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Nov 29, 2017 20:26 |  #1

Ian Millar, former lead product designer/creative director at f-stop Gear left f-stop last year and has founded a new company Shimoda Designs (external link). I first learned about his company from FM and they have some interesting ideas in these new bags. They also have a kickstarter (external link) that I've participated in that ends in a couple of weeks. Ian is a great guy and I hope his company does well which it might as the kickstarter has currently tripled the original goal. As of today there's two weeks left in the kickstarter. Product reviews: Digital Trends (external link), North Shore Mountain Bike (external link), Photography Life (external link).


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Dec 07, 2017 20:32 |  #2

I just found out about this bag yesterday when I was searching for an insert for a regular backpacking bag I just bought. I had just bought the backpack insert Tenba makes when I found the link to the Shimoda. It looks like a great bag but I just bought a Gregory Targhee and the insert and can't return it really because I can't tolerate another day carrying my gear in the Lowepro 250. I'd have to wait till February and return the items I just bought :(. Oh well....


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Jan 01, 2018 17:10 |  #3

The kickstarter ended a couple of weeks ago and was successful - Shimoda raised 6 times the amount of their goal. Ian announced an add-on program for backers: you could buy any of the initial product offers in addition to products you bought when you made your pledge at the same 30% discount. This was very helpful as some products were only offered in kits in the kickstarter offering, and the add-on meant you could get the piece you wanted by itself. Shipping is free for backers.

Ian is very happy with the response and it looks like Shimoda Designs is going to be viable. So now there is a choice at the top end of the market and there's a quality alternative to the f-stop backpacks and accessories.


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Jan 01, 2018 17:14 |  #4

Damn...wish I'd seen this when it was active! Ian was awesome, and is one of the prime reasons I own an F-Stop bag from back in the day. I'll definitely be taking a harder look into Shimoda; thanks for the head's up, Peter!


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Mar 15, 2018 11:03 |  #5

The Shimoda bags and carry-on roller are now available at retail, at least in the two big NYC stores Adorama and B&H. I ordered a carry-on roller, ICUs and accessory bags with my kickstarter contribution and the package arrived last week.

IMAGE: https://nolan.com/shimoda/DSCN4183PP.jpg
The carry-on is just a wee bit shorter than an f-stop Ajna in size.


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It's very solid, has quality ripstop nylon, mid-size and huge YKK zippers, and two metal bands that run from top to bottom of the case to protect the contents.


IMAGE: https://nolan.com/shimoda/DSCN4195PP.jpg
It also has a very solid roller base. All in all this is a high quality product and I'm sure the bags will be at the same level.


IMAGE: https://nolan.com/shimoda/DSCN4186PP.jpg
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If you own f-stop equipment Shimoda ICUs and accessory bags fit into an Ajna.


IMAGE: https://nolan.com/shimoda/DSCN4172PP.jpg
The Shimoda ICUs are the same width as an f-stop ICU, but they are about 1/2" shallower. So while Shimoda ICUs fit f-stop bags, unfortunately f-stop ICUs likely will not fit Shimoda bags. All in all, the the materials and construction quality of the carry-on roller is excellent and I expect it to last for a very long time. At last f-stop has some worthy competition.

The only cons that I could find were the Shimoda ICUs and the tags on the zippers. Those tags are leather and flat compared to the f-stop tags which are made from formed plastic which will be easier to grip when wearing gloves in bad weather. As for the ICUs the Shimoda product is thin and hard and IMHO would provide insufficient protection for my lenses and bodies. The f-stop ICUs are more expensive but definitely worth it.

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