Vanguard Alta SKY 45D backpack review

The Vanguard Alta SKY 45D is a rugged, high capacity and drone-compatible backpack ideal for outdoor expeditions

Vanguard Alta Sky 45D
(Image: © Vanguard)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Is the smart-looking Vanguard Alta SKY 45D the ultimate gear-carrying and working backpack? We love its rear opening, side and top access, its bright yellow customisable dividers and its space for extra lenses, a laptop and a drone. Although it’s designed for landscape photographers heading for the hills – most likely on multi-day expeditions – a focus on comfort and capacity on the Vanguard Alta SKY 45D and step-up Vanguard Alta SKY 51D also make them ideal for solo event photographers with a long day ahead.


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    High capacity

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    Rugged waterproof design

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    Drone storage and external connection

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    Striking yellow interior


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    Can get heavy

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    Slightly fussy design

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    Weight when empty

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The Vanguard Alta Sky 45D is a heavy-duty camera backpack that offers the holy trinity for the modern hiking photographer; plenty of room for 22 litres of camera gear, space for a laptop and a drone, and decent shoulder straps to make carrying all that weight down a trail just about bearable. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.