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Storm Case

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I recently attended Beneath the Sea, which is a fabulous multi-day event for the dive industry. I was there to receive an award for "Diver of the Year" in the science category. Walking the exhibition hall, I was pleased to see the emphasis on marine conservation, such as the work being done by Oceana, which campaigns to protect and restore the world's oceans.

Commercial exhibitors had many innovative products and services on display. One that caught my eye was a collection of cases carrying the name "Storm Case." I have used Pelican cases for years, but will likely switch to the Storm Cases for the following reasons:

1. For their features and ability to withstand impact, they are extremely light in weight.
2. The latches are very easy to open, yet hold securely.
3. Some of the cases carry excellent convenience features, such as in-line wheels.
4. The design is very thoughtful, including comfortable handles, telescoping handles, stacking ribs, molded-in hasps, flat-surfaced hinges with "feet" to allow upright stability, and a functional pressure-release valve.

The features highlighted by Hardigg are:

Tough, Rugged and Lightweight
Airtight, Watertight, Impervious to Mother Nature
Dent-resistant, Shatter-resistant, Virtually Unbreakable
Guaranteed for Life
Safe and Secure
Waterproof - Tongue and groove locking lid seals tight
Impact Resistant
New HPX™ High Performance Resin Shell - Superior to ABS
Customizable - Multilayer cubed foam insert, custom foam, and movable dividers available
Superior Panel Mount - Riveted aluminum panel mounting rails
Custom Logo Applications
Vortex™ Valve - Automatic pressure regulation for changing environments
Press & Pull Latch - Simple one-button release with superior hold-down capability
Interlocking Base-to-Lid Construction - Prevents shifting and reinforces closed-case protection
Strong, Rounded Corners
Durable Soft-feel Handle - Lifetime strength with a soft grip
Colors - Black, Gray, Yellow, Olive Drab, Orange, Coyote Tan
Full Lifetime Warranty

The internal part of the cases can feature multi-layer cubed foam and/or dividers to allow configuration for organization of carried items. Lid stays and lid organizers are available. The cases are available in a wide selection of colors and sizes.

When traveling in a rugged environment, where moisture, cold, heat, and impact are often present, first aid supplies, precious camera equipment, and other items that must be shielded from the elements should be carried in impact- and waterproof containers. You would be wise to consider the Storm Case series.

Preview the 25th Anniversary & Annual Meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society, which will be held in Snowmass, Colorado July 25-30, 2008.

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Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine.

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