BAKblade 2.0 ELITE PLUS Back Hair Shaver Review
What you Get in the Box
The product consists of:
The newest addition to the BAKblade shaving products, the Elite has 3 replaceable blades to tackle even the hairiest of backs.
The handle unfolds to become long and slightly s-shaped to help extend your reach for difficult areas.
The BAKjacket is a neoprene sleeve which adjusts to cover the blades with a sponge for soaping if you prefer a wet shave.
However, the patented DryGlide blade cartridges are specifically designed to also be safe and equally suitable for dry use, if this is your preference.
The product comes with a full 60-day money back satisfaction guarantee.
A Look at the Features
Detachable Blade Housing Unit
The DryGlide blade design consists of a 4" blade and comb-like teeth to give less friction than a standard razor blade.
This means that, unlike your standard razor, it conveniently works well for a dry shave, but it can also be used wet, if you prefer.
Each of the three blades can be individually removed by sliding out from the housing for replacement.
You can simply detach the housing, complete with blades, from the handle to make it less cumbersome for you to use on more easy to reach areas of the body e.g. the chest.
The handle can be folded to half-length for compact storage and travel and is hinged to easily open up for use.
Fully extended, it gives you a good 40cms in length, whilst its s-shape means that you can comfortably reach around the body with sufficient pressure.
The holding part of the handle is made with a series of grooved indents to give a good, firm and safe grip.
The BAKjacket consists of a neoprene sleeve with a sponge.
It sits on the reverse of the shaver, and can be unclipped at the back and flipped round to be clipped over the blades to use as a back scrubber.
If you wish to use the BAKblade for wet shaving, you can use the sponge to apply lubricants to hard-to-reach areas.
How to Use
To dry shave your back, make sure that it is completely dry and perspiration-free, then simply open up the handle and off you go:
It is best to stand in front of a large mirror, with a smaller one in front (or a handheld) so that you have a good view of your back.
To shave the top of your back work over the shoulder and take the shaver down as far as you can comfortable reach, then glide it upwards with a very small amount of pressure.
You can keep the shaver against the skin whilst moving back down and then move to the next part and repeat.
When you get to the lower back, it is best to go from the side and glide the blades across from the middle outwards.
Keep strokes short, in lines, and work methodically to clear the whole area completely.
For the shoulders, start at the top and work downwards.
If you want to shave easily accessible parts of your body such as the chest, then detach the blade unit to maximise control and shave downwards.
Wet shaving is probably best done in the shower, following the same routine but using a good shaving foam or cream.
Advantages of Shaving your Back?
Although a hairy chest can be an attraction for many women, this doesn't usually extend to back and shoulder hair.
So, if you happen to have a particularly hairy back it is likely that you will, at some point in your life, look at options for getting rid.
There are a couple of major advantages, plus a few others, that shaving your back has as opposed to alternative methods.
In terms of downsides, the main one is that hair growth becomes visible quickly and can be stubbly, so shaving has to be carried out regularly and often to keep the skin smooth.
There is also a risk of ingrown hairs and irritation/razor burn, but there are ways to keep these to a minimum, which we have outlined in our guide to irritation free shaving.
How often do I need to get new blades?
Hard to be definitive about this as it depends on how hairy your back is and whether you are using for your chest as well - but roughly every 5 - 7 shaves should be about right. As soon as you feel any dragging should give you a clue that it is time to replace them.
Do the 2.0 blades fit the 2.0 Elite Plus?
Yes they do.
Do you need to pre-trim the hair before shaving?
No - it is not necessary to pre-trim the hair, actually the shaver works very well for long hair.
Can you adjust the angle of the handle?
No, it is a fixed angle.
I have concluded from my own observations and online customer feedback and reviews that the BAKblade is an effective and easy to use shaver for the removal of back and body hair.
It is relatively inexpensive at around $33, with reasonably priced replacement blades, and the 60-day money back satisfaction guarantee means that you can't really lose.