Field Notes 56-Week Planner Review

Saying I like Field Notes is an understatement. Over the past couple of years I've built up quite a collection thanks to the quarterly limited editions and various brand collaborations. I really can't work through my hoard quick enough, but I justify it by calling it a collection, as you do..

So when two of my loves of FN and planners came together I couldn't get the resulting product in my hands fast enough. Reminiscent of the 'Ambitions' edition FN's circa winter 2014, where one of the notebooks in the set was an undated weekly planner. The genius inside FN HQ made a bigger and better version. An undated weekly planner with great paper quality and the minimal but oh so pleasing aesthetic FN is all about.

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SPECS

  • Wire bound
  • 4 3/4" x 7 1/2"  in size
  • Chipboard cover with the iconic FN branding
  • 70lb text weight white paper
  • 56 weeks worth of a lined and undated planne layout
  • RRP $13.95 (approx. £9) 
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Paper quality is always important and the thicker pages in this planner pay off. It can handle almost anything you throw at it, fountain pens write nicely without any bleeding. There tends to be a little feathering and shadowing with pens that have a heavier flow but it isn't a dealbreaker, far from it. Writing in this thing is incredibly satisfying and thanks to the chipboard covers you can write pretty much anywhere without a problem. They made this planner so incredibly sturdy, which doesn't give me any hesitation that it can handle being used for 56 weeks solid.

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As with most FN products the inside covers are filled with related facts, helpful tips, equally not so helpful tips and enough comedic quirks to last just over a year. It's this playful and witty attitude that originally made me head over heels for FN as a brand.

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Though one thing that really sold me on this planner was the size. For what it's intended to be used for this larger size is perfect, it's not too big that it's difficult to carry on a daily basis but not too small that you're struggling for space to actually plan things. They found a happy medium and it's just right. 

Being wire bound makes perfect sense, it should stand the test of time and it allows the planner to lay flat on a work surface without having to loosen the spine on a staple bound notebook. Which, don't get me wrong, I love about other FN books. But for a planner that's going to be heavily used and written on every last inch of paper, wouldn't work too well, so wire binding was a smart move. 

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Weekly planner from "Ambition" edition. 

Weekly planner from "Ambition" edition. 

Inside there's a adequate space for daily planning, the lined layout is printed with a "Canvas Duck" ink which matches the chipboard cover well. My immediate thought is I'd have prefered it to be printed in grey but honestly this golden shade is subtle and really pleasing on the eye.

I've grown fond of undated planners as of late, there's always some weeks that are busier than others and I find myself not bothering to use a planner on quieter weeks because there doesn't seem to be much point. Which is why I started using undated layouts, you only use it when you need to, making it last much longer and utilising the entire book more efficiently.

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I can't talk praise about this planner enough, FN always manage to do things right and this is no exception. Not to mention it's great value for money for what you're getting. 

As of writing this post the planner is available as part of an initial run direct from FN here, there you can also find full details about how the 56-week planner came to be. So I'd pick one up sooner rather than later if you like the looks of it, and let's hope it becomes a part of the full time FN lineup. 

Thanks for reading! 

Posted on October 26, 2015 and filed under Paper Review.