It never ceases to amaze me how many people spend a lot of money on products that can dent, scratch or get damaged, and then leave them entirely unprotected. It simply makes no sense. I mean, why risk damage or loss of all those costly, valuable tools and toys we carry around with us when it's so easy to properly stow and protect them? Hunters, for example, know the value of waterproof cases for pistols, rifles or shotguns. Photographers use protective cases to have all their valuable gear in one place, neatly organized, and protected from harm. Hikers use waterproof backpacks so their things stay nice and dry. So if you have gear that needs protection, here's what to look out for in a case.
Construction -- Protecting expensive items such as electronics, guns, cameras, etc., means case construction should be at the same high level. Look for tough ABS plastic (or even ABS reinforced with fiberglass like S3 cases are), stainless steel hinges, heavy-duty foam and latches that will last.
Protection -- Cases protect against valuables being seen, getting crushed, getting scratched, or protected from heat, cold, or water. Decide what is important to you, and then get a case that fits the bill. Too much protection adds cost, too little protection means increased risk. As far as waterproof cases goes, there's a big difference between simply keeping a bit of rain out and a case that can handle actual immersion into water. Some cases are rated to depths of 150 feet or more. Others, such as Seahorse cases, are actually compliant with military testing standards and carry IP67 and IP68 ingress protection ratings. So make sure you know what you need.
Cushioning -- Some cases are just empty boxes whereas others come with foam cushioning or blocks of foam with "pick and pluck" cutouts for individual or specific items. If you need maximum space for a variety of items, a bare case is just fine. If you need to safely stow a number of individual items, foam with pre-scored cutouts works best. If you use the case for carrying the same item all the time, such as a particular type of pistol and ammo, there are pistol cases with custom cushioning just for that item.
Locks -- You may or may not need a lock for your case. However, even if you don't always use a lock, it's best to get a case with predrilled holes that can accommodate a lock. If you check protective cases at the airport, make sure you understand the latest TSA (Transportation Security Administration) requirements for locks.
Size -- Believe it or not, but the size of a case often determines whether it's going to be used or not. A handy, compact case may turn out to be too small to handle your items. A large, roomy one may turn out to be just too big and bulky. So always measure your items and get a case that is just right in size!
I hope this article made the case for a case. If you carry around electronic gear, cameras, guns or other valuables, pack them in waterproof cases! They don't cost a lot, keep you organized, and provide protection for all your wonderful gear.
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