Multiple Access Points
The Shimoda Action X30 backpack offers rear and side access options. The side opening is ideal for quick, under-the-arm access without completely removing the pack. It’s accessed through a YKK SplashGuard® zipper which protects water and other tiny elements like sand from entering your pack.
The rear opening allows wide, unobstructed access to the bulk of your gear for less time-sensitive shooting situations. It has an EVA-padded door-style opening which acts as added protection against airborne elements in difficult shooting environments and can help keep snow and rain out the gear area. The interior side of the door has a 15-inch laptop sleeve. It sits against the users back and provides fast access at airports and in other efficiency driven scenarios.
The Action X30 backpack features an adjustable torso height offering three size options with approximately 10 cm (4 in.) of vertical adjustment. This means the same backpack can fit short or tall - male or female torso heights - ensuring a custom fit for every photographer. Having the correct torso fit means that the aluminum internal frame is 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 configurations to be adjusted to suit changing terrain and environmental conditions.
Our Action X series is designed to perform seamlessly for adventure athletes, photographers and filmmakers who like to be embedded in the action and environment. We have added action sport specific features like a removable helmet holder, ski fastening straps and a bike pump sleeve. We’ve even used extra durable materials to help protect the pack from the kind of abrasion that mountain gear causes when attached to the outside.
We gave the Action X series a roll-top access so the bag can be adjusted to your gear needs while maintaining a tight and compact fit. The roll top can expand with a volume range of 7-liters. The top section also has an additional quick-access YKK SplashGuard® zipper that makes getting at your gear extremely quick and easy - especially in foul weather.
Extra Supportive Shoulder Straps
Shimoda rethought shoulder strap design and created a weight distributing shape and fit to help support the load of a camera bag. Instead of the weight of the bags pulling backwards like most common camera bag harnesses – our straps distribute weight across the chest area. Paired with our bear-hug like fit, shifting weight to the hips and front torso translates into more physical energy and mental focus to use on your photo adventure. The straps also feature a mobile phone pocket and a second expandable pocket for larger accessories or a water bottle.
Removable Hip Belt
Our EVA molded belt design features a cutout shape that comfortably secures around the top of the hip bone. The belt 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. The belt is also removable for days with lighter loads, or for travel and events when you want a little less bag to pack around. Simply unfasten the belt from the rear access panel and slide it out. With the overall size of the bag being only 30L, a beltless X30 is a great everyday backpack that still has the ability to comfortably summit big peaks (with the belt attached).
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.
Removable Helmet Holder
A simple accessory that lets you carry most styles of adventure helmets on the back of your pack. Especially ideal for mountain bikers and mountaineers who don’t always need to wear a helmet in hot situations. Made from a durable jersey, the main body of the holder stretches to allow it to wrap around the helmet and hold it in place. The inside of the holder feature 16 PU-laminated sticky-bumps that provide extra grip so the helmet stays in place and helps prevent slipping.
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. The increased durability provided by the coating allows the use of lighter weight nylon without compromising strength, toughness or water repellency.
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.
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.
Versatile Front Panel Pocket
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.
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.