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The good people at TEMPUS Wood Watches reached out to me and asked if I’d like to trial one of their timepieces.  I figured I’d give my Rolex a break and test drive the TEMPUS Afrikaans Men’s Zebrawood Watch.

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Quality: B-
Style: A 
Value: B
Overall: B
TEMPUS Wood Watches look really nice.  They’re an eyecatcher, a conversation starter, and an overall interesting product.  The intricate details and refined looks of the TEMPUS Afrikaans Men’s Zebrawood Watch had a lot of people asking where I got it.  I told them to check out https://tempus-wood-watches.com/ and see what they have to offer.
With that said, I don’t think I’ll be benching my Yachtmaster for the Afrikaans Zebrawood any time soon.  The watch is extremely light due to the fact that it’s made out of wood.  With that lightness comes a sense of frailty.  I felt like if the watch got wet, it would fall apart.  I’m sure it can withstand the elements to some degree, but when you have this watch on you’re not going to want to put it to the test.  I also felt like with a good whack one of the wood links would break.  Again, this watch is not for the active or clumsy.  A night out on the town or a dinner date, sure, but for those who live an active lifestyle you’ll likely want to look elsewhere.
TEMPUS Wood Watches are extremely affordable, though, as I could purchase 140 of these for what my Rolex cost.  I guess if I had such a supply of wood watches it wouldn’t matter what I did with them.  If you think this watch is cool, be sure to head over to the TEMPUS Wood Watches website and check out all of their models.  They’re not for me, but hey, I’m a bit of a watch snob.
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The good people at Point 3 Basketball hooked me up with some serious gear.  I had a chance to trial their All Day Sleeveless HoodieDRYV Baller 3.0 ShortsFadeaway Long Sleeve Shooting Shirt, and the OT Sleeveless Workout Top.  To keep it real, I loved some items, liked an item, but hated one in particular.  As an added bonus, they’ve set up a special TSB exclusive promo code for 25% off. Enter promo code HOOK25 at checkout to get your discount.

I’ll break each item down individually, but here’s how I feel overall about Point 3 Basketball gear:

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Quality: B+
Style: B+
Utility: B+
Value: B
Overall: B+
Overall, I like Point 3 Basketball Gear.  A few people asked me where I got it, and I told ’em to check out the site at https://www.point3basketball.com/.  The All Day Sleeveless Hoodie, DRYV Baller 3.0 Shorts, and Long Sleeve shirt were great, but  I wasn’t a fan of the Sleeveless Workout Top.
Their prices are reasonable and comparable to the big name retailers in the space.  If you’re in the market for some new basketball or workout gear, definitely give them a look.  I’ll break down the Point 3 Basketball Gear from my favorite to my least favorite in the full review.
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The good people at Vevo Sports sent me a package of their Ballspike durable, flexible, bendable inflation needles to try out.  The days of bending and breaking your metal inflation needles are over.

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Manscaping is important.  If you take care of yourself down there, your lady friends will appreciate it.  If you don’t, you need to head over to Manscaped.com now and pick up their $99 “Perfect Package” and get to work.  I had the opportunity to trial one myself, and found it an essential kit every man should have.

