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Field notes, meet dream notebook - take THAT, weather!!,
This review is from: Rite in the Rain - Green Tactical Note Book (All Weather) (Sports)
RITE IN THE RAIN (a/k/a RITE-IN-THE-RAIN) all-weather outdoor notebooks are something of a marvel. I decided to do a short series (as much as Amazon will allow) since I highly approve of this product but usually get only one size notebook, the top-spiral-bound 3"x5" notebook. That one happens to have a name: Pocket Journal by Rite In The Rain which is as useless as it is silly, considering this model is the exact same thing except this has a military olive-drab color to the cover.
But then the assortment here is so massive, I guess it isn't too bad an idea to nickname each size product. This particular 3"x5" notebook is most commonly used by all manner of law enforcement, reporters and scientists. I used to be law enforcement and have always been a scientist. However, you can get these in pretty much all sizes. Recently I saw a bird watcher carrying one in the film THE BIG YEAR (see my review). Yet another good use for one of these, eh!
Essentially this is a notebook consisting of "frosted" pages (that means chemically treated) so they stand up to wet, inclement weather as long as you write with the required tools. A fine mechanical pencil, good ballpoint or the specialized and very expensive "Rite in the Rain" Weatherproof Tactical Clicker Pen - Black Ink (97) will do nicely.
This is an excellent field notebook, whatever your field may be. I love this for its ready eagerness to cooperate with most writing implements, especially the way it takes rather kindly to the weird ink of the Fisher Space Bullet Space Pen - Matte Black, Gift Boxed (400B).
My own inclination is to use a superior ballpoint such as Cross Ballpoint Refill, Medium Black, 2 per card (8513-2) or Monteverde Ballpoint Refill to Fit Parker Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Soft Roll, Black, 2 per Pack (P132BK). I gave you links to the pen refills because I only buy and write with them - I do not waste money on actual pens!
The pages of the Rite-in-the-Rain are a gentle white, college-ruled with an easy-on-the-eyes greenish-blue line, and has vertical rulings in case you need to execute a sketch.
Though ashamed to admit this, of late I use my Rite-in-the-Rain mostly for vital memos around the house. Getting old and retiring has its disadvantages, in case no one told you. Rather than helping to gather precious filed data, these days the notebooks are helping me retain precious memory data that I cannot retain.
However, if you want to hang on to notes, memos, data of a general kind, passwords to the internet accounts, then this really is the notebook for you. I've even seen construction workers and carpenters using these.
Some warnings: 1) Do not try to use just any old pen because some inks will not stand up to rain/snow - especially true of markers which are water-based. Anything like that will simply be rejected by this paper. 2) This is not for underwater use. 3) You will want to be for underwater use when you see how much these cost.