Peli 1535 Air Case
55.8 x 35.5 x 22.8cm, 4.5kg www.peliproducts.co.uk
Pros Unmatched ruggedness and gear protection with no weight penalty Cons High UK price; ruggedness compromises versatility We say
Offers maximum protection, but sacrifices some storage and style to achieve it Overall score Peli’s entry is sized to fit within most carry-on limits, but should it need to go in the hold, this ultra-tough hard case will shrug off any abuse.
Hard cases are usually far from light, but Peli’s Air range uses a clever honeycomb construction and lightweight plastic to reduce weight without compromising toughness. As a result the 1535 Air weighs less than the Calumet and Tenba bags, and that’s with Peli’s pick ‘n’ pluck foam interior included.
The latter is easily customized to suit your gear and offers a superbly snug fit, though it’s tricky to adapt to different kit once you’ve picked ‘n’ plucked. Peli does offer a customizable divider set instead, albeit at extra cost.
Other drawbacks compared to the other bags on test include a handle that’s 10cm shorter, meaning the case is more prone to clipping your heels while walking. The hard utilitarian design won’t suit all occasions, and you can forget extras like laptop or tripod pockets.