I finally got a chance to see what all the hullabaloo surrounding the new Rhodia Ice pads is all about. In honor of its 80th anniversary, Rhodia has released a white covered version of its classic notepads. I got the No. 16 (6 x 8.25″) which is a good desktop sized, comparable to an A5 or Steno pad. The logo is metallic silver on the warm white, matte-coated cover. Inside, the paper is white with a light grey grid.
The Ice notepads are available in lined or graph, both with the same light grey ink for the lines. The Ice notepads all feature the same high-quality paper that the original Rhodia notepads use.
Since my Rhodia pads tend to have the cover folded back from the moment they are unwrapped, the color of the cover isn’t all that big of a deal. But I’ve avoided anything but the blank Rhodia notepads because I find the purple lines to be too dark and distracting for me. The grey lines in the Ice notepads is such an improvement! The Ice notepad is a lot more usable to me than the standard lined or graph in the orange or black notepads.
I much prefer the grey lines to the standard pads. I might have to stock up on the Ice pads in case they discontinue them.
Prices for the Rhodia Ice pads range from $2-$9, depending on size, on Goulet Pens.
Tested with my Kaweco Skyline Mint with Kaweco blue ink. Seemed like a good icy companion.
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Your review worked — Goulet and several other places are already sold out of some sizes…but I found some at Hyatt’s in Buffalo…
The staple(s) on these pads turn me off. I print, cut and bind my own A5 and A6 pads. I use rubber contact cement to bind the sheets and the cover to the cardboard backing. The home-brew pads stand up well to use and the sheets tear off clean. I print my grid in gray. I prefer light gray lines over the more common light-blue. Thanks for the review, David
Love these pads. That’s how they should have been from the start.
Did you see the questionnaire on Rhodia Drive this week? They asked if folks preferred the grey or the purple lines and it was almost unanimous for the grey lines. Let’s hope that Rhodia listens.
Yeah, I replied to their questionnaire. To me, light colored lines are a no-brainer 🙂