â€œFNC-17â€³ marks the start of our fifth year of FIELD NOTES COLORS. In that time, weâ€™ve explored a wide variety of papers, colors, and printing techniques, but with this new â€œEXPEDITIONâ€ edition, for the first time, weâ€™ve actually expanded the basic utility of our notebooks.
Aesthetically, youâ€™ll find an all-new design with plenty to like: a hi-visibility â€œAntarctic Survey Orangeâ€ front cover and â€œPolar Night Blackâ€ back cover, with a subtle varnish effect featuring a topographic map of Antarctica. The body pages feature our popular â€˜dot gridâ€™ graph paper, printed in light gray.
But the real innovation here is the paper. Itâ€™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 booksâ€™ 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: WATERPROOFÂ
- TEST 2: VISIBILITYÂ
- TEST 3: WIND RESISTANCEÂ
- TEST 4: BALLISTICSÂ
- TEST 5: VACUUMÂ
- TEST 6: TENSILE STRENGTHÂ
- TEST 7: COMPRESSIONÂ
- TEST 8: ACID RESISTANCE
- TEST 9: FLAME RESISTANCEÂ
- TEST 10: EXTREME TEMPERATUREÂ
- TEST 11: ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVESÂ
- TEST 12: ELECTRICAL RESISTANCEÂ
Months of development and testing were required to get these books just right, and weâ€™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. Weâ€™ll be sending the â€œEXPEDITIONâ€ edition to the South Pole with explorer Ben Saunders as he and his team retrace Captain Robert Falcon Scottâ€™s ill-fated journey to the Pole and back, on foot and unsupported, starting in October 2013. More on that soon.