Explore 30. The perfect daypack for action-driven adventure photographers.

The Explore 30 is the new standard for adventure photographers with small pack needs. Its compact size, adjustable fit and a new removable belt system make it an ideal backpack to take everywhere. The Explore 30 is just as comfortable scaling mountain terrain - as it is discovering a new city or shooting a local event. 

We created this bag to simplify your shooting experience while minimizing physical fatigue. Its intuitive design makes sure essentials like food, water and a smart phone are always in immediate reach. Our adjustable harness with bear hug like fit makes sure your packs weight doesn’t put pressure on your shoulders and is instead distributed to your hips and front torso. And our new removable belt feature also lets you convert a weight distributing mountain pack into a minimalist daily commuter or urban explorer. The Explore 30 let you carry - only what you need.

Our modular Core Unit camera inserts let you customize your shooting experience -not only to your gear requirements - but the terrain ahead of you. Whether you’re camping out waiting for an epic moment or scrambling up a rocky ascents- our system allows you to choose the most efficient camera access for the situation – even on the fly.

All of our features are packaged with materials and construction techniques we developed to best meet the needs of the hardcore adventurers and the unpredictable environments we visit. Our Nylon Carbonate Ether PU coated shell features a unique double-sided resin application process that provides incredible water resistance from exterior water pressure and interior condensation build-up. With 2 coatings of Carbonate Ether and High Density nylon- our shell inherently delivers substantial improvements in water absorption and durability. Because of this we are able to use much lighter core materials for both the exterior shell and interior lining.

The new Explore 30 is a lightweight, durable and modular adventure driven camera bag - with the ability to be your everyday and - everywhere backpack.

Note: Core Units must be purchased separately OR in one of the Explore Kits below.

All Shimoda products come with a 5-year warranty

I’ve made this my primary riding bag. Everything about it is awesome.
— @ParisGore

EXPLORE 30 available in these Kits

Starter Kit

Professional Kit

master Kit

Team Kit



Multiple Access Points

The Shimoda Explore 30 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.

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Height-Adjustable Harness

The Explore 30 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.


Carry On Friendly

Our backpacks are sized to meet most airline carry-on requirements. Since carry-on dimensions vary by airplane size and style, and regulations are always changing, we recommend checking with your airline before the flight.

The 30L bag is incredible!!
— @MattiasFredrikssonPhotography



Explore 30 in action


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