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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

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.

What size is the north face bag in the Backcountry video above? Small? Thanks

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My guess is XL...it takes an XL to fit my five year old :)

4 5

Durable duffel

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just bought the Base Camp Duffel to get my gear to climbing walls and back, but I ended up using it for all my vacations. It's tough against sandstone and cams, and light enough to come with me on city trips to Vegas and San Diego. I love the backpack straps when I'm on-the-go.

For a tough job you need a tough bag!

For a tough job you need a tough bag!

This one makes the cut.
Looks like everyone got the memo for our rainy day setting up a festival in Holland.. this bag holds all of our heavy things and protects them from the environment.
Also doubles as a beer cooler!

5 5

Get the bag and end of story!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have taken these base camp duffels around the world. They are built for serious abuse and travel. When my bag made it to base camp at Everest, I knew it has been through a lot and it has been my go to bag ever since. It is made simple, Indestructible and the best go to bag for anyone. The name Northface speaks for itself. Years of innovation, exploration, tested on unforgiving mountains, and the best quality money can buy.
The medium is more than suffice for most individuals, but depending on the occasion, I use the large for big expeditions. One of the things I like about Northface is the lifetime manufacturer warranty.

5 5

Love it!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This Duffel is the best! If you need a carry on for low-cost flight I recommend size Small, if not go with Medium. I took mine through Europe & South-East Asia, and it always convinces me that it is the perfect choice.

5 5

The Ole' Duffel Shuffle!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These things are so utilitarian it's hard to choose the backpack when packing for short or even extended trips. They are durable as all get out, stand up to wear, and although not the most comfortable to haul around on your back, make up in stuff-ability.

If it be a trek to Everest base camp or a reusable bag for your groceries, this duffel is worth every penny!

Now Chunk - do the Duffel Shuffle!

I'll be in Europe for 5 months working on...

I'll be in Europe for 5 months working on organic farms. I will be in Italy in August so it will be hot but I also need room in the duffle to prepare for all of december in Switzerland (layers of jackets, fleece and wool)... Would a large be enough to hold tall rubber work boots, a decent amount of work clothes, casual clothes (including jeans), a winter jacket, other winter clothes, toiletries and sneakers? Also, im a 19 year old girl, do you think the bag will be too big for my body (worn as a backpack or across the body with the duffle strap).. and lastly, is it durable enough to go through 4 flights and mannny trains?

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The large will hold everything you listed but the large is a pretty big bag. I'm going to add a picture with the medium on my motorcycle for reference.

The large will hold everything you listed but the large is a pretty big bag.  I'm going to add a picture with the medium on my motorcycle for reference.
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I'd say the Large would be a good choice for all of that gear. The only time when a large hasn't been big enough for all of my gear has been when I add ski boots to the mix. And, yes, the large will be big on you when you wear it as a back pack, but as long as you're not going multiple miles you should be all good. Just make sure you're wearing it the right way (logos on shoulder straps should be right-side-up)!

5 5

Seriously... the best duffel I own!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for a bomb-proof bag to transport your gear, look no further! I am going strong on year 15 with my Base Camp Duffel and it has never let me down. These are seriously tough bags that will stand up to whatever you throw at them. I've shipped gear to and from Alaska and Costa Rica in this bag, checked it on hundreds of flights and even strapped it to the top of my Jeep when space was at a premium. This bag is worth every penny I spent on it!

What size qualifies as a carry on for air...

What size qualifies as a carry on for air travel?

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Marni,

Most airlines follow the loose guidelines of 45 linear inches for carry on luggage. That would limit the XS and Small size as the only two that would still be considered a carry on pack.

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Marni,
I have used the medium several times as a carry on. The bag itself is 24" x 15" x 15" and the airline regulation is 22" x 14" x 9" (45 linear inches). So as long as it isn't packed to the brim and you cinch down the straps, then it fits fine within the regulations.

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I think Clop and Wayne are right on, although the XS and S are the only ones that technically qualify, the Medium should do the trick, especially since you can cinch down the side straps and reduce the size even more.

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Go with the Medium. As clop322402 indicated, just don't fully pack it. I've hauled mine all over Europe and the US and have never been forced to check it into baggage unless I've picked up things on the trip and it got maxxed. Did have one go thru baggage once and it got pretty chewed up by the conveyer. Delta reimbursed me and let me keep the bag - I used the money to buy another one and the original was easily patched using aquaseal and now serves as a gear hauler.

Go with the Medium. As clop322402 indicated, just don't fully pack it. I've hauled mine all over Europe and the US and have never been forced to check it into baggage unless I've picked up things on the trip and it got maxxed. Did have one go thru baggage once and it got pretty chewed up by the conveyer. Delta reimbursed me and let me keep the bag - I used the money to buy another one and the original was easily patched using aquaseal and now serves as a gear hauler.

Will my 65lb, 9yr old be able to carry the...

Will my 65lb, 9yr old be able to carry the xl? Would the large be okay for 2 weeks at camp. Sleeping bag etc....

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Hey Greenshoppinggirl,

The XL is massive! It is larger than most expedition packs by almost double. You could probably fit your 9 year old and at least one of her best friends in this pack. I don't know how much gear you are planning on sending with your child, or how tough she is and how much she can lift but I feel like the XL would be too large for your needs.

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I can vouch for Wayne's comment above--When I got my XL I carried my smallish 9 year-old, and later my largish 11 year-old in it. Not very far, but they each fit individually in kind of a fetal position with room to spare.
My sons' camp requires a hard-sided trunk because they live in tents/tipis and critters (mice presumably) would chew through fabric, even TNF duffels. The XL is actually smaller than the standard camp trunks you can find online, but my older two go for a month and the youngest had plenty of spare space in his trunk for his two week stay. The sagginess of a duffel makes it tough to carry, and the sheer size of the XL makes it tough for a small one to haul even in backpack mode. Even the trunks they don't carry (alone). The XL is 32 inches long, which in backpack mode would reach from my 9 year-old's shoulders to his ankles.