I was at the back end of Northern Az when a friend made the comment about the number of Pelican products I had in the truck, and attached to me as we were out hunting and running the truck.
Actually his words were ” You look like a fuckking advertisement for Pelican, why don’t you write about that?” I honestly couldn’t respond for a minute but when I did a fast inventory I had
So I have to agree they have a substantial amount of my money, and I do like the products they make so I keep buying them.
So this really isn’t a gear review as much as things Ive bought for myself, proven to be keepers in the truck and hunting bags.
Pelican 430L LED Headlamp
I got turned on to Pelican LED lights from a guy I work with. He had one and he said it never stopped working, so he bought 2. He keeps one on his duty belt and one in his truck
I ended up with 2 of these lights as well, and they work great for working in the dark, doing things like dressing out Elk and getting them in the truck.
And this one stays in my bag at work, for working where I need both hands but still need light.
Pelican Flashlights 2765C Headlight
I did a review of these a year ago. In the year Ive had them in my duty gear I cant say anything, but they are dead nuts reliable. They work, period
Not fancy, not flashy they just work
Pelican 20 Qt Pro Gear Elite
Yes I bought the Yellow version of the 20QT.
And I bought the 95 Qt for out of state hunting trips where I am driving.
The large coolers are great for a truck bed box full of hunting gear.
You drop an empty duffel in the bottom and pack what gear you will need in camp. I use mine for cold weather gear, water proof outer gear, heavy boots etc. When I get to camp, or close enough I unpack the cooler, fill it with ice and use the duffel to either pack the gear into camp or leave it behind if its not needed.
In my experience, if you leave the gear to survive in the snow behind, when you get where you are hunting you will drop a grand at a local store for gear you should have brought with you.
Because the nice weather forecast turns out to be wrong and its snowing. Every time. EVERY TIME
Which is why I have closets full of cold gear in my house in southern Arizona.
Another plus is, you can put a nice fat padlock in the slot to lock the cooler, and run a chain to the bed of the truck, securing it from the casual shopper at Midnight Auto
It seems the new style in the outdoor world is what cooler you are running to camp. Every other truck in the bush has a high end injection or rotomolded cooler in the back and that shows one of 2 things.
Either its a race to keep up with the next cool thing,
Or there is some merit in getting 1 cooler that actually keeps ice for the whole trip.
The downside was an article I read in a Flagstaff area paper last month about a rash of cooler thefts because they are valuable and can be sold quickly on the Swap Meet market.
So with all the available options out there
Why did I pick Pelican?
Again, Ive had very good luck with the cases and the coolers are just insulated cases.
A point to make is the coolers are MUCH cheaper than the equivalent case size. So if you need a square or rectangle case with a high interior volume the coolers are cheaper. And there are more colors available.
Food for thought there if you are spending your own money on this stuff
Cases are usually thrown in the corner of the tent or cabin, hopefully out of the way and you fall on them the whole trip.
A cooler is useful once you get where you are going.
It keeps your stuff cold, or insulated from freezing temps outside.
Yes , a cooler is great for keeping liquids from freezing in sub freezing weather. You don’t learn that until your beer freezes and bursts the bottles. Not fun.
If its gets colder outside than freezing, put the things needing to stay frozen outside the cooler. Dump the ice and put the things needed to stay UN frozen in the cooler.
Another tidbit of knowledge from someone who grew up where it got extremely cold at night.