Vanguard Pro B62 Bipod Review

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Vanguard is best known for making tripods and hard cases for the photography and video market. Thirteen years ago, they took that design expertise and jumped into the hunting market with bow and gun cases, followed by shooting sticks. Given their background in tripods, Vanguard is now producing a line of bipods or shooting sticks as they are sometimes known.

The Pro B62 is what you would expect, if you brought together a group of tripod engineers and asked them to design a good shooting stick. In other words the bipod packs in quite a few nice features that are not normally a part of a bipod.

One of the most noticeable features of the B62 is the adjustable yoke. The angle of the yoke is adjustable to compensate for a variety of rifle forearm designs and thickness. The yoke can be opened all the way up to the point that it should easily accommodate wide bench rest style forearms. The yoke head can also swivel a full 360 degrees in a smooth motion. Finally the yoke head can also be removed and has a standardized adapter that can easily accommodate most cameras and spotting scopes.

The yoke adjusts to three different positions allowing a variety of rifle forearm designs to fit on the yoke.

The yoke head swivels 360 degrees.

The yoke is removable to allow attaching cameras or spotting scopes.

Each leg of the Pro B62 has two leg extensions that lock into place. This allows the bipod to nicely accommodate a shot from the seated position or expand all the way up to standing. The height adjustment is more than enough to suit a 6 foot tall shooter with 2.5-3 inches of room left in vertical elevation. The legs are also marked in inches to allow either leg to serve as a measuring stick, perhaps for measuring the depth of a stream or the size of a track. According to the specs, the legs collapse to just over 28 inches and extend to 62 inches. The sticks weigh in at just under a pound and half, which keeps them relatively light considering the expandability.

Each leg is marked in inches to measure depth or length.

The bipod also includes a set of removable snow shoes. Snow shoes are not typically seen on shooting sticks; however they can be helpful for those late winter predator hunts or early snow Rocky Mountain fall hunts. Also the rubber feet are threaded on and can be unscrewed to reveal metal spiked feet for digging into hard packed surfaces.

Snow shoes and the default rubberized feet.

The snow shoes are removable.

The rubberized feet can be removed to reveal a threaded metal spike.

Vanguard spent some time designing a better bipod and the results are worth considering if you're in the market for a new shooting stick or bipod. The only real downside is the threaded spikes, given that the threads will get mud, dirt, and grime caked in them, it will take a while to clean out the threads and screw the rubber feet back on. Currently the Vanguard Pro B62 retails for around $59, which puts it squarely in the middle of the market in terms of price. There are other options that are less expensive with fewer features, but there are many models that are considerably more expensive with the same or fewer features.

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Retired2hunt's picture

  I am a proud owner of a new


I am a proud owner of a new Vanguard monopod.  I really like some of its finer features with the soft rubber yoke head... however it is not adjustable.  I do very much like that feature on this bipod of theirs.  I also like the trigger monopod release and locking mechanism as it make the drop of the pod very easy and efficient.  Two more features I like about my monopod - the adjustable feet for use on rocky areas and on sand/dirt type land plus the ability to easily clip the unit on and off of my belt when needed.  The features I really like about this bipod of theirs is the actual length markings on the legs which allows you ease in making them the same length plus the snow shoes that are able to clip on and off as needed.  My monopod would need to drop into the snow until it hit a hard surface where these snow shoes allows you to rest in areas of snow - specific for those conditions.  Overall a great review on the Vanguard bipod.


ndemiter's picture

i'm actually going to look

i'm actually going to look for this product. it looks like it's packed with features and yet remains a simple design. i life the yoke design (one of the biggest foibles of other shooting sticks) and the removable top to adapt to camera or spotting scope bodies is a great idea. i have a monopod that is built somewhta like this, but not as sleek or light weight.

i believe i own 2 allen monopods, 1 primos monpod, 1 harris bipod, 1 caldwell bipod, 1 steady pod, 2 stony point sets of shooting stix, and 1 "the claw" sling stix. out of all of these huntign rests, i use the primos monopod and the steady pod the most. (a downside to the steady pod is lack of swiveling ability for right to left movement.)

i will definately be looking for the vanguard products in the near future, it seems like it combines all the features i like about all of the individual rests i have with no frills.

the steady pod works good though, it really cradles the rifle and makes a great rest for you! the big downside is the weight of the steady pod. the primos monopod is really something that works well. when fully expanded, it's good walking stick height, but most of the time it's about half extended.



hunter25's picture

Since I use shooting sticks

Since I use shooting sticks on a regular basis I read this review with great interest. I currently have and use a Primos trigger stick tripod which works very well but is a bit heavy and akward while out hiking around but is very useful from a blind or out on the prarie antelope hunting. My other sticks are a easton bipod model which is the best I have used to date but still does not have the features that this one has. I like the different settings for the head as that has been a problem on all the others I have used when trying to get settled with different rifles. I also like the measurement settings that will be an improvement over just trying to eye things uo first. The snow fittings are an extra that could be very useful at times as well. It looks like they have taken the best features of all the others and come up with a winner.

Definately the one I will look for when I need a replacement.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Last fall I won one of their

Last fall I won one of their monopods, and I think it looks great.  I won it too late to try it last year, but hopefully will get the chance this fall!