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Quality: B+
Utility: A
Value: B
Overall: B+
The Manscaping.com Perfect Package comes with everything you need to groom yourself properly.  With the Perfect Package, you receive:
THE PLOW safety razor
LAWN MOWER electric hair trimmer
CROP CLEANSER moisturizing hair and body wash
CROP PRESERVER all-in-one deodorant, antiperspirant and moisturizer
CROP REVIVER body toner and refresher
MAGIC MAT to catch trimmings and easy disposal
THE SHED travel bag
THE SHEARS nail kit
Aside from some floss, a toothbrush, and some toothpaste, this kit comes with everything you need as a man to get yourself together in the morning.  I was impressed with the quality of “The Plow” and the “Lawn Mower”.  These grooming tools are made from high quality materials and will last a long time.  “The Shears” nail kit was also solid.  The “Crop Cleanser” hair and body wash smelled great, as did the “Crop Preserver” and “Crop Reviver”.  My only knock on the Perfect Package was the bag it came it.  It had a cheap feel and look to it.  I would have prefered a bag with less sheen and maybe a more flat leather look and feel as opposed to the texture this one had.  It felt like a weird deflated football.  Tom Brady would love it.
At $99 you’re making a commitment to bettering your grooming habits.  It may seem pricey, but if you parted the bag out and bought each item individually, you’re going to end up paying more.  So if you want to get yourself right and make your woman (or man, TSB doesn’t discriminate) happy, head over to Manscaped.com and pick up one for yourself.  They even offer just the “Nuts & Bolts” if you only want the Lawn Mower and Crop Preserver.
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The good people at Care/of let me trial their personalized daily vitamin service.  They created this service to help people figure out which vitamins and supplements are right for them.  Their goal is to make it easier for people to live well, and that starts with getting a daily dose of vitamins tailored for each individual.

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Quality: A
Convenience: A+
Value: B+
Overall: A
Care/of makes it incredibly simple to get the vitamins you need.  You visit their website, answer a few questions about your lifestyle, and they tailor a daily vitamin regimen for you.  It’s that easy.  You’ll receive a box with 30 packs of vitamins that you can take each day.  After taking your initial survey, you barely have to think about it.
If for some reason you don’t trust their algorithm, you can order whatever vitamins you want from their products page.   Their prices range from $5/month for daily B12/C/D vitamins to $25/month for their twice a day prenatal vitamins.  Orders over $20 ship free.
Care/of makes ordering vitamins incredibly simple and convenient.  The days of randomly taking a multivitamin every day are over.
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Aesthetics: A-

Utility: B-

Quality: B

Price/Value: B+

Overall: B+

The Dorco Pace Power Razor is an attractive grooming tool that gets the job done.  Dorco gets it.  Razors are for men, not boys, and they should not look like a toy the way other razor companies seem to design their grooming tools (I’m talking about you, Gillette).  The stealth black on the Dorco Pace Power Razor looks clean.  The Venetian Flow really does allow for easy rinsing like the product description says.  Overall, this razor is an affordable alternative to competitors with similar functionality.

I’ve been sporting a beard for about a year, and I generally only shave my neck and edge my chin line.  This razor is not ideal for such grooming, as while I did manage to get a clean shave, it was almost impossible to shave a clean chin line with the power turned on.  While the power of the Dorco Pace Power Razor may help my beardless clean-shaved compatriots, you’ll likely want another option (or turn off the power) if you’re looking for precision.

My only real gripe with the Dorco Pace Power Razor is that the AAA battery required is not included. I had to go out and buy batteries to use my razor.  I hate buying batteries.

If you’re interested in getting an affordable shave from Dorco, pick up the Pace Power here: http://www.dorcousa.com/pace-power-sxb3000/

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BodyHelix

The good people at Body Helix reached out to me and asked if I’d like to trial one of their products.  I run about 25-30 miles a week and suffer from shin splints from time to time, so I decided to try their Full Calf Helix to ease my pain.

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Appearance: B-

Quality: A

Comfort: A

Price/Value: B

Overall: B+

The Full Calf Helix form Body Helix gave me the compression and comfort I’d expect from a high-quality product.  It didn’t slip whether I was agility training or running 6 miles.  The pain in my shin subsided while wearing the Full Calf Helix, and I felt great post-workout, too.

My main knocks on the product are the appearance and price.  The logo is pretty feminine looking, and at $45, the Full Calf Helix is pricier than other options I’ve used.  Bottom-line, though, the Full Calf Helix from Body Helix gets the job done.  I’ll wear a Hello Kitty sleeve on my leg if it means I’m going to be pain-free after an hour on the treadmill.

