Official Explorer Cases UK distributor
Customise your explorer equipment cases with foam, print and more
Explorer cases are amongst the best options available if you – as an individual, professional, or as part of a business – need to protect high-value, important, or specialist equipment.
Explorer cases are fully waterproof, virtually indestructible equipment cases. Manufactured in Italy using a Polypropylene copolymer, they are available in 30 sizes and four standard colours. Explorer offers performance levels equivalent to Peli and similar hard cases. Explorer hard cases are commonplace in military, engineering, avionics, and numerous industrial applications.
You can further enhance your Explorer cases through several customisation options. Bespoke options include custom foam inserts (produced in the UK by GWP Protective) tailored to your products or kit, external print, bezel kits and more.
As one of the largest official Explorer case UK distributors, you can benefit from competitive pricing, free quotes, and expert advice by working with GWP Protective.
What use Explorer cases?
Tough, durable equipment cases
Manufactured in Italy, Explorer cases are Europe’s answer to the ubiquitous Peli™ cases.
Effectively, they are a high-performance, moulded plastic equipment case that offers exceptionally high levels of protection and a wealth of features.
Explorer cases are guaranteed to protect your tools, equipment, and essential items. The cases resist shock, impact, vibration, being crushed, and general mishandling. Explorer cases are also completely water-tight and come with a manufacturer’s lifetime guarantee.
With over 30 sizes and four different colour options in the range, there is a case to suit virtually any application. The range includes specialist gun/rifle cases and larger models with wheels and additional handles.
Due to their performance, it is common to enhance Explorer cases with bespoke foam inserts. Modifying the cases in this way allows for a precise level of protection, one which can be tailored to the exact requirements of your specific items.
Widely used in military, avionics, engineering and medical applications, Explorer cases are a solid alternative to waterproof cases such as Pelican™ Storm Case™, SKB iSeries, Nanuk, and Hardigg ranges.
Explorer case features
Huge range of features to enhance usability, performance, and protection
The handles offer two main benefits. Firstly, the ergonomic design makes the case comfortable and easy to handle. Secondly, they have been load tested to ensure their suitability for their intended use and reinforced with corrosion-proof steel pins.
Pressure release valve
A manual pressure relief valve allows you to equalise pressure between the inside and outside of the case (useful for air travel or if the case is underwater for a prolonged period). The internal stop ring prevents the valve from becoming detached and potentially lost.
The latches on the Explorer case range are particularly tough and durable. Manufactured from the same tough polypropylene as the case body, they offer high resistance (keeping contents safe) and a positive lock whilst remaining easy to use.
Larger cases also feature wheels, allowing for heavier items to be pulled along. The wheels feature a bearing for smoother operation and use a durable, long-lasting material. Explorer cases that feature wheels also provide a telescopic handle.
Metal reinforced hinges
The Explorer case hinges are incredibly durable due to corrosion-proof metal reinforcements. These also allow for a “lid stay” feature, whereby the case lid remains open without additional supports. Removable lids are also available.
O ring seal
When combined with the catches, the O ring seal in the case’s interior means that Explorer cases are completely dust and waterproof (when shut). In fact, the cases are IP67 rated, meaning your contents remain dry and safe even if fully submerged.
The moulded in positive stacking locations/patterns featured on Explorer cases allow for safe and accurate stacking. This feature means multiple cases can be transported and stored together much more safely, preventing them from toppling or falling.
Numerous moulded locations around the case allow the use of Explorer-specific or third-party padlocks. The ability to lock them keeps any valuable contents secured when you are not with the case, helping to prevent theft/loss.
Custom Explorer cases
A wide range of options and customisations allowing you to tailor your cases
Bezel kits, manufactured from plastic or metal, are ideal for housing electronics. Slot in mounting and screw fixings ensure cases remain water-tight after installation.
Labelling and print
Whilst it is possible to apply printed logos and graphics to Explorer cases (although the stacking locations limit this somewhat), you can also use custom printed labels to apply company branding.
This attachment converts smaller cases into wearable backpacks. Produced from tear-resistant polyester, it also features adjustable, padded straps, plus an external pocket.
The Explorer case shoulder strap – featuring a padded section – is compatible with most cases in the range (min 106cm – max 201cm). It is ideal for aiding the handling of smaller cases.
You can specify most Explorer cases with a detachable lid. The easy-to-use mechanism aids usability through improved access to contents whilst maintaining waterproof properties.
For more robust equipment – or where precise protection is not required, Explorer cases can benefit from simple foam lining. Cases are also available with standard cubed foam inserts.
This TSA-approved padlock (with a certified logo) allows for cases to be quickly checked at customs when travelling abroad and helps to prevent theft and damage.
Available for all cases
High-quality foam inserts can improve the performance of any Explorer (or protective case) your business uses.
Expert foam design
Work alongside an experienced, knowledgeable design team to create your perfect foam inserts.
