Where to buy: GrandSt.
The Sidekick is quite useful given what it's designed to do. It attaches snugly to notebooks that have hardcovers. While it could attach to a soft flexible cover, the cover flexing would bend away from the adhesive. Although it is considered a hardcover, I do have concerns about "puffy" covers like the Rhodia Webbie notebooks. So far, it has affixed well to mine but when the notebook is finished, I wonder what damage I'll do peeling off the adhesive..!
- The elastic is actually a Goody Ouchless elastic - available at many department stores. If it gets lost, you can easily replace it. Or you can replace it with a more fun colour should you want to spice up your Sidekick!
- Accommodates pens of many sizes, unlike elastic loops like the Leuchtturm 1917 loops.
- Not the prettiest to look at. I think it would only look good on a black notebook.
- Bulky. Causes notebook to sit very high off the paper where it's attached.
- Attaches by adhesive pads. Velcro would be better; it could then be reused as you move notebooks, all you would need is some more velcro. (Of course, you can tear it off your notebook once it's full and attach some yourself.)
- Since I'm a bit obsessed with recycling and "going green" (as much as possible), having this made of recycled or recyclable plastic would be great.
- Different colours to match your notebooks?
The Sidekick has a lot of potential; with a few small changes, I think it could be a keeper. It offers some advantages over other pen loops, and it lacks a few things, but it's on the right track. At only $5, it's worth a shot to see if it may be the pen loop (or Sidekick) for you.
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