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Shimoda Designs Action X50 Backpack (Black)

BH #SHAX50B • MFR #520-104
Shimoda Designs Action X50 Backpack (Black)
Key Features
  • Versatile, Multiuse Roll-Top Backpack
  • Accepts Medium/Large DSLR Core Unit v2
  • Rear, Side, and Top Access
  • Accommodates Photo & Backcountry Gear
The black Action X50 Backpack from Shimoda Designs is a versatile, multiuse bag that can accommodate the combined interests of the adventure photographer, multimedia creator, hiker, or mountain sports enthusiast. Inside, the spacious main compartment has a partition system that forms an optional bottom section that enhances the ability to organize this backpack's contents when used with either a separately available Shimoda Designs Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 or a separately available Shimoda Designs Large DSLR Core Unit Version 2. Created to store and organize camera, video, audio, or digital media equipment, the Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 or Large DSLR Core Unit Version 2 complement the Action X50 Backpack by also featuring zippered side openings that align with the Action X50 Backpack's own zippered side opening for seamless accessibility to the equipment inside when the bag is rotated from one's back to front with the right side facing upward.
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Shimoda Designs Action X50 Overview

The black Action X50 Backpack from Shimoda Designs is a versatile, multiuse bag that can accommodate the combined interests of the adventure photographer, multimedia creator, hiker, or mountain sports enthusiast. Inside, the spacious main compartment has a partition system that forms an optional bottom section that enhances the ability to organize this backpack's contents when used with either a separately available Shimoda Designs Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 or a separately available Shimoda Designs Large DSLR Core Unit Version 2. Created to store and organize camera, video, audio, or digital media equipment, the Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 or Large DSLR Core Unit Version 2 complement the Action X50 Backpack by also featuring zippered side openings that align with the Action X50 Backpack's own zippered side opening for seamless accessibility to the equipment inside when the bag is rotated from one's back to front with the right side facing upward.

When the partition system is enabled, the space created above a Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 or Large DSLR Core Unit Version 2 can then be dedicated to a variety of items such as outdoor gear or packable clothing that can be reached quickly and conveniently through the backpack's top opening. A roll top design allows the wearer to easily compress the backpack according to the specific amount of equipment placed inside it, which also serves to effectively seal out moisture and dust. When the backpack is firmly rolled shut, the top can be secured using its integrated side-release buckle closure. For use under inclement weather, a secondary, zippered closure is included along the top of the Action X50 Backpack which also provides access to organizational pockets for items that need to be accessed quickly and conveniently, such as snacks, a pair of sunglasses, or music player earphones.

If the Action X50 Backpack is placed on the ground or a flat surface, complete access to a Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 or Large DSLR Core Unit Version 2 is provided by a swing-out zippered panel that faces the wearer's back. Along the inside of the rear-facing zippered panel is the Action X50 Backpack's 15" laptop sleeve. The backpack's front panel unzips to provide reveal additional organizational pockets as well as space to store packable clothing and can accommodate a hydration pack while featuring an opening for the hydration pack's sip tube along the right of the wearer.

The Action X50 Backpack can be lifted via its built-in haul and side handles, and carried by its adjustable, 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 Action X50 Backpack is built to be weather resistant. To further protect its contents should the bag be placed on a wet surface, the bottom panel is waterproof.

