The 920 is most-likely perfect for you, and I'll tell you why.
Psst... If you don't want to read, there's a video at the bottom.
- IP67 Waterproof
- Impact Resistant
- Compliant airline's ATA-300 specifications
- Automatic pressure equalization system
- Wide track wheels and pull handle
- Empty weight, 13lbs
Let’s start by acknowledging that the 920 case from Evergreen is the perfect solution for photographers and videographers. It’s large enough that you can fit everything into it, and even take stuff you don’t need (because we all love to do that when we go to a shoot). But it’s small enough to still be portable without being bothersome, and the rolling wheels are well built, meaning it rolls smoothly and silently, unlike some hard cases you can get from harbo… actually, I’ll not name names.
You can get the case with foam, dividers, or opt for the empty case. But if you’re lugging cameras and camera equipment around, I would strongly suggest the dividers and the lid organizer. The foam is great if you’re going to be checking the case in for a flight or something. It’s going to keep your equipment exactly where you place it in the case and will protect your gear from your other gear, say a battery bumping a lens, which is great because they’re gonna throw it around. If you’re the one carrying it around though, the dividers are plenty enough protection for any drops or bumps, and they’re far more customizable. In an ideal world, you’ll have the dividers for everyday use, and foam for when you want that added protection when the case may go out of your sight for a while.
The case comes in a few colors. Classic and always the most popular, black. You can’t go wrong with black, can you? A vibrant and very visible yellow, great if you’ll be near or on the ocean with the case. If you drop the yellow one in the water, you’ll be able to see it from a great distance in the event it floats away before you can get it. A cool and modern gray, for the person who doesn't follow the status quo by getting a black case, but doesn't quite want to stand out like a sore thumb by sporting the next case, and my favorite, blue. Having worked on commercial and film sets frequently, black cases are everywhere, and it’s boring now. The black is kind of necessary on sets, so that it doesn't cast any light, and helps diminish reflections, but now that I don’t work on big sets as often, it’s fun having a pop of color in my equipment! I would imagine you’ll find enjoyment in either the blue or yellow, for a refreshing color presence, in the gray, for a modern and sophisticated feel, or in the black, because you’re classic and you just like to get things done. Whatever your preference, there's one for everyone.
You can customize the locks on the case too, which is always great considering there is bound to be thousands of dollars of equipment inside. The standard case comes with a twist lock latch. The twist lock doesn’t add any significant level of security to your case, since it is just a twist, which anyone could open, but it does mean that it would take any hopeful assailant longer to open your case. Honestly, they might be stupid enough that they can’t figure it out, so I suppose it is added security based on the IQ of somebody trying to steal your stuff, which is presumably low. There are metal reinforced lock holes though, so you can put your own padlocks on there. Alternatively, there is the option to get the metal keyed locks that are built into the case. If you’re serious about protecting your stuff, which you should be, then I would suggest getting the metal keyed version.
The case offers ultimate protection from bumps, drops, or any form of heavy impact. We all know that this is the biggest fear. Backpacks are great for carrying our stuff around, but a heart attack is never too far away when you have to put the bag down and there's a chance someone will kick it, trip on it, drive over it, or whatever other unfortunate series of events may occur. The 920 is built from polypropylene materials, which, following my research, are very very strong. Now… I am not a scientist, but I like to make silly comparisons and outlandish theoretical experiments, so hear me out. Given the strength of polypropylene materials, and the surface area of a 920 case, the case can withstand an estimated 4800 PSI, or 326 atmospheres (equivalent to about 10,000 feet underwater!!). I wanted to find out how many hippos it would take to crack the case. One hippo can bite with 12,600 kPa (kilopascal), but this is a measurement of force, and PSI and atmospheres are measurements of pressure. So I had to convert the hippo's 12,600 kPa to PSI, which is a rough translation of about 1827 PSI. So to conclude, it would take approximately 2.6 hippos to break the case open, and since we’re not in the business of obtaining 60% of a hippo, we would have to round up to 3 hippos. This is obviously satire. The numbers ARE real, but we have not tested the cases with hippos. If you have access to a hippo(s) and are willing to test, you could let us know... I'M KIDDING! Don't feed 920's to hippos, please.
The 920 is completely watertight, providing waterproofing, and buoyancy. The IP67 rating means the seal can withstand 30 minutes of pressure up to 1m. So if you drop your case in the ocean, you can rest easy knowing it’ll float, and nothing inside will be damaged if it does manage to get submerged a little bit. So at that point, you’ll only have to worry about 3 hippos.
The be-all and end-all of why the 920 case is a great investment, is the lifetime guarantee that comes with the purchase of any case, and the 920 is no exception. So if anything happens to your case, that shouldn’t happen, then you know you’re covered. So you’ve got that to rest your mind on, but you’ll be doing well to ever break this case anyway. I should add though, the lifetime guarantee is not exactly clear about run-ins with hippopotami.