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Shimoda Designs Action X50 Backpack Starter Kit with Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 (Black)

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Shimoda Designs Action X50 Backpack Starter Kit with Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 (Black)
Key Features
  • Versatile, Multiuse Rolltop Backpack
  • Includes Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2
  • Rear, Side, and Top Access
  • Accommodates Photo & Backcountry Gear
This Shimoda Designs Action X50 Backpack Starter Kit includes a black Shimoda Designs Action X50 Backpack and a Parisian Nights-colored Shimoda Designs Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2.
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Shimoda Designs Action X50 Overview

This Shimoda Designs Action X50 Backpack Starter Kit includes a black Shimoda Designs Action X50 Backpack and a Parisian Nights-colored Shimoda Designs Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2.

A versatile, multiuse bag, the Action X50 Backpack can accommodate the combined interests of the adventure photographer, multimedia creator, hiker, or mountain sports enthusiast. Inside, its spacious main compartment has a partition system that forms an optional bottom section that enhances the ability to organize the backpack's contents when used with the Shimoda Designs Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2. Created to store and organize camera, video, audio, or digital media equipment, the Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 complements the Action X50 Backpack by also featuring a zippered side opening that aligns 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 the Medium 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 rolltop 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 the Medium 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 with equipment insert that can accommodate the combined interests of the adventure photographer, multimedia creator, hiker, or mountain sports enthusiast
  • 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
  • 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 the included Shimoda Designs Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2
  • Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 complements 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 the Medium DSLR Core Unit Version 2 is provided by a swing-out zippered panel that faces the wearer's back
  • A rolltop 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
  • Separately available Rain Cover provides additional protection under heavy rain
UPC: 816779022088

Shimoda Designs Action X50 Specs

Carry/Transport OptionsBackpack Straps with Sternum Strap, Handle, Waist Belt
ColorBlack
Type of ClosureTop Compartment: Rolltop with Quick Release Buckle
Camera Compartment: Zipper
Laptop/Tablet CompartmentSingle Compartment: Fits 16" 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 x 11.8 x 8.3" / 55.9 x 30 x 21.1 cm
Interior
21.9 x 11.6 x 8.1" / 55.6 x 29.5 x 20.6 cm
Weight4.2 lb / 1.91 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.285 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)23.3 x 13.5 x 10"

Shimoda Designs Action X50 Reviews

Really great bag

By Joshua
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-06

Great quality workmanship and comfortable. Easily carries all photo gear plus overnight gear for backpacking. Very pleased.

Top Quality, Comfortable and Well Designed

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-08

Love this bag! It's made of top quality materials, comfortable and very well designed. I use it with the Large DSLR Core Unit v2 (sold separately), which fits my DSLR, 70-200 lens, 24-70 lens, 16-35 lens and hefty 150-600 lens, with a little room for filters and a couple of other items. Separate from the core unit, the bag has a deep, large outer section with small pockets for batteries and cards. I would have liked a couple of additional smaller pockets there for odds and ends but that's a small quibble. The top section has plenty of room for clothing layers, snacks, etc.; it's nice to have a decent space to stash jackets and other supplies. I originally bought the X70 bag but it was just too big, so I exchanged it for the X50 (props to B&H for seamless exchange!). The X50 is still a sizeable bag, but that's what I was looking for. I have a smaller bag for limited outings where I don't need the big lens and some of the other gear. Accessing my camera and lens on the new bag was an easy adjustment for me and works well, although there is a side access window option that doesn't really work with my configuration. No great loss. I like that the bag is built to stand up on its base, although I do most camera access by laying the bag on its front. I saw a complaint elsewhere about the zipper access to the core unit section getting caught on the waist belt. This was a non-issue for me. The zipper moves easily around the waist belt, which connects to the bag side with a magnetic attachment. The shoulder strap system and waist belt are the best I've had in a camera bag. They have ample padding that is thoughtfully distributed, and the straps and load lifters are easy to work and effective. It's a pretty heavy load when I pack all my gear, but the bag handles the weight very well in terms of distribution and comfort. I definitely recommend the Shimoda X 50 bag.

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.

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.

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.

Nearly excellent

By Jon
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-05

Excellent construction. Innovative details that are great. Couple critiques; chest strap is too long to be useful for hiking much and insert dosntv have quite enough room for two of standard pro Nikon DSLR lenses like 24-70 and 70-200 with camera attached with anything else, not any lenses for sure. Could use 1.5 inches more each direction. Will just have to use large top pocket for more lenses or flash etc.

Great so far

By Joshua
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-30

Holding up so far.

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