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. Two 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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I would have given a 5 star if the S size had come with a sling.
so glad to have spent the money on this bag. most of the TNF gear that i sink my money into last longer than expected (e.g., jackets going on 10 years, backpacks going on 15) and my guess is this will be no different.
terrific for travel - a truly bomber bag that feels just tough as balls. the only thing i would say is that it's not truly comfortable as a backpack, but that's a fine tradeoff for the size and durability. i own a large and recently packed a 6 day climbing trip, complete with large sleeping bag, tent, tarp, climbing gear, and clothes to make the most out of my one checked bag.
I have purchased two of these bags from Backcountry now and I think that alone speaks to their quality. I bought the large and use it for traveling and storing all of my ski gear in during the off season. The bags are made from a very rugged material that holds up well against all that is thrown at it. I especially like the fact that it is almost water proof so no wet gear if it gets set down in a wet parking lot at the slopes. Backcountry as always had fantastic service and I received mine in 3 days via standard shipping. I highly recommend this bag to anyone. Only real downside is that it is so big that you can get so much stuff in it that carrying it around can be a bit of a chore when fully loaded. Backpack straps are a plus too!
Awesome bag, got the medium krypton green so it would stick out if I ever had to check it at the airport only complaint it was a little lighter in color than expected but that is minor. Easily a carry on bag on any large airplane. On one trip I had the bag 3/4's full with clothes, tightened the compression straps and it fit overhead on an Embraer ERJ 140 puddle jumper from Milwaukee to Chicago. Best duffel bag I've owned. Can't wait to take this camping this summer. So much room I can't fill up with clothes for a weeks worth of travel.
Fit and goes everywhere
I got this bag because I travel quite a lot. The medium size is perfect for me, just enough space. The colors are great I recommend it to everyone.
I took this bag in the muddiest places you can think of and it still holds up really well. All the gear inside were dry and clean.
Best duffel bag I ever had.
Don't estimate to buy it.
Solid bag. Very recently purchased. Shoulder straps are very handy. Bag material feels tough and stitch is solid. The North Face indeed designs top gear, big solid bag.
Just got back from a weekend in Zion and I'm pleased as punch with my new North Face camp duffel. With the Medium I fit my tent, bag, sleeping pad, clothes, shoes and some compact food. Amazing. Love the backpack option straps, the durable material, and the smooth zipping. Five stars straight up. Also would recommend this organizer to go nicely along:
I literally put my entire wardrobe in the XL when I got it to see if I could. Bomber construction, smooth zippers, and fairly weatherproof. Was on the border of purchasing one, but a friend showed me his with many years on it, and I was sold. Buy it, use it, abuse it. It will get you your moneys worth.
If I had to pick a bag to take with me if a zombie apocalypse happened this would be it. Let's face it all of us campers, hikers, and backpackers have alway wanted a zombie apocalypse to happen just because then we would just get to well camp, hike, and backpack. And we're always OCD about gear and constantly looking for the perfect gear. Well look no further you have jus found you perfect all around bag. It's indestructible and unbeatable. Yes pricey but you'll understand it when you hold this tank on a bag and let's face it tanks aren't cheap but are worth it.
This bag is awesome (I got it in the Large TMNT green (krypton)) and orange trim. The outer ballistic nylon definitely lives up to its name and the large is more than ample to fit basically anything you would ever need in it on a long trip. Zipper mesh pouch on the inside of the lid can hold small miscellaneous items and the should straps on the outside are a nice feature as well. The L size fully packed with decently heavy items comes out to about 50 lbs which is good for air travel when you don't want to go over weight. Great bag get it!
Great quality bag for traveling or whatever you have in mind. The only thing I would change in the design is make it so you change the clip points on the shoulder straps, because if you pick up one it is a little off center. A simple attachment point on each side would make the pack that much better. But all in all a great pack for people in all walks of life from climbers to college students.
This bag rocks, I have a large and any backpacking, mountaineering, or climbing trip this fits everything, and I can't believe it hasn't ripped from what it's been through!
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The best bag that I own. Totally waterproof. Some of the North Face gear that I have has been beat up and fallen apart, but this thing has been through the ringer for two years now and shows no signs of failing any time soon. I do trail work and have put tools, clothes, all kinds of stuff in it and it has withstood it all. Definitely would recommend this to anyone.
i've seen some folks move over to the lighter patagonia bags in particular the medium (60l) black hole.
while lighter and pretty, they don't have compression straps - which seems odd to me. Any experience of both? Preference?
You have to think of what activities your going to do, the heavier bag is more durable, but if your goal is as light as possible then you would go with the Patagonia bag. Like anything there is a personal preference for everyone. I prefer the Northface bag