By the way, Northerly, another winter edition from 2 years prior, was the first to get glossy covers, but Cold Horizon is the first to achieve the effect with UV coating (Northerly’s cover is cast-coated). When I first read this, I immediately thought of the UV coating found in picture frame glass, used for preservation purposes. But I learned that in the printing industry, UV coating means that the coating on the paper is cured by UV light and that it produces a very clear, glossy finish that resists smudging and abrasion (apparently matte finish is also possible). I must say, after using 3 of these memo books, I’m impressed at the way the covers have aged. The white of the base paper is showing through worn edges (more noticeable than in other editions probably because of the look of the gradient), and it’s not completely resistant to finger prints, but overall they’re still quite shiny. The colors are still vibrant and don’t look much different from the brand new ones, and scratches seem minimal. I should also mention that contrary to how sleek they look, the covers have a slightly grainy texture. I believe there are Field Notes fans who don’t like this texture but it doesn’t bother me.