So, why did I order a Daytimer binder despite being happily married to my FC Compact Aurora? The answer is short and simple : COLOR!
But first let me introduce you to the portable raspberry Malibu binder in pebble-grain cowhide ....
Very girly and pinkish, right? And actually pretty huuuuuuuuuge, although it has only 25mm rings! You'll see what I mean in the next picture where I compare it to the meanwhile infamous Malden:
And while we're at it, here's a side-by-side with the crimson Malden and the tan (or rather brick red) Franklin Covey Aurora!
And a comparison with the A5 Finchley:
The Malibu has a big bonus : it's not padded, just a double layer of leather, which makes it superfloppy, just the way I love my binders.
This means that not only does it lay flat as a pancake...
... it could also fly away if I would allow it to!
So, how about its inards? On the left, the Malibu comes with only three, yet roomy credit card slots, one ID slot, a large slip pocket behind that, where you could comfortably fit some paper money, and a very spacious zip pocket.
On the right-hand side there's a notepad pocket plus two smaller credit card sized pockets on top of it.
And did you see the pen loops?! They're TWO of them and they are so roomy that even a fat Lamy fountain pen would still be a loose fit!
Nearly goes without saying, but the FC inserts are a perfect fit.
The Malibu binder is available in tons of colors like pink, coral, red, purple (allegedly more a brownish purple), bright blue, apple green, latte and black.
It does miss the delicious leather smell of Filofaxes, but the leather is very nice and soft to the touch.
Too bad I vowed not to buy more, cost I would have loved this one in even more colors .....