Answer: They’re the same weight!
Here’s why: Each U.S. paper category – Writing (Bond), Text, Cover – has a specific basic sheet size associated with it. For example, the basic sheet size for Writing papers is 17″ x 22”; for Text sheets it is 25″ x 38”.
The actual basis weight is determined by weighing 500 sheets of a category’s basic sheet size. So 50 lb. Text means that 500 sheets of 25″ x 38” weighs 50 lbs. Since the stack used to measure Text weight paper is larger, of course its number is higher!
Ultimately both sheets weigh 89 gsm – one more reason for our metric-minded creatives to rejoice. The metric system is based on a level playing field: All papers are measured by grams per square meter of the sheet.