Cellular phones, iPods, digital cameras, handheld GPS systems and other gear sometimes take a beating as we carry them through our everyday lives. More so for the occasional severe treatment we subject them to, particularly when off the beaten path… or the occasional combat tour for that matter… Pelican Micro series plastic hard cases provide piece of mind like nothing else on the market. Padded nylon pouches provide some impact protection and shock proofing but will not hold up under sustained, crushing pressure and can’t help you from getting your gear soaked. Pelican’s small Micro cases are handy, easily portable and give you unparalleled levels of protection against shock, pressure and submersion.
With the Down Range Gear PALS integration feature, there are more ways than ever to carry your gear safely and conveniently. As a case study of the versatility of this system, I’d like to showcase the very first prototype, built in 2006, carried to Iraq and back again. But first…
What exactly is a PALS Integrated Pelican Case?
It’s starts with a brand new, Pelican Micro series plastic hard case. The case is carefully drilled to accept four heavy duty Chicago screws. A close fit is important, so the work is methodical. Before being fitted into the holes the anchor portion of the screws are treated with McNett adhesive seam sealer, filling in any physical gaps in order to retain water resistance. Where the anchor screws protrude on the back of the case, four elastic washers are fitted to provide further assurance against permeation by liquids. Lastly, two Tactical Tailor MALICE clips are secured to the case with Loctite Red (thread locker) treated screws. The MALICE clips are oriented so that the lid of the case hinges downward to prevent the contents from spilling out (ask me how I knew to do it this way!) To provide for an extra layer of security and piece of mind, a removable strap system is velcroed to the back of the case and securely fastens the lid closed with a durable side release (ITW Nexus Ghillie Tex) buckle. The Micro cases come either in black or clear plastic, but are easily color matched with spray paint (Krylon brand has been particularly durable and effective on the plastic) to match your environment or kit.
Ok, so the first one was built back in 2006, went to Iraq and back with me, continues to be carried and get banged up daily and is still going strong. These days it doesn’t get shot at but it still protects the small items that matter to me. These things are built to last.
The integration of the Tactical Tailor MALICE clips to the back of the case means it is fully compatible with any military PALS (MOLLE) system in use. The Micro Cases are small enough to be unobtrusive on a vest or can be attached to the outside of the pack for easy access without worry that the contents will get banged up.
The MALICE clips also make natural belt loops and the Micro Case can easily be attached to and worn on a belt. While this worked well, I took it a step further and added a set of belt loops with side release buckles so that the case could be dropped a little lower than the belt line and be removable for more convenient access.