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The North Face Base Camp Duffel fits all the gear you could possibly need, and it'll last for-ev-er.

The North Face Base Camp Duffel is an expedition classic. Its heavy-duty fabric withstands a lifetime of abuse, and its alpine-cut shoulder straps allow for comfortable carrying as a backpack. Cram this duffel full of gear for an Everest expedition or pack it for a Thanksgiving family reunion. You can practically pack your own yak in the extra large version's 155-liter compartment. One internal mesh pockets hold small items, and the D-shaped zipper gives exceptional access to every corner. Daisy chains make it easy to tie the Base Camp Duffel to a car roof rack or camel. Four compression straps make the cargo manageable.

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5 5

Wait. Duffle bags suck, don't they?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

All my life I have hated duffle bags. The lack of organizational features and general "lug"agenicity really turned me off.
Turns out I just wasn't taking the sort of trips for which a duffle bag is ideal, nor had I ever owned an ideal duffle bag.

Let me explain. A recent trip to South America was a mixture of hotels and lodges, some swanky, some **extremely** scant in their amenities. In some cases we travelled by air, some by land, and some by canoes I was convinced would sink.

As a consumate backpacker, it pains me to say that a backpack is not ideal for this sort of trip. As bags are passed to porters, the benefits of a pack quickly become liabilities as straps and external pockets are dragged through the crap, catching on everything along the way.

Enter the basecamp duffle. Not submersible, but high and dry in a deluvian rainstorm nonetheless, this bag provides a perfect platform for aggressive third-world travel, lodge and hotel stays, etc. It's a mixed bag bag, and the versatility and durability make a potent combination that results in worry free travel.

This bag is also great for winter camping when you're using a packsled, or even for handling the larger/rougher gear transport for family vacations.

Could the shoulder straps be more backpack like? Sure. Could there be more interior pockets? Sure. But that's not the point. This bag is supposed to be a giant impenetrable, portable home base. It's a modern steamer trunk. And it does the job perfectly.

FWIW, the Small is too small to be worth it. The Medium is a nice size for extended travel with light gear, but think of the larger sizes (and the HUGE XL) if you want to be able to bring along technical gear (camping gear, climbing gear, etc.).

Bulletproof. And worth the price.

Incidentially, I really don't like TNF, but I make an exception for this bag. I have two.

5 5

love it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the red/blk XL size. Its built like a tank and is damn near the same size. I can fit everything I need it one bag to live out of with my kiddo for two weeks on the road. The material is very durable. It is also very weather resistant. Not much gets through, even in driving rain storms. Its a very simplistic bag with minimal fluff. the lid has a mesh zipper pocket. the rest is one large cavity. shoulder straps are nice to use for heavy loads.

Just bought an additional one for a trip Im taking next week.

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Oh, and to potential buyers... this bag is NOT waterproof. It doesnt say it is. TNF nor BC advertises it as such. Its water resistant. Huge difference.

5 5

Best Bag for Gear

There is not much to add that people haven't already mentioned. This is a tough bag that will hold up. The backpack straps are nice for carrying it. I think this bag is going to become my go to bag for anything that requires a duffel bag.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this for my 16 year old son who splits his time between his mother's home and mine, and who very active in martial arts has amassed a lot of gear for that sport. He needed a super big bag and the XL of the Base Camp Duffel really fit the bill. It's huge, very durable, and he really likes the shoulder straps. This is a bag that he should have for many years (including college...sniff!).

5 5

The North Face Go-To Bag

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are such great bags! Nothing fancy just a basic design, tough as nails bag!

The North Face Go-To Bag
Base Camp & Euro Rails

Base Camp & Euro Rails

Traveled with this bag all throughout Europe. Stands up to any and all abuse. Top notch Travel Gear!

5 5

Tough as nails

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We've dragged this duffel all over the world, on more trips than I can remember. Minor scratches are the extent of the damage - this thing is bulletproof. Backpack straps give an extra way to carry, compression straps keep everything in place. D shaped zipper spans almost entire top, making and unpacking a cinch.

