Traveler’s Notebook Features: Outside Elastic

Welcome to Traveler’s Notebook Features. Here I intend to show the basic options that traveler’s notebooks come in. For the first installment, let’s take a look at the outside elastic.


The Midori traveler’s notebook (left, black) is the one notably thought of when thinking of non-spine outside elastic. This means that the elastic that goes around the TN to hold it closed originates from the back cover.


Compared to the above, most other traveler’s notebook artisans make their outside elastic to originate from the spine. In this example, the maker I am featuring is ShopJot.


The biggest disadvantage of the back-originating outer elastic is the bulky knot that is located smack in the middle of the back cover. It is especially frustrating when you are writing in your rearmost notebook. You can really feel that knot and it’s uncomfortable. A minor disadvantage is the fact that sometimes it is difficult to open or close the notebook.


The advantage of the spine outer elastic is the ease of closing and opening of the notebook. There’s almost no thought needed when handling the outer elastic, since you can slip it over or under the notebook with either hand.

I think it’s really a matter of preference. For myself, I definitely prefer the spine-originating-outer-elastic.



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