Vanguard Alta Rise 45

Here’s our concise review of the Vanguard Alta Rise 45 heavy-duty backpack…

Vanguard Alta Rise 45

Vanguard Alta Rise 45

Although the Alta Rise isn’t the newest model in test, it’s available for a very attractive price. Boasting a spacious main compartment, there’s enough room for a pro DSLR with four to five lenses. You’ll also find a separate top area with two mesh pockets, which is large enough to hold a flashgun or mixed accessories. You can access your gear via the quick side entry, or through rear access, though this can be fiddly.

There’s a system which allows you to mount your tripod, as with others in test, and a zip at the front lets you expand the bag by 6cm, great for adding in those essential extra bits and pieces. Vanguard has also included a handy space to carry a 9.7in tablet.

The design itself is contemporary, with the internal areas featuring a striking Vanguard orange colour scheme, and the rear boasting an Air System harness to keep you cool on long walks or summer days – very welcome.

Find out more at the Vanguard website.

Pros
Great price
Solid build
Tripod system
Lots of space

Cons
Fiddly access
Awkward strap
Laptop space

Spec
Weight: 1200g
WxHxD: external 32x49x23cm; internal 26x25x13(+6)cm
Removable compartment: No
Laptop: 9.7in