Today we are going to check out a camera case that can also be used as a carryon bag for flights. The bag is from Mountainsmith and is called the Correspondent. This rolling bag is designed to keep your camera equipment safe and sound on commercial flights. Read on for all the details.
The Mountainsmith Correspondent has all the features you expect to see on a high-end carry-on suitcase. The bag is sized to meet FAA carry-on regulations and has both top and side carry handles. The telescoping pull handle is very strong and ridged and tucks away when not in use. The wheels are in-line skate style and roll over rough terrain easily.
The Mountainsmith Correspondent also features a boarding pass sleeve and a rapid-access tripod mount. Inside the bag is a pair of zippered organizers that are designed to organize your camera and video equipment. The back of the top flap also has an organizer. Construction for the Mountainsmith Correspondent is 430d ballistic nylon reinforcements and 420d Velocity nylon body fabric with hypalon reinforcements and YKK zippers.
The Mountainsmith Correspondent holds an impressive array of gear considering how thin its profile is. Within each of the twin zippered organizers are panels that can separate your cameras and lenses to keep them safe and well padded. If you only need one of the organizers either or both can be removed from the bag and the bag can be used as a normal carry-on for clothing.
The zippers used on the bag are big and beefy. I grossly overstuffed the Mountainsmith Correspondent with clothing and camera gear and the zippers held up without any issues at all. I have had zipper son lesser bags split when overstuffed. Pulling the bag though the airport is very easy thanks to the big inline skate wheels. The bad also rolls over rough terrain easily.
One of the worst parts of many rolling bags for me is the handle. Often the handle flexes and makes the bag wobbly if you are trying to move fast to catch a flight. The handle on the Mountainsmith Correspondent is very ridged and works well. The only spot I wished for improvement on with the Mountainsmith Correspondent is the handle length. I felt that the handle should be longer when taking large steps I kept hitting the bag with my feet when walking. A few more inches in handle length would have prevented this problem altogether.
- Lots of storage space
- Well built
- Pull handle could be longer
It’s hard to find a lot of fault with the Mountainsmith Correspondent. If the handle was a few inches longer it would be perfect. As it is it is still a very good carry-on bag for camera equipment and clothing. If you need a bad to keep lots of expensive camera and video equipment safe on commercial flights, the Mountainsmith Correspondent is a fantastic choice.