The Shimoda Explore camera bag system was born as a result of the pain, fatigue, and suffering we and our adventure photographer friends inevitably found ourselves facing in the mountains.
We needed a better adventure camera bag. So we made one. Shimoda bags are built to stand up to the most extreme mountain terrain that we love to deal with.
Please help us bring this dream to life so we can all explore more.
The Shimoda Explore Camera Bag System
The Shimoda Explore System comprises 60L and 40L size backpacks with 2 sizes of modular Core Units, 3 sizes of modular Accessory Cases and a Carry-On Roller. Designed as a reaction to real-world adventure, Shimoda bags have the flexibility to adjust to any situation serious adventure photographers might find themselves in.
Ready for any and every adventure, the Explore 60 redefines the way serious adventure-bound photographers pursue their passion. We wanted the user experience to be simple and intuitive while ensuring its carry performance minimizes fatigue and stress.
With side and rear access to gear, a height-adjustable shoulder harness and direct access to food, water and mobile devices, the Explore 60 helps keep adventurers moving forward with limited interruptions. Approximately 15 liters of adjustable volume via a floating lid lets the most demanding photographers take on multiple adventures without needing to compromise their gear carry needs. The floating lid also provides a secure way to quickly fasten jackets, touring skins and other adventure gear.
Lightweight, durable and intuitively functional, the Explore 60 is destined to be a new favorite addition to the demanding adventure photographer’s toolkit.
We created the Explore 40 for fast moving and agile adventure photographers who need to be in the action to document their story. It was designed to simplify their shooting experience while minimizing physical fatigue. Its intuitive design ensures essentials like food, water and a smartphone are always within reach.
The Explore 40 was designed to set an all-new standard in adventure photography daypacks.
Fully customize your shooting experience.
Both the Explore 40 and Explore 60 backpacks utilize modular Core Units and multiple sizes of Accessory Cases to let you fully customize your shooting experience, not only to your specific gear requirements, but to the terrain ahead of you. They can be combined to create over 10 different configurations to satisfy numerous gear carrying needs. Whether you’re camped out waiting for an epic moment or touring up a crevasse-riddled glacier, our system allows you to choose the most efficient camera access for the situation, even on the fly.
The Shimoda Harness and Frame.
Built for maximum comfort and energy conservation, both the Explore 60 and Explore 40 adventure camera backpacks feature an adjustable harness with a bear hug-like fit to ensure the pack doesn’t put pressure on the users’ shoulders and that weight is comfortably distributed to the hips and front torso.
Shimoda packs have three key frame features:
- The torso height is adjustable, providing a custom fit for every photographer.
- They have an internal 6061 T6 Aluminum frame to comfortably distribute the load of heavy gear.
- The unique shoulder strap design helps balance weight across your chest.
These 3 features work together to minimize shoulder strap stress created from the heavy weight of your camera gear pulling the backpack downwards on your shoulders. The result is an exceptionally comfortable bag that conserves the energy of the user.
Thoughtful in every detail:
Multiple Access Points. Steep, wet and exposed terrain creates challenges and limitations for photographers who need access to their cameras gear. In complex landscapes, putting a pack on the ground is not always an option. Shimoda backpacks offer rear and side access, with the 60L also offering top access.
- Side opening is ideal for quick, under-the-arm access without completely removing the pack.
- Rear opening allows wide, unencumbered access to the bulk of your gear during less time-sensitive shooting scenarios.
- Top access allows users to access their camera while the bag is standing; ideal when the main pack is filled with other gear.
Additionally, an included convertible, multi-use tripod pouch can be side mounted to the bag to support a tripod, or chest mounted to the front harness to secure a camera.
The rear panel of the pack has a door-style opening which acts as a protective shield against blowing sand, rain or snow. The interior of the rear panel houses a padded 13-inch laptop sleeve that sits against the users back, providing ideal weight distribution and fast access at airports. Rear panel access also keeps the harness out of the dirt.
