I only use Strathmore 400 Drawing. It is smooth. It holds up well. It is _cheap_. I use 4x5 negatives, and just pick up the 4x6 pads of paper. I don't even cut or trim them. Also, I coat with a foam brush.
This is all quite ironic to me because when I print Van Dyke Brown;
The Strathmore doesn't work (bleeds through) and the foam brush rips the paper apart.
I need to use Cranes Kid Finish Ecru and a cheap 1" flat watercolor brush.
In both cases I add a drop or two of glycerin to the solution. It helps with coating, at least in my situation but that is probably OT.
Strathmore 400 Drawing!!!