The Pelican 95QT Elite Cooler had its first major "away" trip within week of arriving to me. I slung three bags of cheap, service station party ice into the bottom and loaded all our food etc on top... Most of the food was already refrigerated or frozen, but I didn't chill the cooler's interior first or anything like that... NINE DAYS later (and more than three days after we returned home) there was still some ice in the bottom of the cooler! That is extraordinary performance in my book, especially as it was opened and closed quite regularly during the trip, and we experienced reasonably warm weather throughout!
Since then, the big Pelican has become an integral part of all our major field trips and camping expeditions and it has continued to perform flawlessly, far exceeding my expectations of an insulated cooler. Its strength and amazing robustness are especially important and we often press it into service as a bench seat or table in the bush, as well as climbing up on it to take photos, etc. It takes our food out bush with us, keeps it icy for a week, and lets us bring freshly caught fish home... regardless of the weather conditions and ambient temperature.
It is, quite simply, a superb piece of kit! I have really come to rely on the exceptional performance of this incredible cooler, and knowing that it carries a lifetime warranty gives great peace of mind... Ten out of ten!
Steve 'Starlo' Starling, an Australian sports fishing writer and television personality on the angling and outdoor programs
I was out of town when 'Sandy' hit. When I returned I saw 6 feet of sea water bashed through my apartment near Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn. The place was/ is wrecked. I found my cameras underneath a soaked futon and dresser. I held my breath and opened them up. Holy #### !!!!! they were dry and fired right up.
My team and I were first responders to a terrorist attack on a hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan. As part of our recovery effort at the blast site, we 'repatriated' one of our armored vehicles. Inside the vehicle, which was in the immediate impact zone of the SVBIED, we discovered an unscathed 'Model 1640 Pelican Transport Case.' I've enclosed photos of the Pelican Case taken the day that we recovered it from the demolished vehicle. The case stood up against a massive explosion and flying shrapnel.
We gave the case back to its rightful owner, who thankfully was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack. Seeing how well this product withstood this type of abuse, I can say that you have found yourself several new lifetime customers!
US Federal Agent
David used a Peli case to carry his sensitive equipment - GPS, housing, cameras, phone, sea maps, tide charts… " work!
David Brown, Dive Master. Hampshire UK. 2005
During a long trekking expedition in Zanskar and Ladakh, in Northern India we had all our stuff on horseback. About half way through the trip one of the horses ponies overbalanced and fell from the track into the water. The horse was unhurt beyond a couple of scratches, but the case had been dragged underwater, banged on rocks for a good while and dragged out again. I opened the case and discovered that my Hasselblad®, my spare Nikon body several lenses, dozens of films and a DAT recorder and tapes for my audio work, were all completely unharmed and dry!
Mike Harding, BBC presenter, travel, writer, poet, playwright. www.mikeharding.co.uk
I make long voyages aboard my own small yacht, Piper. My camera and laptop are accommodated by two 1500 PeliTM Cases and a Navman chart plotter fits in the smaller 1200 Case. Before starting my trip I did a test by throwing my Peli Case 1500 loaded with old camera bodies and lenses into the water, and it floated happily. No water had gone inside. The I took the Cases on board for three months of continuous sailing and photography. They have been stood on, sat on, loaded in and out of boats and vehicles and on a variety of assignments, even in foul weather - By the end of the trip there was light scuffing on the outside and foam insert was a little worn but most important - its precious contents have come through it all unscathed!
David Rainsbury, Journalist and Sailor, freelance for several sailing magazines www.rainsbury.co.uk
As I have owned my Super SabreLite for long time ago and used it for personal use and in my job as a fire fighter, I can't tell you how great of a light it has been for me. Some months ago, while at a fire, I accidentally dropped my light between a wall space. It fell about 5 to 6 meters before hitting the concrete floor below. My first thoughts were of disappointment, for I didn't think that I would be able to retrieve it. After getting out of the attic space that I was in, I walked around to the other side of the wall, to my relief there just happened to be an opening in the base of the wall where my SabreLite landed. It was still shining when I picked it up, and after a quick inspection I couldn't find a thing wrong with it. After this I carried searching the bedrooms of the house where I found an elderly lady whom we successfully removed from the house. I was amazed because I feel that the quality of the light allowed me to save the life of another human being. Thank you!! I will continue using the Super SabreLite for the rest of my career. Keep up the great work!
