Vanguard has announced the VEO Active Birder 56 backpack, which is said to incorporate the trekking credentials of the VEO Active Series but has been redesigned to be able to carry a full-sized spotting scope tripod with the tripod straps provided or a smaller tripod in the side pocket.
There are also multiple pockets and pouches including a hidden pocket for a wallet or passport, a 16” laptop compartment, a water bottle pouch and an accessories pouch as well as a built in USB interface port for charging devices on the go. The VEO Active Birder 56 backpack is available to buy in green (KG) and grey (GY) for £239.99.
A spotting scope is perfect for birdwatchers to get as close as possible to the action. With up to 60x zoom on Vanguard spotting scopes, you can see details and behaviours that can increase your appreciation of the beauty of nature.
The problem is that spotting scopes are generally heavy and bulky, and you need a big solid tripod to fit them to, let alone any personal kit you want to carry. This makes them difficult to transport, whether it’s a walk to your local hide or a trek through more remote and rugged landscapes.
To get around this, Vanguard has introduced the VEO Active Birder 56 backpack, available in green (KG) or grey (GY).
This backpack incorporates the trekking credentials that have made the VEO Active Series a success, but instead of being designed for camera kits, they have been redesigned to include a spotting scope holder in the main 32 litre compartment. This is a padded tube (134mm x 120mm) so you can slot in your spotting scope, with an elasticated loop that secures the eyepiece. You can then fit in a wealth of other kit to make the most of your trip.
You can also carry a full-sized spotting scope tripod, such as the VEO 3 263CO, using the tripod straps provided. These allow the tripod to be fitted centrally for the best balance and maximum comfort over longer distances. Alternatively you can fit as smaller tripod, such as the VEO 3T 265HCP travel tripod, in the side pocket, leaving the main tripod straps free for other kit, such as a tent, sleeping mat, or even a fold down chair!
Above the main compartment is a 15 litre day-pack section and there are multiple pockets and pouches for more kit, including a hidden pocket for a wallet or passport, a 16” laptop compartment, a water bottle pouch and even an accessories pouch. You definitely won’t be short of storage space!
With all that potential gear to carry, potentially over challenging terrain, the harness system is key, and the VEO Active Birder 56 backpack doesn’t disappoint.
For maximum comfort, the VEO Active Series incorporates an aluminium alloy frame to increase the level of protection to your kit and stiffen the rear of the backpack. It then has a well-padded back panel that includes padding for the lower back and the shoulders, and an air-flow system to help you stay cool.
The shoulder straps are also padded with a non-slip lining and a chest strap to ensure they don’t slip. With multiple adjustment points, they can be tailored to deliver the most comfortable position for you.
The waist belt is also well padded to spread the pressure comfortably around the waist and for those who prefer not to use a waist strap, or for shorter trips, it is removable.
As well as maximising comfort, the straps also add even more storage, including a strap that can be slotted through the belt loop of your binocular pouch, allowing you to keep your optics close to hand for any sightings you see as you travel to/from your destination.
The outdoor credentials of the VEO Active Birder 56 backpack are not only about the ergonomics of the harness.
Staying fresh means access to liquids and snacks, and the VEO Active Series incorporates a waterproof pouch (390 x 180mm) for a 2 litre hydration pouch on the side. In addition, there are multiple, easy access, expandable pockets on the shoulder and waist straps for snacks or water bottles.
Clearly map and compass navigation skills are key, but with the growing reliance on technology for navigation on smartphones (using apps such as OS Maps), power can be critical. If your power goes as the light fades or the fog rolls in, you can be in serious trouble.
The VEO Active Birder 56 backpack incorporates a built in USB interface port that allows you to place the power bank of your choice safely in the backpack and connect it to your device with the appropriate cables (not included), so that it’s close to hand while it charges, and you keep on trekking.
The bag also needs to be tough and the VEO Active Birder 56 backpack doesn’t disappoint. Each model is constructed of tough nylon 840D Cordura which is highly weather and tear resistant, with waterproof zips and quality herringbone and double reverse stitching. For wetter days, it also includes a rain cover.
So if you’re looking for a stylish and capable backpack to carry a spotting scope with ease, and with the ability to keep your energy levels up, check out the VEO Active Birder 56 backpack and #makeupyourownmind.
Dimensions: 330 x 250 x 580mm
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