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Hi Mojimoji Tagged Life Gear Memo Pad Review

Hi Mojimoji Tagged Life Gear Memo Pad

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

The Hi Mojimoji Tagged Life Gear memo pads (or Tagged memo pads for short) is a unique and cute memo pad that is well-suited to short jots and tearing out pages for one-off uses, but it has some limitations. Still, the aesthetic is spot on and makes me like the notebook despite its paper quality.

Let’s start with the specifications for the notebook I have on hand, which is the “small” version. It features a unique shape reminiscent of a retail tag, complete with a grommeted hole in the upper left-hand corner of the book. There are 100 sheets in this pad, and each one is perforated for easy removal. The curved sides of the notebook give it a unique flair, but also make it easier to handle.

Hi Mojimoji Tagged Life Gear Memo Pad Inside Cover

One of the major features this notebook touts is the water-resistant nature of the paper, which fits nicely with the water/ocean theme that this collection of notebooks display on their covers. There are several covers to choose from, including Anchor (featured in this review), Kingfisher, Lifesaving Float, Rudder, Tyrolean Hat, and Mt. Everest. All styles are available in a large or small size, but they all contain 5mm graph paper inside.

The “small” notebooks are about 2.6 x 4.4 inches, while the “large” notebooks are about 3 x 5 inches. This isn’t a huge difference, and the price is only a dollar apart as well.

Hi Mojimoji Tagged Life Gear Memo Pad Cover

On the outside, these notebooks are definitely an eye-catcher. They use interesting colors and high-quality symbols for each theme. The uniform design makes it tempting to collect all six styles, but you have to be comfortable with the paper before committing to that many notebooks.

Hi Mojimoji Tagged Life Gear Memo Pad Writing

The paper is “water-resistant,” which always comes with trade-offs. To make paper water-resistant requires a special coating. This coating usually causes certain inks to act much differently than usual — namely, fountain pen and some gel inks.

In general, traditional ballpoint and gel inks won’t have a problem with this kind of paper — pencil is also a great pairing — but don’t count on using your favorite fountain pens or rollerballs with this paper. It bleeds like crazy and shows through to the back side very clearly. The price of water-resistance!

Hi Mojimoji Tagged Life Gear Memo Pad Back

Outside of the expected limitations caused by the water-resistant coating on the paper, it’s a handy little notepad. The graph is the perfect size, the quality is consistent, and it works well with most pens/pencils (as long as they’re not water-based inks).

Hi Mojimoji Tagged Life Gear Memo Pad Sample

I’ve had a couple of issues with this notebook that make me pause. One of them is that tearing sheets out of the pad is incredibly difficult/problematic. 100% of the sheets I’ve pulled out have either ripped down into the writing area or pulled additional paper from the binding. None of the sheets have torn out cleanly along the perforations. The purpose of this memo book feels like it’s meant to shed pages rather than be a permanent store of old notes. That being the case, I would expect a better tearing experience. I’m really anxious now about tearing the page when removing a sheet, which shouldn’t be the case.

Hi Mojimoji Tagged Life Gear Memo Pad Paper

For the price, you can definitely pick up a 3-pack of better made notebooks. $10 is a standard price for pocket notebooks and memo pads, but these aren’t top performers in my experience. If you dig the aesthetic, though, the Tagged memo books are a good water-resistant memo book.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

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Hi Mojimoji Tagged Life Gear Memo Pad Review
Posted on March 14, 2018 and filed under Tagged, Notebook Reviews.

TAGGED MEMO PAD: A Waterproof Pocket Notebook

(This article was first published on Mai-Bun. Written by Takuya Takahashi. English translation by Bruce Eimon.)

You know that little tag that is stapled onto your your clothes when they come back from the dry cleaners?

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Did you know that those tags are stapled onto your clothes BEFORE they get washed? If you think about it, it makes perfect sense - if it was done afterwards, they would have no idea which shirt belonged to whom. But think this through all the way.. The washing machines used by dry cleaners are no slouches. They are heavy-duty industrial strength machines that give your clothes a thorough wash. A tag that can survive such a thorough beating is not just waterproof - it is a special kind of paper that is literally classified as “washer-proof” paper. TAGGED MEMO is a pocket notebook made out of this washer-proof paper.

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This unique design gives you a very comfortable grip.

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Its soft cover allows it to easily conform to the curvature of your pocket.

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The entire notebook is made out of the washer-proof paper, so it can take a beating, easily withstanding any rain or your wet hands. Even if you drop it in a puddle or put it through the washer, just dry it out in the sun and it will be ready to use again. (A video of how the paper weathers 8 hours of being soaked in water: Just be careful, though. The paper may survive, but any kind of water-soluble dye based ink may wash out when it is immersed in water. The Fisher Space Pen or the Unibal Power Tank may be good companions for this notebook.

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Most “water-proof” paper out on the market is heavily coated, giving it a slick and glossy feel. This paper is quite different. It is slightly toothy and has a fibrous texture that feels quite nice to write on, especially with pencil. With fountain pens it feathers a bit and feels a little scratchy. Then again, this is not meant to be written on with water soluble inks. Each page is perforated, and you get 100 full pages.

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This is one sturdy pocket notebook that will last you a very long time. With extended use it even takes on a nice worn look, like a nice pair of broken-in jeans. No need to be dainty with this one. You can take it anywhere!

Recommended for:

  • People who like the outdoors.
  • People who have painful memories of ruining their notebooks in the rain/pool/sprinkler.
  • Meteorologists and reporters who spend a lot of time chasing storms. :)


Posted on October 24, 2017 and filed under Tagged, Notebook Reviews.