Buy It For Life: Pelican Cases

In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S.

Pelican Cases are perhaps the most durable cases available — they are certainly constructed to last a lifetime. The Pelican Products company was started in Torrance, California in 1975 by Dave Parker, a scuba diver, and Pelican Cases are still manufactured in Torrance.

The cases are made with a co-polymer polypropylene, and are waterproof, crushproof and rustproof. They are sealed with multiple latches and a neoprene “0-ring” to keep water out.

Inside the cases, equipment is cushioned by a special closed-cell foam designed to absorb shock, impact and vibration. The foam does not absorb water and has a longer shelf life than open cell polyurethane.

Pelican cases come with a lifetime warranty  against breakage or defects in workmanship. The molded cases are guaranteed to be watertight to a depth of 3.3 feet (1 meter) for 30 minutes.

Pelican cases comply with these standards:

MIL-STD C4150-J for waterproofing, IEC IP67 rating indicating complete sealing against dust and sealing against water immersion to 1 metre, as well as ATA 300 rating indicating compliance with Air Transport Association standards for durability in shipping.

Pelican cases are available from Amazon.

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