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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. 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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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...

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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...

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What size qualifies as a carry on for air travel?

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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.

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

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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.

5 5

Ginormous storage abilities

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am really glad I coughed up the cash for this bag. It's excellent quality, water repellent, durable, vibrant bag. Great for travel as your bag's probably going to be easy to identify and the optional back pack straps make hauling stuff around easy for short stretches. It collapses down nicely when you're not using it in an included mesh bag so that was a nice surprise/added bonus I didn't quite expect. I would definitely recommend this bag and when mine dies after years and years, I'll probably get it again.

4 5

Good Large Bag

I originally got this bag in a Small as a gym bag, and I hated it. I felt that it was too much material and too many straps for such a small bag- it was just overloaded. But I decided to get the XL for a camp bag, and it's perfect! The material is durable and I feel no remorse tossing it around. The straps on the XL bag are perfect- so you can handle it with ease. Plus the space is AWESOME! I would definitely recommend if it you're looking for a large bag.

is it water proof for a fishing boat?

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is it water proof for a fishing boat?

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It's not quite waterproof to completely immerse in water, but it's close. The fabric is waterproof, but the zippers aren't, so there's a velcro flap over the top of them to keep water off. So you can leave it out in the rain, let it get splashed with seawater, turn a hose on it, and it'll be fine, but if it goes overboard, some water is going to get in.

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As Angus notes, i think it all depends on how much water you might be taking on! As long as you're not getting completely soaked, you should be okay. Just make sure that the zippers are completely closed and your gear should be okay in all but the heaviest soaking. If you wanted a little back up you could always do the garbage bag lining trick.

4 5

Great duffel, but more size options?

I agree with all the accolades of other reviewers - it's an awesome design and construction. However I'd wish that the designers would read the universal airline limits. The 'L' and 'XL' TNF base camp duffels come in 90 and 155 liter models. At circa 120 liters, the bag reaches the limit that airlines will take without paying oversized bag fees (L + W + H = 62" or less). For my purposes, the 90 was not large enough, while the 155 was too big to cinch down to make the limits. TNF base camp is a first choice that I'll not be buying.

5 5

Bombproof

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Oh my god, this thing is amazing. Seriously, it's virtually indestructible. If you're looking for a burly travel duffel to haul gear, look no further. It's also pretty comfortable to carry as a backpack, just pack softer stuff on top.

Absolute Go-To

Absolute Go-To

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A definite go-to for every weekend trip always and forever. And, when empty during the week, it's a great kitty playhouse.

5 5

Bomb Bag

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These bags are great for hauling gear. Lots of space. Durable and water resistant. Shoulder straps are great when you load these things up. I have three bags. Medium on up. Next best thing to a pickup truck!

5 5

Built like a rock

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The material is tough and sheds water. The mouth has a great lip so no water comes through the zippers. I got a M and fit everything I needed in it for a ski weekend in Utah. Love the backpack straps.

5 5

Solid bag!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bag is great, lightweight and room for tons of stuff. Have 4 of these bags in different sizes. Wifers filled the XL to the brim for our recent Cabo trip and it still was under 50 lbs.....highly recommend. One big benefits is that the XL bag weighs 7-8 lbs less than a comparable sized suitcase.

5 5

Perfect gear bag with minimal frills

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this bag because it only has what's necessary, no frilly pockets or unnecessary zippers. I have used the large for a 3-week river trip. It fits perfectly in the 127 liter waterproof bags from a certain plastic welder. Perfect if you're pitching camp a little further from your transportation than bear hugging your bag to is comfortable. Just throw this guy on your back with the shoulder straps and, voila!, you can make it a reasonable distance with ease. I find the L size reasonable to wear on my back as a 5'1" small build female. I can fit my sleeping bag, pillow, pad, 2-person dome tent, multiple changes of clothes and toiletries in my large bag, with some room for sandals and field gear.
All in all, I highly recommend this bag, it's rugged and convenient and worth the cost (although I must admit I always buy the on sale wacky colors).

"Sponsored by The North Face"

"Sponsored by The North Face"

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We joked that our trip to New Zealand and Tahiti were "sponsored by The North Face," but really, we all just liked the bag. A lot.

The Base Camp Duffel transitioned nicely from our stays in hostels to the high end hotels, and were always easy to stop at the airport. One downside is that if you pack these to capacity, they get a bit heavy. Nothing against the bags, of course, that's just user error.

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that bag aint for just yuppies only ! guns, ammo & 4 wheel-n in mud its redneck tough ! now if N.F. would make some in camo instead them girl scout colors .

5 5

Great Bag So Far

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have only had the opportunity to use this bag a hand full of times, but I have a feeling this is going to become my go to bag. This thing has been thrown around a number of airplane underbellies, in and out of trucks, and stuffed to it's brim, and there is not a single scratch, or sign of wear, on this bag. The only complaint I could possibly come up with is that the backpack straps are not the most comfortable things in the world. Although they are very functional, I would not suggest trying to use them to carry the bag, fully packed, any sort of distance.

5 5

Exceeded Expectations

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this duffel in Xl for family ski trips/ vacations and girls weekends as well. It has a very sturdy zipper, the material is attractive, washable, and appears to be indestructible. I just bought another matching one when it went on sale. No more cute duffels with broken, gapping zippers for me!

5 5

Looks like a winner of a duffel bag

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've only used this bag a couple times but so far it has been great. All the stitching and material looks like it will hold up to almost anything I could throw at it and in a medium I can fit probably 2 weeks worth of casual every day clothes in it and still have space.

Looks like a winner of a duffel bag

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