Pelican U100 Urban Elite Backpack for 17" Laptop (Black)

Pelican U100 Urban Elite Backpack for 17" Laptop (Black)

Pelican U100 Urban Elite Backpack for 17" Laptop (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Holds up to 17" Laptop
  • Watertight, Crushproof Laptop Casing
  • Front Hard Shell Panel with Organizer
  • Second Interior Storage Compartment
  • EQ Valve for Pressure Control
  • Adjustable Backpack; Compressions Straps
  • Bottom Sling Straps for Holding Jacket
  • 1000-Denier Kodra Nylon
  • S-Curved Back for Comfort
  • Concealed Water Bottle Pocket
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Pelican U100 overview

  • 1Description

The black U100 Urban Elite Backpack from Pelican delivers total functionality and ergonomic design in a strong pack designed to hold a laptop up to 17". Its hard-shell, impact-protected front panel unzips to reveal another safe compartment large enough for an iPad or tablet, plus an organizer for small stuff such as pens, note pads, or business cards. This panel also protects the pack in case of drops or severe contact during your travels.

Your laptop is held securely within one of the pack's two cavities. This first compartment is an ABS thermoplastic which is watertight, crushproof, and tested to meet IP67 standards of 3' submersion for 30 minutes. An EQ valve helps control pressure while traveling. The second zippered cavity is for anything else you might want to take along such as clothes, documents, or collateral material.  An additional rear zippered compartment provides extra storage capability. Access to this top-loading pack is via the easy-open push-button latch and easy throw zippers.

The U100 is made from 1000D Kodra nylon, and is polyurethane-backed for added strength. Kodra nylon has a rougher, fuzzier texture than traditional nylon. It is more abrasion-resistant and generally more lightweight. The front plate is hard polypropylene.

The U100 is carried by its padded, adjustable shoulder straps and supported by a sternum strap to help with stability while walking. The pack comes with Pelican's rigid, well-balanced, rubber-molded top carry handle. Compression straps help you adjust the overall footprint of the pack by allowing you to expand or contract the overall size to suit the load you are carrying. The back panel is S-curved and ventilated for maximum comfort.  As a bonus, the bottom of the pack has sling straps that are used for attaching your jacket or bed roll. And, since a day in the field can be long and arduous, Pelican has provided a hidden water bottle pocket on the side of the pack.

Key Features

Fits up to 17" laptops
Built-in watertight and crushproof case
Fast, top-loading laptop access
IP67 tested; 3' underwater for 30 minutes
Easy-open push-button latch
Pressure EQ valve prevents vacuum lock
Impact-protected iPad/tablet front compartment
Bottom expanding sling storage for holding a jacket
Load compression straps help change the footprint of the bag when you have smaller loads
Durable ballistic nylon material
Concealed water bottle pocket
Ergonomic S-curve comfort back
Carry-On Form Factor
FAA and airline carry-on specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check with your airline before designating this case as a carry-on item. Most airlines require carry-on items to have an external linear measurement equal to or less than 45". The external dimensions of this case add up to 45.1".
UPC: 019428108571
In the Box
Pelican U100 Urban Elite Backpack for 17" Laptop (Black)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Backpack
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty on Plastic Case
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Pelican U100 specs

    Material 1000-denier Kodra nylon, polyurethane-backed
    Front plate: polypropylene
    Type of Closure Zipper
    Carrying/Transport Options Adjustable backpack straps
    Sternum strap
    Top rigid, rubber molded carry handle
    Volume 16 L (976.4 in³ / 0.02 m³
    Accommodates 17" / 43.2 cm laptop
    iPad or tablet
    IP Rating IP67
    3 ft / 91.4 cm underwater for 30 minutes
    Exterior Dimensions 19.5 x 13.6 x 12.0" / 49.5 x 34.5 x 30.5 cm
    Interior Dimensions Hard Shell Case: 15.5 x 10.5 x 1.5" / 39.4 x 26.7 x 3.8 cm
    Weight 8.1 lb / 3.7 kg
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    Package Weight 8.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.0 x 12.6 x 6.6"