Capacity
  • Versatile, multiuse backpack that can accommodate the combined interests of the adventure photographer, multimedia creator, hiker, or mountain sports enthusiast
  • Designed for use with a separately available Shimoda Designs Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 or a separately available Shimoda Designs Large DSLR Core Unit Version 2
  • When used with a Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2, can accommodate up to two DSLR cameras and five lenses, including a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens; or two DSLR cameras and three lenses, including a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, plus a medium-sized drone kit
  • When used with a Large DSLR Core Unit Version 2, can accommodate up to two DSLR cameras and nine lenses, including a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens; or two DSLR cameras and five lenses, including a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, plus a medium-sized drone kit
  • Rear access panel contains a padded, zippered pocket for a 15" laptop
  • Front panel unzips to reveal organizational pockets as well as space to store packable clothing and can accommodate a hydration pack while featuring an opening for the hydration pack's sip tube along the right of the wearer
  • Side panel along the wearer's left side can be unzipped and contains organizational pockets that can be accessed when the bag is rotated from one's back to front with the left side facing upward
  • Zippered opening along the top of the backpack provides access to organizational pockets, a key clip, and space for items that need to be reached quickly and conveniently
  • Outer edge of the backpack strap which rests over the wearer's left shoulder opens a padded, zippered smartphone pocket
  • 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
  • Zippered tuck-away water bottle or tripod- holder pockets along both sides of backpack
  • Multiple, heavy-duty compression straps along each side and on the front of the backpack allow tripods, as well as skis, a snowboard, or other outdoor mountain equipment to be conveniently harnessed and carried
  • Included Helmet Harness allows a snow or bike helmet to be fastened against the backpack's front panel
  • Front panel ice pick loops
  • Waist belt loops for hiking poles, ice picks, or tripod
  • Easy-to-reach storage pockets along sides of removable waist belt
  • Separately available Shimoda Designs Top Loader can be fastened against the backpack straps to hold a small drone kit or medium-sized camera along with an attached 24-70mm f/2.8 or 70-200mm f/2.8 lens over the wearer's chest
  • Top Loader can be used as a side accessible core unit or integrated with the waist belt
Handling and Fit
  • Main compartment has a partition system that forms an optional bottom section that enhances the ability to organize this backpack's contents when used with a separately available Shimoda Designs Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 or a separately available Shimoda Designs Large DSLR Core Unit Version 2
  • Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 or Large DSLR Core Unit Version 2 complement the Action X50 Backpack by featuring zippered side openings that align with the Action X50 Backpack's own zippered side opening for seamless accessibility to the equipment inside when the bag is rotated from one's back to front with the right side facing upward
  • Complete access to a Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 or Large DSLR Core Unit Version 2 is provided by a swing-out zippered panel that faces the wearer's back
  • A roll top design with integrated side-release buckle closure allows the wearer to easily compress the backpack according to the specific amount of equipment placed inside it while effectively sealing out moisture and dust
  • Secondary, zippered top closure for use under inclement weather
  • Can be lifted via its built-in haul and side handles, and carried by its adjustable, padded shoulder straps with gear loops with 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
  • Buckle closures feature side-release buckles are designed for use with gloves
  • Multiple front and side gear loops
  • Durable, weather-resistant nylon construction with waterproof bottom panel
  • Backpack straps can be removed and substituted with separately available, Shimoda Designs Women's Simple Petite Backpack Straps, Shimoda Designs Women's Simple Backpack Straps, Shimoda Designs Women's Tech Backpack Straps, or Shimoda Designs Men's Plus Backpack straps
  • Separately available Shimoda Designs Action X Belt Booster provides an additional 10.5 inches of length to the waist belt for larger waist lines or to better accommodate winter apparel
UPC: 816779022064

Shimoda Designs Action X50 Specs

Carry/Transport OptionsBackpack Straps with Sternum Strap, Handle, Shoulder Strap, Waist Belt
ColorBlack
Type of ClosureTop Compartment: Rolltop with Quick Release Buckle
Camera Compartment: Zipper
Laptop/Tablet CompartmentSingle Compartment: Fits 15" Laptop (13.8 x 9.4 x 0.6" / 35 x 24 x 1.5 cm)
Monopod/Tripod HolderYes
FeaturesHydration Bladder Compatible
Environmental
Water ResistanceWater Resistant (Material)
General
MaterialsExterior: Nylon
Interior: Nylon
DimensionsExterior
22.05 x 11.81 x 8.27" / 56.01 x 30 x 21.01 cm
Interior
22.05 x 11.81 x 8.27" / 56.01 x 30 x 21.01 cm
Weight4.2 lb / 1.91 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)23 x 13 x 10"

