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Shimoda Explorer V2 30L backpack

The Shimoda Explorer V2 30L backpack is a high-performance camera bag designed with enthusiasts and professional photographers in mind. The choice of external and internal materials along with the backpack’s dimensions make it ideal for travel photographers, or those on their travels, who need a durable and sturdy bag. There’s even a supportive internal frame that adds extra rigidity to the bag, ensuring it can withstand more than most bags.

The backpack can accommodate a range of camera gear thanks to its modular design and ample storage space, which you can easily be fine-tuned to meet your needs.

An interesting feature of the Shimoda Explorer V2 30L is that when you order the pack, you can choose different options including the the starter kit, which supplies you with everything you need and is the option I’ve looked at in this test. If you’re familiar with the Shimoda bags, then you may want to explore alternative options by selecting what internals you want for the pack. Alternatively, start with the starter kit and then buy different modules as your needs for the bag change or you change kit.

Shimoda Explorer V2 30L

Another nice feature when you order the bag is the option of three different straps designed for women. More details of those are available on the website.

What always makes the Shimoda backpacks stand out is the comfort. Even with the bag well loaded, the carry weight is evenly distributed, and excellent support is offered by the shoulder and waist straps, even for extended periods. Additionally, the rear access to the main compartment makes it easy to access your gear, although you do have to remove the backpack.

While, for the most part, the Shimoda Explorer V2 30L backpack does the job, and there’s no doubt that this is one of the most comfortable backpacks out there, there are a few minor issues. One issue is the laptop slot is designed for mid-sized laptops up to 15 inches or tablets, which means that a 16-inch MacBook may not fit if it’s fitted with a protective case, at least not without a lot of wiggling and then it gets caught.

Shimoda Explorer V2 30L

Additionally, the modular design means that loose items in the top section can fall into the main section, which can be frustrating when trying to access your gear.

Overall, the Shimoda Explorer V2 30L backpack is an excellent choice for photographers who need a high-quality camera bag for their travels. While some design elements could be improved, such as the laptop slot and the ability to block off the top section, the backpack’s overall performance and durability make it a worthwhile investment for serious photographers.

With a 5-year warranty, you can be confident that the backpack will last for years.

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