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The Heralder 28 messenger bag by Vanguard – Review

The Vanguard designers thought of everything when they designed the Heralder Series. My first impression, when I took mine out of the box, was that it was probably the most padded bag I had ever used. Even the anti-slip shoulder strap is so padded and comfortable, you could almost use it as a head rest!

But that’s not all! The Heralder 28 (the smallest in the series) comes with a built-in tripod sling on the front and a rain cover that zips in its own back pocket when not in use. I don’t know about you, but I think those are two really useful features, especially the rain cover. My tripod is heavy duty and, although it technically fits on the Heralder 28 sling system, I would not attach it to such a small bag. I can see it fitting on the larger models if you are strong enough to carry that much weight. That said, I would definitely strap a travel tripod or even my Gorillapod to the Heralder 28.

A full rain cover is readily available from a special pouch behind the bag. Also, the large strap on the back allows for easy attachment to any rolling bag handle.

The tripod sling on the front of the bag is concealed when not in use.

This bag also has a removable padded pouch for your iPad (other any other tablet or small laptop up to 10 inches). The compartments can be adjusted or removed to fit your needs depending on the gear you want to put in the bag on any given day. The entire compartment also comes out in case you want to use your bag for other things. The Heralder also features a zippered quick top access so that you can grab your camera without opening the flap.

My Heralder 28 showed here with the 5dMarkII with 24-70mm attached, 70-200mm extra lens, a flash and an iPad. The camera can be positioned differently depending on the configuration you choose for the removable pads.

The Heralder 28 messenger bag also comes with a lot of useful pockets for personal items as well as mini compartments for memory cards. If you’re like me, when you carry heavy gear for long hours, nothing compares to the comfort of a backpack. Well, good news: This one can be converted into one with the optional ICS harness (sold separately). Please note that I haven’t used  this harness because I also own a very comfortable camera backpack for long outings with heavy gear. That said, if I wanted the flexibility of a messenger bag with the comfort of a backpack all in one, I would definitely consider checking the harness option.

Some of you may say: “But it’s black and it looks like a camera bag!” True, it does. It would not be my first choice for a street photo walk if I don’t want anyone to know I have expensive equipment in my bag, but we don’t always need to hide the fact that we carry camera gear, do we? I’ve used it when out in adverse weather (because of its rain protection) and in addition to my rolling bag on commercial shoots (it features a system to attach it to the handle of my rolling bag). Basically, if you want a sturdy bag with lots of features and lots of padding to protect your precious gear, you may want to give this one some serious consideration.

Specifications for the  Heralder 28: Inside Dimensions LxWxH: 25 x 16 x 20 cm (9 7/8″ x 6 1/4″ x 7 7/8″) Outside Dimensions: 34 x 26.5 x 27 cm (13 3/8″ x 10 3/8″ x 10 5/8″) Weight: 1,250 g (2.76 lbs)

Its list price is US $169 but it is currently 30% off on Amazon. Please note that the Heralder 28 by Vanguard is the smallest bag in the series. The same bag comes in two larger sizes: the Heralder 33 and Heralder 38.

Summary
Reviewer
Valerie Jardin
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Heralder 28 messenger bag
Author Rating
4

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Valerie Jardin I live and breathe in pixels! Photography is more than a passion, it's an obsession, almost an addiction. I am pleased to be a new master of street photography at The Arcanum. When I'm not shooting or writing, I spend my time teaching this beautiful craft during photo workshops all over the world! Visit my Website Follow me on Facebook , Twitter , Google+.

  • http://disney-photography-blog.com/ Alexx

    I’ve been looking for a nice bag to take with me when I go to Disney World all day (I’m a Disney world photographer here: http://disney-photography-blog.com/ ) and this seems like a great one to add to my potentials list.

    Thanks DPS and check out my blog if you like. :)

  • http://funmommie.blogspot.com Elizabeth

    What a cool bag! Very useful. I go so many places everyday this would be very handy, I usually just carry my camera and wear an extra lens or 2 on my belt with some filters.

    http://funmommie.blogspot.com/2012/04/photograhps-of-week-423-429-2012.html

    http://www.explore-disney-resorts.com/index.html
    http://lpsfunblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/lps-fun-blog-where-littlest-pet-shops.html

  • Trevor

    why must you show me such an awesome bag that i can’t afford x_x

  • http://www.os-am.com OsmosisStudios

    That little bag costs $169?! Good freaking lord that’s expensive. And here I thought my Lowepro bags were pricy…

  • http://www.photographergarybridger.com Gary Bridger

    I was a little disappointed with my vanguard bag at first . i have an expandable shoulder bag. But with some playing I got used to it. full pack 19 kilo And I go everywhere with it. However . I still would libe some one to make the one I designed . its Close but lacks pockets. Water proofing And a few other extras that I have in mind, that would make it unique.

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  • Joe Tharp

    Vanguard has a $25.00 mail-in rebate running on their Heralder series now.

  • robert

    Also check the Vanguard Up Rise 28 Messenger Bag for $59.95 at Ted’s Cameras. I use mine all the time.

  • Brendan

    It’s 56% off on Amazon

Some older comments

  • Brendan

    June 15, 2013 12:14 am

    It's 56% off on Amazon

  • robert

    May 12, 2012 06:18 pm

    Also check the Vanguard Up Rise 28 Messenger Bag for $59.95 at Ted's Cameras. I use mine all the time.

  • Joe Tharp

    May 9, 2012 10:05 am

    Vanguard has a $25.00 mail-in rebate running on their Heralder series now.

  • Gary Bridger

    May 5, 2012 02:51 am

    I was a little disappointed with my vanguard bag at first . i have an expandable shoulder bag. But with some playing I got used to it. full pack 19 kilo And I go everywhere with it. However . I still would libe some one to make the one I designed . its Close but lacks pockets. Water proofing And a few other extras that I have in mind, that would make it unique.

    [eimg url='http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150736126586883&set=a.10150736126086883.414513.639661882&type=1&theater' title='photo.php?fbid=10150736126586883&set=a.10150736126086883.414513.639661882&type=1&theater']

  • OsmosisStudios

    May 1, 2012 11:12 pm

    That little bag costs $169?! Good freaking lord that's expensive. And here I thought my Lowepro bags were pricy...

  • Trevor

    May 1, 2012 04:00 pm

    why must you show me such an awesome bag that i can't afford x_x

  • Elizabeth

    April 29, 2012 06:17 am

    What a cool bag! Very useful. I go so many places everyday this would be very handy, I usually just carry my camera and wear an extra lens or 2 on my belt with some filters.

    http://funmommie.blogspot.com/2012/04/photograhps-of-week-423-429-2012.html

    http://www.explore-disney-resorts.com/index.html
    http://lpsfunblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/lps-fun-blog-where-littlest-pet-shops.html

  • Alexx

    April 29, 2012 02:35 am

    I've been looking for a nice bag to take with me when I go to Disney World all day (I'm a Disney world photographer here: http://disney-photography-blog.com/ ) and this seems like a great one to add to my potentials list.

    Thanks DPS and check out my blog if you like. :)

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