Rite in the Rain: Waterproof paper and nuke-proof pens that can take a beating

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Created: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:32 pmUpdated: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:32 pm
Rite in the Rain produces notebooks, journals, pens and other products that can withstand the elements. Photo by Brandon Mathis.

From a spring drizzle to a mountain hailstorm, the makers of Rite in the Rain products know how to keep you working so your best ideas come to life.

If you’ve ever had a field job, or any duties where prolonged work is done outdoors, then you know how hard it can be to handle the weather. From hand data entry to simply jotting down notes, the natural elements can take their toll when you’re trying to get the job done.

Meet Jerry Darling. In 1916, Darling, a logger in Tacoma, Washington, decided he needed  paper that could withstand the harsh conditions of the Pacific Northwest’s logging industry – paper that was stout and weather-proof. He and his wife developed a chemical treatment into which they dipped sheets of paper, rendering them 100 percent waterproof. This was the start of Rite in the Rain products.

Seeing is believing. Rite in the Rain’s paper really is waterproof. Photo by Brandon Mathis.

Today – 100 years later – the company, still located in Tacoma, offers a variety of products designed to meet the challenges of wet weather. It has refined their practice and embraced the rigors of the outdoors. From copy paper, spiral, bound and stapled notebooks, index card holders to aesthetically pleasing journals, wallets, book covers and even writing implements, Rite in the Rain products are well- known for their undeniable and utilitarian functionality. Our notebook came with a grid-patterned paper great for measurements, blueprints, keeping to scale and details. The writing utensils are just as burly. The All Weather Clicker Pen we tested came with a pressurized ink cartridge good from -30 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.  Plus it writes upside down. From sweating over a journal in the desert to taking notes in a snowstorm, you can put pen to paper anywhere, anytime with these rugged, handy travel companions.

All weather pen: $16.95

Side spiral notebook: $7.95

Bound journal: $19.95

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