Happy New Year to all my readers! I wanted to kick off 2016 with a Field Notes ranking that includes the Field Notes I have acquired and used since summer 2012.
A Field Notes ranking seemed like the logical follow up post to my used versus un-used pocket notebooks post as I own so many Field Notes notebooks. There are plenty of ranking posts out there from other stationery bloggers and I wanted to add my ranking to the mix.
I have based my ranking on a desire to use an edition. Those at the bottom I am probably never going to use. Those in the middle I like but don't get used as much as they should, getting lost in the stack. Those at the top are my favourites. Some editions I have used up and I won't be able to acquire any more, but I have enjoyed using them and loved the design.
My Field Notes ranking relevant in January 2016.
- Day Game
- County Fair
- Drink Local
- Ravens Wing
- Red Blooded
- Two Rivers
- Night Sky
- Pitch Black
- Original Kraft
- Workshop Companion
- America the Beautiful
- Travelling Salesman
- Cold Horizon
- Dry Transfer
- Arts and Sciences
Top 5 Field Notes and why I chose them
Day Game was my first ever Field Notes edition that I bought. At the time I loved the different colours in this edition and found it novel. Other pocket notebook brands weren't offering anything like this. I am not a baseball fan but I really liked the way each of these notebooks gave a nod to the different elements of the game. The white and red notebook is my favourite of the three and perhaps my favourite ever Field Notes notebook.
County Fair is a standard edition in the Field Notes line-up and I absolutely love it. The cover stock has a really nice textured feel and the colours are bright and fun. This edition comes with the standard grid refill which is one of my preferred grids. I also really like the fun facts about the state on the reverse of the notebook. I have only ever bought the Illinois set of this edition when I took a trip there a couple of years ago, but I would happily buy more of these notebooks from whatever state I could find.
I'd love to see some special international editions as a small extension to this edition but I know this is wishful thinking!
The Drink Local edition was a surprise to me. The colours were fab and you got two different versions, one Ales and one Lagers with different colours representing the different beers. This edition is gorgeous and have a lovely smooth 'soft touch' exterior paper stock. Once in your hand this unusual exterior really heightened my enjoyment of this edition.
When Drink Local was announced I wasn't really looking forward to it as it was beer themed and I ended up giving away two of the colours. This edition has been and has remained one of my favourites for some time now. I still have one single left to use giving me a chance at some more enjoyment with this edition.
Shenandoah is the recent fall 2015 release and a new addition into my favourites. I buy Field Notes very differently these days waiting for them to arrive in the UK and buying from one of the online retailers rather than direct from Field Notes. This gives me time to gather my thoughts, see the initial responses onine and buy more sensibly. This new buying habit gave me time to consider Shenandoah and grow to love this seasonal colors release the more pictures and reviews I saw online.
I really like the different shades of green included within this edition. The outside cover represents the colour of trees found in the Shenandoah National Park in the summer months. The contrasting internal colours show the autumnal changing leaf colours. This contrast is gorgeous and the bold colours is one of the big selling points with this edition.
Snowblind is the most recent seasonal release but it went straight up in the rankings for several reasons. I love the pure white covers and the tactile feel that this edition has. The shade of blue that appears when they are exposed to the sun is utterly gorgeous and gives this edition a cheeky little edge.
Below is my attempt at attracting some sunlight to get the cover to change colour (sunlight is rare at this time of year in the UK).
The Field Notes branding on the reverse of this edition, and on the inside covers are the lovely cool blue colour that the notebook changes to in the sun.
When you do finally get lucky and find some sun you get this lovely cool blue shade. It doesn't hang around for long fading fairly quickly but when you do get it, it's a treat.
Yet again Field Notes comes up with something different in their seasonal release. We haven't seen anything like this from Field Notes or from any other notebook brand and is all part of the reason I regularly buy each seasonal release.
some Lessons Learnt
In accumulating a large amount of Field Notes notebooks I have made some errors trying to acquire some of the older editions.
Northerly was an edition I had longed for when I first started using Field Notes and when I managed to get my hands on a pack for a reasonable price I was so disappointed. The hype didn't live up to what I had hoped. Originally I was attracted to the white and silver cover which was ok in the flesh but the internal reversed grid and paper stock was really disappointing. It sounded like a great idea and an alternative colour paper stock is always a novelty, but in reality this meant that the paper didn't handle different pens and inks very well. This limited what pens I could use in the notebook and dulled my enjoyment. This is why this edition falls so low in my rankings.
Cold Horizon I discussed briefly in a previous post but this edition represents a lesson learnt. I snapped up several packs of this edition before seeing it and was so disappointed with it in the flesh. I have several unused packs which won't be used any time soon.
This post has turned out much longer than I had initially planned. My Field Notes ranking is personal to my preferences and how I have used these notebooks. All of this is done with fun in mind. No doubt some people will disagree with my rankings, if so I'd love to hear what you disagree with and what your personal favourite editions are.
I have noticed is that some of the latest Field Notes editions have been some of their best. I like the style and designs and I am always drawn to lovely bright colours that Field Notes release.