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Incredibly comfortable and convenient whether you're dashing through the airport in New York or New Delhi.

The North Face Base Camp Duffel is an expedition classic. Constructed with fabric that will withstand a lifetime of abuse and backpack straps, the Base Camp Duffel is a travel necessity whether your journey is to Everest or home for Thanksgiving. Don't be afraid of losing your gear in the cavernous 9070 cubic inch capacity, since two internal side pockets hold small items and the D-shaped zipper gives exceptional access to every corner. Daisy chains along the sides make it easy to tie the Base Camp Duffel to a car roof rack, camel, or yak. Four compression straps secure contents when your bag isn't totally full and expand to fit lots of souvenirs. You won't be able to bring back a Yeti from your Himalayan trek, we already tried, but everything else should fit.

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5 5

this thing is a tank!!

i have the large bag and it has been able to handle everything i have thrown at it, the desert of mexico, the mountains of kyrgyzstan, azerbaijan, moscow, amsterdam, berlin, greece. whenever i travel, i bring this bag and I am not gentle with it and it still looks great. the backpack straps get uncomfortable on walks longer than 3 miles but thats no big surprise. my biggest complaint is that i have too much room to overpack...I dont expect this bag to fail any time soon and i look foreward to many more years of use!! the cinch straps work great! if you are considering buying this bag, DO IT you wont regret it although make sure you can carry what you pack in it!

5 5

Giant Yellow Duffel

This thing is ginormous; my buddies call it my hockey bag. But I love that I can put everything for my trip in it, including my fully-loaded backpack with trekking poles. No more messing around with multiple bags, all I have to look for is my giant yellow duffel, and I know I have all my gear...

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I bought the brown because they were on super clearance but the yellow has to be the best color. You can spot those giant duffels from anywhere.

5 5

Small Northface base camp duffel

I just recently purchased a small northface base camp duffel and I have many different brands and styles of duffel bags and this is byfar the best one ever! I would highly recomend this bag if you are looking for a tough waterproof bag.

what's the difference between the 2 North...

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what's the difference between the 2 North Face Base Camp Duffels you list at diff $?#TNF3006#TNF0625

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great... are they waterproof? resistant?

5 5

Great gear bag

I purchased the duffel for a hut ski trip, it works great being hauled in any sort of cargo trailer or rack, keeps things dry and protected, if you need to haul the duffel on your back for any sort of portage or short hike it'll comfortably carry a lot of weight in a stable concise bag, the zippers are really beefy, my only complaint is that the flashy logo could attract undesirable attn.

5 5


I first purchased my large NF Duffel in Bright Red in the hope that my luggage would stand out on the airport carousel, no problem there the Yellow or the Red certainly stand out. I was a bit unsure if the bag would stand up to whatever goes on behind those check in desks and down below in the baggage dept, but I was happily surprised when I reached my destination to see not one rip, not one torn zipper only some dirty boot marks, which I wipped off with a rag. I was so please that I bought a Medium for small weekend trips, a small for overnight trips and an XL for those longer trips.
My only complaint is that the XL is so huge by the time you fill it you need a Sherpa to carry it.

5 5

bombproof duffel

The large size fits a weeks worth of clothes and a helmet perfectly. Backpack straps free up your hands to carry skis and a boot bag. Should handle years of abuse as checked baggage.

5 5

great duffle

i wish it had wheels. durable and water proof. gets dirty fast.

5 5

Great Gear Bag!

I have had this bag since 1996, I traveled from UNH to my home in the Bahamas and wanted a bag that stood out on the baggage carousel (RED). I love this bag because i can throw it in the bow of my boat and it has stood up to the salt air and keeps my gear dry or load it up with ski gear. I just ordered a XL in green, i should have gotten another L instead (huge). You cant beat this service.

5 5

Great for Carry On

I bought this bag for lugging my ski boots, quick trips to LA, grocery-getting, dirty laundry toting, you-name-it. It has the most durable skin, and it's the perfect size for me (I got the small, which is the best size for those boots, and some light gear).

5 5

Duffel Bag Rocks

This is the 3rd The North Face Duffel bag I have purchased. They are awesome! You can easily spot them in baggage claim. The contents are protected from thieves when you wear it like a backpack on your way to the hostel abroad. They can take plenty of abuse.