A vast range of colour and branding options (including etched laser logos) ensures a striking visual appearance.
All foam inserts/packaging is manufactured in-house at GWP, ensuring the highest quality.
All Explorer case models
View all of the individual Explorer case options available
Explorer 1908 case
190 x 125 x 85 mm
Internal (L x W x D)
Explorer 1913 case
190 x 125 x 135 mm
Internal (L x W x D)
Explorer 2209 case
220 x 160 x 95 mm
Internal (L x W x D)
Explorer 2214 case
220 x 160 x 145 mm
Internal (L x W x D)
Explorer 2712 case
276 x 200 x 120 mm
Internal (L x W x D)
Explorer 2717 case
276 x 200 x 170 mm
Internal (L x W x D)
Explorer case performance
Stringent testing to military standards
Being virtually unbreakable and coming with a lifetime guarantee (an indication of how confident GT-Line is in their protective cases), Explorer cases have undergone extensive testing for military applications.
Due to the properties of the Polypropylene copolymer used in the manufacture of the cases, they have high impact strength and low susceptibility to stress cracking/fractures. They are tougher and more durable at lower temperatures too.
The cases also have a surprisingly broad operating temperature range. Whilst not as temperature resistant as aluminium cases, they can withstand temperatures between -33°C to +90°C. This performance makes them ideal for both hot and cold climates.
They also have NATO stock numbers allocated. These codes make sourcing Explorer cases for military or similar applications – where this is a requirement – quick and efficient.
- IP67 rating (ingress protection rating against both water and dust)
- Defence Standard 81-41 (part 3) issue 4
- STANAG 4280 (edition 2)
Handy download of all Explorer case specifications, sizes and more
Download a free PDF datasheet containing all the technical information, dimensions, features, colour options, and more for each Explorer case model.
Industry choice for a huge range of applications
Military and defence
Policing and security
Offshore oil and gas
Navy and avionics
Aquatic and scuba
Photography and broadcast
Expedition and remote travel
FAQs and additional Info
A selection of the most commonly asked questions regarding custom Explorer cases with foam inserts
In what sizes are Explorer cases available?
There is a wide range of Explore cases, with more than 30 different sizes. The smallest of these is 190 x 125 x 85 mm (dimensions relate to the internal length x width x depth). The largest case in the collection is 1080 x 620 x 400 mm. For a complete list of sizes (and other helpful info), please use this Explorer case size chart.
What colour Explorer cases are there?
There are four standard Explore case colours available. They are black, silver, military green and orange. Bespoke colours are available, but these are subject to minimum order quantities (MOQs).
Where are Explorer cases manufactured?
Explorer cases are manufactured in Italy (Bologna) by GT Line Srl. Having been produced in Italy since 1970, they have developed a broad customer base throughout Europe.
Can I have a custom-sized Explorer case?
Technically it would be possible to have a bespoke Explorer case. However, due to the costs of the tooling, this would result in a very high MOQ (minimum order quantity) or would make the cases very expensive. If you cannot find a suitable size in the Explorer range, GWP will be happy to advise of alternative waterproof cases or manufacture a bespoke EXOcase.
What are Explorer cases made from?
Explorer cases use a Polypropylene copolymer in their manufacture. Polypropylene is a widely used thermoplastic, but a copolymer variant makes the cases slightly softer and more pliable. Whilst this may sound negative, the cases have better impact strength, are more durable, tougher at lower temperatures and are stress crack resistant.
Do Explorer cases have wheels?
The larger Explorer cases have built-in, in-line wheels (and a telescopic handle) to aid movement. However, these wheels and handles would add unnecessary weight to the smaller cases. Please see this size guide to see whether the individual cases have wheels.
Can Explorer cases be customised?
You can customise Explorer cases in several ways. Standard options include bezel kits, padded dividers and straps that allow you to wear the cases like a rucksack. GWP Protective can also design and manufacture protective foam inserts, providing tailored protection for equipment or delicate items (preventing damage).
Can I purchase a single Explorer case?
While purchasing a single Explorer case from GWP is possible, it is likely more cost-effective to do so from an online shop. GWP Protective specialise in supplying mid to high-volume cases to businesses and providing extensive customisation. If in doubt, please do not hesitate to ask – a team member will be happy to advise as appropriate.
What other waterproof cases are there?
The waterproof case market offers a vast array of different brands and products. Options include Peli (Protector) cases, Peli Storm, Nanuk, SKB and Hardigg Roto Mould options, besides Explorer. You can also source waterproof flight cases (EXOcase), which allow the manufacture of custom sizes.
What are Explorer cases typically used for?
The use of Explorer cases by European military forces is widespread, but the cases are also popular in other industries and applications. Typical sectors include field engineers, motorsport, aerospace, broadcasting, and offshore oil and gas. If your business has expensive, delicate or specialist equipment that needs protecting, Explorer cases will protect them.