Vanguard VEO City B37 review: Is this the ultimate photo backpack for city slickers?

Vanguard's VEO City B37 demands a high price for this urban-centric camera backpack, so is it worth the money? We took it to London to find out...

5 Star Rating
Vanguard VEO City B37
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Vanguard's small but mighty VEO City B37 didn't let us down on a demanding shoot in a very busy city centre. While pricey, the B37 oozes quality and is packed so full of features that you feel like you get a lot for your investment and that the bag will hold up over a long time.


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    Jam-packed with features

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    Excellent build quality

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    Weather sealed zips

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    Nondescript design


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    A little on the small side, though there are larger options

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    Sits a bit high up the back

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    Elasticated tripod/water bottle side pockets are awkward to use

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Vanguard’s VEO City Backpack comes in three different sizes, the B37, B42 and B46 which have capacities of 12L, 16L and 21L respectively. All three are also available in navy blue or grey colorways and have a smart, nondescript design to help you keep a low profile when photographing the streets of busy city centres.

They're not cheap though. The smallest B37 has an RRP of $199.99/£179.99, while the medium B42 costs $219.99/£199.99 and the largest B46 will set you back a hefty $249.99/£219.99.

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FeaturesWhile small, the B37 packs in an enormous raft of features and boasts pretty much everything you could ever ask for in a camera backpack. The only drawback might be its limiting size, in which case you might find yourself better off with the larger Vanguard VEO City B42 or B46 options.★★★★★
DesignIt’s obvious that the B37 has been designed with photographers in mind, with plenty of clever design choices that make city shooting easier. It’s also a very stylish, yet nondescript design that helps you keep a low profile in urban places.★★★★★
PerformanceThe B37 was given a thorough test in London and was a joy to wear all day, with comfortable and breathable padding, as well as very durable and water resistant build materials.★★★★★
ValueAt $199.99 / £179.99 the B37 doesn’t come cheap. But we never felt short-changed, you get a lot for your money as it is feature-packed and built to a very high standard.★★★★★
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If you’re an avid camper and your main camera rucksack has a GearUp insert, the LowePro RunAbout is a no-brainer. It’s a well-designed folding daypack that’s easy to stow and should appeal to photographers and dedicated hikers alike.

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Dan Mold
Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan also brings his technical wizardry and editing skills to Digital Camera World. He has been writing about all aspects of photography for over 10 years, having previously served as technical writer and technical editor for Practical Photography magazine, as well as Photoshop editor on Digital Photo

Dan is an Adobe-certified Photoshop guru, making him officially a beast at post-processing – so he’s the perfect person to share tips and tricks both in-camera and in post. Able to shoot all genres, Dan provides news, techniques and tutorials on everything from portraits and landscapes to macro and wildlife, helping photographers get the most out of their cameras, lenses, filters, lighting, tripods, and, of course, editing software.