Vanguard The Heralder 38

The Heralder from Vanguard is a large all-weather shoulder bag that looks and feels well-made. The design of the exterior is minimalist with just one neoprene pocket on the end of the bag that could hold just about anything from a map to a bottle of water. Access to the main compartment can be achieved in two ways – using the main flap, or a clever quick-access zip on the top of the flap. Using the top access zip means your kit is always within arm’s reach.

Vanguard The Heralder 38

Vanguard The Heralder 38

This bag really is the big daddy of shoulder bags, and is ideal for carrying a fairly large amount of kit with the benefit of quick and easy access. The ability to carry one or two pro bodies, around five lenses and a laptop is ideal for the working pro. The tripod holder is a feature rarely seen on shoulder bags but is useful and this one can carry a medium-size tripod with ease. However, it’s important not to get too carried away with loading the bag because although it’s very comfortable, the heavier it gets the more strain it places on one shoulder.

There’s not really anything negative you can say about this bag because it’s thoughtfully designed and well made with a number of great features. The removable kit pouch that allows you to remove all kit in one go so the bag can be used as a standard shoulder bag is great. Another favourite has to be the quick-access zip on the top of the flap.


A great bag that ticks all the boxes. Perfect for wedding and event photographers.


  • Street price: £109 (As of July 2016)
  • Size (WxHxD): 44x32x27cm
  • Weight: 1.8kg
  • Padded strap: Yes
  • Kit pouch: Yes
  • Quick access: Yes
  • Laptop pocket: Yes
  • Raincover: Yes
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his review was first published in the March 2012 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.