Pelican U160 Urban Elite Half Case Camera Pack

Pelican U160 Urban Elite Half Case Camera Pack

Pelican U160 Urban Elite Half Case Camera Pack

B&H # PEU160 MFR # 0U1600-0003-110
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Product Highlights

  • Waterproof & Crushproof Camera Case
  • Holds DSLR, 2 Lenses, and Flash
  • Top Compartment Accommodates Tablet
  • Rigid Plate Protects Top Compartment
  • Padded Camera Gear Dividers
  • 3 Interior Padded & 4 Exterior Pockets
  • Adjustable Load Lifters
  • Hide-Away Tripod Attachment Straps
  • Padded Shoulder Straps & Lumbar Support
  • Front-Loading Access, Rigid Carry Handle
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Pelican U160 Overview

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This U160 Urban Elite Half Case Camera Pack from Pelican features a built-in waterproof and crushproof hard case that will accommodate a DSLR with an attached lens, another lens, and a flash in dedicated sections made of removable, padded, touch-fastened dividers. The interior of the hard case is yellow, and it features a buckle clasp closure. Above the hard case is a storage compartment that has a dedicated tablet pocket with a touch-fastened security strap. A rigid front plate offers impact protection to this top storage compartment, which features a front-access, zippered closure.

There is an ergonomic aluminum S-curved spine along the back of the pack for comfortable shoulder and lumbar support. Adjustable load-lifting straps tighten the pack so weight is distributed more evenly across your shoulders when carrying it. The U160 Half Case pack can be carried using the padded backpack straps or the rigid carry handle. For better stability when carrying a heavier pack, use the chest clip and removable waist belt.


External, rigid, Polypropylene front plate and rugged 900D ballistic nylon material
Crushproof, ABS material, camera compartment is O-ring gasket sealed and watertight to a depth of one meter for 30 minutes
Tripod attachment straps on one side of pack
Padded shoulder and lumbar support with ventilated back panel


Three, zippered, padded, mesh pockets on the inside of hard case hold cables and accessories
Four, external, side-zippered pockets hold small accessories
UPC: 019428116798
In the Box
Pelican U160 Urban Elite Half Case Camera Pack
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty on Camera Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Fabric and Construction
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    Pelican U160 Specs

    Features Tablet Pocket
    Carrying/Transport Options Backpack Straps, Sternum Strap, Top Handle, Waist Belt
    Camera Support Strap Tripod
    Compartment Dimensions 9.0 x 7.2 x 7.3" / 22.7 x 18.4 x 18.5 cm
    Exterior Dimensions 20 x 13.5 x 9" / 50.8 x 34.3 x 22.9 cm
    Exterior Material ABS, Nylon, Polypropylene
    Type of Closure Latch, Zipper
    Weight 7.1 lb / 3.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.9 x 15.2 x 9.6"

