This Has to Be The World’s Most Impregnable Laptop and Camera Bag


One type of bag was conspicuously missing from the lineup when Pelican released its ProGear line a few months back. There was a smorgasbord-like selection of tablet- and laptop-toting bags — but nothing for camera gear. Now Pelican has filled that space, integrating their vault-like case technology in the new S130 ProGear laptop/camera backpack.

The secret-sauce part of the backpack is its waterproof, crushproof laptop compartment — Pelican has basically taken one of their virtually impregnable cases and built a backpack around it. A quick scan of the compartment’s dimension shows that it should accommodate a 15’ MBP.

The photo-gear section doesn’t feature the waterproof/crushproof case tech, but the camera body pocket is protected by high-impact walls, and there’re memory-foam buffers to protect everything else. The S130 is also TSA-compliant, so you won’t have to remove anything when being processed by airport security.

Downsides? At $305, it’s a little pricey — even for camera bags, which tend to be expensive anyway. It’s also pretty heavy.

About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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