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For light beards and goatees
on August 24, 2011
Coming from the man of the house:
I've always seen shaving as a necessary evil. For me, no shave no mater
how close is worth the irritation and skin oiling. Normally, I prefer to
wear a short goatee but my job prohibits me from keeping facial of any
considerable length. I can, however, get away with a couple days growth.
Several years ago, sick of blade shaving, I bought a Remington MS2 280
twin foil shaver with a two position trimmer. The foils proved to be
nearly as uncomfortable as my old blades. But I quickly learned I could
get an "almost clean" shave using the trimmer at full extension and
running it against the grain of the hair. I began calling this "cheat
shaving." True, it wasn't without its own discomfort, but I was getting
a very presentable shave without the agony of a blade or foil.
All good things come to an end though and I began to notice Remington
evolving away from this design. I knew my "cheat shaving" days were
numbered. Enter the Braun Cruzer 5 Face. This shaver/beard maintenance
system appealed to me largely because of what Braun refers to on the
packaging as a "dirty shave" option.
This Braun unit comes attractively packaged. The artwork and photography
on the box suggest the unit is geared toward the guy who likes to keep
his whiskers short and sculpted. Inside you find the shaver with
twistable wide and narrow trimmers; three-day beard comb/protective cap;
adjustable length beard comb; cleaning brush; lubricating oil; charging
cord; and instructions.
The unit is lightweight and ergonomic with a washable shaving head. The
shaving head does not tilt or adjust to the contours of the face as it
will on some other Braun models. The trimmer slides into position and
twists smoothly; the beard combs snap onto the unit and adjust with ease.
The charging cord is particularly impressive. With my Remington, the
charging cord plug body is bulky and can only be plugged into the lower
outlet (or inverted in the upper outlet) if I want to utilize both
outlets. Braun scores big points with a narrow, streamlined plug body
that won't interfere with your other appliances.
First things first. Out of the box, Braun suggests an initial four hour
charge with subsequent full charges taking about an hour. Fully charged,
the shaver should provide about thirty minutes of shaving time. In a
pinch, the shaver can be quick-charged, a five minute charge yielding
one shave. For me, the charges have been as advertised.
I was eager to try the "dirty shave" first and did so utilizing the wide
end of the twistable trimmer. It glided over all the contours of my face
leaving about a days-growth of whisker length. This was not quite as
close as my previous "cheat shaving" but much more comfortable. I was
happy. The Braun's trimmers, both wide and narrow, do the close-in work
without pulling the hair or scraping the skin. The narrow trimmer is
slightly rounded for sculpting purposes but can also take out errant
nostril and ear hairs with ease.
The foil shave proved to be on par with other foil shaves I've
experienced, perhaps a bit more comfortable. I am far from disappointed
with the Braun in this case since I'm convinced there's no magic bullet
that will provide a painless, baby smooth shave.
As my job prevents me from growing a beard, I can't say much about the
performance of the adjustable beard combs. The maximum adjustment length
of six millimeters does limit the user to shorter beard styles. Since I
know the trimmer head itself works well, I feel confident it would keep
most beards in check and could even tackle some light "manscaping", if
that's your thing.
This is my first Braun shaver and I'm impressed with it. It's easy to
use. The fit and finish is good. It has a quality feel and is UL listed.
The packaging reflects that the shaver fills a niche in the shaving
market. The target audience likes to wear some style of facial hair
everyday but likes to keep it short and neat. If that's you, give this
shaver a try.