Vanguard Up-Rise II 43 Sling Bag


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Best Affordable Sling Bag

Grade (Out of ten)

Comfort : 8
Organization : 10
Protection : 9
Features : 8
Price : 9
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The Vanguard Up-Rise II 43 is both a large and affordable sling bag. While most sling bags don't hold much gear, the Up-Rise II 43 will accommodate a DSLR with a battery grip attached as well as up to four extra lenses and a flash. The main compartment is well organized with customizable dividers--you can use the top as a large spot for accessories or adjust to fit more gear. Besides the large capacity, the bag is durable and well-built. A side zipper allows for quick access without taking the pack off, while a stabilizing strap helps prevent the bag from slinging around when you don't want it to.

While the bag will fit plenty of gear, it won't accommodate a laptop or a tripod. But, if you are looking for the quick access of a sling bag but want to stow away four lenses, the Up-Rise II is a solid option. Available for around $100, it's competitively priced too.


  • High capacity
  • Quick access
  • Stabilizing straps for added comfort


  • No tripod holder
  • No laptop slot
  • Bag Specs:

    • Weight : 2.7 lbs.
    • Dimensions : Exterior: 9.9 x 9.6 x 18.1
    • Color : Black
    • Tripod Holder : No
    • Raincover : Yes
    • Laptop Sleeve : No
    • Other : Stabilizing strap