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Carries all the gear you could possibly need.

With a proven design and bombproof construction, The North Face Base Camp Duffel Bag 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 a mountaineering expedition or pack it for your Thanksgiving family reunion. One internal mesh pockets holds 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 to a camel. Four compression straps make all that gear surprisingly manageable on travel days.

  • 1000D TPE laminate water-resistant fabric
  • Detachable shoulder straps
  • Padded side handles
  • D-Zip opening to main compartment
  • Side zippered pocket
  • Internal mesh pocket
  • Four side compression straps

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Hi there, is this the newer or older model?


Great bag

    It's a great every day bag, good for the gym, for taking a change of clothes to work, and great for carrying my obstacle course races gear.


    Updated Model

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

    The North Face has changed the design this year. If you're expecting the old model, this will surprise you. Keep an eye on these details.

    #1 - no duffel carry straps
    The old model had one set of backpack straps and one set of duffel carry straps. This new model has only backpack straps. The new model has a handle on the side. I thought I would miss the duffel straps, but I haven't.

    #2 - new shoe pocket
    The new model has the normal duffel opening and space. This new design also has a new pocket on the top end of the pack. Volume for this separate space varies with size, but I was able to put a pair of shoes in the Medium sized duffel.

    #3 storage strap?
    The old model came with a storage/display tote. This new model has a strap for compressing the bag, which is more useful after the bag has been used.

    The bag is nice and I do enjoy having the M, L, and XL in my quiver of packs but I do have some gripes. The bag has way too much PVC in the material. Yeah, it feels durable but it's not very pliable and it's awkward to store when not in use.

    Also, a lot of people think this bag is waterproof because of the material. It's not waterproof or 'nearly waterproof'. None of the seams are taped which means it has hundreds, if not thousands, of holes in it for water to enter. Also, the huge zippers on the top of the pack are not waterproof, allowing for hundreds of more gaps where water can enter. Bottom line, the bag is not waterproof.

    I do prefer the Patagonia Black Hole over the Base Camp because the material is more pliable. In Spring 2016, the new Black Hole will be able to be stored in it's own pocket, allowing for much easier storage when not in use.



    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I drug this XXL bag around Nepal for a month. It's filthy, but otherwise still as good as new. The design is time tested, and it's burly! Perfect for big trips.


    Gold Standard for Travelling!

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

    Yea, its what you need.

    Bomber ripstop nylon covered in dragon scales. Kidding, but seriously it kind of feels like this thing can take a shot from a 12 gauge and stand up to the blast.

    Got the large and its what it is. LARGE. a small teenager can fit in it - or an entire rack of cams, all of my clothes for a week, a rope, my other climbing gear, a bunch of camera gear - and room enough to spare to bring some delicious libations back from North Carolina!

    Buy 1 for yourself and then 12 more for the rest of your gear!

    For anyone that has the older style with the carry handles, have you found this to be as convenient? I know they always got in the way, but they really were convenient when carrying it like a normal duffel.

    Hi there,

    I've found the re-positioned side handles do a better job for extended-arm side-carry. Since the new handles are offset and positioned near the top, the bag hangs closer to you and doesn't cause your arm to form an angle outward. I think they are more convenient, since like you said they will not get tangled every time you use the shoulder straps.


    Pack It Up!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I purchased the medium size bag and it is absolutely perfect. I use it for weekend camping getaways and some short trips up to 4-5 days long. If it's going on a plane, I usually check my bag so I don't have to worry about bringing it through security- I think it is a tad too big to be considered a carry on when completely full. The number of handles that is has makes it super convenient when carrying other items. I love the back pack straps more than the conventional one shoulder strap because it spreads the weight out and makes it easier to carry a heavy loads. The outer fabric has shown little wear in the few months I've used this bag and it looks like it will last for the next few years! I haven't been able to test out how water-resistant this bag is but it seams as if water would "bead" up and roll right off. Everyone should have one of these bags in their traveling arsenal!

    Does the small or x-small meet requirements for all flight carry-on?

    Best Answer


    Here are the measurements for the X-Small and Small:


    11.03” x 17.72” x 11.03” (28 x 45 x 28 cm)


    12.8” x 20.87” x 12.8” (32.5 cm x 53 cm x 32.5 cm)

    The FAA says "The maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag)."

    Based on that, the X-Small would work and the Small would be right on the edge. But you'll want to check the allowed dimensions for your specific airline that you'll be flying. The above rule of thumb from TSA is just a general guideline and can vary from airline to airline.

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead


    Can you strap a snowboard to this bag?


    For this bag, there won't be a way that is secure.

    What type of use scenario are you looking to do where you need to be able to attach a snowboard? Travelling? Boot packing? etc?

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead


    Do you have a chart showing volume to size comparisons for this duffel bag?

    Best Answer

    This is what I could find on the volume and sizes.

    XS 33 L - 11.03” x 17.72” x 11.03”

    Small 50 L - 12.8” x 20.87” x 12.8”

    Medium 69 L - 13.98” x 25.4” x 13.98”

    Large 95 L - 15.75” x 27.56” x 15.75”

    XXL 150 L - 18.9” x 31.5” x 18.9”