I have only been in the top Hobonichi Cousin (in my red Van Der Spek Codex since about June but it is already well-used and battered – the sign of a planner working hard.
Susie D traded me this April 2017 to March 2018 Cousin in June or thereabouts, so I could test whether the format suited my needs. Because of my job, I need a planner to run from January to December, so when I knew it was a success I ordered one for 2018.
My planners are not pretty or neat. I scribble notes and bookings with whatever pen I can find, I am hard on the pages, constantly flipping back and forth. As a leftie I press really hard when I write, and I cut the bottom edges when a page is finished so that I can flip quickly to the present day.
I am used to ring binders where I can throw away the pages when I am finished but I have liked watching the year progress through the wear on the edges of the pages.
The only downside is that, unlike a ring binder, I cannot easily transfer the pages I need from 2017’s Cousin to 2018’s. I could tear them out I suppose but we shall see.