Mobile Office and Snack Bar pockets:
Each shoulder strap features a fast access sleeve for your commonly accessed items. The left strap includes a zippered mobile phone pocket that even has a cable routing port to connect a portable battery. The right strap has a stretch spandex sleeve that can securely accommodate snacks, water bottles, sunscreen and radios.
Having key items within easy reach means never having to remove the pack for simple tasks like checking messages or refueling, which saves energy for when you really need it.
Camera Inserts are an amazing modular development for camera bags, but previous designs have suffered from limited uses as well as excess weight and materials. Most insert designs force you into a single size choice that often leads to numerous expensive purchases of different sized inserts to satisfy various packing needs.
We rethought modular camera inserts.
Shimoda offers multi-configurable Core Units in Small and Medium sizes. Used alone or in combination, they allow for side, rear and top access configurations. Our 2-size system offers over 10 insert configurations to customize the amount of camera and adventure gear for the day ahead of you.
Shimoda Core Units are constructed with compression molded EVA sidewalls and dividers providing optimal protection without excess weight or materials.
Additionally, each Shimoda Core Unit features a removable Skin, which can be used in the following ways:
- A sealed dust-free storage case when is your camera gear is not in use.
- A packing cell for an added layer of organization for loose items like clothing, food and safety equipment.
- A convenient, lightweight shoulder bag (with camera insert) for a quick hike out of basecamp or a walk around a new city.
lots of smaller items like cables, our translucent shell and internal sub-compartments ensure a fast and organized workflow.
Built with high-quality, lightweight and water-resistant materials, its clamshell opening lets the case hang open via its buckle-release handle. This simple feature allows it to be hung from a tripod collar or similar object to make set up and take down fast and efficient.
Shimoda Accessory Cases work seamlessly with every other product in the system. They fit into the packs and roller to ensure no space is ever wasted, while also allowing for a speedy packing and transition experience.
Carry On Roller
For many adventure photographers, travel involves not only long treks in the mountains, but also seemingly longer treks through airport terminals. Carrying camera gear on your back is not always the most desirable experience.
The Shimoda solution: a Carry-On roller that meets most international airline requirements and perfectly houses the modular Core Units and Accessory Cases.
This simple-to-use system allows the transfer of camera gear from roller to backpack quickly and seamlessly via a “doctor bag” style opening, eliminating the need to remove gear from its protective case.
The Shimoda Explore Carry-On Roller is crafted with the same materials and construction techniques used in our backpacks to ensure protection in unpredictable weather and environments. Oversized zippers from industry leader YKK® promise durability and reliability over the life of your roller. The wheels feature an aggressive tread that is suitable for rough terrain, yet they remain smooth and quiet when rolling around town.
All components of the Shimoda system are constructed with advanced materials and manufacturing techniques developed to best meet the needs of hardcore adventurers and the unpredictable environments they visit.
The Carbonate Ether resin-coated nylon shell features a unique double-sided application process that provides incredible water resistance from both exterior water pressure and interior condensation build-up. With two coatings of Carbonate Ether and high-density nylon, the shell delivers unsurpassed water repellency and durability. These advanced coatings allow the use of much lighter-core materials for both the exterior shell and interior lining.
Risks and challenges
The Shimoda team has developed and led the manufacturing on dozens of successful bag lines over the years and have learned from every one of these projects along the way. Experience is on our side, and though nobody's perfect, we have applied our entire team's decades worth of experience to this project to avoid as many pitfalls as possible.
This is Shimoda's first Kickstarter project and we are incredibly excited. We have completed the design and prototyping phase, and have produced numerous product samples for this project. Dozens of units have been tested by some of the most passionate and opinionated adventure photographers in the industry to ensure that Shimoda is production ready.
With all of that being said, there still may be unexpected things we have to deal with. Natural disasters are out of our control, but we have dealt with production problems both large and small in the past and we are totally confident in our ability to respond quickly to remedy any situation. We will be monitoring the campaign 24/7, which allows us to respond quickly to increased demand and reduce any potential wait time. We will be communicating with you throughout the process to keep you informed. We’re ready to bring Shimoda to life and exceed the expectations of adventure photographers everywhere. Join us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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