Shimoda Explore V2 35 – the bag you grow to love

At first I wasn't convinced by the Shimoda Explore V2 but the more I used it, the more I realized it's a really well-designed bag

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(Image: © Hannah Rooke / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I'm a female photographer with a small stature (I'm 5ft 4in) and when I first pulled the Shimoda Explore V2 35 from the box I couldn't get over how big and heavy it was – and that was without any kit in the bag. Just the thought of filling it with everything I needed for a full day of walking and shooting made my back ache, but I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable it was and how evenly the weight was distributed across my torso. It feels really well made, has a nice finish, plus a lot of useful straps and pockets.


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    Plenty of pockets

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    Comfortable, adjustable straps

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    Easy access side pocket

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    Can order women's straps for it


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    Big and heavy

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The Shimoda Explore V2 35L is truly a bag for the adventurist photographer. With its comfortable, adjustable straps and breathable mesh fabric, it's perfect for hiking and has two separate compartments – one for personal items and snacks and one for your camera gear with solid dividers to keep it safe.

Shimoda Designs unveiled its Action X Series of camera bags several years ago. While the X series is designed to be rugged and sport-focused, the Explore series here is billed as a "refined travel and landscape adventure camera bag system."

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.