Peli 1535 Air Case

£279/$221

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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.

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