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Shimoda Designs Explore 30 Backpack (Sea Pine)

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Shimoda Designs
Shimoda Designs Explore 30 Backpack (Sea Pine)
Key Features
  • Versatile, Multiuse Backpack
  • Designed for Removable Insert System
  • Rear, Side, and Top Access
  • Pocket for Hydration Pack with Sip Tube
The sea pine-colored Explore 30 Backpack from Shimoda Designs is a versatile, multiuse bag that can accommodate the combined interests of the on-the-go photographer, multimedia creator, hiker, or adventure traveler. To enhance the ability to organize this bag's contents, separately available Shimoda Designs Core Units that are designed to store camera, video, audio, and digital media equipment, can be installed within the Explore 30 Backpack to create a customized carrying solution that can be reconfigured as needed.
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Shimoda Designs Explore 30 Overview

The sea pine-colored Explore 30 Backpack from Shimoda Designs is a versatile, multiuse bag that can accommodate the combined interests of the on-the-go photographer, multimedia creator, hiker, or adventure traveler. To enhance the ability to organize this bag's contents, separately available Shimoda Designs Core Units that are designed to store camera, video, audio, and digital media equipment, can be installed within the Explore 30 Backpack to create a customized carrying solution that can be reconfigured as needed.

If set on the ground or a flat surface, complete access to the Explore 30 Backpack's Core Unit or items placed directly within the Explore 30 Backpack is provided by a zippered panel that faces the back. Its front panel unzips to provide space to store packable clothing and can accommodate a hydration pack while featuring an opening for the hydration pack's sip tube. For items that need to be accessed quickly and conveniently, such as a pair of sunglasses or music player earphones, a zippered pocket is included along the top of the backpack. The main compartment can be reached even while carrying the Explore 30 Backpack, through a wrap-around zippered opening which is positioned to face the wearer when the bag is rotated from one's back to front with its right, left, or top side facing upward.

The Explore 30 Backpack can be carried using the built-in handle along its top or by its padded shoulder straps which can be adjusted upward or downward for a better fit. A zipper along the outer edge of the strap which rests over the wearer's left shoulder opens a smartphone pocket, while the outer edge of the strap which rests over the wearer's right shoulder includes a stretchable side pocket that can accommodate a sunscreen tube, insect spray, snacks, or a water bottle. For heavy loads, this backpack's removable waist belt transfers weight to the hips for additional comfort, while the sternum strap further limits unintentional shifting around the wearer.

Featuring a durable, nylon construction, the Explore 30 Backpack is built to be weather resistant and is compatible with a separately available rain cover for further protection from the elements.

Capacity

  • Versatile, multiuse backpack that can accommodate the combined interests of the on-the-go photographer, multimedia creator, hiker, or adventure traveler
  • Separately available Shimoda Designs Core Units that are designed to store camera, video, audio, and digital media equipment, can be installed within the Explore 30 Backpack to create a customized carrying solution that can be reconfigured as needed
  • Front panel unzips to provide space to store packable clothing and can accommodate a hydration pack while featuring an opening for the hydration pack's sip tube
  • Zippered pocket along the top of the backpack for items that need to be accessed quickly and conveniently, such as a pair of sunglasses or music player earphones
  • Zipper along the outer edge of the backpack strap which rests over the wearer's left shoulder opens a smartphone pocket
  • Outer edge of the backpack strap which rests over the wearer's right shoulder includes a stretchable side pocket that can accommodate a sunscreen tube, insect spray, snacks, or a water bottle
  • Accessory Webbing Straps allow equipment or accessories to be fastened against the backpack's sides or front panel
  • Multiuse Accessory Pouch can be used with webbing straps to hold a water bottle or tripod against the side or front panel of the backpack

Handling and Fit

  • Complete access to the spacious main compartment is provided by a rear-facing zippered panel
  • Main compartment can also be reached through a wrap-around zippered opening that faces the wearer when the bag is rotated from one's back to front with its right, left, or top side facing upward
  • Can be carried using the built-in handle along its top or by its padded shoulder straps which can be adjusted upward or downward for a better fit
  • For heavy loads, removable waist belt transfers weight to the hips for additional comfort, while the sternum strap further limits unintentional shifting around the wearer
  • Weather-resistant construction
UPC: 816779021425

