This pen is designed for "extreme" writing situations, not just day-to-day
desktop or classroom use. You pay more for the ability to write on wet paper,
at all angles, and at any temperature. This pen writes very well under those
conditions, and is an excellent all-around performer as well. It isn't quite as
smooth as a Jetstream, but I find it smoother than your average ballpoint pen.
I don't use the red as much as my blue PowerTank, but I like the saturated
colour of the ink and its writing feel. I think the cost is very reasonable,
especially compared to pens by Rite in the Rain (one of my previous favourites),
or the Fisher space pen.
I love this pen! I keep one in my car, and carry one for field work. It writes
at all angles, in wet notebooks, and when it's -30 degrees C. The 0.7 mm tip is
a great size - fine enough to write reasonably small, but still wide enough to
not be scratchy. I use Jetstreams when I'm at my desk, but for outdoors or in
other non-ideal conditions this is a really good pen.