Vanguard UpRise 38 Camera Bag Review
I usually travel pretty heavy when it comes to taking my camera gear anywhere but for our trip to Maui I kept looking at my camera bags and although they can haul a lot of gear, they are really designed to get all of your gear to one location and then allow to to have access to everything. What I was looking for was a bag that could hold a body, several lenses, and a few small accessorie. When I meet up with Vanguard at PMA this year, they had what seemed to be exactly what I was looking for with. The UpRise messenger style bag.
The UpRise is what is referred to as a messenger bag as it is an over-the-shoulder bag with a large area inside to store gear. Inside you will fine a removable inner section with movable sections so you can customize the layout for your own needs.
Unless you want to customize the interior right off the bat the only thing you need to do is to attach the shoulder strap, remove the tags, and load it up with your gear. The UpRise came configured with a large area in the middle and smaller champers on each end, this seemed to work pretty nice to have a couple of lenses handy and being able to drop my camera in lens-down, flip the cover back over and go.
Usually a camera bag doesn’t boast a lot of extra features besides it’s basic design and layout but the UpRise actually has some features to it that help separate it from the pack. On the front and practically invisible is a zippered pocket the is perfect for a wallet, keys, cleaning cloth, memory card holder, or other small items you may want access to without having to open the bag. On the top a zipper can open to allow access into the bag without having to flip the main cover over. A nice little piece of detail here is a small flap that is held in place with a magnet keeps this top zipper from opening accidentally. On the back is another zippered compartment that is great for flat items like boarding passes, a notepad, or some magazines. The back is also designed so the bag can slide down onto the handle of a rolling suitcase.
On the inside you will find two outside pockets, one with pen holders, a larger pocket area, a zippered mesh pocket, two small pockets for memory cards, a padded section for a laptop and the removable storage system. Attached to a lanyard is a rain cover for those inclement weather conditions.
If you need something just a little bigger on occasion, the UpRise has an external zipper that will allow the bag to expand by almost three inches.
During.our Maui trip there were basically two different times I had lots of gear with me, either driving around the island or out on a boat. If we were driving around, my large camera bag was in the trunk and I would keep the UpRise in the cab of the car with less gear in it for quick grabs to scenic spots. On the boats I would keep a couple of lenses handy in the UpRise and the rest stowed away until I wanted to switch hints around. Mid way through our first day I took as much out of the UpRise as possible to cut down on the weight I was carrying while hiking up and down trails and down rocky slopes. With the gear capacity of the UpRise it’s pretty easy to pack too much gear in it and end up with a pretty heavy bag. Packed efficiently it is comfortable to carry and still carry a good variety of gear.
The UpRise may not be the perfect camera bag for every situation but neither is a roller or a backpack. For quick gran-and-go, it’s hard to beat the UpRise since you don’t have to take it off to get to your equipment like other bag styles require you to do. The features, layout, attention to detail, the quality, and the bag’s convenient pockets earn it high marks across the board.
Amazon lists the Vanguard Up-rise 38 Zoom Expandable Camera Bag (Black) for $149.99
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