Mid-October update: We dissected the Pro Alloy so you can get a better idea if it’s a good purchase. Head over to our Andis Pro Alloy XTR-related articles.
What makes the Andis Pro Alloy GTR stand out?
- Beveled Blade
Rocking the clipper away from the head as you start cutting is essential to mastering the fade.
Having a beveled blade makes it fool proof to get the right angle as you cut so that line can be removed much easier as you taper up the sides.
When you’re doing dozens of haircuts a day, you need the clipper to feel like it is an extension of your arm. In other words, you want to feel like it isn’t even there.
The Pro Alloy GTR is the most comfortable clipper to come out in a while that just feels good in the hand.
It won’t lead to any hand fatigue at the end of a long day.
- Smooth Lever
When you work in a busy shop, seconds taken off of each haircut means more money in your pocket.
That’s why I love clippers with a smooth lever like the Alloy.
You can adjust the level accurately using one hand so it doesn’t slow you down.
- Long Cord
I know what you’re thinking.
How is a cord a plus when there are so many good cordless clippers out there?
I guess I am just old school, but sometimes I like having a cord when I have a favorite clipper that is my workhorse.
By giving you a long cord, it gives you a lot of power and flexibility.
- Strong Guards
After a mishap in barber school due to some weak guards, (long story, remind me to tell you sometime) I have been deeply suspicious of using plastic guides and usually opting for fixed blade clippers.
These magnetic guards are super strong and show no sign of popping off involuntarily.
The housing is made from a very durable material that can withstand the bumps and scrapes that inevitably happen in a busy shop. Think your current clipper can survive a fall onto the bare ground?
If you’ve ever dropped your clipper and I am sure you will, then it is nice to know that it can take a beating while delivering the goods at the same time.
Is the Pro Alloy GTR the best fading clipper out there?
I have always been of the opinion that the 5 Star Wahl Senior is the best at giving tight fades.
I will have to reserve judgment for now, but all signs are pointing to the Andis GTR being the king of the fade, and may even topple the Senior off of that top post for me.
The beveled blade could be a game changer since it will make giving a good fade that much easier without any extra learning curve to get it right.
This could easily be the best clipper for new barbers just getting into the game.
It’s no secret both me and Ryan massively respect Andis. Sure, we lean towards other brands for our main hair clippers, but that’s just personal preference. Andis have proven themselves to be a major player both in the casual clippers industry and in the professional barber hair clippers niche. Not many companies can take pride in over 80 years of history!
Recently, the company raved around introducing an adjustable clipper of a new generation. It would run on a patented XTR technology, short for Extreme Temperature Reduction. This is pretty interesting to see, as some of Andis current models do tend to run a bit hotter than usual hair clippers.
Knowing their target audience
Andis aren’t a brand that’s fresh off the boat. They know their audience and what people expect to see in the company’s higher grade professional hair clippers. The Pro Alloy XTR (Amazon link) adjustable hair cutter aims to fill the niche between casual buzzers and the transition into pro territory.
The XTR technology is perfect for busy barbers who will benefit from both less vibrations and a cooler surface of this black-colored beauty. At the same time, though, the hair shaver is also well suited to casual users. Priced attractively, doing pretty fine in the design apartment, and powered by a new generation of buzzer technology? Andis really kill two birds with one stone here.
As always with Andis hair clippers, the Pro Alloy XTR is made in USA. In addition to it being an adjustable blade clipper, buyers will fetch a cool set of nine attachment combs. Sizes range from 1/16″ to 1″ and – I almost forgot, the blade is made of nothing else than high quality carbon steel. Adjusting from 000 to 1, it seems like a good hint at awesome fading action if you’re interested in that.
Sticking to the standard, Andis Pro Alloy XTR adjustable clipper also comes with a blade guard and oil included.
So what’s the feedback?
As the Pro Alloy XTR entered the shipping phase only recently, it hasn’t accumulated a lot of reviews and shoutouts yet. The adjustable clipper’s Amazon.com page has a few overly positive reviews. Buyers praise the hair cutter’s ergonomics, blade quality and ability to stay cool.
A word of caution: the Pro Alloy XTR is only compatible with Andis blades, so you can’t mix it around, unlike some other hair clippers.
Of course, we’re onto the case too. XTR is a technology that we don’t want to miss out on. I’m not sure whether it would be me or Ryan breaking down the fine details of this juicy set of adjustable hair clippers. In any case, rest assured that the Pro Alloy XTR will find its place among our other professional hair clippers reviews.