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Vanguard Alta Sky 51D Camera Backpack (Dark Gray)

BH #VAALTASKY51D • MFR #ALTA SKY 51D
Vanguard Alta Sky 51D Camera Backpack (Dark Gray)
Key Features
  • Holds 2 DSLRs with 70-200 f/2.8, 4 Lenses
  • Padded 15" Laptop Sleeve
  • Padded Touch-Fastened Interior Dividers
  • Zippered, Interior Accessory Pockets
Store, protect, and transport one to two pro DSLRs, one with attached 70-200 f/2.8, three to four extra lenses, flash, and related items, or a drone, accessories, and a CSC camera and lens with the dark gray Alta Sky 51D Camera Backpack from Vanguard. Inside the backpack is a padded sleeve for an up to 15" laptop or tablet. This pack features interior and exterior pockets, and large water bottle side pockets. Locating gear in low light is easier thanks to the bright yellow interior lining and padded, touch-fastening dividers.
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Vanguard Alta Sky 51D Overview

Store, protect, and transport one to two pro DSLRs, one with attached 70-200 f/2.8, three to four extra lenses, flash, and related items, or a drone, accessories, and a CSC camera and lens with the dark gray Alta Sky 51D Camera Backpack from Vanguard. Inside the backpack is a padded sleeve for an up to 15" laptop or tablet. This pack features interior and exterior pockets, and large water bottle side pockets. Locating gear in low light is easier thanks to the bright yellow interior lining and padded, touch-fastening dividers.

Use the exterior straps to attach a tripod or other item. Carry the pack by the top handle and strap, or wear with the padded shoulder harness and chest connector. For added comfort, reduced fatigue, and improved stability, the pack has a generously padded waist belt with quick release buckle. The thick air mesh back panel helps cushion impact and increases cooling airflow. A total coverage rain cover is included.

Drone action - dual use/dual color dividers for drone setup
Air System back, harness, and waist belt
Double security buckles
Large side water bottle pockets
Headset port to extend cable from internal smartphone pocket
Alta Action Tripod Bag connection
UPC: 026196349303

Vanguard Alta Sky 51D Specs

Carry/Transport OptionsBackpack Straps with Sternum Strap, Handle, Trolley Sleeve, Waist Belt
ColorGray
Type of ClosureZipper
Laptop/Tablet CompartmentSingle Compartment: Fits 15" Laptop
Monopod/Tripod HolderYes
Environmental
Water ResistanceRain Cover
General
MaterialsExterior: Nylon
DimensionsExterior
22.25 x 14.6 x 10.25" / 56.52 x 37.08 x 26.04 cm
Weight6.4 lb / 2.9 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight8.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)21.6 x 15.3 x 13.1"

Vanguard Alta Sky 51D Reviews

Works but Needs a Few Tweeks

By Michael
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-09

I have not been on a hike yet, but I am happy that it holds all my gear and takes the weight off my shoulders (I am at 19lbs total). They need to make the back flap fully open as it's a pain to get you gear out and hold the flap while pushing the shoulder straps away. The need more straps from divider to divider to hold your gear into to place. Overall, it serves its purpose for a backpack.

Extremely Versatile

By Dan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-12

I have used several shoulder bags and a backpack, but this is my favorite.  It is big enough I can take half a dozen lenses (2 wide angle zooms, a 105 and a 50, and an 80-200 f2.8), my D750 and a water bottle, a jacket, misc. cleaning items and still it has space.  But the greatest thing about this bag is how easily it can be adjusted to varying loads in the field.  The dividers move around easily and there are so many ways into this bag that I can always get at what I need--and without dropping the bag straps-first into the dirt.  The bag carries well and seems like it will hold up well.

5 stars

By Taylor
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-08-23

Well-built, lots of space, looks nice

Superb camera backpack!

By Jeffrey Chan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-04-27

The Vanguard Alta Sky 51D is a great camera backpack! Everything about it is just so awesome, from its exterior (i.e. colour, design, build material, and its sporty/adventurous looks), to its spacious and configurable interior. I'm a landscape photography hobbyist and will usually carry quite a lot of gear with me. The 51D allows me to do just that, yet still provide some space for my personal stuff as well. Its build and design feels just right too, and it helps to reduce the amount of fatigue on my shoulders after a few hours of walkabout and shoot. I would definitely recommend the 51D to anyone who is looking for a good and durable camera backpack.

