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Back Pocket SpaceX Notebook Review

7 December 2016 By ian

It seems these days that a new notebook’s been released before you can finish half of the one you last started, so it takes something special for one to stand out. The Back Pocket SpaceX notebooks certainly look striking but do they hold up in use?

Size: 14cm by 9cm (A6ish)
Price: £12 for a pack of three
Pages: 36
Cover: thick card (300gsm)
Paper: thick (120gsm)
Ruling: cross grid only

The covers use the designs commissioned by Elon Musk for his SpaceX programme. I love these so much!

Back Pocket Notebook front covers

There are three Mars-themed designs: Phobos and Deimos (Mars’s two moons); Olympus Mons (the largest volcano in the solar system); and Valles Marineris (a huge canyon that dwarfs the Grand Canyon). The inside front cover of each notebook has facts related to the cover.

Back Pocket Notebook inside front cover

The inside back cover has a list of universal constants. Useless but incredibly geeky and wonderful.

Back Pocket Notebook inside back cover

There are 36 pages rather than the more usual 48. However the notebook’s about as thick as most others because of the weight of the paper.

Back Pocket Notebook from the top

This means it holds up well to some watercolour (but will buckle with a wet wash).

Back Pocket Notebook quick sketch

It deals with fountain pens well but some wetter nib and ink combinations with ever so slightly feather.

Back Pocket Notebook ink test front

Being so thick, there’s no ghosting or bleeding with this paper. All in all, this is great paper for sketching so it’s a shame it’s only available with cross grid ruling.

Back Pocket Notebook ink test back

The notebook’s held together with two staples. I think perhaps because the cover is so thick and strong, it’s all coped extremely well during extended use. (I’m almost at the end of a second SpaceX notebook and they haven’t shown any signs at all of coming apart.)

Back Pocket Notebook staples

Pocket notebooks have mostly settled down at around £9 for a pack of three in the UK and so these are relatively expensive. They also use royalty-free publicly available artwork for the covers. This makes me feel they cost a little too much, even though the quality is extremely high. That said, I’m so in love with the artwork they use, and the paper is so great for quick sketches when out and about, I can see myself buying more in the future.

Back Pocket Notebook pictures on the beach


Have I mentioned how much I love the covers?
Good thick covers
High quality printing
Paper is great for quick out-and-about sketching


Relatively expensive
Only available with cross grid ruling

Back Pocket Notebook with hat and pen

Back Pocket have previously sponsored Pens! Paper! Pencils! These notebooks were sent to me free of charge for the purposes of review. I’ve used two of them and the third formed part of a previous giveaway. These are my own honest opinions.

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