What's New with the Fusion ProGlide
Refined Shaving Cartridge
The Fusion ProGlide is also using slightly thinner blades. If you compare the standard Fusion head to the Fusion ProGlide cartridge you can notice the blades have a bit more space between them on the new razor. On the backside of the cartridge, you'll also notice the blades now rest in a stabilizer to help maintain blade spacing. These changes are designed to allow the razor to glide more smoothly over the face with less drag. My shave was noticeably smoother with the Fusion ProGlide.
Other changes to the cartridge include a larger lubricating strip, the inclusion of a "microcomb" to help guide the hair into the blades, and an updated trimmer blade on the back of the cartridge (the new a trimmer blade has a guide comb in front of it). Nice touches.
Like the Fusion, the Fusion ProGlide comes in both manual and powered version (opt for the power -- it does make a difference) and the powered version includes a low-battery indicator light and automatic shut-off.
The Bottom Line
During the shave, I also had the opportunity to use the amazing Gillette Fusion ProSeries Thermal Scrub. It has a nice gentle scrubbing action and heated up a bit when it made contact with the water on my face. Love the stuff! While the Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel won't be replacing my Truefitt and Hill Lavendar Shaving Cream anytime soon, I did find that the product provided a nice, rich lather and excellent lubrication.
The Gillette Fusion ProGlide will be available for around $12 in supermarkets and drug stores after June 6, 2010. If you already have a Fusion handle you love (such as the excellent Art of Shaving Gillette Power Fusion Razor), the Fusion ProGlide cartridges will fit any razor that accepts Fusion blades -- there's no need to purchase a new handle.
Razors have come a long way since King C. Gillette invented the first safety razor with disposable blades back in 1901. I'm sure he'd be thrilled to see how far home shaving has come. The Fusion ProGlide is certainly not going to make shaving fun, but it will make it an easier and more comfortable task each morning.