Review: Field Notes Memo Pad

The classic style of the Field Notes Memo Pad really caught my eye when they first came out, and I was anxious to get them into my hands as soon as possible.  The ordering process was simple, and once they arrived, I was not disappointed.  Here are the quick and dirty specs:

- 48 page memo book
- 3-1/2" wide by 5-1/2″ tall
- Rugged three-staple saddle-stitch process
- Perfect 3/16″ (5mm) graphed paper
- Manufactured and printed in the U.S.A.

And the best part for me - the graph lines were brown!  For whatever reason, I had never noticed that prior to ordering, and was very pleasantly surprised.  It fits the design of the notebook perfectly.

Performance wise, the paper is really nice and smooth.  I broke out as many different pens as I had on me at the time and went to work:


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Back (sorry about the blur - I couldn't get a good shot for the life of me)

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As you can see, there is no feathering or bleed-thru no matter which pen I threw at it.  I didn't have a fountain pen handy at the time, so I will need to test that out further.

The only real item I would like to see improved is the thickness of the cover.  It feels a little flimsy to me, but I will say it gives the notebook nice flexibility.  I would just prefer a more sturdy cover to take a good beating in my backpack or pocket.  Other than that, this pocket notebook is excellent.  Between it and the Doane Utility Notebook, I have my pocket size notebook needs covered.

Grab a three-pack of Field Notes Memo Books from the Field Notes Shop for just $9.95 - bonus goodies included!


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Front Cover

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Back Cover

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Posted on November 11, 2008 .