Here is my Inka Pen LTR.
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Inka Pen - Long Term Report
December 31, 2005
The Inka Pen used full-size
Name Marie-Noëlle Augendre I started backpacking eight years ago,
day-hiking in Ile-de-France all year round, and doing several one or
two-weeks trips in more mountainous regions (Corsica, Pyrénées,
Cévennes, Lubéron, etc.) each year.
In the past two years, I have gradually lightened my pack load as I
went for a hammock, an alcohol stove, a light pack and trainers.
Nowadays, I am more and more attracted to the outdoor way of living,
to the point I am moving to northern Quebec in a few months, in order
to spend as much time as possible not only backpacking, but also
kayaking, canoeing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, etc.
Height about 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Weight 152 lb (69 kg)
Email address augendre.bgt@...
City, Country Paris, France
Listed weight 0.60 oz (17 g)
Actual weight 0.51 oz (16 g)
This is the closing report of a series of three:
* for a complete description of the Inka Pen and my first
impressions, please refer to my Initial Report
* field testing during the first two-month period is related in my
* this last report closes the four-month testing period and has
two main purposes: confirm or invalidate the observations made during
the previous period, and report on the condition of the Inka Pen after
a prolonged usage.
During the past four months, the Inka Pen has been the only pen I have
taken everywhere with me. It is permanently clipped to my keyring, so
there is no way I can forget and leave it at home. Thus, it is always
handy when I need to take notes on the move.
The last two months gave me the opportunity to widen the testing
conditions, especially in very cold environment: it has been exposed
during several hours to temperatures as low as -13°F (-25°C), that has
not affected any of its capabilities. Unfortunately, I got no
opportunity to use it in salt-water environment, so I cannot assure it
is really corrosion-proof.
All the time but once, I've used it in its short size, as the assembly
requires to handle several parts at a time. The only time I set it up
for writing, I was about to copy a long recipe (see top picture), and
I did it inside, on a table where I could work properly.
I am very satisfied with the Inka Pen, which has proved its efficiency
in every condition encountered during this four-month testing period.
I might have not bought it as I am not sure I would have fully
appreciated its assets without having tested it beforehand; but I have
got used to have with me all the time, and it is now part of my
I still question the usefulness of the PDA stylus tip, however. And I
wonder somewhat about the cartridge life-expectancy, as there appear
to be no way to estimate the ink consumption.
I would like to renew my thanks to Inka Corp. and BackpackGearTest.org
to have given me the opportunity to value the Inka Pen.