    Pelican U100 reviews

    U100 Urban Elite Backpack for 17" Laptop (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 27.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pelican Backpack is perfect for MacBook Pro 15 The quality and overall build of this backpack is great! Like SKB and Gator, Pelican builds gear cases for the most demanding pros and discerning amateurs. It is probably not the right backpack for people looking for the lightest/thinnest way to transport their laptop. For laptop owners who need/want heavy duty reliability and peace-of-mind, this back pack is it. My new MacBook Pro 15 fits perfectly in the main compartment and doesn't wiggle one bit with the included thicker foam wedges. The additional storage is organized well and enough for my uses. If you want to know your computer is safe from drops and moisture while in transport, then buy this bag, you won't regret it.
    Date published: 2016-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty sweet bag I am happy with the purchase. I've gone through several backpacks and laptop cases over the years. Backpacks are best for my use as a contractor, but my laptop took a bit of a beating in the last one I had. The hard case part of this one should do the trick. The weak link on all the backpacks I've had has been the shoulder straps, weakened over time from carrying it on one shoulder and picking it up/putting it down repeatedly with one shoulder strap. The handle on this one is handy to keep some use off the shoulder strap. It could have a little more room for stuff other than the laptop, but that's the compromise for a pelican case built I tithe bag...
    Date published: 2015-11-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost there but... I use this case to carry my Laptop, iPad, wireless router and various tools associated with my job as a live sound operatorI love the waterproof laptop compartment, the carry straps are comfortable and durable. It is good being able to padlock the laptop compartment, but having to use 2 padlocks is a bit annoying. Also I have a 13 laptop and use the block spacers provided, though the glue isn't sufficient and they just don't stick properly. My only other complaint is the outside pocket with the plastic protective cover. It would be good if this pocket was fixed to the outside of the backpack rather than integrated into it because when you fill the other compartments it makes this compartment difficult to use and close. I guess in general there are heaps of pockets but loading pockets in one layer affects what you can put in the next layer and in some cases making them unusable.
    Date published: 2012-12-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Small, But Functional I generally am not one to write very many reviews of products, but after the trouble I had finding any information on this bag I figured I would do my best to put some information out there. First of all, this bag from B&H arrived fairly well packed and survived the trip across the world to my APO. I ordered through B&H because unlike other retailers, they were willing and able to ship this to me where I am overseas. Mail normally gets here pretty well crushed, but the packaging for this protected it fairly well (not that it couldn't protect itself.) The main laptop compartment was quite enough for my 15.6 laptop, though the adhesive squares provided to help fill extra space seem laughably inadequate and the instructions with them are equally bad. The tablet pouch located on the far outside of the pack also leaves a great deal to be desired. It seems like it would work if you had a 9 inch or smaller tablet that was completely bare bones, but will not fit with ANYTHING else installed on it. I have an ASUS EeePad Transformer with the keyboard connected (makes it about as thick as 2 iPads stacked together) and there is no way that thing will cram in there. Even if I remove the keyboard and slide in the tablet by itself, the pouch lacks the adequate depth and the tablet protrudes about 1 inch above the face of the hard protective cover on the outside and rubs right against the pouch's zipper. One side of the bag has 6 MOLLE loops on it. (That is 2 wide by 3 tall) That would allow you to add one M4 mag pouch or other small item, but not much. The other side has a nifty little expandable water bottle holder. It is cute, but doesn't seem too sturdy. I feel like if the water bottle got snagged on something you would tear the pouch pretty quickly. Also, anyone who thinks this backpack offers a large capacity has never had to carry any quantity of equipment. For military personnel and others who have to haul their electronics as well as maybe a little clothing, paperwork, and hygiene items, this is NOT the bag to do it all. I emptied out the contents of my normal S.O.C. Bugout Bag and moved my electronics to this Pelican backpack. I was able to put my electronics only in the bag, with about half the remaining contents having to stay in my S.O.C. bag. The main compartment (not the laptop case)is little more than 5 inches in width when fully expanded. It will not