This is actually a case to hold an A5-sized journal. It also comes with multiple pockets to hold other stuff.
The case is made with tough waxed canvas which looks really durable.
On the back cover is a velcro pocket for putting flat items.
That's the carrying handle on the spine.
A solid hook that has an adjustable strap.
Stitching looks good.
Behind the front cover is a mesh pocket with velcro and two flat pockets.
At the time of this review, a dot grid softcover journal is included with the case. Ruled and plain journals are also available.
You can either slot the backcover of the journal into the back pocket of the case, or just the elastic bands to hold the spine of the journal.
You can also use the case to hold other journals or sketchbooks. Shown above is the portrait format softcover Stillman & Birn sketchbook which fits perfectly.
When the case is closed, you can see the case is designed to hold thick sketchbooks other than the flat journal that it comes with.
The extra thickness also makes the pen holder on the side look better.
And this is a Leda Art Supply sketchbook with the cover in the back pocket.
I don't really use cases to hold my sketchbooks but I do understand cases can be helpful in preventing wear and tear to the cover of your journals and sketchbooks. I've several hardcover sketchbooks with exposed or worn out corners which could have been prevented if I had use a case. There are some sketchbooks with durable covers though. But if you use a sketchbook with sharp corners, or soft corners, you can consider using a case.
The best thing I like about this case is how durable it looks. The canvas material is really tough and it should be considering you need to have this in and out of the bag countless times.
It's a well made product for sure.
The official retail price is US $39. Since I received this product for free in exchange for this review, I can't to truly judge its value without bias. So whether it's worth the money will depend on whether you have a need for a product like this.
You can find more details on the Lochby Field Journal at https://www.lochby.com/