general use, tactical, public safety, construction, agricultural, recreational, underwater, and sportsman use. In addition, the 20 & 30 pound paper is archival and therefore, will last your entire lifetime!
RITR puts it best:
RECYCLABILITY In spite of Rite in the Rain's durability, it is totally recyclable as standard paper, which is untrue of synthetic, or poly coated papers. Simply recycle Rite in the Rain as you do other white or printed papers.Nº1773 - Universal Polydura
POST-CONSUMER RECYCLED MATERIALS Our unique "Polydura" cover and reference card substrate contains post-consumer recycled materials and is recyclable. (Recycled milk, shampoo bottles, etc.)
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING PROCESS The process involved in the manufacture of Rite in the Rain paper was designed to have ultra-low impact on the environment. The water based coating process emits only steam and all mill off-cuts are recycled back into the paper-manufacturing stream. All printing plates and processing liquids are recycled. 100% of printing inks are soy based. The modern facility and equipment are designed to be energy efficient.
RECYCLED FIBER CONTENT Rite in the Rain All-Weather Writing Paper is a patented substrate created for use in outdoor writing situations. Since this paper is designed for use in extreme conditions it is manufactured with the most durable yet recyclable components available. Recycled content pulp, as a result of the repulping & reprocessing involved in recycling, produces a "weaker" substrate due to the shortened fibers. This inherent weakness reduces the field-durability of paper and as such is not used in the manufacture of Rite in the Rain paper. It is one of the rare instances where virgin fiber adds significantly to the end-product function. Papers designed for "office or indoor" uses do not require this strength and as such can contain recycled fiber. This all being said, the wood fibers we utilize for Rite in the Rain are purchased from FSC Certified sources. By doing this it insures our product is manufactured with high environmental and social standards and practices.
I wanted to go outside and test these notebooks in the rain, but I'm in Texas. Where, apparently, it hardly ever rains. Therefore, I will have to settle for using the sink - filling it with a little bit of water and writing underwater. I subjected this notebook to the water test because it would be easiest to photograph and demonstrate its ability (although the other notebook was also tested but was hard to hold open and photograph - I need better assistants).
|Writing sample: Sharpie Micro, Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V5, Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.5 mm Coleto, Uni-ball Signo DX 0.38 mm, Tactical Clicker All Weather Pen, Uni-ball Kuru Toga auto lead rotation mechanical pencil 0.5 mm.|
|Notice the Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.5 mm Coleto disappeared pretty much the second water hit it! Also notice the awesome water beading!|
|This was written under water. No problems whatsoever. Both the pen and pencil wrote like there was nothing on the page at all.|
This paper performed just as spectacularly as the Universal Polydura. I am truly amazed that the water does not soak in nor wash off certain inks or pencil, without the paper feeling slimy or coated. It feels like normal, nice paper.
My only complaint is that because it is a hardcover, it can be difficult to keep open while writing. I haven't broken the spine so that may help...I hate breaking spines though!
|Top to bottom: Roaring Spring Elephant PooPoo Paper, Rite in the Rain Universal Polydura, Rite in the Rain Fabrikoid Pocket Journal, Roaring Spring Environotes Sugarcane notebook, Rhodia Reverse Book.|
Nº97 Tactical Clicker All Weather Pen - Black Ink
Fisher Space Pen, which allows you to use it in water, upside down, or in temperatures ranging from -30F to 250F. And really, if you're in either of those temperatures, you're probably crazy enough to absolutely require one of these pens.
It is very slick, and certainly does look like a tactical pen, with its smooth, matte black surface. It is a simple clicker and ballpoint but it wrote very well in both notebooks here. It write under water, and through water easily. The water did not wash away the ink, and once it dried, it's as though nothing had ever happened. Amazing.
Even if you don't have intentions of writing under harsh conditions, you should get one of these pens anyway, because they have ink that will not evaporate and cartridges that won't leak in your pocket - good for flying.
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Nº1773 - Universal Polydura - $9.95
Nº390-4F Pocket Journal - Fabrikoid - $16.95
NºC540F Field Belt Pouch - Tan Cordura® fabric - $24.75
Nº97 Tactical Clicker All Weather Pen - Black Ink - $10.95
While Rite in the Rain products will have a premium, they will protect your works forever - you won't have to worry about floods or rainwater ruining your work, or time fading your words. Your works will be safe to store, no matter where you put it (you know... if you're somewhat reasonable about where you store it). You will also have the peace of mind knowing you are supporting a company that is making efforts to reduce its impact on the environment in more ways than one. I highly recommend Rite in the Rain to all you stationery fans and outdoorsy people out there!
**I was provided one or more of these products for review, but all opinions are my own!