This is TrustedReviews’ first ever review of paper. Although an important component of the printed page, most people use standard copy paper for their laser prints and maybe a coated inkjet paper for inkjet ones, if the printer’s lucky. One area where this approach doesn’t work, though, is if you need to use the prints outdoors.
There are plenty of reasons why you might want a weatherproof print. The most obvious is for outdoor sports, from walking, through orienteering to cycling, and need robust maps. In business, it’s useful for plans and blueprints on building sites and external signage and it could also be useful for domestic labelling and recipe cards. It might even be a suitable medium for archival print, though no particular claims are made for this.
Toughprint is produced by Memory-Map, a company best known for its wide range of electronic maps, based on Ordance Survey data and available for many different GPSes. Toughprint fits in well with this market area.
Memory-Map won’t say how the paper is made, but it appears to be plastic-impregnated, rather than a thin laminate. This is why it has a reasonably matt finish and versions will take laser and inkjet print. It feels like a thick paper, around 130gsm, and is tinted cream, rather than being bright white.
At £16 for a pack of 25 sheets, Toughprint works out at about 63p per sheet. To give some comparison, this is more expensive than many glossy photo papers, but cheaper than some specialist art papers, used for giclee prints. It’s not something you’ll want to use for everyday print, but to be kept for when its special features are important.