Burliest Backpack ever Built? (Hard-Side Case Inside)

Pelican is known for its watertight, crush-proof cases. This month, the company’s Pelican ProGear division releases a series of backpacks that might just be the burliest ever built.

Included in the four models are hard-side Pelican cases integrated into the pack bodies. The top-end U100 Urban Elite Laptop Backpack, for example, has a solid poly case built in that can be submerged underwater for 30 minutes, the company cites.

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Hard-side case standard on U100 Urban Elite pack

Made mainly for urban situations (think bike commuting or travel), the pack is built to fit 15- to 17-inch laptops in its hard-side case. There’s an “impact protected” iPad/tablet front compartment and 16 liters of capacity for other gear inside.

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Hard case is sized for laptops

A pressure-release valve lets you open and close the airtight case at altitude or on a plane. But the tough features will cost you, as the U100 retails for about $300.

The least expensive pack in the line, the U145, does not have a hard-side case, though padding and protective features are included in the $110 model.

Beyond packs, the company’s Pelican ProGear division will soon unveil rugged coolers and a crush-proof wallet that will cost about $30. —Stephen Regenold

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Posted by Joshua VP - 07/12/2012 02:13 PM

Looks like it would be great for travel with camera equipment.

Posted by Phil Jago - 07/18/2012 02:14 PM

I would like to Test the bag and write a review on it if I got to keep it afterwards. I am a filmmaker and photographer so I carry my Macbook laptop in pretty bad wet conditions…

Posted by EJW - 11/18/2012 10:18 PM

I don’t normally write reviews. I didn’t find anything useful as far as a review for the ProGearâ„¢ u100 Elite Laptop Backpack and MADE THE MISTAKE OF BUYING ONE. I hope to spare others the misfortune of such a poor purchase.

Initial thought – looks like a great product. Good concept.

However having lugged it around for the past month, I really regret purchasing it. I feels like a cinderblock strapped to my back, except heavier!!!! I kid you not. The protective case adds some serious weight and the ridgid nature of the case does not allow for even weight distribution. Its a hard solid ridgid mass strapped to your back. It is bulky and due to the fact it does not form to the human body it tends to drag you side to side. I’m a pretty big guy and this bag is not easy to handle! DO NOT BUY ONE!!!!

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