5 5

Built to last

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this bag for about 2 years now and it has seen some action. It's been all over the US and the EU, and no troubles so far. I bought it specifically for a trip to GNP to haul everything over and I had an opportunity to compare it next to the competition (Mammut Cargon 110, and the Patagonia Black Hole 120).

Let the record state I am in anyway shape or form a huge fan of TNF. I generally avoid the brand because I feel like cost verse quality sometimes is lacking. However with that being said, I LOVE this bag. I used it on a tip with my climbing partners duffel's. First off, mine was the biggest (largest bags from Mammut is 140, and Patagonia is 120). The TNF bag also packed the easiest compared to the competition. Most of all to me that stood out was ease of use. dragging the bags across the floor at the airport was a huge tell tail sign. The TNF bag has a nylon base with the rubber shell, which slides across the floor nicely. The Mammut has the opposite, which meant you had to carry it the whole time or pick it up in line. The idea is that if your bag gets placed in water the rubber outer shell will protect it better than nylon. I would agree, but I have had my BC in water and there are no issues because the outer shell is also on the inside keeping everything dry ad protected. On the other side, the Patagonia was nice, but small and very difficult to pack. the Base Camp is also nice because the rubber is rigid enough it is self standing, which makes packing a whole lot easier. The Base Camp just feels more purpose built.

Over 2 weeks I was in and out of all 3 and kept coming back to the Base Camp, and I just enjoying how well it worked as a piece of gear. Everything about the Base Camp works well and was thoroughly designed. I personally feel like this bag is king of the duffel bag hill.

What size would you recommend to be able to fit snowboard boots, pants, helmet, gloves, ect? Medium I am thinking? Thanks!

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I have used these duffle bags for the past 5 years and they have been a game changer for my system of packing. I originally purchased a medium for my skiing gear and it will work for you. It will hold a pair of boots, helmet, gloves and a few extras but that is all. I think the large is an even better size because it is more versatile. from my experience... you will want to have the extra room the large offers.... XL becomes too heavy! I rather have 2 large's as opposed to 1 XL Base Camp Duffle! Hope that helps!

5 5

Nice Durable Bag

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own a few of The North Face Base Camp duffle bags in different sizes and the are all quality products! Between the material, design, and reenforced seems, I fully expect these bags to last forever.

5 5

Well Made Duffle

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Perfectly detailed with sturdy zipper, comfortable carrying handles, and comfortable shoulder straps. Medium size works well for a long weekend and the water repellent construction eases any weather anxiety. The box shape is easier to pack with the flap top and allows wide access to the contents. I particularly like the end hand holds that allow quick carrying and the side tension straps for tightening the load.

Time out bag

Holds a rowdy 45lb 5 year old really well!

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Now I know what bag to get when I wanna kidnap a little kid :D LOL

5 5

Last Forever

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've thrown everything in my base camp duffel from ski gear to backpacking gear. This bag is bombproof. Built for gnarly conditions, the base camp duffel has no problem taking a ride on a yak, getting rained on, or getting scraped up against rocks or abused by the bag loaders at the airport . This bag can take it all. The only duffel you will ever need.

3 5

Last For-ev-er? Not quite...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own three of these, the medium, large, and xlarge. They are great gear haulers and the features of the bags are very useful, but their durability is over-stated. The XL bag didn’t survive one climbing trip through Ecuador – when I arrived home the bag had actually worn through in four places. It was only loaded with 45lbs and all sharps (crampons, ice axes, etc.) had protectors on the points.

Airlines can be hard on luggage, but I was disappointed this bag was basically unusable after one 2-week trip. Wear is not covered under TNF warranty, but they did offer to sell me a new one at half price. Note I have a Patagonia Black Hole Duffel of slightly smaller size and it’s survived multiple trips.

One suggestion – be sure to purchase a light color (mine are red or yellow). Light colors make it easier to find your stuff in the bag.