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Vanguard Up-Rise 46

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Review #1

(Added 1st October 2010)


1. Nikon D90 + Nikon 18-200mm VR F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED +
Optech Neck Strap
2. Nikon 180mm f/2.8 D ED-IF AF
3. Tokina 12-24mm f/4
4. Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro
5. Nikon 35mm f/2
6. Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
Manfrotto 718shb tripod

This is the Vanguard Up Rise 46 backpack which is the second from largest in the range, the largest being the UpRise 48. This backpack can carry a DSLR and 4-5 lenses plus a 14" laptop and room for accessories in a top compartment.
The UpRise label is an ingenious expansion system that allows the bag to grow as you need to carry more. In the case of the backpacks it means undoing a zipper at the front of the bag which gives you about 6cm of extra room inside. This allows you to  store a 20cm long lens facing outwards in any of the smaller lens divisions. Whereas without the Uprise only a 15cm lens would fit. Clever idea.

Heres the front of the bag, there is a pocket the whole length of the main compartment flap. Its not deep but enough room for manuals, lens caps, cables, phone, mp3,etc
vanguard uprise_46 .Heres the front of the bag, there is a pocket the whole length of the main compartment flap. Its not deep but enough room for manuals, lens caps, cables, phone, mp3,etc
One side of the bag as a side entry to your camera, this allows quick access to just your camera and attached lens.
Notice there is a strap across the depth of the bag to prevent the main compartment from opening if the zip is not fastened correctly. There is also a pocket to the left for the all weather cover that forms part of the cushioned back.
vanguard uprise_46.One side of the bag as a side entry to your camera, this allows quick access to just your camera and attached lens.
Here is the side access open. It has a combination of buckle fixing , velcro and zipper but it alllows extra security if the buckle is fastened. But this can be left undone and the velcro and zip allow for faster access without the fear of your camera falling out.
vanguard uprise_46 .Here is the side access open. It has a combination of buckle fixing , velcro and zipper but it alllows extra security if the buckle is fastened. But this can be left undone and the velcro and zip allow for faster access without the fear of your camera falling out.


The back of the bag. Comfortable shoulder straps and an "air system" cushion where the bag meets your back.
vanguard uprise_46.The back of the bag. Comfortable shoulder straps and an "air system" cushion where the bag meets your back.
The waist belt straps are convientley hidden in the base of the back cushions so they dont flap around when not required.
vanguard uprise_46 .The waist belt straps are convientley hidden in the base of the back cushions so they dont flap around when not required.
Waist belt
vanguard uprise_46 . the waist belt


This is the top compartment of the bag. It can be accessed by a zipper on the front of the bag. The size is about 27cm wide, 10cm deep and 14cm height. Enough room for accessories and a flash or a bottle of drink and a light coat. There a are some netted compartments for batteries, memory cards,etc. Unfortunatly the main divider is fixed to the back so you can increase or decrease the size. Although it does have velcro at the sides and top but it doesnt do anything to increase the space available.

vanguard uprise_46 .This is the top compartment of the bag.

 The other side of the backpack has the tripod fixings.
 
vanguard uprise_46 . The other side of the backpack has the tripod fixings.
A lower pocket is removed from a zippered compartment , this holds the feet of the tripod in place.
vanguard uprise_46.A lower pocket is removed from a zippered compartment , this holds the feet of the tripod in place.
A strap near the top of the bag holds the head of the tripod in position.
vanguard uprise 46 .A strap near the top of the bag holds the head of the tripod in position.

Front shot with Manfrotto 718shb tripod
vanguard uprise 46.Front shot with Manfrotto 718shb tripod
The base of the bag. It has a fairly hard plastic covering for protection.
 
vanguard uprise 46.The base of the bag. It has a fairly hard plastic covering for protection.

Laptop compartment to fit a 14.1" or less. Shame it doesnt fit a larger laptop for this size of bag. The compartment is 15" long but the curvature of the top of the bag reduces the width preventing a larger laptop.
vanguard uprise_46. laptop compartment for upto 14in

Inside the bag empty. One thing I dislike is that opening up the main compartment lid fully it causes the dividers to bend. Obviously doesnt do this with gear inside but makes it look like they werent intended to all fit inside in the first place.
vanguard uprise_46. Inside main compartment empty. Notice slightly ill fitting dividers.

vanguard uprise_46.1. Nikon D90 + Nikon 18-200mm VR F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED + Optech Neck Strap. 2. Nikon 180mm f/2.8 D ED-IF AF. 3. Tokina 12-24mm f/4.4. Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro. 5. Nikon 35mm f/2. 6. Nikon 50mm f/1.8D


Overall this is a really nice backpack that has plenty of nice features and looks very well put together. Everything feels like good quality materials and made to last. The UpRise idea works really well by increasing the depth of the bag by a few more centimetres you can fit a few more longer lenses in there if need be. Having features like side access to your camera, tripod holder, laptop compartment, top compartment , waist belt and a rain cover you get a lot of features for your money.
I can highly recommend this bag.

Likes about the bag:
Build quality, Uprise expansion, Nice strong materials, tripod holder, laptop compartment, waist belt, rain cover.

Dislikes about the bag:
Opening main flap fully is a little awkward. Top compartment divider is fixed to back. Laptop size seems a little small for this size of bag.

Review by Paul  at Cambags.com

user rating

comfort rating comfort rating 8 features rating 10 build quality rating build quality 9 price rating price quality 9 overall rating overall rating 9



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Additional Info

  • Description: The Vanguard USA UP-Rise 46 Backpack (Black) is designed to carry a pro digital SLR camera body with attached lens (up to 70-200 mm f/2.8), up to 4 extra lenses, a flash unit and accessories. It will also carry a laptop computer with a screen up to 14.1" and a tripod. The pack is made from 600 denier polyester ripstop with230 x 230 denier nylon, orange 150 denier polyester and velvet interior and a lightweight, durable closed cell foam interior. The pack has dividers to customize the interior. The backpack interior expands with an easy zipper motion and shrinks back down when extra room is not needed. It has pockets for memory cards and lens, a tripod holder on the side and a removable raincoat for inclement weather. It is carried by a handle, a backpack harness, an adjustable waist belt, a sternum strap and it has a lumbar support that has a pocket to store the waist belt.
  • Bag Type: Backpack, Notebook
  • Interior Size: 10 1/4 x 5 1/8 x 9.0in (26 x 13 x 23cm) (HxWxD)
  • Exterior Size: 13 3/8 x 11 3/8 x 19 1/4in (34 x 29 x 49cm) (HxWxD)
  • Weight: 4.24 lbs (1.93kg)
  • Material: Exterior: 600 denier polyester ripstop and 230 x 230 denier nylon Interior: 150 denier polyester and orange velvet Interior: Closed-cell foam
  • Bag Capacity: ne pro DSLR with attached lens (up to 70-200 mm f/2.8), up to 4 extra lenses, a flash unit and accessories (memory cards, cables, battery and charger) plus a laptop up to 14.1
  • Colours Available: Black

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