Shimoda Designs Explore 40 Backpack Starter Kit with 2 Small Core Units (Blue Nights)

Shimoda Designs Explore 40 Backpack Starter Kit with 2 Small Core Units (Blue Nights)

Shimoda Designs Explore 40 Backpack Starter Kit with 2 Small Core Units (Blue Nights)

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Product Highlights

  • Holds Variety of Gear and Personal Items
  • Top, Side, and Rear Access to Gear
  • Compartment for an up to 13" Laptop
  • Top and Side Handles, Accessory Straps
  • Height Adjustable Harness
  • Padded Harness with Pockets & Connector
  • Padded Waist Belt with Pockets
  • Padded Back Panel & 2 Small Core Units
  • Removable Tripod/Accessory Pouch
  • EVA Padding, Ripstop Coated Nylon
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Shimoda Designs Explore 40 overview

  • 1Description

Bring your gear on a hike, day-trip and more with the blue nights Explore 40 Backpack Starter Kit with 2 Small Core Units from Shimoda Designs. This starter kit includes two Shimoda Designs small core unit inserts with padded touch-fastening dividers. Users will appreciate the top, side, and rear access to gear. The pack accommodates an up to 13" laptop and has a height-adjustable padded harness with pockets and connector. For comfort and stability there's a padded waist belt with pockets. The pack includes accessory straps and a removable tripod/accessory pouch. EVA padding and ripstop coated nylon construction provide strength and durability.

Includes two Shimoda Designs small core unit inserts with padded touch-fastening dividers. Each insert has an adjustable shoulder strap, EVA padded walls, and a skin zip covering for dust protection.
The nylon carbonate ether PU-coated shell features a double-sided resin application process that provides improved water-resistance
Multiple access points offer rear and side access options
Height-adjustable harness designed to fit short or tall men and women
Each shoulder strap features a fast access pocket for commonly accessed items
Straps feature a glove-friendly YKK side-release buckle
Additional gear may be secured to the front panel webbing attachment points
EVA compression molding in shoulder straps, belt and rear panel provides cushioning and cooling comfort
Side pouch for securing a tripod to the side of the pack, or it can be mounted to the shoulder harness (with included accessory straps) to act as a drop-in holster for select gear
Front panel pocket for holding a lightweight jacket or other items
Hydration bladder sleeve and routing with a hanger loop designed to hold an optional hydration bladder up to 3L
Free standing padded base with ventilation holes for added protection
UPC: 816779020923
In the Box
Shimoda Designs Explore 40 Backpack Starter Kit with 2 Small Core Units (Blue Nights)
  • 2 x Small Core Unit Inserts
  • Accessory Straps
  • Multi-Use Pouch
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Shimoda Designs Explore 40 specs

    Features Accessory Loops, Adjustable Interior Dividers, Laptop Compartment, Removable Interior Dividers, Tripod Holder
    Carrying/Transport Options Attachment Loop, Backpack Straps, Chest Strap, Side Handle, Tripod Strap, Top Handle, Waist Belt
    Compartments
    Laptop Compartment Screen Size 13.0"
    Laptop/Tablet Compartment Dimensions 9.8 x 14.2 x 0.4" / 25.0 x 36.0 x 1.0 cm
    Exterior
    Exterior Dimensions 11.42 x 22.44 x 10.24" / 29 x 57 x 26 cm
    Exterior Material EVA, Nylon
    Type of Closure Zipper
    Water Resistance Water-Resistant Material
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    Interior Dimensions 11.42 x 17.32 x 6.69" / 29 x 44 x 17 cm
    Interior Material EVA, Nylon
    Weight 4.5 lb / 2.04 kg (Including Parts)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 36.0 x 12.25 x 6.5"

    Shimoda Designs Explore 40 reviews

    Explore 40 Backpack Starter Kit with 2 Small Core Units (Blue Nights) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hotdogs down a hallway.. Let me start by saying I carry a lot of gear. Typically 1-2 full frame bodies and a few zooms and some primes. Everything they say about this bag is true. It’s well made and comfortable. However, there are two HUGE things no one has mentioned: The ICU is terrible. I bought the starter with two small ICUs. This wasn’t enough so I bought the medium and use it with one of the small. The other small is useless to me as it doesn’t fit in the bag. That’s my fault for not knowing. The problem starts at the size of the icu. It’s not wide enough to go three lenses wide. So you’re left with extra space on the side. I use this slot for filters which is totally fine. But since the dividers are completely stiff, you are forced to create cubbies wide enough for a 92mm lens. 77mm diameter lenses like a 24-70 will have enough extra space to fit my whole hand in there with the lens. They all sit like hotdogs down a hallway. This sucks as they all jumble around as you walk. Prime users or APSC or even mirrorless users will hurt even more. The depth can’t be utilized either. It’s so deep, you can almost stack two primes on top of each other. The result is a ton of wasted space. Shimoda, please try again with this subpar quality ICU. It does not match the rest of the bags quality either. Secondly, there is no space for anything beyond the camera compartment. A space for a camelback, and a top pouch for... everything else. The top pouch becomes a mess in a hurry. Batteries, headlamp, snacks, keys etc all go here. There are two useless mesh pockets inside. They aren’t accessible because of the inevitable mess in this pocket. Other than that, great bag, but mine priced out to almost $500 with the extra ICU and a worthless accessory pouch that doesn’t fit anywhere. I strongly do not recommend that pouch as the medium doesn’t even hold filters.
    Date published: 2018-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely The Best Ive tried a lot of backpacks from a variety of manufacturers but this is by far the best! The design is truly intelligent, it fits my big body (64) and is comfortable over the long haul. The core units are great with their bags and straps, allowing one to be used on its own as needed. I purchased an additional core unit to easily switch my everyday, in the vehicle lenses for my smaller travel lenses, without tearing everything apart. Two Sony bodies, 5 lenses and accessories, all fit easily.
    Date published: 2018-11-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good for what it is As a travel backpack, but not necessarily for proper backpacking, this pack is great. Pros- If you've ever had to carry a full pack with photo/video gear, you know how indispensable an internal frame is: you need to let your hips carry the weight (far better than say that new peak design pack). and from what I've experienced on up to 10 miles day hiking with ~2k ft climb and descent, the internal frame + hip straps do a great job of that. This pack also excels at maximizing dimensions for airline carryon bag travel in the US (some european carriers and others throughout the world have smaller carryon allowable dimensions that they variably enforce). Pack seems durable enough to take the wear-and-tear of airport travel and also day-hikes. This pack is a fair bit lighter than competing packs with similar features. You can fit several aftermarket inserts you can find on ebay into this pack as well and save some coin. As for how specific camera bodies/lenses/other gear will fit, you'll have to take measurements and do the math for yourself. I found this pack wasn't much better or worse than competing packs in this way. External attachments for tripods, phone, water bottle, caribeaners are all good. Cons- Hydration sleeve is awkward. It's furthest away from your back. Would be better if the bladder could be against your back (2l bladder full of water is ~4.5lbs), with routing from padded 13" laptop compartment (it can't as is because that padded compartment is tight to just fit a laptop. Also, back of pack is more or less in one plane, not curved like say an osprey hiking backpack (presumably to conform with dimensions of camera inserts and to maximize volume for airline travel), and this means if you sweat when you hike uphill, you'll have a really sweaty back in this pack.
    Date published: 2018-09-11
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