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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.


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:

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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  Here’s what I thought:


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 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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Colorful socks with designs on them are all the rage now, and ShockSocks claims to make the world’s best sublimated socks.  They sent me a few pairs to try out, and here’s my uncut and unbiased opinion:


Aesthetics: A

Quality: B

Comfort: B

Price/Value: B-

Overall: B

While ShockSocks come in 3 styles: ShockSocks Original, A-Game, and Nike Elite, I only tested out the ShockSocks Originals.  The first thing I noticed out of the gate was how vibrant the designs and colors were on these socks.  The detail is really incredible, and they definitely stand out.

The second thing I noticed was how thin these socks were.  You’re not going to want ShockSocks Original on during the cold Chicago winter.  These bad boys are for spring and summertime only.  I hope the A-Game socks are thicker, and I know the Nike Elite socks are- but those will run you about $18.50/pair.

What I liked most about the feel of ShockSocks Original was how they didn’t choke my feet.  Some socks from other brands are so thin that you feel like your lower shin down to your toes are being constricted.  That’s not the case with ShockSocks.  It seems they’ve actually taken the time to look at normal people’s feet and provided a product that will actually feel nice.  How innovative.

If you’re looking to make a statement, you can check out and place an order.  Their website isn’t very intuitive, and it takes some poking around to figure out how to customize your socks to your liking.  They also don’t explain the difference between the 3 types of socks you can order, so I’m very curious what the A-Game socks would be like.  Most socks run between $9.50-18.00, depending on what you pick out.

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Looking for a Chisel Shave Club promo code? You get 10% off you first order with Coupon Code: HOOKTSB10 at


Utility: A-

Quality: A

Price/Value: B

Overall: A-

The nice people at Chisel Shave Club reached out to me and asked me if I had ever tried traditional wet shaving before.  I hadn’t.  It’s intimidating to go from modern 3-5 blade razor cartridges to traditional 1 blade razors.  I thought for sure I’d slice my finger trying to insert the razor into the handle, or cut my throat using the traditional razor.  Neither happened.  Crisis averted.

The first thing I noticed was how nice the presentation was, and how high-quality the contents of the box were.  You’re not getting cheap shit here.  You’re getting a box full of grooming products you can be proud to own and use.  From the handle to the blades to the aftershave, Chisel Shave Club provides only the finest products.

Their best deal is a 12 month subscription for $26.99/mo.  It seems expensive, but you’re getting a box full of stuff, not just a razor and some shaving cream.  If you’re serious about your grooming habits, it’s worth splurging on yourself a bit.  I searched on the internet to see how much it’d cost to piece this set together, and already hit the $27 mark with the face wash and aftershave alone- so you are definitely saving by going with Chisel.  Start your subscription here at and use promo code HookTSB10 for 10% off.

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Last week I tested out the new Callaway XR 16 driver, and this week I got to hit the new XR OS irons.  The XR OS are now available just about anywhere for $799.  The XR OS iron is the new extension off the Callaway XR line.  The XR iron was the #1 iron sold on the market last year, and Callaway is all about trying to make clubs easier to hit and go farther.  Let’s see if they have done this.
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The good people at the Detroit Grooming Co. sent me some of their Grooming Oil, Beard Butter, and Pomade to try out.  The have a plethora of grooming products on their website,, with the bearded man in mind.


Utility: B

Quality: B+

Price/Value: B-

Overall: B

I’ve been sporting a beard for the past 5 months or so, but I keep it trimmed rather than to approach full-on hipster status.  For the purpose of this review, though, I did let it get a little longer than I normally wear it so I could test out the products better.

First, I tried the Grooming Oil, or “beard oil” as this type of product is commonly referred to.  The product conditions your beard so it’s less rough to the touch that it would be without it.  I have sensitive skin, though, and I broke out a little after using it for a few days.  I don’t think this is typical of the product, I blame this one on my parents and the genes they passed on to me.

I then moved onto the Beard Butter, and had solid results.  It softened my beard and kept it neat.  If you have sensitive skin like myself, this may be your best option.

The Pomade is a styling product offered by Detroit Grooming that I used on my hair.  I’m a big fan of pomade over other hair styling products like gel or wax, and I was happy with the results.  Highly recommended if you’re looking for a compact hair styling product.

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Looking for a Quip promo code?

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Aesthetics: A

Utility: B-

Quality: B

Price/Value: B

Overall: B

The Quip electric toothbrush brings some class to your bathroom sink, but don’t ditch your Sonicare if you’re looking for the best teeth cleaning experience.  With that said, I love the Quip’s stylish, minimalist, compact look.  It looks infinitely better sitting on my bathroom sink compared to my Sonicare and its bulky charger.  The Quip is the ideal electric toothbrush for those who travel frequently, as the holder doubles as a travel cap.  I was worried about the battery dying before I got my next toothbrush head, but the people at Quip assured me it will last until my replacement arrives 3 months from now.  If you’re looking for a stylish, compact electric toothbrush, this is it.

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