VEO ACTIVE 49 in Iceland with Vanguard Ambassador Matt Watkins

VEO ACTIVE 49 in Iceland with Vanguard Ambassador Matt Watkins

June 04, 2024 , Vanguard World

From time to time I get sent products and equipment from various manufacturers to test out and give feedback on. The majority of these products do not fit in with my specific needs or ethos, and I politely turn down these requests.

Since 2018 I have been working very closely with Vanguard as part of their ambassador team, and now as a member of their professional program. In this time I’ve been fortunate to be able put their range of tripods and bags through their paces all over the world, whilst leading landscape photography workshops and tours.

On my most recent visit to Iceland, one of the most demanding photography environments in the world, I took the latest Vanguard VEO Active 49 camera bag along with me.

One of the reasons why I chose this bag was because of the high quality material the bag is made from. This material proved to be extremely durable and weather resistant without the need to fit the included rain cover. The weather sealed zips and roll down fastening top pocket gave more confidence that my equipment was afforded as much protection as possible.

The removable internal storage compartment features a lightweight aluminium frame that adds rigidity where it is needed, and by being removable it allows for the insert to be taken on board aircraft should the bag not meet the carry on size of some airlines.

If it is storage you are after the VEO Active 49 doesn’t disappoint. It manages to swallow plenty of kit in the main compartment. Gone are the days of large foam dividers as the VEO Active range now comes with thinner, lighter, and more rigid dividers that gives much more space inside without compromising on protection.

The top of the bag features a roll down system that is secured with a metal fastener. This top storage pouch also has the outlet for a USB charger port with space inside for a power bank and an outlet point on the side, providing the required power for charging as you walk.

The VEO Active 49 is also able to accommodate a two litre hydration bladder in a waterproof pouch on the side of the bag.

One clever storage solution on the hip strap is the expandable pockets that are perfect for storing spare batteries or snacks.

Your tripod mounts to the front of the bag using a small pouch (that can double up as a water bottle holder) and a series of straps that can be adjusted up and down using a hook and eye system to hold equipment secure.

Overall, the VEO Active 49 bag is probably one of the best bang for buck purchases you can make. The quality of the design and materials used is equal to, or even surpasses that of bags from more up market brands.

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