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Old 09-19-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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Duratool cases cheaper alternative to pelican and sea horse

So in prepping for an upcoming trip on a KLR budget i was shopping for a set of panniers but was hesitant to drop $150+ on two pelicans or just slightly less on two sea horse cases. Aluminum was out of the question $$$ and ammo cases too heavy. But after some research i found the Duratool cases and spent a woping $48 on two cases shipped to my door. I was skeptical of the quality considering the price but was pleasantly surprised when they arrived. These cases are pretty freaking tuff not pelican tuff but tuff enough for my needs. I stood on one empty and jumped up and down with my 185lbs and although the middle by the handle bulged a little they took it. I also ran them in the shower for some time and no water got inside. The latches aren't incredible but they are thick and do their job well. They also came with pick and pluck foam although i didn't really need it. I took some good clear pics to show you guys the cases in detail. I got the smaller 16" diameter ones but they also have a 19" version. I have no affiliation with the site or cases, just wanted to pass on to ADVers a good bargain. if you look around the net there are coupon codes for the site as well.

16" http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/22-14350

19" http://www.mcmelectronics.com/produc...20-5-/22-14355















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Old 09-19-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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Cool find. MCM is a neat place, bought a lot of odds and ends off them over the years.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:23 PM   #3
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Are they lighter than pelicans?
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:33 AM   #4
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I have Pelican Hardigg Storm cases, IM2600's. They are the government-rated ones, $116 or so each without the foam. I would not want any substitutes.

That being said, the ones you are outlining there look pretty sweet for being a clone. Great find.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:56 PM   #5
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hinges?

They look great, but I have my doubts about the hinges. I have a cheap gun case that had exactly the same hinge design, moulded into the case & in less than a year of mild use, they had begun to tear away from the case. Your pictures are extremely clear & composed, by the way, & that's what enabled me to see the almost exact similarities to my failed case. With any luck, this may be a different, sturdier material or better supported design, & you'll have better luck than I did. Even if they do fail after a year or two, the price advantage you have here may make it a good investment anyway.
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:55 PM   #7
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I'll stick with Pelican and their American made cases that have lifetime warranties. As opposed to a Chinese copy that only has a 90 day warranty. Good to know of an alternative though.


I'm not trying to turn this thread into another USA/China debate. Just my opinion.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:13 AM   #8
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I'll stick with Pelican and their American made cases that have lifetime warranties. As opposed to a Chinese copy that only has a 90 day warranty. Good to know of an alternative though.


I'm not trying to turn this thread into another USA/China debate. Just my opinion.
Then why mention it

I bought a couple of the bigger cases. I will say, they are HUGE but that's fine - they are probably no bigger than Jesse's or bags like that, just a slight different (i.e. flatter) shape to them.

The bigger cases have a clasp on either side of the case (for 4 in total) which I really like. As for the quality, I have a couple smaller Pelican cases (I think they are Pelican - I bought them used) and sure these are not quite as thick but I think they'll do me just fine. I intend to mount them with the caribou mounts that I use on my smaller bags - these mounts have been great so far.

Next trip is the week after next, so I hope to have them fitted by then and I'll report back on how they hold up.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:09 AM   #9
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Mounted my new cases last night.

Some pics:









Need to add some lanyards still to help with strain relief. I was a little worried about the width but it turns out the left bag is within the bar limits and the right bag sticks out about an inch or so.

Overall, I'm very happy with the bags for the price. Definitely not quite as good as Pelicans but MUCH cheaper and for me, and how often I will use them, is fine with me.
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What mounting rack and hardware did you use for this?

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Mounted my new cases last night.

Some pics:









Need to add some lanyards still to help with strain relief. I was a little worried about the width but it turns out the left bag is within the bar limits and the right bag sticks out about an inch or so.

Overall, I'm very happy with the bags for the price. Definitely not quite as good as Pelicans but MUCH cheaper and for me, and how often I will use them, is fine with me.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:30 AM   #11
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What mounting rack and hardware did you use for this?
Rack is SW Mototech (from Twisted Throttle) and mounts are Happy Trail mounts.
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Rack is SW Mototech (from Twisted Throttle) and mounts are Happy Trail mounts.
Would the happy trail rack system work or did you find the SW Mototech would work better than the happy trail with these cases?
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:05 AM   #13
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These bigger ones look great, do you remember which model these were?

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Then why mention it

I bought a couple of the bigger cases. I will say, they are HUGE but that's fine - they are probably no bigger than Jesse's or bags like that, just a slight different (i.e. flatter) shape to them.

The bigger cases have a clasp on either side of the case (for 4 in total) which I really like. As for the quality, I have a couple smaller Pelican cases (I think they are Pelican - I bought them used) and sure these are not quite as thick but I think they'll do me just fine. I intend to mount them with the caribou mounts that I use on my smaller bags - these mounts have been great so far.

Next trip is the week after next, so I hope to have them fitted by then and I'll report back on how they hold up.
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Would the happy trail rack system work or did you find the SW Mototech would work better than the happy trail with these cases?
The only experience I have is with these mounts and the SW Mototech rack. I used the same mounts on my other cases (smaller Pelicans) and they seem to be pretty good - no movement once they are mounted and very easy to remove.
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These bigger ones look great, do you remember which model these were?
They are the bigger ones - I think the part number is 22-14355 at MCM
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