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Rite-In-The-Rain products

Anyone else here ever spent the extra money to have weatherproof stationary in the outoors?  Generally I always carry a note pad and some type of reliable pen or mechanical pencil in my pack when hunting, camping, and when traveling in general.  Just one of those things I always have found useful to have with me. In this day of fancy electronic gizmos I still like knowing that when electronic malfunctions happen, or when batteries die, or when the network crashes I still have a reliable foolproof way of retrieving information or writing down important info. 

The small composition note pad I usually have in my daypack got wet last summer, really wet and soaked.  After a couple days it had literally disintigrated into mush.  In it I keep valuable info written down - coordinates of hotspots and honey holes, notes on an area, directions I've trailblazed, phone numbers to state patrol dispatch, DOW regional offices, ranger districts, etc.

Been seeing these weatherproof note pad kits lately at many sporting goods store and figure I'd get one.  Let you guys know how it turns out.

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pad

I always carry a pad too, but i just keep it in a HD zip lock bag.

 

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I have the write any where

I have the write any where pens and pads but they are military issue and work well. I haven't had any problems.

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i used to work forestry in

i used to work forestry in northern british columbia in canada.  all our notes and field cards were on the waterproof paper specifically printed for the job at hand.  they were awesome, but just a few pointers.  use a pencil not a pen, and make sure there is no drops of water where you are writing or else it wont work.  if the weather turns to below freezing and the pages are wet they will freeze together and some of the crappier quality ones will peel the writing off when you seperate them even if you are carefull.

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good to know

prarie mountain man wrote:

i used to work forestry in northern british columbia in canada.  all our notes and field cards were on the waterproof paper specifically printed for the job at hand.  they were awesome, but just a few pointers.  use a pencil not a pen, and make sure there is no drops of water where you are writing or else it wont work.  if the weather turns to below freezing and the pages are wet they will freeze together and some of the crappier quality ones will peel the writing off when you seperate them even if you are carefull.

Good to know.  Yeah I hear that companies like the one who makes Rite-In-The-Rain originally had their genesis in supplying stationary products to the forestry industry. 

Just curious, why not use a pen?  I've heard this from a number of people as well, so I'm curious. My military type Fisher Space pen seems to work perfectly well on the green note paper.  However I also keep a mechanical pencil with my field gear as well.

Basically I bought mine simply to jot down field notes when scouting or when hunting. Also to jot down any other useful information I may come across when out in the field.  I doubt I'll actually be writing in the pouring rain, but it's nice to know these pages are weatherproof.

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the paper is generally has a

the paper is generally has a slick coating to help shed the water.  the pen will wipe off easier on it.  pencil can be erased too.

 

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As far as a pen vrs pencil, I

As far as a pen vrs pencil, I have seen a pen quit working but never a pencil.  If you break the point on the pencil you can always resharpen it even with your teeth.  Try that with a pen when it quits.

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Maybe true with most pens, but I've owned and used a few Fisher Space Pens over the last 23 years, since I was a junior in highschool.  They are the only ballpoint that I know of that will keep flowing and writing reliably especially in very cold temperatures.  In fact I still have (and use regularly) my first Fisher AG7 Astronaut pen I bought back in the summer of 1989, that thing has been through it all and aside from a few dings and scratches it still works perfectly fine, even still retains all of it's chrome finish.  But I always carry an engineers type or drafters type mechnical pencil as well.