so I'm hesitant to plunk down the $200 for it.

I don't dislike electric razors. They definitely have their place. They're very convenient and I can see how men with ingrown hair problems or sensitive skin would prefer the electric.

But I've never found an electric razor that shaved as closely as a blade. I don't have ingrown hair or skin issues, and I definitely like that morning fresh feeling after shaving with a blade. Admittedly, I haven't tried that many of the electrics. But every one I've tried/borrowed hasn't shaved nearly as close as a blade.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 05:16 PM
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John rock the fu...

It could be a good look for you.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 05:54 PM
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Sometimes I bring the electric on the trail, but it has this habit of getting turned on inside my bag and killing the batteries.

I use the electric daily at home but I think the best choice for the trail is the blade.

Not only do you get a closer shave that lasts longer but it's more effective at cleaning your face by skimming off dirt and dead skin. Wheeling is dirty, but it doesn't have to be.

Find yourself a cool mountain stream (preferably on the Rubicon) and get cleaned up:

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Old May 7th, 2007, 06:43 PM
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If I actually find the motivation to shave when wheeling, I'll warm up some hot water rather than a frigid stream, thank you.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 07:46 PM
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I've never shaved while laying down. I'm pretty sure I'd slip and kill myself. How awkward.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 09:30 PM
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I like Norelco.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 10:05 PM
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Costco has a battery shaver bundled with a "personal trimmer" for about $25. My brother bought one last week - he was in the US for a few days and forgot his shaver - it worked great and very compact. It would be ideal on the trail - AA batteries so no charging issues like most other travel shavers.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 10:52 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by greghirst
If I actually find the motivation to shave when wheeling, I'll warm up some hot water rather than a frigid stream, thank you.


I'm not sure what's less likely for you,

the movitvation to shave

or

the effort to warm water?
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Old May 8th, 2007, 05:56 AM
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LOL

Well, I warm water for coffee so I could just put a bigger pot of water on.

For me, putting forth an effort for my morning coffee fix always trumps personal hygiene on the trail.

At least I can make it back on the trail by ~9 AM...
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Old May 8th, 2007, 09:03 AM
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Hey Greg thanks for the Pepto at RR7... Life saver.

Just returned from Utah... Crazy weather. Haven't shaved in three weeks.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 09:13 AM
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Lucky you-hope the Pepto helped (It's funny I bought that Pepto in Escalante, Utah).

Last edited by greghirst : May 8th, 2007 at 09:35 AM.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 10:46 AM
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Shaving 101

John,

Who are you trying to impress? I prefer not to shave, for that manly look. Or if I must, I break out the K-bar.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 10:58 AM
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KA-BAR?

That's for wimps.

I prefer the ax.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 11:06 AM
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Perhaps one of these fine Swedish Axes...

Hatchet
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Old May 8th, 2007, 11:15 AM
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John,

I urge you to take the Pepsi challenge with one of the higher end electric shavers. It's not like you are locked in to the purchase. Simply return it if you are dissatisfied.

Rob
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Old May 8th, 2007, 02:56 PM
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sometimes, shaving just is not appropriate.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 03:27 PM
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That monkey thing is highly disturbing
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Old May 8th, 2007, 03:49 PM
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Jesus, Jack. I thought the farmers tan was a South Georgia thing.....

I hate electric. It only last a day at best. Plus, no matter what I do, it will not cut those hairs under my chin and neck close. It will pull the sh*t out of them , but will not cut them. I end up looking like a wild banshee with red, irritated skin and a "scuff"....

I have a Braun, but I have no idea what model it is. It was like 100.00, new. It has the sideburn trimmer on it, and that's about all it's good for.

If you can find them, this is the best razor you can get, IMO. American Safety Razor sells the blades.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 04:13 PM
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I'm hooked on the Gillette razors.

I think I got hooked when that Gillette Sensor came out. I think this was the one with the lubrication strip above the blades. That was nice. Then there was Sensor Excel I believe.

Then the triple-bladed Mach 3 came out. Then the Mach 3 Turbo. Then Mach 3 Power.

I think the Fusion is the current model. I'm using the Fusion Power right now. There's a AAA battery in the handle that makes the unit vibrate. The thing actually works. The vibration prevents the blades from chattering across your skin.

There were probably some other Gillette models in there that I can't remember. I do buy any new model from Gillette whenever it comes out though.
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