RoadTest: Cool Tools: Weatherproof Equipment Case
Evaluation Type: Workshop Tools
Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True
What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: Gator GU-1813-06-WPDF Waterproof molded 18" x 13" x 6.9" carrying case for A/V equipment $149.99 https://www.crutchfield.com/p_869181306/Gator-GU-1813-06-WPDF.html?tp=63702 Pelican™ 1550 Case Int. Dims. 18.63" x 14.18" x 7.72" $127.57 https://www.thepelicanstore.com/cases/medium/pelican-1550-case
What were the biggest problems encountered?: The listed dimensions are for the outside of the case. It's hard to determine if components will fit inside without having inside dimensions.
The Duratool weatherproof equipment case arrived sealed in plastic inside an undamaged cardboard box.
Inside was full of foam, the middle layer being perforated for easy sizing for equipment.
The tag stated 18"X14"X7", however those are outside dimensions. The inside dimensions with all foam removed is 16.75"X11.25"X5.75" at the bottom, slightly larger in the middle because of draft angles.
I fit what I could into the case, we'll see how it survives the airport and a few weeks at sea.
The case and all inside made a trip half way around the world without any damage due to airline and customs or TSA abuse.
Only a few small scratches and dents with 3 plane transfers. Next we'll see how it stands up to salt water spray.
*** 25July Update ***
I made it back from a month on the Thomas G. Thompson https://www.ocean.washington.edu/story/RV_Thomas_G_Thompson in the Indian ocean.
The case stayed with the ship since the Alcor System ALPHEA All Sky Camera was going out for another voyage.
There were dozens of weatherproof cases on the ship from various manufacturers including Pelican
Looking at the other cases and comparing features, most of the differences were in the latches.
I believe the Duratool case is an excellent product and stood up to airport abuse and equator heat and humidity
without any issues. I didn't leave it outside for any extended period of time, so it didn't get punished as well as it could have,
but I'm satisfied with the product and would consider purchasing more in the future due to the attractive price ($35.70US).
A similar size Pelican case cost 4 times as much.
Very useful RoadTest, I could not tell much from the product page, so it is great what it looks like in use, and that it can survive ships and airlines.
The price is very good.. I need a case for storing some work audio gear, the perforated foam sounds ideal for it.
Nice road test report.
Awesome roadtest. I like that this was done in a real-case scenario.
The project is called:
Oceanic Control of Monsoon Intra-seasonal Oscillations in the Tropical Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal (MISO-BOB)