6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2014
I love this case so far. The build quality is definitely there and you can tell the details were all meant to make it safe and more secure. I evaluated the Nanuk 935 and Pelican 1510 as candidates on paper. I also got two Pelican Storm iM2750s and needed a smaller case as a carry-on. Don't let pictures fool you. This case has a lot more room than you may think, beating out the Pelican by a few inches.
In addition, the extending handle was well thought out, requiring a convenient, one-handed grab, extend, and go operation, with the release button right on the handle. The handle feels beefier and more secure than the similarly placed handles on the iM2750. The end handle next to it is also well thought out. Rather than the cheaper swing out design, it's a self-retracting, spring-operated, simple, yet impressive and strong handle. It's there when you want it, without any hassle, yet tucks itself away instantly when you don't, much like the pull-out handle does.
For security, the points go to the Nanuk because it has two pieces of finished stainless steel flanges at each hasp point which reinforce each other. They are set up like two nails with the heads together, one in each half, when the case is closed and the smaller diameters face away from the heads creating an elegant yet secure closure to stick your lock through. You can see what I mean if you check out the pictures. As far as I could tell, the Pelican case had two pieces of stainless steel sheet wrapped around each lip and crimped to the plastic. The larger Pelicans have nothing but a hole in the plastic, so any lock is a nuisance at best to anyone seriously after the contents. Imagine TSA's bolt cutters and your plain plastic because they can't find the right TSA key...again.
As for the materials of each case, they are VERY similar, with similar properties and strengths. The Nanuk is slightly more rigid and that may be due to size, or it may have to do with the thickness of the material at strategic points. The wheels on each feel different, though. The Nanuk's definitely roll better. It may be that the Pelican has more material at those particular points, but they were not as free-rolling on carpet as I'd like. The Nanuk's wheels are about 1/4" larger in diameter than the Pelican, and it's the smaller case. Go figure.
The latches on each also are different. They are much crisper operating on the Nanuk, whose locking jaw (as opposed to the latching jaw) is more substantial and you definitely know if they're open or closed. No ambiguity. The latches on the 2750, on the other hand, give a weak sproingy kind of snap, and I found myself opening them and closing them again, just to make sure, and then looking at the others to see if the latch I was working on really was latched. Somehow, I dread the idea of TSA half-latching them all and my stuff spilled in a trail from Portland to Chicago. I don't know if Pelican was going to update these latches or not, but they're the ones that have the gray square in the middle.
The Nanuk's edges appear to match uniformly and securely around the case. I cannot say the same for the Pelican. With all latches closed and the case empty, I noted a distinct wave in the seam between the top and bottom. Not that I plan to throw it in the water, but I'm thinking a difference of 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch, even with an O-ring, is starting to tempt fate.
I'll see how each brand stacks up in the real world. Both have a lifetime warranty, and I have some idea how Pelican handles theirs. I have no idea how Nanuk's is handled, good or bad, but I'm very impressed with the product. I would not hesitate buying another 935, or the 960, which is about 60" in girth. Over 62", the airlines start charging for oversized luggage. When I pushed Pelican on what the largest case is that would safely pass the airlines without oversize charges, they told me the 2750. A couple of times. It's about 58" in girth so you lose a couple of inches versus the Nanuk as well there. Someday, someone will figure out that maybe they should make a case that's, oh, 61.9" in girth.
I'm very surprised there aren't more reviews of this excellent line of cases.
UPDATED November 17, 2014 - After a few flights and service in the field, I'm upgrading this to a 5-Star rating. It's taken some abuse, but it stands up to the job! I don't imagine the manufacturer gets very many warranty calls, but I know they are super-responsive.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2013
I am an engineer and I support 5 different plants in the same town.
I could be in any one plant, a couple or all in the same day.
So, this case serves as my "mobile office".
I needed a case to transport my PC, office supplies, some tools, camera, stuff etc.
This case is perfect. It is solid, just the right size and everything that it was advertised to be and more.
I love it.