February 19, 2024
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While Pelican unquestionably has very high quality, this line of new cases is very pricy, in comparison, the Pelican 1510 model, which is just a fraction of an inch longer but otherwise similar in size “max FAA carry on”, can be purchased for under $150, while the 22″ size Elite is being sold for $395 at most stores such as B&H Photo Video.

You may wonder why Pelican is making another case with very similar dimensions? I don’t know for certain, however I do know some airlines such as Air Canada and West Jet are enforcing strict carry-on size limitation with metal tubing “sizing device” at check-in and gates, if the carry-on luggage doesn’t fit, then it must be checked, for a fee of course.

I have found the 1510 to be just 1/8″ too long to fit in the “sizing device” at Air Canada, the Elite 22″ size is about 3/8″ shorter in length, so it should fit, although some airlines have 21″ as maximum length, I suspect Pelican may have received enough complaints to redesign a new case.

Although I really wished Pelican can just reduce 1″ off the 1510 case and kept all other aspect of the case the same, AND keep the price change to a minimum, instead of making the new product some 2.5 times more expensive.

That said, I might still get the Elite 22″ case as my camera case, just so I can avoid entrusting $10K plus worth of camera equipment to the gorillas at the luggage handling department at airports….

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