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New Rhodia Goalbook review

This product was sent for review purposes and all thoughts are my own

Earlier this year I reviewed a Rhodia Goalbook and it almost became my favourite bullet journal. They’ve recently updated the spec, so it’s time for a little compare and contrast, as well as an update of the ol’ bullet journal leaderboard.

New Rhodia Goalbook review - Under the Rowan Trees

As with the original edition, the new Goalbook features six index/contents pages, a perpetual calendar, undated future log, and 224 dot grid pages (Clairefontaine 90gsm ivory brushed vellum paper), plus a back pocket and elastic closure.

New Rhodia Goalbook review - Under the Rowan Trees

New Rhodia Goalbook review - Under the Rowan Trees

New Rhodia Goalbook review - Under the Rowan Trees

New Rhodia Goalbook review - Under the Rowan Trees

Where it differs is in the details; the new edition is a hefty hardback (my preference), it has three page ribbons instead of two, has a handy pen loop, and, most importantly, the dot grid is fainter than its predecessor.

New Rhodia Goalbook review - Under the Rowan Trees

New Rhodia Goalbook review - Under the Rowan Trees

New Rhodia Goalbook review - Under the Rowan Trees

New Rhodia Goalbook review - Under the Rowan Trees

The paper stock is the same but I’ll throw in a fresh pen test for you! As you can see, no bleed and only the tiniest hint of ghosting with some of the heavier pens. This has definitely become my favourite paper for journaling, plus it’s so smooth for brush pens.

New Rhodia Goalbook review - Under the Rowan Trees

New Rhodia Goalbook review - Under the Rowan Trees

So, what of the bullet journal leaderboard? I’ve always said that paper weight is one of the most important factors but, when it comes to traditional bullet journaling, I don’t personally need 160gsm. I do plan to try one later in the year but I will be using this for lettering practice, and possibly an attempt at watercolours, rather than journaling.

I think this new Goalbook has finally taken the Dingbats Earth Journal off the top of the leaderboard! Although Dingbats does still have the edge for sustainability.

Get yours from Under the Rowan Trees for £22.60 in purple, turquoise, black, orange, or raspberry.

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