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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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2 5

Dishonest Policies

We guarantee complete satisfaction and an unlimited lifetime warranty. If at any time -- now, next month, in 30 years -- you're not 100% satisfied, send your gear back for a full refund. No questions asked."
That is how backcountry.com described their warranty when I purchased I pair of ski pants five years ago.


I just went through a nightmare warranty battle with backcountry.com. I have purchased thousands of dollars of gear from here over the years and I have even recommended this site to friends. That all changed today. I purchased a pair of $500 norrona ski pants when backcountry offered lifetime warranty on all their products. The issue I had with the pants is that the inseam tore and the stitching came out resulting in a hole in the crotch. No problem I figured, this is the first time I have needed anything repaired or returned that I purchased from here, the item has a lifetime warranty and it should be a simple fix, so I gave them a call. To my dismay I discovered the warranty was false and that backcountry essentially sold me on a lie. On the phone I was told by three different people that the warranty policy had been changed and there was nothing they could do to compensate me besides giving me the contact of the manufacturer, but they were even unable to do that. The pants I had purchased were from a subsidiary of Norrona called Whiteout. I made three calls to backcountry and no one could even give me a number for the manufacturer because they didn't know who made the pants. I guess I had to find that out on my own. The person I talked to the first time said they did not know the manufacturer's contact but they would send an email to me of proof of purchase so I could show the manufacturer since I no longer had a receipt. I never got an email. I called again and still no information on who to contact however I did get an email this time but it was from a different purchase I had made and the pants were not on it. The third time I called I had already figured out who made the item and just wanted the contact information for the manufacturer. I was advised I should just try contacting gore-tex to get the problem fixed even though it was a seam that went bad and not the fabric itself. At that point I gave up talking to them and never did I receive the reciept or proof of purchase.

I understand that backcountry probably did need to get rid of the no questions lifetime garuntee because it was being abused or they were getting way more returns than they had expected. However, for them to make no offer to compensate a loyal customer on an item with "no questions lifetime warranty" who had never claimed warranty before. Refusing to even take a look at a simple problem to see if there is anything they could do to help is arrogant. What backcountry has done is unethical and I will no longer do business with them. I advise doing business with local retailers who actually care about their customer, stand true to their word and know their product inside and out, in the long run it will be worth it. If you still choose to shop here because they have a lot of good brands be forewarned of the slippery policies and lack of warranty. I have no affiliation to active junky but if you still are going to shop here get an account with them and get an additional 12% back! I'd rather see you with the cash. This is the first time I have ever written a negative review on anything but I feel that it is well deserved.

5 5

Great bag, intuitive features

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this bag, just got it for a recent trip and did well through the airport. Got the medium and it fit perfectly under the seats on a smaller plane and in the overhead bin (not fully loaded and cinched down a lot). Nice intuitive handles, easy to maneuver in security lines, airplane center aisles, and taxi driver handoffs. I got the Coral/ brown one, which was a nice bright color but not too obnoxious. Update: just recently took this bag on a hut trip in the San Juan Montains, worked like a charm on the sled ride in, carrying almost all of the group's food for the weekend, and held on like a champ on a wild ride back down to the car (BF says he wants one too).

Great bag, intuitive features
5 5

Packs everything I need

I'm traveling in India for three months and this bag has been an absolute lifesaver. I can pack everything I need and more. The backpack straps were a huge plus which makes it so much easier to carry for any long distance carrying. It can take a beating and I don't even have to worry about it. I've been living out of it for the past month and love how easy it is to use. Very simple design. I see this bag coming on all my adventures from now on!

5 5

Stellar bag

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

I borrowed one of my friend's duffels, and I loved it so much I went and bought my own! It's so spacious and very high quality. Plus the pattern is pretty legit. Going to be using this for all of my traveling this summer.

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?

Cheers!

Responded on

I'd go medium. Its 24x15x15, plenty of room to carry stuff and small enough to fit in an overhead.

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.

Responded on

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)

Best Answer Responded on

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.

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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