It’s been a long time since I’ve last posted a video review. But this one just begged for it:
Basically, I took the review page from my Rite in the Rain mechanical pencil review, and a page from one of my favorite notepads, the Ampad Retro Gold Fibre (available online or at Staples), and gave them a good soaking from the hose. Right away, the Ampad paper soaked up the water, became limp, and tore very easily.
The rather more hydrophobic Rite in the Rain paper resisted the water, which beaded up on the surface of the paper. It took just as much effort to tear it as it does a dry piece of paper (even dry, Rite in the Rain is thicker and offers more resistance than most writing pad papers).
I wrote on both sheets of paper with pencil, which is already water resistant. But if you use a fountain pen, especially with normal, water-soluble ink, the Rite in the Rain paper shouldn’t completely protect you from smearing when wet. Since the ink has soaked into the paper somewhat, it should perform better than the regular notebook paper, but still — I like to think pencil performs best under wet circumstances. Especially on a Rite in the Rain notepad.
Thanks to my lovely partner, Katie, for running the camera and the garden hose!
2 thoughts on “Rite in the Rain Notepad Paper Review”
Okay. I had a feeling of what would happen during the video, but actually seeing it was hilarious. Especially the seemingly gratuitous “second hosing.” All for science, right? I really enjoy your blog, even though I’m a mechanical pencil guy myself, favoring lead sizes 0.9mm up to 1.3mm.
When I was in college, I took a survey class and we had to use those Rite in the Rain pads. I still shudder to think of the way the paper coating felt! You should have posted a trigger warning. They did the job, though.