Vanguard UP-Rise II 22

With a thick internal lining and padded dividers, the UP-Rise II 22 provides excellent protection for a DSLR with standard lens, and two additional optics.

Vanguard UP-Rise II 22

Vanguard UP-Rise II 22

Its internal space is a little more compact than some of the others here, but it does benefit from an expansion segment that can be unzipped and pulled out to provide more height. A soft, screen-protecting pad found inside this main compartment is a nice touch, helping to safeguard your camera’s LCD display from scrapes and scratches. While the bag lacks the wider assortment of pockets found on the Lowepro or Benro models, it does have two memory card slots on the underside of its top flap, a pouch on its side, and a large zipped pocket on the front for accessories and personal items. 

Thanks to a rain cover hidden inside a rear compartment and its water-resistant base, the bag offers an excellent level of weather protection. A padded loop found on the rear can be used with Vanguard’s ICS belt if desired (though this is sold separately). Its strap features comfortable padding and a non-slip segment that makes it well-suited for sustained use. 

While there’s little to lift the UP-Rise II 22 above the similar designs and slightly greater capacities of the Benro and Lowepro bags, it too touts a very high-quality build and all the essential features demanded by the discerning photographer. Overall, this is a very solid shoulder bag that won’t let down the gear it carries or its user’s shoulder.

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This review was first published in the April 2016 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.