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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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Thinking of picking up one of these bags as a carry on/something I can bring to the gym/office. Would you recommend the small or the medium?

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5 5

best bag ever

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the XL for about 25 years, traveling, hunting, packing. It has carried scuba gear to many beaches and cold weather gear all across the arctic. Recently I busted the zipper tab off so after 25 years I decided to get a new one, and love it just as much. Of course I'll still use my old one once I get the tab replaced.

Hey there!
I'm taking a month long trip to South America this Summer. I'll be using the duffel basically just as a suitcase to keep my clothes/toiletries/souvenirs in. I can't decide which size would be best- a medium or large? I'm pretty petite (5'5", 115 lbs) so I don't want the bag to overwhelm me, but I also want to have enough room.

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I would go large, the bag cinches down nicely when not filled. Such a great bag.

Hi, I'm moving to Iceland in the Fall for a year and I need a bag that can hold most of my things. It will need to fit all my winter gear. I don't know if I should go for the L or XL.
I am a female and I need to carry this on my back! (but I also need room for a year of gear)

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Hey April,

I have both the L and XL, and would have to say that for carrying all your winter stuff my recommendation would have to be for the XL.

Providing you won't be lugging it around too far, the extra capacity will outweigh the bulkiness.

Have fun in Iceland!

5 5

Great bag!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tons of room and very durable. The compression straps are what finalized my decision.

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.

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David, I can't agree enough, especially with the "modern steamer trunk" description.
One *small* nit I have to pick with your review is dragging the XL on a cheap plastic sled while snow-camping--the round cross-section makes it a little top heavy and tippy up/down hills and around bends in deep snow. A rope and helper from behind solve this problem, but a lower/flatter profile would work better for this one activity. Also, the XL is so big that my Nepalese porters kept making comments that my bag got heavier all the time and flying home to the states I was way over weight and had to adjust loads in Bangkok to avoid fines. It gobbles up a lot. I threw my backpack and gear into it for 25 days in Nepal and my carry-on was a medium. Plenty of room for all my needs (I used compression sacks extensively), including souvenirs when homebound.

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Yeah... I wasn't terribly clear in my review, but I've yet to find a use for the XL. I use a medium most of the time, and the large feels only slightly larger than the medium, but it's quite a few liters larger in volume.

As for the packsled, I would recommend against a cheap plastic sled entirely and either 1) build your own or 2) purchase something like a Jetsled.

Modify your packsled into a PULK for extra manageability --and so it doesn't kick you in the ass when you descend!

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

A BAG THAT WILL LAST

  • 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!