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Shimoda Explore V2 35 Water Resistant Camera Backpack Review
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Shimoda Explore V2 35 Water Resistant Camera Backpack Review

The Shimoda Explore V2 35 Backpack performs all the functions of a camera bag and then some while not blatantly resembling a camera pack. Shimoda Explore V2 35 Water Resistant Camera Backpack – Fits DSLR, DSLR Cameras, Batteries & Lenses – Medium DSLR V2 Core Unit Modular Camera Insert


  • Tons of efficient internal organization gear
  • Durable and water-resistant materials for rugged adventures
  • Adjustable shoulder straps and back panel for customized comfort


  • Bag features and size can feel bulky for 35L
  • The sternum strap is small for a bag this large
  • Hip belt takes up lots of room in the pack if removed in transit

Technical Details

  • Capacity35l
  • Weight (lb)4.4 lb (2 kg)
  • Dimensions21.2 in x 11.6 in x 7.8 in (53.8 x 29.5 x 19.8 cm)
  • Notable MaterialsRipstop Nylon, Polyethylene, EVA, EVA Foam, YKK Buckles, YKK Zippers, Duraflex Hardware
  • Manufacturing CountryChina
  • Laptop Compartment Size16″
  • Warranty Information
  • Warranty Info

Full Review

External Components

When we initially received the Explore V2, we were interested in the material that had been used for the shell’s exterior. Although all of our research suggested nylon, we contacted Shimoda just to make sure. A “combination of 210 Denier and 420 Denier Carbonate-coated nylon ripstop” was what they claimed to have utilized. They chose a lighter material in “low-abrasion areas to minimize weight” and a higher denier material in “high-abrasion areas to boost durability.” Shimoda, thanks for the info!

Our testing has confirmed that the exterior is as tough as it appears and feels. This bag is still in excellent condition despite the abuse it receives while being used to cycle about Detroit. In addition to the bag’s highly water-resistant cover, it also comes with a rainfly for further security. Whether you choose the starter kit with extras or just the bag, Shimoda provides the rainfly, which is a smart move.

The bundle includes various sizes, shapes, and patterns of YKK zippers. The hardware is a combination of YKK and Duraflex, but both brands function so well that we couldn’t tell them apart. As far as usability goes, so far so good.

To help with weight distribution and to add rigidity, the back panel features a metal frame that spans the full back. The back of the bag features a hard ring around it to safeguard your valuable, pricey stuff in the event that you drop or knock it by accident.

While wearing the pack, air may circulate thanks to the mesh and generous padding on the back panel. On hot days, there are additional air ducts that help the air travel more freely. Even though it’s loaded down with gear, you’ll still perspire while wearing it, but it’s really cooler than you might expect.

Small, Medium, and Large are the three adjustment positions for the shoulder straps. These are great if you want to mix things up on a long hike or while seeing a new city. They are also great for tall, short, and, oh, medium-sized folks. Additionally, there are load lifters that retain the weight in the desired location and prevent the backpack from swinging.

Despite being the simplest handle, it may also be the most useful. Its location at the base of the back panel and lack of padding make it less cozy to carry. However, you shouldn’t carry the bag using only this handle. It’s there so that when you’re actively filming a location, you may take the bag while it’s open. Using this handle and the top handle, you may carry the bag like a huge tub of water. In this strange example, the water or camera equipment would fall to the ground if you only gripped one handle. The gear stays within if you grasp two handles. You won’t realize how terrific of an addition this is unless you are aware of it.

Inside The Pack

Two side pockets are on the Explore V2. One allows you to get your camera, drone, or portable recorder by providing access to the main compartment. There is a liner with a hook-and-loop clasp on the flap where it opens, which is great for storing flat objects. Because there isn’t a lot of padding, whatever is inside can get a little jostled as we open and close the flap.

Two zippered pockets made of a highly water-resistant material that resembles thermoplastic polyurethane, or TPU, are located in the other side section. Since they are on the inside and not the flap, components like lens filters offer greater security and protection.

Pop-out water bottle/tripod holders are located in each of the side pockets. By putting a diagonal zipper on the outside of the pack, you may release this dynamic piece of fabric. The material is black and the sides have non-stretch mesh. It is wide enough to fit a 32-oz Nalgene bottle, which is fairly wide, but it doesn’t have much give to it. An elastic drawstring on the top secures whatever is placed in the pocket.

It’s important to remember that if you plan to use this bag as your carry-on, the tripod counts towards your size and weight. But that’s enough about tripods. Let’s move on!

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • Materials—both internal and external—feel extremely durable and water-resistant
  • The back panel and shoulder straps are adjustable, have ample padding, and are aerated for airflow
  • A ton of external features—from extra pockets to hybrid water bottle/tripod compartments

2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Excellent

  • Exterior fabrics are water resistant, durable, and relatively lightweight.
  • Back panel and shoulder straps still get sweaty but are breathable and don’t hold a smell
  • Zippers are easy to grasp and use but can get caught on edges occasionally

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