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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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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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If you follow me on Twitter (@EarlTSB), you know that I am an avid golfer. As a guy who doesn’t break the bank every time a new product hits the showroom floor, I make sure that I do thorough research on what I am buying.  I want everyone to know that with the help of eBay, I received a free pair of Adidas Adipower Boost 2 golf shoes and was more than happy to play a few rounds with these bad boys to give some feedback.  All opinions in this post are my own.

Quick Review:

Looks: A-

Comfort: A+

Stability: B+

Grip: A+

Value: A

Overall: A
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While rededicating myself to the game of golf, I always wanted to listen to music while practicing. I’ve tried to feed my wired headphones through my shirt or over my back, but no matter what I do, the headphones either fall out or just annoy me to the point where I have to take them off.  With the help of eBay, I was able to get a free pair of Jabra Sport Coach Wireless Headphones into my ears and on the course for a review. I was very excited to do this and get some beats flowing while playing.  All opinions in this review are my own.

Quick Review:

Sound: B+

Comfort: B

Connectivity: D

App: B+

Value: C

Overall: C
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Later, shin splints.  I had the pleasure of trying out the Shin, Calf and Forearm XT Brace with Hot/Cold Gel Pack from XTBrace.com.  Here’s what I thought:

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Utility: A

Quality: A

Comfort: A

Price/Value: A

Overall: A

As someone who has dealt with shin splints on and off for the past 16 years, the Shin, Calf and Forearm XT Brace with Hot/Cold Gel Pack from XTBrace.com was a godsend.  Had they never reached out to me, I wouldn’t have found the product I had always wanted, but never knew existed.  Something that can be worn while working out and used to treat pain afterwards is nothing short of amazing.  The XT Brace is constructed well, made of high quality materials, and gets straight A’s across the board.

Highly adjustable, highly comfortable, and highly recommended.  Get yours for $35 here.

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The great people at HEAD Tennis were gracious enough to send us one of their newest racquets to test out.  After trying to wait out this crazy weather, we finally got it out on the court to see what the Graphine XT Radical MPA was all about.

Quick Review:

Looks: A

Feel: A-

Power: A

Price/Value: A-

Overall: A-
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