To celebrate its 80th aninversary year, Rhodia has released the Rhodia Ice notepads, a sleek twist on the usual orange and black notepads we're all used to.
Size: 5.875 x 8.25 inches/No. 16/A5
Sheet Count: 96
Where to buy: Goldspot Pens
The Rhodia Ice pad had my attention from its release... mostly because I'm a sucker and attracted to all new things, new colours, new items, limited editions, etc. It's a tragic existence. Anyway. The Ice pad is just like the regular dotPad No. 16s in terms of its size and set up. The cover on the Ice is white (big surprise) and Rhodia is written on the front in silver lettering. It's a very sophisticated and classy colour scheme: cold and a bit chilly, but in a beautiful way. As Sunny (from Exaclair) says, "I sometimes just stare at the pile in the office which looks like an iceberg". I wouldn't mind being hit by that iceberg. (Bad taste? Sorry. I also implied I'm like the Titanic, so I think it was fair.)
PERFORMANCE & FEEL
As with the No. 16 dotPad, this Ice pad has quickly become a favourite. For me, this is the perfect size: perfect for toting around but it's not too big nor too small. I can write from top to bottom of each page, end to end. Smooth paper, not too slick, so the drying time isn't terribly long (I love the Rhodia R pads because they are seriously deluxe but the drying times are very long for when on-the-go). As mentioned in the previous section, I really enjoy the colour of the ruling: the soft colour is pleasant to look at and it makes the entire writing and reading experience very enjoyable.
Dry gel pens won't perform all that nicely on this paper because the paper is smooth. Why are you using dry gel pens on quality paper anyway? I don't know. But there you have it. Steer clear of dry gel pens. Everything else is good: normal gel ink pens, ballpoints, pencils, and liquid ink pens. I didn't bother putting a Sharpie on here because it'll bleed but really now, who writes with a Sharpie in a Rhodia notepad? That's just madness.
The Bloc White Rhodia "Ice" notepads are not so different from the usual Rhodia pads in terms of quality, but aesthetically, I feel a lot of people may find them more work appropriate than the very obvious orange covers. These are elegant and appealing while delivering the quality we expect and have come to love from Rhodia. Plus, they are available in five sizes. Highly recommended.
This notepad was sent to me for review by Exaclair. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. All opinions you have read here are my own. There are no affiliate links in this review.