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Shimoda Explore 40 Starter Kit

Cat # 520-003

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The Explore 40 is the new standard in adventure photography daypacks. We have created a pack to simplify your shooting experience while minimizing physical fatigue. It’s intuitive design makes sure camera gear and other essentials like food, water and a mobile phone are always within immediate reach. Our modular Core Unit camera inserts let you customize your shooting experience — not only to your gear requirements, but also to the terrain ahead of you. Whether you’re camping out waiting for an epic moment or scrambling up rocky ascents, the Shimoda system allows you to choose the most efficient camera access for the situation – even on the fly. The adjustable harness with its bear hug-like fit makes sure the pack’s weight doesn’t put pressure on your shoulders and is instead distributed to your hips and front torso. Additionally, the rear panel lets air flow between your back and the pack. All of our features are built with materials and construction techniques we developed to best meet the needs of hardcore adventurers and the unpredictable environments they visit. The Nylon Carbonate Ether PU coated shell features a unique double-sided resin application process that provides exceptional water resistance from both exterior water pressure and interior condensation build-up. Because of this we are able to use much lighter core materials for both the exterior shell and interior lining. The new Explore 40 is a lightweight, durable, adventure-driven camera bag ready for your next trek.


Weight4.54 lbs. (2.1 kg)
Exterior Dimensions11.4W X 22.4H X 10.2D in.
(29 X 57 X 26 cm)
Interior Dimensions11.4W X 17.3H X 6.7D in.
(29 X 44 X 17 cm)
Laptop Compartment9.8W X 14.2H X 0.4D in.
(25 X 36 X 1 cm)


Multiple Access Points - The Shimoda Explore 40 backpack offers rear and side access options. The side opening is ideal for quick, under-the-arm access without completely removing the pack. The Rear opening allows wide, unobstructed access to the bulk of your gear for less time-sensitive shooting scenarios. Height-Adjustable Harness - The Explore 40 backpack harness is height adjustable, allowing the same backpack to fit short or tall — male or female — torsos, and ensuring a custom fit for every user. There are four height options allowing approximately four inches in adjustment. Having the correct torso fit enables the internal frame to be much more effective in transferring shoulder stress and weight to rest comfortably on the user’s hips. Core Unit Modular Camera Insert System - Perhaps the most forward thinking modular camera inserts on the market, Shimoda’s Core Units are simple, smart and multifunctional. A user can increase their layout options with two or more Core Units by stacking and shifting how they are placed in the pack. This system allows for rear, side and top access configurations that be adjusted to suit changing terrain and environmental conditions. Mobile Office and Snack Bar Pockets - Each shoulder strap features a fast access pocket for commonly accessed items. The right side has a stretch spandex sleeve that can securely accommodate snacks, water bottles, sunscreen and two-way radios, and the left side features a zippered mobile phone pocket. The mobile pocket even has a cable routing port to connect a portable battery. Having key items within easy reach means never having to think about removing the pack for simple tasks like checking messages or refueling, which in turn saves energy for when it’s really needed. Lightweight Water-Resistant Materials - The outer shell of each pack is unique to Shimoda. It utilizes a Carbonate Ether PU formula of mixed, proprietary resins to create an extremely durable coating. This coating is then applied to both the exterior and interior panels of high density ripstop nylon, ensuring exceptional durability and water protection. The increased durability provided by the coating allows the use of lighter weight nylon without compromising strength. Shimoda’s textiles meet human-ecological requirements and are accredited Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX. Multi Configurable Front Panel - The front panel webbing attachment system allows you to carry various photography and mountain tools on the exterior of the pack. Users can secure numerous tripods, skis, ice axes or a snowboard. Each strap features a glove-friendly YKK® side-release buckle. Water-Resistant Splashguard YKK® Zippers - We use YKK Splashguard (RCPU) zippers in critically exposed areas of the backpack. RCPU zippers help prevent rain, snow and sand from entering your bag. Removable Accessory Straps - Each Shimoda backpack comes with 2 removable accessory straps. They can be used to secure sleeping mats, crampons, tripods, tents, drop-in holsters and other external attachments. EVA Compression Molding (Shoulder Straps, Belt and Rear Panel) - Shimoda packs use EVA compression molding techniques to provide superior comfort, padding and protection in critical body-contact areas of the bag. EVA also allows refined quality control and construction. Lightweight, Supportive Hip Belt - Our EVA molded belt design features a cutout shape that easily and comfortably secures around the top of the hip bone. The belt also includes a mesh sleeve to quickly stash trash, and a gear loop to temporarily hang items from. The loop is ideal for carabineers, ice axes and even small tripods. Convertible, Multi-Use Pouch - Each pack comes with a removable pouch located in the side panel pocket. The pouch can secure a tripod to the side of the pack, or it can be mounted to the shoulder harness (with included Accessory Straps) to act as a drop-in holster for cameras as large as a non-gripped DSLR body and lenses as long as 70-200mm 2.8. Organizing Lid Pocket with Sub-Compartments - The pocket in the pack lid is protected by a YKK® Splashguard zipper and is designed to provide a quick spot to stash items when time is at a minimum. Our pocket design ensures items will not fall out of the pack even when accidentally left open. Inside the pocket, zippered mesh sub-compartments provide even more safety and organization for less commonly accessed items like pens, keys and money. Versatile Front Panel Pocket - Protected by a YKK® Splashguard zipper, the large front panel pocket is ideal for numerous oversized items like a jacket, sleeping bag or tent, laptop in a padded case or avalanche safety equipment. Hydration Bladder Sleeve and Routing - The front panel also features a sub-pocket and hanger loop designed to fit a hydration bladder up to 3L. It has dedicated routing to run the hose through the exterior rear panel and onto the shoulder straps. Free Standing Padded Base - Our base features a lightly padded panel to add more protection when placing the pack down. The shape was designed so the pack will be able to stand without any assistance. The base panel also features two ventilation holes to limit any potential condensation buildup inside the base area. Genuine Full-Grain Leather Zipper Pulls - Shimoda packs use genuine leather zipper pulls. Leather has long-lasting durability because it is flexible and soft. When compared with traditional plastic or metal zipper pulls, leather eliminates the potential of breakage with car doors and rocks, or even being stepped on by hard soled boots. Leather pulls also add a refined element of style.
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