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16/04/2009 – The Pelican 1514 Case, Would You Drive A Truck Over It? I Would!
I have frequently been asked about the durability of traveling with my Pelican 1514 case over the past few years. These questions come from not only having discussed this case on Flying With Fish, but through my frequent recommendations for the case on various forums on the internet.
Since writing about the Pelican 1514 yesterday on Flying With Fish, in this entry : 15/04/2009 – The Pelican 1514 Case : A Bag You Can Checked Under The Plane & Know Your Gear Is Safe In , I received more than two dozen e-mails asking me how much abuse I though the case could withstand.
Last night I reviewed some content online produced by Pelican regarding the strength of their cases, but decided it was best to create a demonstration of my own. I wondered if I could get an airline to let me toss a Pelican 1514 from the back of a plane on the ramp along with some other ideas. Eventually after looking up the estimated weight of a Chevy 1500 Series Pickup, at just over 4,500lbs (2041kg), I decided to ask my friend Rich if he’d drive his Chevy 1500 Series pickup truck over my Pelican case.
After Rich pulled his full-size work pickup truck into the street he asked me if I really wanted to drive the truck over my Pelican case, and I said “Yes.” Once we decided we were going to drive over the case we made a ‘ladder’ for the wheel to drive up from some bricks, we were ready to go.
First the truck drove over the Pelican 1514 forwards, and then the case was immediately backed over moments later. Both times, the Chevy1500 Series pickup truck was stopped for a moment directly in top of the case to see what would happen.
In the end, after being driven over twice…the Pelican 1514 is in PEFECT SHAPE! No cracks, no damage, a few scuffs,
So for the photographers, videograpghers, IT professionals, out there who have been seeking concrete evidence that a Pelican case can survive the wear-and-tear of hard travel, and nearly any abuse an airline ramp agent can inflict on your case, I offer you photographic proof of the cases durability.
Below are 10 photos in sequence of my Pelican 1514 being driven over by an approximately 4,500 (2041kg) pickup truck, before, during and after the strength test.