5 Stars By Firefighterdusty on 2016-03-20
Quality Product, Great Price, Well Made!
What you are purchasing is a quality, durable, well made leather product from Portage Notebooks.
I am an EMT so I purchased this notebook cover as a water-resistant notebook holder for my vital statistics (that I also purchase from Portage). The cover has a very convenient pen holder in the front that I keep a pen and a penlight in for pupil checks. Inside the cover you will find two pouches, a larger pouch to put the cardboard backing of your notebook in and a smaller pouch on the top to slide the top of a notebook in. I leave the top of the notebook out of mine and use it to put all my run reports for cataloging later. The leather is a great black color (and no it does not say "news" on it, for those of you asking), the stitching is just perfect on here too, just an all around great product.
I have read a couple low reviews I wanted to address:
1. The smell...keep in mind you are buying a quality leather product, this isn't a lousy knock off and what you are smelling is the dye and tanning chemicals used to treat the leather so it can look as attractive and last as long as it does. This is a normal and pleasant smell to many.
2. The "faux leather" pouches inside. My guess is they put these on the interior to give a little more "give" than regular leather, to be able to move and expand to various notebooks and uses.
3. The backing being "soft." I have no problem taking notes on this, while standing, in the heat of the moment on emergencies scenes. If you feel that the bag is too "soft" for you, just simply slide a thin piece of cardboard into the back pouch until it is the stiffness you desire.
This is an awesome product from a great manufacturer that I will continue to order from. The opinions I have expressed here are my own despite the discount I received on this product.
5 Stars By Billy James Parker on 2016-08-22
This 4x8 Notepad cover was exactly what I expected it to be! Real genuine leather, and an excellent (perfect) size and fit to the portage notepads! The stitching gets a 9/10. It was *almost* perfect minus a loose thread. [Improvement] So far the one improvement plan I have for this cover is a piece of aluminum or perhaps some stiff cardboard to give the back of the cover a more sturdy feel. However that's a personal preference as this product is GREAT as is!
5 Stars By Jeff from TN on 2016-03-07
This is a high quality leather cover, fits the Rite-in-the-Rain 4x8 notebook perfectly as others I'm sure. The pen holder isn't useful to me, but not in the way and lays flat if you don't use it. Folds over well for one hand operation while writing. Fits in my back pocket (sticks up a bit, but width is good for blue jeans standard rear pocket.) good value.
4 Stars By Robert Yeager on 2016-06-20
Decent if you want a notebook cover for a reporter's notebook.
The product is pretty decent. Not super nice, but decent. I ended up having to return the first one I ordered, as it looked like it had been caught against a wheel or burned at one corner. The return process was painless (thanks BTA-MALL!) and I ordered a replacement that same day. Will fit in a back pocket, but if fits in one of my sport coat inner pockets but not the other with a pen in the pen holder.
4 Stars By Breathe Deeply on 2016-03-01
Fantastic! Sturdy and professional looking
Fantastic! Sturdy and professional looking. Front pen pocket is too tight, though, so I am making my own pen loop on the side (then it lies flat, too) out of similar material that I bought at a craft shop. I would still buy more as gift to my professional friends, especially once I customize it for the pen holder.
4 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-03-29
Early Review is Positive
I give this only 4 stars at this time because my experience with the item is new and therefore incomplete. Upon receipt the item was stiff and appears well constructed. The stiffness is both good and bad. Most of my colleagues use the smaller front pocket notepad. Some of us have recently experimented with the larger notepads, but we are then required to carry the pad in a back pocket. Unfortunately this means the notepad deteriorates quickly due, in part, to being sat upon. To preserve the notepad I sought out and purchased a cover. The stiffness of the leather makes note taking easier, however it is not the most comfortable item to sit on. What will be telling, will be how the cover breaks in. I work out in the weather so this spring and summer the cover will be getting wet from both rain and sweat. This will let me know if the cover gets more comfortable while being able to handle the rigors of my profession. Hopefully I can update this around September.
5 Stars By A Seeker on 2016-03-13
Excellent Organizational Tool
This notebook cover is excellent; extremely helpful. I use my reporter's note pads for to-do lists and grocery lists. They are the best fit for me. I wasn't even aware of this notebook cover until I searched for the note pads on BTA-MALL. There is a pouch to keep a pen or pencil handy and a place to put the coupons that I'll be using! It keeps the notebook closed and covered, so no dog-eared pages. Everything organized, and for this neat freak that's the ticket!
4 Stars By V. Walker on 2016-12-18
... on the size pad that fits this cover it's great. I am a law enforcement officer and I ...
For those who write on the size pad that fits this cover it's great. I am a law enforcement officer and I use the notepad size that fits this cover. This cover helps you to write neater, as it gives you extra support and a little larger platform for balance while writing. If you have to take notes a lot while standing, don't want to use a bulky clipboard, and don't want your handwriting to look like chicken scratch, so you can read it later, then this is for you. I forgot to mention, the leather appears to be of good, solid quality, and I expect to get use out of it for several years.
5 Stars By JADroste0215 on 2016-03-12
My wife loves it for her grocery list. The slot for the pen is appreciated as she can easily cross off item on her list. Indulge yourself, this is a very well made product.
5 Stars By Denis M. Garrison on 2017-05-04
they fit like a glove
Got these for my portage notebooks and, unlike some brands, they fit like a glove. Nice, firm support for writing. Nicely made product. The pen pocket is convenient. Recommended!