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PelicanProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good protection (4)
  • Rugged (4)
  • Weather proof (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (6)
  • Heavy duty protection (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect for travel and around town.

I bought this backpack to take on a trip to Hawaii with me. I do *not* check my primary camera, lenses or laptops.

Flew under the seat in...Read complete review

I bought this backpack to take on a trip to Hawaii with me. I do *not* check my primary camera, lenses or laptops.

Flew under the seat in front of me in this bag:
Canon 5D MK II
Canon 24-70 L
Canon 70-200 IS II
580 EX II
Cables, Batteries, Chargers
Macbook Pro 15''
iPad
Change of clothes

notes:
Getting your camera out of the bag is not a quick process.
There could be a little more support on the bottom - it is a soft material and your camera takes all the weight of anything on top.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great but no closer on main Body

I love pelican products. This time they missed the mark when they didn't include a way to close the main compartment. There is no draw string cord or zipper only the flap and 2...Read complete review

I love pelican products. This time they missed the mark when they didn't include a way to close the main compartment. There is no draw string cord or zipper only the flap and 2 buckles. I had to use another waterproof bag in order to protect my camera gear. The laptop part is spot in though. Perfect for planes.

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5.0

Rugged and awesome

By Greg

from Stratford, Ontario

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

    Perfect for my commute on bike/motorcycle and walk. I never worry about snow and rain anymore.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Excellent Protection! More Organization

    By goformike

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

        If you're looking for a pack to keep your gear (especially laptop) well protected, this is an amazing bag. If you're the kind of person that needs a separate pocket/compartment for the little stuff, you'll be disappointed. Overall, great pack. I didn't buy it to carry the day-to-day nik-naks. It protects my gear when I'm traveling or in the field, and does have some "catch-all" pockets that work just fine for my needs.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great All in 1

        By Pete

        from Nashville

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Strap
        • Good Protection
        • Rugged
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

        • Small Pockets

        Best Uses

        • Heavy Duty Protection
        • Travel

        Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

        I was looking for a single backpack that would provide enough space for my photography gear and Laptop ease to access for travel and flexible. I have found that the S130 is great I carry my Cannon and 4 Lenses as well as a goPro kit regularly. I have not found myself in a position that I haven't had what I needed. I can get to my camera when I need to and you're not digging through other parts of a back pack. The pull out is wonderful for those times I am camping and only need my camera gear. I would Highly recumbent this Backpack for a daypack traveler or regular commuting Photographer. I can be picky about certain things and I do wish one of the pockets had a key clip. Often when I'm traveling I don't want keys in my pocket. Good Luck with yours.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Laptop pocket is very stiff

        By Nick C.

        from Northern NJ

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Build Quality
        • Good Protection
        • Lots Of Pockets And Features
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable

        Best Uses

        • Heavy Duty Protection

        Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

        This is a unique product. If I were going to Patagonia or the Outback that I had to take the laptop, this would be the bag for sure. If I needed to protect my hardware from a hostile environment, this would be the bag. The however is, the stiff nature of the protective pocket for the laptop is against your back as you wear the bag and this is just not comfortable for me. My travel is more urban in nature so the compromise was not warranted for me so I returned the bag. Build quality was really good. B&H customer service was very good.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Pelican S130

        By Joe H

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me High-End Shopper, Practical

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Protection
        • Rugged
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

        • Uncomfortable Strap

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Heavy Duty Protection
        • School
        • Travel

        Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

        I purchased this bag prior to a two week trip to London and Paris. The bag performed extremely well, although there are a few negatives. I'll start with the positive features.I carried this bag on a daily basis throughout London and Paris. It normally held my iPad in the clamshell, and my Nikon D5100, Tamron 18-270, Nikkor 50mm prime, Bower 8mm fisheye, GoPro & mount, extra batteries and miscellaneous cables. I often kept a light jacket in the upper portion of the backpack. The bag held up extremely well to the rainy weather and crowded conditions. The bag fits snugly under a standard airliner seat, though not in the overhead compartments. TSA had no issues with the bag. The hardshell case protects anything inside quite well and the padding helps to maintain comfort while wearing the pack. The two side pockets are large and their elastic bands are effective at securing contents. I commonly keep my iphone, power bricks, cables, and other incidental items in these pockets.Where the bag is lacking is in interior storage. The pack area has a 22 liter volume which is quite acceptable for a daypack. Easily 2/3 of that volume is used by the camera case. The camera case is removable and can be zipped closed separately from the pack, however the case is loose in the pack. Items placed in the upper part of the pack can easily slip behind the interior case and disappear. As the case is quite large the open space for inserting more gear is limited. The bag is also quite heavy on it's own weighing in at several pounds empty. Fully loaded I had it around 35 pounds. The shoulder straps were a bit uncomfortable with that much weight. The chest strap broke off (though not due to fault with the bag) and has proven quite difficult to reattach. As an amateur photographer who has a common need to carry my laptop as well as my camera gear, I find this bag to be quite useful. It's not something that I use every day, but when I have a need for both my camera and computer this bag fits my needs more than adequately.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Good bag not much space...

        By 1234

        from Texas City Tx

        Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

        I like the bag. It fits my laptop just fine and I never worry it will be damaged. Nor do I worry about camera damage anymore. It also comes with spacers if your laptop should be smaller in size to keep it from shifting. There are adjustable compartments for the camera as well. However, it is a bit deceiving in that the front is almost all camera storage and the top compartment is not separated from the bottom camera case. You actually have to remove the camera case from the top. So if you are storing cords for your laptop or chargers it will be sitting atop the camera case and you will have to remove all items at the top of the bag to get the camera case out. There are two small zipper compartments at the top, one inside and one on the outside of the bag and two side pouches. However this bag works okay enough for me and is light to carry when fully packed.

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        5.0

        100% Excellent

        By Hug bug

        from West Virginia

        Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

        Bought it for a return trip to Africa. Holds my camera gear, I-Pad plus other items. Camera equipment well protected and it is easy to carry. This unit keeps your gear clean in dusty conditions as well as dry when exposed to rain. I am totally satisfied with this camera backpack unit.

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        3.0

        Great but no closer on main Body

        By Pelican 101

        from Los Angeles

        Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

        I love pelican products. This time they missed the mark when they didn't include a way to close the main compartment. There is no draw string cord or zipper only the flap and 2 buckles. I had to use another waterproof bag in order to protect my camera gear. The laptop part is spot in though. Perfect for planes.

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        5.0

        Computer Backpack

        By DR D

        from PITTSBURGH PA

        About Me High-End Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Protection
        • Lots Of Pockets And Features
        • Rugged
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

        • A little stiff
        • A Little Stiff On The Bac
        • Insufficient Padding
        • Stiff On The Back

        Best Uses

        • Heavy Duty Protection
        • Travel

        Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

        Great protection for a high end computer. I have a top of the line MacBook Pro and I want maximum protection

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Brilliant back pack

        By Rob Rebecca

        from Melbourne Australia

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

          Great protection, easy to open, secure

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great Backpack

          By Yvimd

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

              This backpack does everything it says it does. There is space for everything, and yet it's still compact enough not to take up too much space.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Met my spn's need

              By Inni

              from Latham, New York

              Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

              This back pack is perfect for my son, who is an audio engineer. It has appropriate compartments for all his special equipment.

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              5.0

              Perfect for travel and around town.

              By FLASHFLOOD

              from Boston, Ma

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Custom Made For Someone W
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Felt Secure
              • Good Size
              • Great At Tsa
              • Stylish

              Cons

              • Camera Protection

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Flying
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Need Studio On Road
              • Sports/Action
              • Studio On The Road
              • Travel

              Comments about Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop Backpack:

              I bought this backpack to take on a trip to Hawaii with me. I do *not* check my primary camera, lenses or laptops.

              Flew under the seat in front of me in this bag:
              Canon 5D MK II
              Canon 24-70 L
              Canon 70-200 IS II
              580 EX II
              Cables, Batteries, Chargers
              Macbook Pro 15''
              iPad
              Change of clothes

              notes:
              Getting your camera out of the bag is not a quick process.
              There could be a little more support on the bottom - it is a soft material and your camera takes all the weight of anything on top.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review