    Pelican U160 Reviews

    U160 Urban Elite Half Case Camera Pack is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 50.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great dslr backpack This is a great dslr backpack. My wife and I each own one for our cameras. The section that the camera and lenses go into is waterproof and has an area in the top to put a cable lock through so you dont have to worry about someone opening it while its on your back. The upper section for gear is not huge but you can fit extras or some clothing in it. All the side pockets are great as well. This is such a great pack, feels very comfortable and sturdy. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something waterproof. On a side note, be careful for lens sizes, I like to keep my lens with their hoods on and my 105 ais prime lens just barely fits in vertically which all and all I think is about 7 inches tall.
    Date published: 2013-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from U160 is a good pack I like the security of the Pelican case plus having the smaller compartment up top for carrying no-breakables. I am able to snuggly fit two SLR bodies two lenses and extention tubs in the case. (it is tight, but works) I also like being able to carry a tripod strapped on the side. Having a tripod on the side can make you feel a little off balance at first. I do a good bit of remote work in wet tropical regions so it is nice not having to carry the Pelican case in hand. I would like the upper compartment to be a little larger. I think a backpacking model needs to come out. It is a little heavy (just because of the built in case), but those of us that typically pack camera equiptment deal with that and would rather have them kept safe.
    Date published: 2014-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ultimate Camera Bag Woooooowwwwwww. This camera back pack is the bomb... Durable, I already stood on the lower compartment where the camera goes, and it is very true. Crush proof, water proof and dust proof. I love it. It houses my canon eos 60d and 7inch monitor. Yeah its no canon mark III or the canon 5d but that's besides the point. if you want something protected from ur roughness handling of equipmen or from the elements this bag will protect your investments for you. nuff said. Stop fooling around and go get yourself one.
    Date published: 2015-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Back Pack Rig I purchased this backpack to serve as a backpack kit for a documentary class I co-teach. I was looking for something durable that students could run-and-gun with or throw on plane and travel with and the content would be safe and sound. The rigid main compartment serves that need perfectly, housing a DSLR, Zoom record, spare lens and a GoPro and the top compartment leaves enough room for a small panel light and a rain coat. The side pockets are great for chargers, spare batteries and other necessities. It has been a great purchase.
    Date published: 2015-06-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its got it all! Lets face it, you can't go wrong with a Pelican! Room for a camera body 2 lenses and a flash in the main sealed compartment. The top portion holds my Ipad and cables, a small tripod and various GoPro mounts. I carry a full size aluminum tripod on the side with other small items in the side pockets, snacks, water and dog treats. Took a 10 mile hike in 16 snow and it was very comfortable and managed everything I needed for nature shots. Great bag, great price, $ less than my local store, and quick shipping as always.
    Date published: 2015-02-25
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from This is not a hiking or backcountry backpack Before I start, I am an eagle scout who has been hiking for over 10 years, including one trek from Denver CO to Portland OR. My standard for backpacks is very high, but I also like to think that I know what makes a good backpack and what makes a bad one. I was planning a photography trip to Crete, with a lot of hiking through mountains and ravines. I wanted something that would offer my gear some serious protection, while still be carry-on sized for the flights. I hoped this would the ideal solution, a backpack by pelican with one of their famous hard-cases incorporated. It would have been perfect if not for some fatal flaws that make it incredibly uncomfortable to wear - bordering on painful. I spent hours adjusting everything that could be adjusted, trying to find a comfortable way to wear it - and I gave up. The biggest failure of this design is its hip belt. It is just a piece of webbing with a buckle in it. Even the heaviest, most awkward packs can be managed if you have a good, padded hip belt to help support the load. When hiking, the shoulder straps are more for controlling the pack, while the hip belt is what actually supports the load. All the other failures of this pack could havebeen overshadowed if it had a better belt. It doesn't need much, just some thin, padded 'wings' like you would find light hydration packs would do. The shoulder straps have their own problems. Because they are made of single piece of formed foam (see how they connect to for a 'U' at the shoulders), they cannot move independently of one another. So when you reach with one arm, your other arm gets pulled back by the shoulder. This leads to pain and fatigue. This also has a simple fix: just have the straps connect independently to the pack, and maybe even allow them some side-to-side rotation using a bracket to connect them at allows for this (also a common feature on day packs). For a couple smaller points, I find the hard-caseportion of the pack to be just a little too deep. Using gear meant for crop sensors, there is a lot of room to rattle around. This could probably be solved with a better internal organization design that allows for more options than the basic 'cross' that you can remove sections from. Or at leat better foam padding on the hard walls of the case. The dividers are padded, but the walls are rigid with a kind of felt on them. Overall, I WANTED to like this pack, I really did. But I just can't, especially for hiking. When they call it 'Urban', they mean it. I'll never use it for more than hiking around a city when I need a tripod and a decent collection of camera gear. Even then, I don't think I'll use it if I'll be moving around multiple