hold any large items, which leads to the question, does this backpack have ANY compartment that will hold anything large? The answer is no. There is a small pouch on top in the center which is good for about one set of full size noise cancelling headphones. The tablet pouch is currently holding my iPod touch and the rest of that compartment is holding my tablet inside of a CaseLogic sleeve. The way the bag is designed there is no support for the weight of all of your belongings other than the latch on the main hardened compartment. By that I mean that if that latch were to fail there are no straps or anything else to tighten or reinforce that point of failure. If while you are carring your bag that latch button gets bumped, crash, there goes everything falling backwards while the shoulder straps remain over your shoulders. I wish Pelican would have added some compression straps or something that would secure from the rear to the front of the backpack and support the closing of the main hardened compartment. In retrospect, I wish I would not have purchased this backpack for the price. I think the Pelican laptop sleeve is much more reasonably priced and provides arguably better protection. Pelican makes pretty great hard cases. Putting one of those in a better tactical bag (S.O.C., 5.11) would serve much better than this little handbag with a hard case built in. While the shoulder straps themselves are comfortable and secure, there is no lap belt with this bag. It shouldn't really matter because this is not a bag you would carry all day. It doesn't hold enough. I am at the point where I will have 2 backpacks to take everywhere I go if I use this. I will say that weight is not an issue though. Because the bag has so little capacity, you could pretty much fill it with iron and be able to carry it with ease. However, all that iron would be held solely by that little latch at the top of the hard case. Overall it is not a terrible bag - if what you are looking for is just a small bag with a hard case built in. But as I have said, you can add a Pelican sleeve to a real tactical backpack and be much better served. Perhaps my expectations were too much. But where I work the expectation is generally that zippers should be durable because they're going to be abused and pulled on, bags should have lots of MOLLE webbing so you can add more pouches to things, and that your bags should be able to hold more than you can carry (and that you should then fill them up and carry them anyways.)
    Date published: 2013-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well designed This bag is well designed for more of a tech field pack than a traditional backpack; perfect for IT professionals that have to work in the field. It isn't a real high volume bag but it suits my purposes perfectly. Laptop, accessories, tech tools and various cables; yet I still had room for personal items. I wouldn't use it as a book bag if I went back to college. Solid construction as I have come to expect from Pelican, but keep in mind, with that solid construct comes added weight - it is heavier than most packs (not that I really care). Great pack! All compartments were well placed, putting all my tools at my fingertips as I needed them. BTW - my ASUS 15.6 does fit well in the case compartment.
    Date published: 2016-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Fits the Bill I travel extensively for work and need a durable, well designed way to safely carry my laptop and work related items. I've tried a courier bag, backpack, briefcase and about everything else out there. Finally, Pelican has developed a way to manage everything in an organized way that carries really comfortably and I will never have to worry about my laptop! The hard shell compartment is waterproof and secure. I definitely recommend this bag if you travel, carry a laptop and are not wanting to be a part of the briefcase/shoulder bag awkward carry crew.
    Date published: 2012-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from HardCore Backpack for Worldwide Missions As a Department of Defense contractor jumping on an off Hercules C-130s and helicopters to recover WWII MIAs from inside glaciers and rainforests around the world I rely on this backpack for my MacBook Pro, iPad, SatPhones and ACR PLBs PLUS a set of clothing and survival essentials. Its comforable and replaces an awkward shoulder bag. The water tight compartment for the MacBook was the clincher for me. The Pelican Urban Elite Packpack very adequately protects the iPad and supplies well thought-out organization for other mission essentials.
    Date published: 2012-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bag I wanted something that would basically be bullet proof. This bag is just that. I do a decent amount of traveling for work. I work in TV and live sports. TV Compounds are usually disaster areas, so I wanted something that could keep up. I'd love if this bag had a few side pockets, but that's the only down side. Can't really call that a down side.
    Date published: 2014-06-06
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