All-Weather Scribbling: Rite in the Rain

By Jim Nash | Updated May 7, 2013 10:40 AM

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Rite in the Rain All-Weather Notebooks

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Notebooks

Tech is great, but a lot of times tech can’t cut it, especially mobile technology. Thus, a fool and his smartphone are soon parted on anything but a calm, dry summer day.

In foul weather, go back to basics. Rite in Rain all-weather writing paper and pens, by J.L. Darling Corp, won’t enable you to place phone calls. But the goods work exactly as described—in the rain and the shower, even in the tub. If I can get The New York Times crossword puzzle printed on Darling paper, I might not leave the bathroom for a very long time!

The manufacturer does not say much about how its paper repels water, dirt, and grime. But what it does say is intriguing:


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Virgin wood pulp, which apparently holds up better to use when wet than recycled pulp, is treated with a water-based coating that only gives off steam as it’s applied. It looks the same as fresh white paper but is less reflective. The pages are stiffer and have a slight waxy feel, though nothing scrapes off. Any pencil lead sticks to it without extra effort, and it works with all-weather pens.

It’s so-called Polydura notebook covers, which feel like the grade-school library books of another generation, are stiff, minimally textured, impermeable and slippery. These covers contain post-consumer recycled materials, such as recycled shampoo bottles.

Rite in the Rain Travel Journal

Rite in the Rain Travel Journal and All-Weather Metal Pen Set

Even its nearest competitor, Moleskine, doesn’t have all-weather stock. Nor does Moleskine offer as many variations of portable writing paper. Darling makes everything from printer paper to spiral-bound notebooks to wide-format Xerographic paper and day planners. Add to that printed page layouts designed for more outdoor careers than you’ll find at a community-college career fair.

Prices vary by product, but a back-pocket Darling pad costs $18, twice what its Moleskine cousin costs.

You will probably store this idea away until you’re on site with your contractor in the rain, trying to describe how you want the hydrangea to slouch off your hill’s shoulder. Then you’ll make a note to go out and find one of these pads.

To learn more about Rite in the Rain products, visit J.L. Darling.

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