Pelican Products, Inc. is an established name in rugged, waterproof hard cases for electronics and other gear. Recently, the company had an epiphany: "Why not offer our hard cases in a more portable form." Thus, the ProGear Urban Backpack line of hybrid case-packs was born.

Pelican believes it's the only company offering a crush- and dust-proof case integrated into a rugged, soft backpack. Each one of the ProGear Urban Backpacks features either a full hard case or a protected compartment, adding superior protection over the average soft backpack or messenger bag. The cases put Pelican's expertise in hard case design to work protecting laptops, tablets, e-readers, keyboards and other electronics.

The flagship ProGear U100 Elite Backpack includes an airtight, crush-proof case for transporting 15- and 17-inch laptops. The case allows your gear to snorkel at depths of three feet (0.9 m) of water for up to 30 minutes. The greater 16-liter pack also includes an impact-protected tablet sleeve, expanding sling storage, a concealed water bottle holder and an ergonomic comfort back panel. It retails for US$299.95.

On the other end of the line, the U145 Tablet Backpack includes a lightweight, padded tablet sleeve. It also has a grab handle and ventilated mesh back. It retails for $109.95.

The greater ProGear Urban Backpack line includes the $259.95 U140 Elite Tablet Backpack with hard case and the $139.95 U105 Laptop Backpack with rigid laptop compartment. All models are available for purchase at

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