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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Gadget Bag: Big Bags For Travel And Storage


Find the perfect case or bag for taking your gear on a summer road trip or for airline travel

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Pelican 1510 Carry-On
For Safe, Worry-Free Air Travel
The Pelican 1510 Carry-On is a hard-shell, suitcase-like carrier that stows comfortably in most planes, trains and automobiles, and at 22x13.8x9 inches meets the current carry-on restrictions of U.S. commercial airlines. But even if you're forced to check it as luggage, worry not, because this baby is unbreakable, watertight, airtight, dustproof, chemical-resistant and corrosion-proof—and remains watertight to a depth of 30 feet. Made of ultra-high-impact copolymer, the 1510 features ABS double-throw latches, a large folding haul handle, a retractable extension handle and polyurethane wheels with stainless-steel bearings. It comes complete with a three-piece foam set that consists of one rippled upper section, one Pick 'N' Pluck foam section and one one-inch blank bottom foam section. A neoprene O-ring keeps dust and water out, and an automatic purge valve allows quick equalization after changes in atmospheric pressure. Contact: www.pelican.com


Nanuk 935
Plasticase, Inc., offers the Nanuk line of ultraprotective cases. All are available in six colors (black, graphite, silver, olive, orange and yellow) and a variety of sizes. The Nanuk 935 is ideally suited for traveling photographers, and is airline-legal for carry-on at precisely 22x14x9 inches. It features wheels and a pull-out handle, plus a comfortable foldable handle, and their proprietary PowerClaw latching system clamps the waterproof cases tightly closed using compressive force. All hardware components are tough 100% stainless steel. Made of impact-resistant NK-7 resin, all Nanuk cases have a lifetime guarantee. All are available without interior foam, or with multilayer, easily customized polyurethane foam, including a prescored removable layer. Contact: www.nanukcase.com


Flashpoint SealTite 1514
he Flashpoint SealTite series, available from Adorama, is available in seven sizes. All are very attractively priced and offer top-notch protection for sensitive gear. The SealTite 1514 is equipped with wheels and an extending handle. It comes with three layers of foam (wave foam for the top lid, two pieces of precut foam and one wave foam for the bottom). O-ring seals protect against dust and water, and a built-in purge valve corrects internal pressure. Made of structural copolymer, with ABS-plastic latches with stainless-steel pins, the SealTite 1514 even will float when loaded appropriately. A handy traveling companion for any SealTite case is the Flashpoint SealTite 1060. Measuring just 9.4x5.7x2.8 inches, it's ideal protection for light meters, memory cards or other smaller items—and it costs less than $16. Contact: www.adorama.com


Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff Rolling Camera Bag
Think Tank Photo offers a full assortment of camera luggage for traveling pro photographers. The Airport TakeOff Rolling Camera Bag is unique in that in addition to meeting size requirements (it's 14x21x8 inches), it easily converts into a backpack. That makes this bag highly suitable for air as well as auto travel. And the backpack system was designed in from the get-go, so it's comfortable to tote, even for long periods, too. It will hold two pro-sized DSLRs with lenses attached, a 400mm ƒ/2.8 and other lenses, and a 17-inch MacBook Pro (or thicker 15-inch notebook). It features a front cable and lock to secure laptops, with lockable sliders on the main YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zipper, replaceable in-line skate wheels, rubberized laminate reinforcement, SpanKodra ultra-stretch side pockets and a seam-sealed taffeta rain cover. Inside are a silver-toned nylon, polyurethane-backed velex liner, dividers and closed-cell foam padding. Contact: www.thinktankphoto.com

The Petrol Rolling DigiSuite DSLR Camera Case is an airline carry-on-size (21x15.2x11.2 inches) unit that can hold two DSLRs with lenses attached, with a padded pocket in the lid for a laptop computer with up to a 17-inch screen. Detachable, soft padded polyester interior dividers allow for easy configuration and can be removed so the unit can be used as a carry-on suitcase. An internal one-piece ABS honeycomb frame provides additional protection. A telescoping square-frame tote bar and inline skate wheels make for jiggle-free rolling, and there are top and side handles for easy carrying. The exterior is made of black 900D and ballistic nylon fabrics. Contact: www.petrolbags.com

Gura Gear's Kiboko 22L+ all-in-one backpack for the traveling photographer is designed to meet airline carry-on restrictions (exterior dimensions are 14x18x9 inches), and is very light at just five pounds. Its popular "butterfly-"style opening provides easy access even in tight spaces, while helping to protect gear from the elements. The configurable interior has room for two DSLR bodies and four lenses, and there's a separate space for a laptop computer with a screen of up to 17 inches. Memory-foam shoulder straps provide comfortable carrying; the waist belt is removable. Contact: www.guragear.com

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