Shimoda Designs Explore v2 30 Backpack Photo Starter Kit - Black

SKU: SHI-520-156 MANUFACTURER PART: 520-156 UPC: 816779023054

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Quick Overview

  • All-in-One Adventure & Photo Pack
  • Medium Core Unit for Photo Gear
  • Holds a Mirrorless or DSLR with Lens
  • Multiple Access Points for Versatility
  • Multiple Pockets and Laptop Sleeve
  • Pocket for 3L Hydration Pack
  • Tripod/Water Bottle Pockets
  • Large Front Panel Pocket
  • Adjustable Harness & Strap System
  • Lightweight and Strong Ripstop Nylon


Product Description

The black Explore v2 30 Backpack Photo Starter Kit from Shimoda Designs is the mid-size model in their flagship line of camera backpacks, and this kit includes their medium Core Unit that is designed to hold cameras like the Fuji X-T4 and Sony a7 series but can accommodate a Canon 5D or similar sized camera. This versatile, multiuse bag can accommodate the combined requirements of the on-the-go photographer, multimedia creator, hiker, or adventure world traveler. Beyond the functionality features of the bag, Shimoda redesigned the harness system to be highly customizable for any user—and included the ability to change the backpack straps with optional ones for an even more customized and comfortable fit.

What It Holds

  • Updated design for the unique needs of travel or landscape photographers
  • The versatile, multiuse backpack can accommodate the combined interests of the on-the-go photographer, multimedia creator, hiker, or adventure traveler
  • Dual-access document pocket provides interior and exterior access to the pocket for when you need maps, notebooks, etc.
  • The hidden and secure interior pocket is ideal for passports and other important documents
  • Pockets on both exterior sides of the pack can be used to hold a water bottle, tripod, or other outdoor equipment
  • Each shoulder strap has a fast access pocket for commonly used items and the left side has an expandable sleeve that securely accommodates snacks, water bottles, sunscreen, and two-way radios while the right side features a zippered phone pocket
  • The padded sleeve in the rear pocket holds a 16" laptop
  • Multiple webbing strips to attach lavalier mics or products like the RODE Wireless Go
  • Secure numerous tripods, skis, ice axes, or a snowboard using the 12 exterior attachment points
  • A large front panel pocket is ideal for oversized items like a jacket, laptop in a padded case, or avalanche safety equipment
  • Two quick-access sleeves hold square and round filters up to 100mm
  • The hydration bladder sleeve is 3L and located in the front panel. It has a hanger loop and dedicated routing to run the hose through the exterior rear panel and onto the shoulder straps
  • Optional Shimoda Designs Core Units can be installed within the pack and reconfigured to fit your needs - whether you need camera, video, audio, or digital media equipment

Medium Core Unit

  • Use inside the pack to hold and protect your photo gear while offering fast access in your bags
  • The Core Unit's shorter depth allows for more efficient packing scenarios and leads to a lower profile in your backpack
  • Orientate it vertically to integrate with the side access of the Explore v2 30 backpack
  • Interior holds a mirrorless or non-gripped DSLR camera up to 4.7" (12cm) tall with lenses as long as a 70-200mm f/2.8
  • Holds cameras like the Fuji X-T4 and Sony a7 series but can accommodate a Canon 5D or similar size
  • EVA foam-laminated dividers protect equipment and prevent it from knocking together
  • Interior is a bright-yet-subtle blue color, which makes locating items inside the unit quick and easy

How It's Made

  • The side opening is ideal for quick, under-the-arm access without completely removing the pack, and the anti-theft rear opening allows wide, unobstructed access to the bulk of your gear for less time-sensitive shooting situations
  • Lightweight and wear-resistant ripstop nylon shell is treated with a high water- and wear-resistant Carbonate Ether polyurethane coating
  • Lockable water-resistant splashguard YKK zippers increase security and protection for your valuable gear
  • The free-standing padded base features a lightly padded panel for protection when placing the pack down and allows the pack to stand on its own
  • The base panel features two ventilation holes to limit any potential condensation buildup inside the base area
  • Lightweight rain cover provides an extra layer of protection in wet conditions and stows in its own pouch for easy storage

How you Carry & Wear It

  • A convenient side handle allows you to carry it like a conventional bag for easier handling at checkpoints and on planes or can be used as a luggage handle trolley strap
  • Handles on the top and base make picking the pack up easier and safer
  • 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
  • Removable EVA foam padded waist belt transfers weight to the hips for additional comfort with mesh sleeve to quickly stash trash and a gear loop for carabineers, ice axes, and even small tripods
  • Adjustable sternum strap limits unintentional shifting around the wearer

Improved Aired-Out Harness System

  • The "Aired-Out" system allows air to flow through the perforated mesh and EVA foam cushioning makes the harness feel comfortable and cool on your torso
  • Weight-distributing shoulder strap shape and fit help support the load—instead of the weight pulling backward, like most common camera backpack harnesses, the straps distribute weight across the chest area
  • Fully customizable for the perfect fit, no matter your size
  • Swappable shoulder straps allow you to install optional Shimoda straps for a better and more comfortable fit
  • Three torso height options with approximately 3" (7.5 cm) of vertical adjustment allows the same backpack to fit short or tall torso lengths, ensuring a custom fit for everyone


Carry/Transport Options Backpack Straps with Sternum Strap, Handle, Waist Belt
Color Black
Type of Closure Zipper
Laptop/Tablet Compartment Fits 16" Laptop (10 x 15 x 0.8" / 25.5 x 38 x 2 cm)
Monopod/Tripod Holder Yes
Water Resistance Water Resistant (Material)
Materials Exterior: Nylon
Dimensions Exterior
11.6 x 20.3 x 6.7" / 29.5 x 51.5 x 17 cm
11.2 x 19.9 x 6.3" / 28.5 x 50.5 x 16 cm
Weight 3.6 lb / 1.65 kg
In The Box Shimoda Designs Explore v2 30 Backpack Photo Starter Kit (Black)
Shimoda Designs Medium Mirrorless Core Unit Version 2 (Parisian Nights)
Rain Fly
Limited 5-Year Warranty
MFG Part# 520-156
Condition New


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