I’m sure many of you have used a Field Notes notebook at one time or another in the past several years, or a similar paper notebook that’s just the right size for a pocket or bag. Field Notes recently introduced their Expedition Edition (no relation to EB) of the 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ notebooks, and after getting buying some last month I’ve been really pleased with the durability. Check out what they have to say about the materials and construction:

“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.

I think these notebooks really live up to their claims, and while I haven’t really tried to tear one apart, they seem to hold up much better than standard paper notebooks. According to Field Notes, the map of Antarctica has a nice connection to how the notebooks will be used soon. They will 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.

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Field Notes Expedition Edition Notebook