Pelican ProGear Sport Backpacks protect the gadgets of adventurous types
By Paul Ridden
October 2, 2012
Pelican has added four lightweight sporty backpacks to its expanding ProGear range, which already includes the Urban Backpacks and Smart Wallet announced recently. The new models feature light rip-stop nylon and either a crushproof, watertight hard case or a rigid compartment to protect treasured electronics while you concentrate on being daring and intrepid.
"Each bag is created with the same Pelican-tough DNA as found in our products used by the military" said Pelican's CEO Lyndon Faulkner. "We are incorporating this professional protection into our consumer goods."
Both Elite models feature a crushproof Pelican hard case to help keep laptops, MacBooks, netbooks, e-readers, tablets, keyboards and other accessories safe and out of harm's way. In common with Pelican's military-grade classic case products, they also benefit from a watertight o-ring seal with an automatic pressure equalization valve to ensure gadgets and water don't mix. The Elite Backpacks also come supplied with a set of four adhesive memory foam buffers to help make sure that contents are secured for travel.
The 18.5 x 13 x 10-inch (46.99 x 33.02 x 25.4-cm), 7.14-pound (3.23-kg) S100 Elite Laptop Backpack caters for all 15-inch laptops and 17-inch Apple products. It has a 25-liter main storage capacity and bottom-expanding sling storage, while the interior of the top-loading, TSA-ready protective case has interior dimensions of 15.15 x 10.4 x 1 inches (38.48 x 26.41 x 2.54 cm). There's also a rigid front plate and ergonomic ventilated back panel for tablet device protection.
It features a SureGrip soft rubber handle, floating shoulder straps and lumbar pad, a chest clip and a removable hip belt. This model will be available October 12 for a suggested retail price of US$269.95.
The 20 x 13 x 10-inch (50.8 x 33.02 x 25.4-cm), 6.75-pound (3.06-kg) S140 Elite Tablet Backpack has the same SureGrip handle, floating shoulder straps and lumbar pad but benefits from a padded lumbar storage cavity in addition to its 20.5-liter main storage compartment. Being designed for tablets, notebooks and small netbooks (with perhaps enough room to throw in a tablet keyboard), the TSA-ready Pelican hard case has interior measurements of 10.4 x 7.6 x 1.3 inches (26.41 x 19.3 x 3.3 cm), and there's a rigid front plate and ventilated back panel, too.
The S140 is currently shown as in stock for $239.95.
Neither of the remaining models in the new collection feature a Pelican hard case but offer impact protection for the gadgets within. The 19 x 13 x 10-inch (48.26 x 33.02 x 25.4 cm), 3.68-pound (1.66-kg) S105 Laptop Backpack has a 19.5-liter main storage capacity and has been designed for the transport of the same sized notebooks as the S100, and benefits from what's described as an impact-protective frame for all-round protection. There's an integrated laptop sleeve, a rigid front plate and deep-ventilated channel back panel.
This model will cost you $139.95 when it's made available on October 12.
The 19 x 12.5 x 8-inch (48.26 x 31.75 x 20.32-cm) S145 Tablet Backpack is the lightest of the bunch at 2.3 pounds (1.04 kg), yet offers a generous 21-liter main storage compartment. This model features an impact-protected tablet sleeve with rigid front plate and has a similar deep-ventilated channel back panel to the S105 Elite model.
The S145 is currently shown as available for a suggested retail price of $109.95.
Product line page: ProGear Sport Backpacks