Bomber Jacket Circa Zip Pro Folio
Excellent gift for myself.
I purchased this as a gift for myself after I completed all of my training to become a Board Certified Chaplain. I had it embossed with my name. It is a fine product. One of the things as Chaplains we become aware of is that when we carry a notebook, which we almost always need to, it can become a physiological shield. This notebook is small and unobtrusive. I fold my paper consults with patient info in half and slip them into the book. I did make one of the zippers non-functional because it got in the way of where I clip my hospital pager (Yes we still use pagers). I like the circa notebook system, something I didn't think I would at first. I have customized my folio with an extra tab holder for pens because I use a fountain pen but when I need to lend a pen to someone I prefer not to loan it because many people just don't know how to use them. The quality is excellent. I have delayed writing the review for almost a year now and the folio is in perfect condition. I was concerned about scratches on the leather, but so far it still looks almost like new. Also I was worried about how it would hold up when wiped down with sanitizer cloths after being in patient rooms under contact precautions. I don't often actually bring it in under those conditions, but on the occasions I have when I wiped it down there was no damage to the finish. If I live long enough for this wear out I will definitely order another from Levenger.
September 25, 2014
Nice but not quite up to my expectations.
First of all I will say on balance I like Levenger and the products I have purchased. I selected no to the question of would I recommend this product to a friend. It is a qualified no because I would recommend it but only with certain cautions.
One other reviewer commented that they loved the leather, while this is my only real misgiving for the product. The first impression is of downy soft leather with a pebble grain. It is more akin to a bonded leather with likely a foam batting behind. The leather is extremely thin and can be damaged easily. This happened to mine one day when I bumped it on the corner of an office cubicle partition.
The binder otherwise is wonderful in function and appearance. I once had a Brand X planner that had a very stout leather case and over the years it took a beating and received many scars, but was basically indestructible. I wish this product had that grade of leather.
September 18, 2014
The leather is great, and being able to zip it up is extremely useful when you tend to have a notebook that is full of other "stuff". One thing I especially like - my Circa has 2" discs, and the folio still zips up pretty easily. So if you have a plump notebook + other things tucked in there, this works great!
September 9, 2014
Wish this had been advertised as "new size." I have used and loved circa zip folios, both compact and junior, for years, and loved them. An additional inch has been added to the length of this new (junior) version but the notebook stayed the same size. This causes/allows the notebook to slip down and out of place, if not lying on a flat surface. It must be pushed up out of the way in order to zip the folio closed.. Very frustrating, and I am quite disappointed. Wish I could get my hands on the older version. The leather is beautiful.
August 24, 2014