Shimoda Designs Explore 30 Specs

Carry/Transport OptionsBackpack Straps with Sternum Strap, Handle, Waist Belt
ColorGreen
Type of ClosureZipper
Laptop/Tablet CompartmentSingle Compartment: Fits 13" Laptop
Monopod/Tripod HolderYes
Environmental
Water ResistanceWater Resistant (Material)
General
MaterialsExterior: Nylon
Interior: Nylon
DimensionsExterior
20.87 x 11.42 x 10.24" / 53.01 x 29.01 x 26.01 cm
Interior
17.32 x 11.42 x 6.69" / 43.99 x 29.01 x 16.99 cm
Weight3.5 lb / 1.59 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.755 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)21.9 x 13.1 x 9.9"

Shimoda Designs Explore 30 Reviews

The King of Photography Backpa

By Shane
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-10

Wonderful size. Weight is on par with bags at a higher price point. The unit is well organized and every nook has the perfect space for you photography gear. I can carry A7R4 with 3 primes and a 70 to 200 tele plus all the small parts youd typically take into the woods. The strap is extremely comfortable, perfect for the long hours on the trail. Overall this is my second Shimoda bag. I'll never use another brand. ..ever

Not bad, but Shimoda 40 beats it.

By Arthur
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-11

I prefer 30L size to the 40L, but the 40L handles weight much better. When you load both packs up with the same amount of weight, you can clearly see how the weight distribution is much better on the 40L pack.

❤️

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-12

Comfortable

Excellent backpack with some nitpicks

By Tony
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-12

Bought this for use for travel and hiking. I bought this from B&H + 2 small camera cubes. Overall, I would recommend over the Wndr Prvke 31 - I bought that first based on good pro reviews but found it very disappointing in practice compared to the Shimoda 30. Some general points: 1. Strongly recommend a hydration pack over using water bottles with this backpack. The side pouch can store water but I used it to store hiking poles, my camera when I was near a waterfall, and other things. 2. The biggest reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 stars is the side access is a little bit cumbersome to access and the small camera cubes arent held in place by any straps.  I also found the small camera cubes to be just slightly too short for my liking since I wanted to stow a 100-400mm lens + Sony A7R III in it. It fits but very snug. The teleconverter wont fit at all. 3. The blue nights color looks great - a little less bright in reality vs. product photos 4. Straps are well placed and I found it overall very comfortable for a camera backpack. 5. Without the cubes, the bag can compress a fair amount so it works for stowing underneath an airline seat if you pack thoughtfully. This was the main reason I went for the Shimoda 30 over the 40 design. If you dont need it to be able to fit underneath an airline seat, the 40 is probably a better value. I dont see a better option on the market today and would recommend.

Perfect Backpack for Me

By Salah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-01

Comfortable

Shimoda 30l

By arvin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-22

Great product and excellent service.

Not Worth It.

By Dana
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-03

I bought this pack as a birthday gift for my son who wants to get into photography. This is a nice pack, but you have to purchase the padded dividers separately as it does not come with them. The Core Unit is another $70.00. While the explanation, at the time, that a Core Unit was in the detailed description, the product image showed the bag with the Core Unit in it. When I purchase a backpack for my camera gear, I don't expect to have to buy the core of the pack separately. In a conversation with the Designer, he stated the reason the Core Units are sold separately is so people can tailor the capacity of the bag to their needs. I may be old-fashioned, but in my 20+ years of being a photographer and looking at camera backpacks from many different manufacturers, I have never come across a backpack with the dividers included that couldn't be tailored to meet my equipment needs. In my view, Shimoda is just trying to pull a fast one on the consumer and get more for a product by forcing photographers to shell out even more money for a product than they need to. At the price of $259.95, I don't expect to have to buy the guts of a bag to make it work. I expect it to work right out of the box.

Best Camera Bag Ever

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-16

Over the years I've accumulated a lot of bags in the quest for the perfect backpack style camera bag. I paired the Shimoda Designs Explore 30 backpack (Blue Nights) with the Shimoda large DSLR core unit which fit very well (it was a snug fit but I think that's a good thing). I use this bag for day trips, hiking and air travel. I don't use it for overnight camping. If I did use it for overnight hikes, I would purchase the 40 or possibly the 60. The backpack is very well made, comfortable on the back and shoulders, is light-weight, has a great tripod carry system, has additional room for miscellaneous stuff in the top and in the large front pocket, is significantly weather resistant, has very useful pockets on the shoulder harness and is well within airline carry-on size restrictions. I've loaded this backpack with a mirrorless camera body, 3 lenses, filters, headlamp, misc. tools, extra batteries. etc. and still have a room to spare. Well done Shimoda! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this camera backpack to others.

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