François, professional fire fighter. 2005
On a recent trip through Zimbabwe the 1150 Pelican case became the prey of a member of the carnivore family. Shumba, less than a year old, pounced on the case and subjected it to its inch long canines. The Pelican case withstood its brush with the jaws of death and also the rock bashing hike into the Zambezi valley and all the whitewater Ross encountered in the following weeks.
My epic journey (3341 miles between La Gomera - Canaries - and Barbados - West Indies), on my own, unassisted and unsupported, took me 109 days 12 hours and nine minutes. In a very bad storm the boat nearly capsized. The hatch was not sealed completely and the cabin was flooded. The back cabin had 20 cm of water in and the Peli™ boxes containing the on board video equipment were totally soaked and partly submerged by sea water. It took me 12 days to get the cabin fully dry after the event. No water got in to the boxes and no equipment was damaged. I would gladly endorse Peli™ Products for anyone else planning an extreme adventure.
Stuart C. Boreham, The first physically disabled person who successfully rowed the Atlantic Ocean
At this time the helicopter had been destroyed by two maverick missiles. The only thing that was salvageable was the Pelican case. The case was completely intact with minor burns and one broken latch. The contents of the case all functioned properly, nothing was damaged. The case contained 6 satellite phones, an electronic radio system, a highly sensitive digital camera and a block of C-4 explosive. We used the case and equipment throughout our stay in Iraq, which lasted a few months. Thank you for a fine product. Your product is a definite asset in the fight for freedom.
Jason Bitterman - Oda 551
We chose the best gear that we could get our hands on, including Pelican boxes to safeguard our camera gear, radios and satellite telephone. At 81° North latitude, one of our plastic kayaks, with a Pelican box mounted on deck, became caught in the current-driven ice pack and was thoroughly steam-rolled. Many items loaded inside the kayak were crushed, but the Pelican deck box emerged through it all unscathed.
Steve Smith, Adventurer
When I tried to drive the Camel Trophy Land Rover Discovery up a steep slope to a higher road the vehicle tipped over. We rolled down tumbling sideways until we stopped lying on the side. During the tumble only one Pelican was damaged because it had hit a rock. I was amazed even more to find that nothing inside the cases was damaged. Since the Pelican cases performed so well during the Camel Trophy I am no longer surprised about their strength and can count on them to roll with the punches.
Linda and Gerard Blankestijn, Team Holland
The plane hit with such force that it sheered the left wing and float right off and as the plane rapidly sunk, everyone was able to escape out the exits. For over nine hours, the plane was submerged some 6-8 feet under water, loosely held to the right pontoon! When we were finally allowed to recover our gear, I was planning for the worst, because the water damage or impact had destroyed just about everyone's gear. But when I opened the lid on my Pelican 1650 case, I was astonished to find that there was very little water inside and everything was intact!
My buddy and I purchased four camels in the Thar Desert of India and rode a thousand kilometers to the border of Nepal. All of our delicate gear - cameras, computers, solar panels, and a satellite phone - were protected by Pelican boxes. When you see one of your 1,200 pound pack camels rolling in the sand, scraping against a tree, or bucking like a bronco, you want the best gear protection possible. Pelican boxes are the answer. Pelican boxes are watertight, dust proof, rust proof, and camel proof.
Jim Wiltens, Adventurer
When the officer returned, the case had obviously been run over and sported tire tracks. Even though the case was severely scratched with a destroyed corner and latch, the very expensive digital camera it housed was completely protected and in good working condition. We returned the case and received a new one no questions asked. The case that ended up costing around $36, protected an item worth roughly 20 times more, turned out to be a pretty good investment!
Ken Jones — Westminster Police Department, California
On October 6, 2004, my vehicle suffered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack. I was sitting in the front passenger seat and my case was located on the floor between my feet. The explosion happened directly under my feet, ripping the entire engine compartment apart. If it wasn't for the 1150 case, I would not have been able to send you these pictures. Once again, thanks for a great product!
Owen Rice, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Combat Engineer
As I emptied the water out of my canoe on the shore, I lifted the case and it felt heavy like a case filled with water. Maybe I didn't get any pictures on this trip, but I still had my dog and that was good enough for me. For the remainder of the trip, the camera sat untouched in its Pelican case. Later on when my wife picked me up, I told her the story, as I have told you, and asked that she open the case for me. She did, and the camera was DRY! Thank you Pelican™.