Protecting my gear when I'm out and about

Protecting my gear when I'm out and about

Summary: Mother Nature can be hard on electronic equipment, but with the right gear, you can take your tablet, smartphone, and camera into pretty much any environment and know it will live to fight another day.

TOPICS: Hardware

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    Travel: Pelican IM2500 Storm

    Nothing is harder on tech than travel, especially when you have to hand over the care of your devices to people who don't care about them. This is why I like to pack my stuff inside a case that can take a significant beating, and in my experience, Pelican cases can take everything that airports, taxis, and hotels can throw at them.

    My case of choice is the Pelican IM2500 Storm. This is a lightweight, watertight case with rollers and a strong telescoping handle. The case is not only robust, but it also meets carry-on requirements, which means less hassle at airports.

    This case is super-robust. I've seen one after a bear attack, and apart from a few bite marks, it was still in excellent condition. I recently used this case to protect my photo equipment while doing a course on a windswept island with the great folks at Welshot Imaging. Despite the rain, salt-spray, and high winds, all my gear survived

    Link: Pelican

    Price: $175

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    Camera: Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW

    Keeping a camera safe and yet close to hand is not easy, especially if you're dealing with a big DSLR. I've searched high and low for the ideal case, and I think I've found it with the Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW. Not only does it protect my camera from bumps, knocks, and scrapes, but it is also easy to access.

    Make no mistake, this is a big case, suited to a DSLR — such as the Canon 5D mark III — with a big lens. It's also got space for some spare batteries and memory cards.

    If you have a camera that’s a little more subtle than mine, then you might want to go for one of the smaller Toploader Pro cases. You get the same level of protection, but in a smaller package.

    Link: Lowepro

    Price: $99

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    Camera: Storm Jacket camera cover

    There's nothing I like better than to take my camera outdoors and grab a shot of some ominous clouds, lightning, or other extremes that nature can throw at me. While I'm pretty waterproof, my camera isn't, so I have to make sure it is properly kitted for the adventure.

    The best way I've found to do this is to give the camera its own raincoat in the form of a Storm Jacket. These come in a variety of types, sizes, and colors, so you will need to choose the one that suits your needs. Personally, I like the Pro version because it adds the ability to pop the camera onto a tripod.

    These Storm Jackets might seem expensive — and they are a tad pricy in my opinion — but they do the job asked of them well, and in the long run, it's a small price to pay to prevent your camera from getting hosed.

    Link: Storm Jacket

    Price: From $36

Topic: Hardware

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  • Sure is a good thing all your idevices are so light and thin

    I guess if you ever wanted to show off how light and thin your idevices are, you just have to take them out of the thick, heavy cases that they live in.

    Too funny.
    • It would have been nice to see some cases

      For popular (Samsung, nexus, etc) devices as well.

      I was reading on here that sapphire screens may be coming to smartphones around Christmas time this year. Battery life was the biggest factor choosing my current phone/tablet. Sapphire screen may be next.
      • me too

        If the sapphire screens are as good as they say it will be worth paying extra
        richard in norway
  • How about nexus 7?

    Heard you got Nexus 7, any recomend for it?
  • Easiest kit ever

    Want to waterproof/scratchproof your smartphone or tablet for the short term? Go purchase ziplock-type freezer bags in a size that'll fit your gadget. A typical sandwich-size bag is great for phones and larger ones work for tablets. Double-seal bags are basically waterproof. I've done this when I wanted to have my phone at hand during painting, at the pool, or in the snow, and the bag plastic doesn't interrupt the touchscreen functions or restrict access to the buttons at all. You can even hear the audio just fine...might have to turn the volume up a tick from normal, but not much.

    Best of all, you don't have to pay much money at all and you can pop the devices in and out of the bags in seconds.
  • Rugged laptop case too

    Looks as though you like the really rugged cases. You might like this one for your laptops:
    and tablets:
    Let me know if you'd like one for review.