Many thanks to our Roadbook testers for their photos and feedback. There is nothing like interacting with a product over a period of time to get a feel for it. While praise is always great, I really value your critiques, too. They help us to improve.
“I love most everything about it, from the size, to the weight, to, of course, the Clairefontaine paper, but I knew that going in. It put up with every pen I tossed at it, from several fountain pens to some pigma microns. I didn’t go through every pen in the house, but the ones I had in my bag I used. I love that the paper is white. I am surprised, I’d been veering toward ivory papers. The rounded corners help it stand up to abuse in my bag, or if I drop it. I like that I can fold the cover and that it is sturdy enough to write on my leg, useful for taking notes on a train.”
“What do I wish it did differently?
I wish there was a pocket in the cover, perhaps on the outside so it couldn’t interfere with writing. When I travel there is always ephemera that I want to keep safe until it makes its way to the scrapbook (or recycling bin). I wish that there was a grid option or narrower rule. I prefer 5-6mm so the 8mm is super wide spacing for me. It’s ok but not my preference. I wish that the pages were indexed. I think? I don’t know. I go back and forth on this. I wish that the lines were spaced more evenly on the page, I don’t need the header & footer margins to be so wide.”
“How did it surprise me the most? I was skeptical about the cover material. It has stood up to quite a bit of abuse. While I couldn’t make myself purposely spill tea or coffee on it, I am very pleased with how it’s held up.”
Rusty SZ from Oklahoma emailed me his comments and some great photos on April 22:
“Enjoyed using the Roadbook. I chose the lined edition – the line spacing was good for me as I have large handwriting, the paper worked great with my fountain pens and held up to all the things I taped inside, the elastic was handy for keeping everything together and compact.”
Penny and Rusty, thanks so much!