Shimoda Designs Action X50 Reviews

Amazing lightweight backpack

By Alin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-08

After I tried the new Tilopa DuraDiamond that felt short by not having any proper side pouches for a water bottle / tripod, I went back to my #1 on the list :) the Action X 50 from Shimoda. This is the perfect backpack for a day-hike with a bunch of gear + additional personal items (rain coat, shirts, sandwiches etc.). One thing I didn't like: When you use the large core unit, the top sack it's pretty useless and annoying (it's just a big pile of material gathered together). When using the large core unit (or medium+small) I just unzip that sack and use the top part as a large bucket for storing stuff. By doing that you gain a little bit of weight saving too. The bag weighs about 1.7 kg, around 500 grams (1 lb) less than the Tilopa DuraDiamond when complete empty with no top sack and no core unit. One thing that is frustrating: deciding on a color :) Both colors looks so good ! Other than that it's a super cool hiking camera bag with few minor minuses. I am confident than in future iterations, this bag will become more awesome.

Awesome bag so far!

By Amit
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-15

I recently took the bag out for the first time to the Olympic National Park. It worked flawlessly it kept my camera gear dry and safe. It was also comfortable to hike with, I liked the fact that I didn't need an additional rain cover as the material is already very resistant to water. I purchased the large DSLR insert which was perfect for my three zoom lens 16-35, 24-105 and 100-400 as well as two prime lenses. The main reason I got this over the new version of the Explorer backpacks from Shimoda was due to the extra storage at the top of the bag for food, clothes etc. Side pockets are awesome for holding a tripod and large water bottles, plenty of pockets for storage. Overall a great bag very well made, I highly recommend it.

room for everything

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-23

I can finally fit everything I want to carry all at once. The extra perks are more options to carry water and well place storage for everthing. I haven't used it yet on a long hike (and probably won't skiing) but so far it feels very comfortable fully loaded up!

Highly rerecommended.

By Ricardo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-09

What else can be said about this backpack that has not been already said? Excellent bag, very comfortable, even when attaching a heavy tripod. Just make sure to adjust the torso height of the backpack according to the season. I found that in winter, with the cloth layers that I wear, I needed to change the torso height to L, while if wearing less cloth layers, I feel the backpack more comfortable, when adjusting the height to M.

Major issue

By Garry
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-06

It's a young company 2nd design still lots things to work out. Shoulder straps are same as the smaller packs not made for heavier loads you must pay to upgrade. Have the pack open to access cameras. need something from the top? Hold on...zip up and flip over and access zipper for top.

Great backpack

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-23

Tons of room for my cameras and anything else I could use when hiking or traveling as well. My main camera bag!

Excellent, as expected.

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-26

I have been a can't of Shimoda since its inception. Ian Millar knows how to design a bag! The best part of the X50 is the near perfect size for fear and travel. Equal to this is the comfortable harness system that lets you change to fit your body. The straps can even be traded out for larger or female specific straps. Overall the best bag I've ever had and I've had a lot of bags.

Versatile backpack

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-01

I waited 2 years to get a Shimoda even after all the positive reviews. I primarily shoot landscape and felt it would be too big for my mirrorless kit. I've been using an Atlas Athlete which I love but sadly won't fit my full frame Nikon and wildlife kit. The 50L Action X is perfect for carrying my Nikon D800 attached to my 200-500VR with additional space for accessories, fits live a glove. I haven't travelled by plane yet but the overall dimensions makes it fit on domestic airlines as a carry on if not overloaded with additional gear. I bought the large dslr core unit which was the perfect choice for my wildlife set up. I wasn't sure about the roll top closure but have already fallen in love with the design. Materials are top quality, feels like this bag will last for decades with extensive use.

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