Pelican cases have a reputation for sturdiness and reliability, making them a go-to for pros who want to guarantee their gear makes it to the shoot and back intact. Today Pelican has introduced the Air series of cases, boasting the same level of protection without all of the weight. The Air series cases are up to 40% lighter than their Protector series counterparts.

At launch, the Air series will include six sizes including an overhead compartment-friendly wheeled version, and Pelican plans to introduce 20 sizes over the next year and a half. The new cases are made of an HPX2 resin and will be offered in four configurations: no foam, with customizable cubed foam, with padded dividers or with Pelican's TrekPak rigid dividers.

The Pelican Air series are available for pre-order now at pelican.com/air and will ship starting May 1, 2016. Prices range from $180 for the 1485 Air up to $340 for the 1615 Air wheeled check-in model.


Press release:

Pelican Products Introduces Pelican™ Air Cases That Are Up To 40% Lighter

TORRANCE, CA — April, 15, 2016 – Since 1976, the Pelican™ classic Protector™ case has been the go-to protective case solution for millions of people worldwide. It has made an impact in industries ranging from military and aerospace to photography and hunting. Today, Pelican is proud to announce the outcome of a relentless quest to offer Pelican users more versatility than ever before: Introducing Pelican Air cases. These new cases have been engineered to maintain the same standard of durability, but reduce the weight of each case by up to 40 percent and offer new size selections not currently available in the Pelican classic or Pelican Storm lines.

Available in six long-form, travel-ready sizes, Pelican Air cases are constructed of lightweight HPX2 resin, the next generation of Pelican’s proprietary formula that rebounds to stress without breaking. With the busy traveler in mind, the 1535 Pelican Air case (Wheeled Carry On) complies with overhead bin standards and the 1615 Pelican Air case (Wheeled Check In) complies with current airline check-in size regulations. 

Additional models are currently in development with more than 20 new sizes making their debut over the next 18 months. Each case passes the same performance tests (impact, drop, submersion, high and low temperature) that Pelican users have come to trust and is backed by the company’s legendary lifetime guarantee of excellence.

 “The Pelican brand is synonymous with protection and has set the gold-standard in the protective case market for more than 40 years,” said Lyndon Faulkner, President and CEO of Pelican Products. “While using the Pelican classic case design as the basis for the new line, our engineers have spent the past two years reimagining the classic case with a focus on taking out weight while maintaining the same high level of performance customers have come to expect from Pelican. This revolutionary Pelican Air case design underscores Pelican’s continuing commitment to innovation and making a legendary product even better.”

To construct a lighter case, Pelican’s engineering team faced the challenge of building lightness into every facet of the design without compromising Pelican’s renowned durability. By working with a team of materials scientists, Pelican was able to construct cases that are the lightest protective cases on the market today.

Pelican Air cases are available with several configurations:

  • No Foam (empty)
  • Pick N Pluck™ foam – manually customizable cubed foam
  • Padded Dividers – newly redesigned with a fully-sewn tub, felt exterior and high-visibility yellow interior, making it easier to identify equipment
  • TrekPak™ - a completely new divider system with rigid, customizable panels and locking pins

Pelican Air cases are available through select dealers, distributors and retailers starting May 1, 2016. For more information on Pelican Air cases and the full Pelican line, visit http://pelican.com/air

Pelican Products, Inc. is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.