Six su­per-tough SLR cases on test

Get the ul­ti­mate in gear pro­tec­tion for when the go­ing gets tough

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Af­ter splash­ing out big bucks on your Nikon kit, it makes sense to keep it safe when you’re on the go. A reg­u­lar cam­era shoul­der bag or back­pack will of­fer good pro­tec­tion against light knocks and bumps, but to sur­vive more se­ri­ous rough and tum­ble – or the as­sault course en­dured by checked-in air­port bag­gage – some­thing stronger is in or­der.

Hard cases of­fer the best pos­si­ble pro­tec­tion for your gear, short of lock­ing it in a safe, and they’re still rel­a­tively por­ta­ble. Most hard cases are wa­ter­proof to at least one me­tre (3.3ft), so they will eas­ily with­stand a down­pour or a dunk in a stream, and many are also mar­keted as crush­proof. This can mean that they’ve been tested to var­i­ous mil­i­tary stan­dards, but in lay­man’s terms, a crush­proof case should com­fort­ably stand strong un­der your weight, while also shrug­ging off drops and harsh treat­ment with­out se­ri­ous dam­age.

Hard cases are less flex­i­ble than a cam­era bag in ev­ery way, so do your home­work be­fore buy­ing. To help, we’ve se­lected six rugged cases cov­er­ing a range of sizes and price points to see which of­fers the best pro­tec­tion with­out break­ing the bank – or your back.

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