Jeremy Derillo – or “Daredevil” Derillo as his family calls him – is a thrill-seeking professional videographer who uses his Sony HVR-Z5U HD camcorder to capture the craziest shots most viewers have ever seen.
Samantha Kelly, an amateur astrologist, saved up over a whole summer, while still in school, to purchase a professional-grade telescope, the Meade ETX-90.
Both are about to embark on separate adventures that, without the right equipment case, would have them worrying about their most prized and precious possessions.
Samantha plans to hike to the highest peaks of the Appalachian mountain range in search of the clearest view of the night sky while Jeremy is set to shoot on a fishing ship just outside of the Gulf of Mexico during hurricane season for a documentary on extreme fishermen.
But before either can depart on their harrowing journeys, they have to pack up and get ready to go.
And so what does clumsy Samantha, who’s dropped her gear on more than one occasion, and soon-to-be soaked Jeremy use to secure their high-priced, top-caliber equipment?
The Pelican 1550. Why?
Because it’s multifunction, heavy-duty, impenetrable design makes it a must-have for anyone traveling anywhere with equipment, tools and/or instruments that can’t be lost, broken or even bruised.
Here’s what it’s all about…
Quality Craftsmanship and a Durable Design
Built from polypropylene, a high impact polymer — often used to construct things like car batteries and medical equipment — the Pelican 1550 is about as indestructible as it gets.
- High pressure
- Crushing weight.
Nothing can harm it. (It’s even dust proof, if you can believe it.)
Traveling under the ocean?
Or into the atmosphere?
That’s fine too.
Its 25″ (6.4 mm) neoprene O-ring seal — installed into the lip of the opening — will keep everything dry while its autonomous pressure equalization valve will ensure that its insides remain secure if there’s any dramatic change in altitude or temperature.
Speaking of which, the Pelican 1550 can withstand temperatures between -40° to 210° Fahrenheit (-40°/99° C).
That’s colder than the average temperature at the peak of Mount Everest and hotter than the highest setting on your clothing iron.
Security From Both Sides…
Okay, so the Pelican 1550 is obviously built to withstand most of the usual elements — air, water, gravity, chemicals, etc. — but what about the human factor?
What if someone sat down beside you and tried to pry into your equipment case and grab your precious valuables?
Well the people at Pelican have thought of that as well.
The 1550 lays claim to a pair of reinforced stainless steel padlock protectors that keep the front well-fortified while a couple of stainless steel hinge pins, each coupled with a set of nearly impregnable deflector ribs, protect it from the back.
With so much industrial-strength hardware on the Pelican 1550, one has to worry about having to carry the weight of the world with a single hand.
Luckily for you, and any other owner of the 1550, this case is uniquely designed to withstand most everything you can throw at it while also having the added benefit of weighing no more than a medium-sized bowling ball.
(Without anything inside of it, of course.)
Thanks to its open-cell core and solid wall design, it weighs in at a humble 10.58 pounds (4.8 kg) without the foam, and measly 11.9 pounds (5.4 kg) with all of it stuffed inside.
It also comes affixed with a pair of effortlessly operable double-throw latches for simple entry and a rather comfortable no-slip rubber handle that’s been over-molded to fit most grips.
You’ve learned a lot about the outside, but what about the inside of the Pelican 1550?
#1. Well first of all, it’s filled with exactly four layers of foam. There’s a 1.75″ (4.4 cm) layer of convolute (egg crate-style) foam attached to the lid and three other layers in its base.
(The base layers consist of one 0.75″ (1.9 cm) pad, at the very bottom, and two 2.5″ (6.3 cm) fully adaptable pieces.)
#2. Secondly, with Pelican’s unique Pick N’ Pluck foam system, it’s rather easy to customize the interior of your case to fit around any and all appliances — as long as they fit securely within its dimensions.
The interior of the Pelican 1550 is 18.43″ long, 7.62″ wide with a downward depth of exactly 7.62″. (That’s 46.8 x 35.5 x 19.3 in centimeters.)
Certified from Hinge to Hollow.
If you were at all worried about the positive tone that’s been applied throughout this review, we don’t blame you.
It’s important to stay skeptical, especially when you’re thinking about purchasing something that’s meant to protect a few of your most prized possessions.
But it’s also important to stay accurate.
That’s why I wanted you to know that I wasn’t the only one that found the Pelican 1550 to be a more than worthy equipment case.
Here are a couple of its most major accolades…
– The Pelican 1550 has an official IP (International Protection) marking of 67. (This means that it’s totally protected against dust and is safe when submerged in liquids at a depth scale of 15 centimeters to 1 meter.)
– With a classification of MIL C-4150J and STANAG4280/Def-Stan 81-41 — which measures the case’s condition when stacked, dropped, immersed and/or exposed to humidity as well as subjected to lengthy vibrations, low temperatures, dry heat and impact — it has been well test and officially approved by the U.S. Military.
In Short and My Verdict:
Open ocean. Arctic tundra. In the middle of a war.
The Pelican 1550 is the ideal equipment case for anyone traveling anywhere with gadgets, items, instruments or tools that are easily damaged or ultimately invaluable.