“FNC-17″ marks the start of our fifth year of FIELD NOTES COLORS. In that time, we’ve explored a wide variety of papers, colors, and printing techniques, but with this new “EXPEDITION” edition, for the first time, we’ve actually expanded the basic utility of our notebooks.
Aesthetically, you’ll find an all-new design with plenty to like: a hi-visibility “Antarctic Survey Orange” front cover and “Polar Night Black” back cover, with a subtle varnish effect featuring a topographic map of Antarctica. The body pages feature our popular ‘dot grid’ graph paper, printed in light gray.
But the real innovation here is the paper. It’s maybe not even fair to call it paper. The whole book is printed on Yupo Synthetic paper, an amazing water- and tear-proof paper extruded from polypropylene pellets in Chesapeake, Virginia. We could go on and on about our new books’ durability and incredible properties (especially in concert with the new FN-19 Space Pen), and we will, in this series of 12 (reasonably) scientific tests:
TEST 1: WATERPROOF
TEST 2: VISIBILITY
TEST 3: WIND RESISTANCE
TEST 4: BALLISTICS
TEST 5: VACUUM
TEST 6: TENSILE STRENGTH
TEST 7: COMPRESSION
TEST 8: ACID RESISTANCE
TEST 9: FLAME RESISTANCE
TEST 10: EXTREME TEMPERATURE
TEST 11: ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES
TEST 12: ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE
Months of development and testing were required to get these books just right, and we’d like to thank Yupo for their extensive support, as well as the great printers and ink technicians that pitched in to help.
The majority of our customers may not test the limits of these books, but the map of Antarctica is neither hyperbole nor coincidence. We’ll be sending the “EXPEDITION” edition to the South Pole with explorer Ben Saunders as he and his team retrace Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated journey to the Pole and back, on foot and unsupported, starting in October 2013. More on that soon.
Note: Synthetic paper is nonporous and doesn’t absorb ink like our conventional papers. here are some tips about pens and pencils to use with these books.
Subscribe to FIELD NOTES COLORS and get two “EXPEDITION” edition 3-Packs and two kraft-cover FIELD NOTES 3-Packs (one Graph, one Plain) immediately. Over the next year, you’ll get three more quarterly mailings featuring a pair of FIELD NOTES COLORS limited-edition 3-Packs. That adds up to 30 memo books, including “doubles” of each COLORS edition: one to use and one to hoard away for posterity. 500 subscriptions are available for just $97, which includes all our usual goodies.
Scared of commitment? “EXPEDITION EDITION” 3-Packs are available online. With all the R&D we put into these puppies, we printed a larger edition than usual. We plan to keep this COLORS edition in stock, but act now to get your three pack at the introductory price of $9.95 (the same as all our other FIELD NOTES 3-Packs), and get your books in time for holiday gift-giving.
More available mid-July.
Check all of our previous limited-editions, including what’s for sale right now and don’t forget to stock up on Graph, Ruled, Plain, and Mixed FIELD NOTES, our new 2013 18-Month Calendar, A Drive into the Gap, and everything else in our online store.