Field Notes Expedition Edition
"FNC-17" marks the start of our fifth year of FIELD NOTES COLORS. In that time, we've explored a wide variety of papers, colors, and printing techniques, but with this new "EXPEDITION" edition, for the first time, we've actually expanded the basic utility of our notebooks. Aesthetically, you'll find an all-new design with plenty to like: a hi-visibility "Antarctic Survey Orange" front cover and "Polar Night Black" back cover, with a subtle varnish effect featuring a topographic map of Antarctica. The body pages feature our popular "dot grid" graph paper, printed in light gray. But the real innovation here is the paper. It'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.
Months of development and testing were required to get these books just right, and we'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. We'll be sending the "EXPEDITION" edition to the South Pole with explorer Ben Saunders as he and his team retrace Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated journey to the Pole and back, on foot and unsupported, starting in October 2013. More on that soon. Note: Synthetic paper is nonporous and doesn't absorb ink like our conventional papers.