Gear Review : Exploring the Pelican Go Case G40

When we hear of Pelican Cases we tend to think of the big luggage sized cases. You know, the ones that photographers, videographers and anyone else with big electronics or sensitive equipment invests in to look after their valuable gear. What many people don’t realize though is that Pelican has taken their years of big case technology and shrunk it down to be useful for our modern day small gear such as smartphones as well as key fobs and wallets. The personal utility line they have crafted now features the Pelican Go Gase G40, designed for large size smartphones.

Pelicans Official Specifications on the G40 Go Case

  • Lifetime Guarantee
  • Fits up to iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Note 9
  • Rubberized protective bumpers, protects against drops
  • Built in pressure Valve – Keeps water and dust out while balancing air pressure
  • IP67 rated protection from water, dirt, snow & dust
  • Integrated single hinge latch
  • Abrasion and impact proof ABS outer shell
  • Handle for easy carry
  • IP67 rating = Waterproof to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes
  • Retails for $49.99 Canadian
  • official website info > Pelican Personal Utility

Pelican Personal Utility Go Case G40 Overview

On my typical backcountry trips I have my smartphone in a protective case and my cables, wallet and backup battery in separate ziploc bag. This has worked for me on most occasions but when conditions get nasty I am always concerned if they are safe. I am most worried especially when kayaking or on the water, event hough I have a dry bag that extra piece of mind would be great to have. That is where the personal utility line and the Pelican Go Case G40 makes so much sense.

The Go Case is rugged and could handle anything I would encounter, heck I could stand on it no problem. It is compact in size at 10.63″ x 5.39″ x 2.42″ (27 x 13.7 x 6.1 cm) but yet just large enough to have 2 compartments and handle my iPhone 7plus with ease. Internal dimensions measure at 7.00″ x 3.50″ x 1.60″ (17.8 x 8.9 x 4.1 cm).

Externally it is made of a tough ABS plastic and then a soft but durable TPU rubber surround to take impact and absorb and shock that it might encounter. There is also a very strong carabiner loop for those that choose to hang the go case externally on their backpacks.

The hinges are oversized with stainless steel pins to ensure strength. The locking clasp snaps down strong and confidently pulls the lid closed tight against the main body ensuring the thermoplastic rubber gasket does its job for water and dust tightness. Under the locking clasp is a self regulating pressure vent for when the case is sealed at altitude.

Inside the case you will find the body is EVA lined with a soft finish to protect your equipment and valuables. The compartment features a removable tray with slots, perfect for holding your cell phone on top and charging with your cord to a battery pack below. The upper tray easily fit my iPhone 7plus with the protective case still on it.

The upper tray pops out and below you can put your id and important credit/debit cards in the available slots plus stow cables. In the lower section I was able to fit my slim profile battery backup pack and another cord for my digital camera.

Final Thoughts on the Pelican Go Case

If you don’t need your cell phone accessible at all times or are headed out on the water and need ultimate protection for your valuables then this is a must have from Pelican. Myself I am already seeing other options, as I use my cell phone at all times for navigation ( ViewRanger ) this protective case will be perfect for my wallet, keys, small journal and of course my cables and battery pack.

The perfect use I see for this G40 personal utility case though, for me anyhow is for my medical kit and parts of my 10 essentials. I also think with middle tray removed and the convenience of the caribiner clip that this is perfect for a compact point and shoot digital camera.

To me what I like about Pelican products is that while they may be designed for something specific in the end they are the best at protecting anything you can think of. I feel confident to back this product and recommend checking it out for yourself

You can find much of the Pelican line of products over at Altitude Sports like the Pelican 1020 Micro Case.

My climbing partner Tom with his Pelican MicroCase, another dependable option


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  • Loren Bong says:

    Hi, im looking at getting the pelican go g40 case for my iPhone 11 pro max in a gear4 platoon case. Will it fit the phone in the tough case? It’s quite a big phone once it’s inside the case. The size of the phone in the case is (L)169mm x (W) 88.5mm x (H)16mm. Thanks.

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