The regular Field Notes notebooks are awesome. You have the regular “Kraft” edition, that kind of started this entire industry of “back pocket sized” notebooks you see today. If not started, they at least made it much more popular.
There are different versions of it, with different paper quality. The regular edition have paper that works “good enough” with more or less anything. But not great with anything. But don’t expect anything like Leuchtturm1917.
You can get them in blank, lined or square format; and they also have a mixed sampler pack. Some of the limited runs have dot grid. If I can find any with dotgrid I usually get them instead of the regular because of this.
I think the format is great, even though I do miss having a hard cover pocket sized notebooks sometimes. Before getting into Field Notes in 2013, I used to use these thicker Moleskine’s with a hardcover.
What I loved about those hardcover notebooks was that I could just stop in the middle of the street, write something and go on. That is not that easy with soft covers. The soft covers work much better in your back pocket though.
Something I really love about Field Notes is all the awesome design and writing they have on the covers. My favourite is the list of suggested uses. Always cracks me up.
I haven’t used them in a while, because COVID. But I’ll probably order some once I start going place again. Do I recommend them? Yes, as long as you don’t expect the best fountain pen performance.