in ,


If you are looking for a camera bag that could last for years, Vanguard Alta Sky 51D is the best backpack you can buy. With its amazing design, versatility, and innovation, Vanguard Alta Sky 51D is the 2017 Red Dot Award Winner. This backpack can carry all of your camera gear easily. You can attach other accessories like tripods as well. In addition to that, it can also fit a drone.

 The top, back, and side access allow you to pull out your camera gear. There is also a slot for a 15-inch laptop. Although it’s heavy even when empty but Vanguard Alta Sky 51D has padded shoulders, back padding, and hip-pads that make it highly comfortable. It might be a bit pricey but it’s worth the money.


  • Weight: 2.9kg (6.4 lb)
  • Lenses: 5
  • Colour: Dark grey
  • Rain cover: Yes
  • Padded hip belt: Yes
  • Tripod storage: Yes
  • Drone storage: Yes
  • Exterior material: Nylon
  • Laptop compartment: 15 inches
  • Dimensions: 37x26x56.5 cm

In the main compartment, Vanguard Alta Sky 51Dcan fit 1-2 pro DSLR with attached lens. Along with that, it can store up to four lenses, flash, and other accessories as well. The padding is great and it has a hatch on one side for mobile access.

The main access to this area is through a rear panel which contains the 15-inch laptop slot. Even though the flap opens wide enough but the shoulder straps need to be bent out of the way for camera access. While carrying it, the hip pads, thick back padding, and shoulder straps ensure the comfort of the wearer.


Along with versatility and innovative features, Vanguard Alta Sky 51D has a pretty great design. The exterior material is dark grey colored nylon. There is a 1/3 or 2/3 division that helps you to organize your gear and other personal belongings the way you like.

The dividers are touch fastening and easily manageable. There are many exterior and interior pockets to fit smaller accessories like cables and batteries. You can carry a large bottle on the hikes thanks to the side pockets. Moreover, you can easily locate your gear even in low light due to the bright yellow interior.

The material of this backpack is waterproof so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your gear. There is also a rain cover that provides complete coverage during downpours.


Despite being heavy, nobody can say that Vanguard Alta Sky 51D is difficult to carry for long distances. You can carry this backpack by the top handle or you can wear it with the padded shoulder harness and chest connector. In order to increase the comfort and stability, a padded waist belt has been added to this backpack.

It also has an aquick-release buckle. There is a thick air mesh back panel that helps to cushion the impact as well as increase the airflow. The build quality of Vanguard Alta Sky 51D is excellent which provides maximum safety for your gear.


If you are going on hiking, Vanguard Alta Sky 51D will fit a large camera system easily. Along with that, there is enough space for a gas stove, food, water, and spare clothing for a day. No matter how much stuff you put in this backpack, it won’t be messy. There is a top, rear and side access to take out the camera. While using the rear access, the shoulder straps get in the way so I mostly use the top of the side access. The advantage of side access is that you can quickly pull your camera out.


  • Excellent build quality
  • Top, rear and side access
  • Fits a lot of stuff
  • Comfortable while carrying for long distances


  • Heavy even when empty
  • Shoulder straps obstruct the rear access