locations. As a wish, the internal 'tablet pocket' in the upper compartment is almost useless as such because the top of the backpack prevents anything much above 'iPad mini' sized items from being inserted or removed easily. But what it could be AMAZING for it a place to put a 2-liter hydration bladder, if there was only a hole in the top of the pack to pass the tubing through to the wearer. I do love the side pockets though. Seriously. I love that I can stuff them full of lots of little useful things, and they don't even bulge out a little bit. I also love that the dimensions listed for this pack are accurate. It is, in fact, carry-on-sized. The airliners didn't even blink at it (but I did not try with my tripod attached, that road with my checked bag in the cargo hold). I hope Pelican hires some serious backpack engineers, with experience designing hiking gear, and applies them to the next version of this pack. Because photography bags with a built-in waterproof hard case will have a serious market with travel and backcountry photographers if they can fix the comfort issues. Because most urban photographers, what feels like the intended wearer, don't really need this level of security (they probably want it though).
    Date published: 2017-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good heavy duty travel gear: Pelican case within a backpack I'm pretty new to video/photography, and turned to Pelican for storage solutions. Overall, Pelican provided convenience and protection for my new Canon DSLR. It is on the heavier side, because of the metallic components for back support, and quality heavy paddings. The weight is not noticeable once you get going, probably due to the excellent ergonomics and design. IMPORTANT: No laptop compartment!! This pack does not provide any option for a laptop 13 or above. You can fit an iPad mini, and probably regular iPad in the top compartment. For future designs, I would like to see Pelican to continue the urban esthetics, fit and quality, but most importably add a laptop compartment. Please :) WHAT I REALLY LIKE: - The build quality is excellent. The bottom has a heavy duty and slip resistant material. - As mentioned before, the bottom compartment is a hard shell Pelican case, good for multiple cameras and lenses. - The form factors is generally not too big, and not too small. It is about the same size as a 30-40L backpack. - The top compartment with zippered with a crush-resistant flap. - There is a side attachment for tripod(s). - I have not utilized the side pockets (4x), but they look functional. BOTTOM LINE: If you like the style, and if you would like something sturdy for rugged travel, then absolutely buy it.
    Date published: 2016-07-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would recommend this purchase to anyone. This bag is amazing. I purchased a c100 which initially I thought would give me a hard time fitting inside. I was wrong. It carries a dslr, the cinema camera and all of my utility for it: batteries, charge chords, c47's, leatherman, lighter, most anything I could think of. The only downside is I hoped the top area would be fully open to slide my laptop down through. This was just wishful thinking as it wouldn't make sense to house it there.
    Date published: 2017-01-17
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    What are the dimensions of the top compartment? Will it fit a Sony PXW-Z150 camcorder?
    Asked by: Josh
    Pelican states the dimensions of the top compartment of the U160 Urban Elite Half Case Camera Pack are as follows: Length 9.58 inches Width 8.22 inches Depth 6.74 inches. The dimensions of the Sony PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder are 6.7 inches x 7.4 inches x 14.6 inches; it is too large for the above camera case.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Will the side tripod straps hold a 10 lbs benro S8 Pro video tripod with flip lock legs? Is it strong enough?
    Asked by: Matthew H.
    Not sure of the exact weight, but I do have a Bower tripod on there. It works great. 10lbs should work.
    Answered by: Duke L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Will it hold Canon's 100-400 lens? Will it hold a Canon 1Dx? Thanks in advance for your reply.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The pelican compartment does have adjustable sections
    Answered by: Robert P.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    What is the LxWxD of the laptop compartment?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Pelican U160 Urban Elite Half Case Camera Pack technically does not have a laptop pouch.It has a pouch inside but it is on the small side. It is approximately, 7.5 inches long x 10.5 inches wide. It is elastic so it can be stretched to about 4 inches deep.
    Answered by: Robert K.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    how large of ipad can this top comprtment hold?
    Asked by: Floyd H. B.
    Think phablet , so iPad Mini, or maybe something a little larger than a recent Galaxy Note. It could fit larger, if it wasn't for the rigid top. I put things like chargers and cables in there instead.
    Answered by: Michael B.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Can this backpack be a carry on item when flying?
    Asked by: Alex B.
    Yes this backpack is carry on size. However I would check with the airline you go with because the sizes do change and fluctuate. The exterior dimensions of this backpack are 19.5 x 13.6 x 11.5 / 49.5 x 34.5 x 29.2 cm.
    Answered by: Alex S.
    Date published: 2019-01-20


    The B&H listing describes the exterior dimensions as 19.5x13.6x11.5 but The Pelican website lists them as 20x13.5x9. How were your dimensions determined?
    Asked by: Omar W.
    took measurements in cm. it even is bigger than both :) 23,5 x19cm depth 16,5 cm. I use it to carry my Hasselblad Hd5 in nature. The case realy is great. On the back you won't have the Idea of having the weight with you.
    Answered by: Fred L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is the camera compartment in the U160 completely crush proof on the sides as well or is it just the lid?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, it's basically a small pelican case mounted inside the backpack.
    Answered by: Christopher B.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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