Body Helix offers several other products, which are made with high-quality materials and do what they’re supposed to.  If they’re not out of your price range and other products have failed you, give them a try.  You can browse the items on their website here: https://bodyhelix.com/

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The good people at Damage Control reached out to us and asked if we’d try out one of their mouthguards.  We did one better.  We had a local amateur boxer try it out.  While we love contact sports at TSB, we also love our grills, and Damage Control helps you keep all them pearly whites.

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Quality: A+
Comfort: B+
Value: B
Overall: A-
Damage Control offers high impact, extreme impact, and custom mouthguards.  For this review, our boxer trialed the extreme impact watermelon mouth guard.  He chose this particular style because he thought using a mouthguard with “less than intimidating” graphics would be funny.  This particular mouthguard was thicker than ones he’s used in the past, but when you’re taking punches to the face it’s probably a good idea to have some added protection.
DC has a ton of different graphics and styles, many of which are very intimidating and badass.  If you’re serious about your contact and/or combat sports, you’ll definitely want to check out the wide array of styles they have on their website.  With prices ranging from $19.99 for high impact, $29.99 for extreme impact, all the way up to $199 for custom mouthguards.  DC’s products don’t run cheap, but their quality is second to none.
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The good people at Dorco reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try their razor, the Pace 7, and their new Dorco Creme Shaving Cream.  They also hooked the TSB readers up with a 20% off coupon code (you’ll have to read this article to the end for the code).

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Pace 7

Aesthetics: B+

Utility: B

Quality: B

Price/Value: A-

Overall: B+

Shave Creme

Utility: A

Quality: A

Price/Value: A

Overall: A

If you can get over the brand name (sounds like dork-o when you say it out loud), the Pace 7 is a decent razor.  One of my biggest pet-peeves with men’s grooming products is that the majority of them lack sophistication and look like toys rather than something an adult could proudly display on their bathroom sink.  The Pace 7 falls somewhere in-between, as I’m happy that it doesn’t have fluorescent colors (although Dorco does have some razors that do) but still reminds me of a razor you’d see hanging out of the shower caddy of a Sophomore in a college dorm.  It provides a decent shave, though, and if you’re looking to save some coin, Dorco’s products are significantly cheaper than most competitors.

The real star of this review was the Dorco Creme Shaving Cream.  That stuff is the bomb diggity (do people still say bomb diggity? off the chain? I’m losing touch man I don’t know how to describe cool shit anymore).  I made the mistake of shaving without it the first time, using some other shave gel, and my experience was rough.  The second and third time around using the Pace 7 with the Dorco Creme I was in heaven.  My skin felt great and the shave was excellent.  This magical serum is a bargain at $6 for 3.38oz (I’d easily pay $10 for it).  I just wish it was 3oz so I could bring it with me on flights when I go on short trips.  My only gripe with it is that they call it “D Creme” on their website.  C’mon, guys.  I don’t care how good the product is, no man wants to rub “D Creme” all over their face.  Call it Creme D.  There.  Problem solved.

Again, make sure you read the rest of this review for the 20% off promo code at the end.  Check out their products here at www.DorcoUSA.com.

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The good people at Legion reached out to me and asked me to give their pre-workout supplement, Pulse, a try.  While I work out regularly, I generally don’t use supplements of any kind.  I tried protein powder in college and I felt like it was just making me heavy, and I’ve used deer antler velvet before for the hell of it, but that’s really it.

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Effectiveness: A

Taste: C-

Side Effects: B

Price: B

Overall: B

I generally don’t use supplements, pre-workout or post workout, but I’m always willing to try something new for the good of our readers.  At $39.95 a tub, Legion Pulse is a little pricey, but if you use half the recommended dosage (which is really all you need), it’ll last twice as long as other pre-workout supplements of similar price and design.  I liked the pick-me up it gave me before and during my workout.  If you’re interested, you can buy it here: https://legionathletics.com/products/supplements/pulse/

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