Wish I had this sooner!

By Carlos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-05

After purchasing several backpacks and trying to find some of the suits me, I finally came across and this Alta sky by Vanguard. It is by far one of the most comfortable backpacks I have ever worn, even fully loaded to the gills. I am an over the road trucker and I am pretty limited on space inside my truck, but this backpack makes it easy for me to organize all my gear, including my larger lenses. It is extremely versatile with plenty of storage space and is extremely easy to rearrange all the compartments within the interior. The added bonus of the exterior tripod carrying system makes it well worth it as well. Definitely one of the best purchases I have ever made.

Champion of camera bags!

By Levan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-25

My first impression was, wow, this thing is just beautiful. Right after I picked it up these positive emotional feelings turned to something disturbing because this thing is heavy!!! It weights almost 3 kilos empty. But I'm not going to lower stars in rating, because I know that this weight does its job in exterior protecting my gear, which in my opinion is missing in other bags on market. I have spent dozens of time in search for good bag which actually not only looks good but protects what's inside. Again, all sides of this bag are made so well and stiff that you can be sure that every piece of equipment will be safe even if you'll throw this bag against a wall. Wearing it is comfortable but because of its size and loaded weight is not something that you wear everyday walking around, this bag is not for situations where you might spontaneously make decision to go out take some pictures. This is for days when you really travel and wish to have everything you may need with you and don't wish to leave something at home because of the bag limitations. Talking about other features, one of the reasons why I chose 51D model (by the way, 45D also have this feature) is that it may be configured so that top and bottom compartments will be isolated. This is just huge plus for travel bag, because there are tons of little things which are useful on your way to destination and safe for you but not for your sensitive gear. Separating dangerous things from the camera gear in isolated space is always a good idea. For instance, F-stop makes great looking, really good bags but with top compartment which actually not compartment but an additional space from where you can directly reach an internal camera unit, ICU, which is terrible design flow, because anything may fall there from the top while you're wearing it and moving around. Zippers are really easy to use, massive and does good job, I like these yellow pod like handles, looks great and stylish. Because of how Vanguard designed these particular models I have mentioned above, there are just tons of configuration how you can adjust your dividers. Possibilities are really endless, you can remove either top, or bottom, or both compartment dividers and use one big space for something, or just create new dividers that way. Don't wish to use its main sexiest feature to easy access bottom compartment by just unzipping it from the front side? There you have it, just remove the main divider and rearrange small dividers as you like! There are many different pockets in this bag. Can't say that they are enormous amount but, they are enough. Actually, I'm not going to use its laptop compartment for laptop itself but rather for other stuff don't really know yet. Anyway, I don't think that it's crucial for me to pick my laptop every time for shooting. Well known triangle on the front side is just gorgeous, can't say exactly, but I think it will be useful for many many things and it is by the way, also adjustable. There are three places where you can mount your tripod. One side, front vertically and front horizontally! Sadly, if you will decide to use side option to secure the tripod, you are automatically disabling water bottle pocket. Alta Sky 53 does have this pocket on both sides, so no problem for their lucky owners. One big downside, and I thing very big mistake for every single bag out there, is a zipper on quick access door. I think that there must be nothing sharp which may interact with camera or lens. I prefer less pockets rather than chance to damage something that costs a lot, you know. I will definitely do something to eliminate this problem. Good is that it doesn't have anything similar on rear access. Overall, I'm happy! Great bag and of course, recommend!

Sturdy Built but Bulky

By Kamissa
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-09

I purchased this bag as an upgrade to the little sister but had to return it because it's too bulky for my liking. Perhaps the next size down will do.

High Quality Large Backpack

By Ralph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-08

The Alta Sky 51D is a very large backpack obviously designed to hold a lot of gear. I was looking for a backpack that could carry all my gear and provide a nice cushy place to store it all. The Alta Sky fits that bill very well. It is very well made. High quality materials, lots of padding on the inside to protect your gear, heavily padded straps and back pads; very comfortable to wear even fully loaded. If you are looking for a large, well made, comfortable to wear backpack that can carry all your gear...this is the one.

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