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.

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.

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

Pelican U140 pack

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.