5 5

Totally trustworthy bag

This bag saved me! I teach snowboarding (and other outdoor sports) and I now travel back and forth between Vail CO and Burlington VT. I had a normal backpack material EMS duffel bag that got a huge hole in it after my first trip. I could have lost some very expensive gear. This bag however is perfect. I downsized and got a Lg and its a great size, it really expands to hold everything. The quality is ideal for airline travel as well as carting it around campsites. The backpack straps give me more hands to pull my snowboard bag and other gear through the airport. My boyfriend convinced me to get this bag after he traveled the world competing in Nordic events (his is like 10 years old and looks almost like my new one, maybe a little dirtier). Now i plan to live out of this bag and surf next summer! Don't even think about not having at least one of these bags!

5 5

great duffel

I got this duffle to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and it was amazing! It protected my belongings from every type of weather including rain, snow, and dust storms. I even had walking sticks packed in the bag which would have punctured any other bag, but did not even make a mark in this one. The only problems I had was that a rodent ate through one of the lanyard things on the zippers.

5 5

TNF Base Camp Duffel

Great Duffel - tough, durable and waterproof. I left it outside during a snow storm with my clean clothes and some electronics inside. Everything was dry, even though the outside was wet and muddy. I like the shoulder straps that allow the pack to be carried on my back. It's expensive, but will outlive other duffels by years. Only drawback is the zippers. They are not sealed and in heavy rain would probably let water inside. Good Investment.

5 5

Watch out world this is the best duffel bag ever

Love this duffel. I purchased Three Sizes Med, Large, and X Large. Are you Car camping or traveling to a place where you just aren't sure of your of first world amenities then this is the bag for you. The downside to the bag is the book reads like the cover. These are nice bags and people notice them. So keep you eye on your bag because its liable to get up and walk away from you. The durability rocks and the environment and the weather stays out. Strap it onto the roof of your car or throw it into the trunk, travel the world (its a heavier bag). Throw what ever gear you want into it. It will get there on your back or someone else's when you get tired.

Bottom Line: Expensive yes, durability and functionality superb, heavy, yes.

5 5

The North Face Duffel

I LOVE these bags. They stand out at airport baggage claims, they are light so you can pack more stuff, super strong and also like ease of getting locks on and sliding your business card in for baggage tags. Buy them - get lots of comments. I brought the set.

5 5

Amazing Bag!

I bought this as a gift for a friend who works in Wildland Fires. He used it to hold all his fire gear and took it with him on all the fires. The bag has stood up to a lot of abuse and is still in excellent condition. The shoulder straps are great for carrying such a large bag. The daisy chains on the outside were useful for attaching items he needed handy. He absolutely loves this bag and got a lot of his Wildland buddies to purchase one as well.

3 5

Base Camp Duffel- XL

So the bag in an overall sense is great. Couple things I noticed however- Biggest thing is that TNF is really skimping on the handles of the duffel. I have a Large Black Base Camp that is 3 years old and I noticed that it appears to be much more rugged than the new ones. The handles are twice as thick and thus twice as unlikely to break on a long haul. I also noticed that it appears to be thinner material all around, not near as thick as my older bag. This is Def something that TNF needs to address. The reason we buy TNF is for Sheer Rugged Durability!!

4 5

Indestructable... not quite

I now have three of these bags - a small red, an XL black and yellow. They certainly look the business, each (even small) loaded to 50lb, do not appear to stress the seams / handles etc. Rucksack straps very useful, can actually carry two at once this way, one on each shoulder.
Despite the rugged construction and appearance, the baggage handlers have still managed to beat up the two XL bags - one which has a small puncture on underneath (and multiple quite marked scuffs - after only two plane journeys)! I have two other 10 year plus in age, Eagle Creek cargo duffel bags which whilst not as cool to look at nor versatile to load, do not have any puncture marks etc... hence dropped point.
The puncture wound to the underside of my black duffel, could be I think due to bag having been thrown / slammed down on corner of pointed surface? Still, I assume this has happened to my other Eagle Creek bags in their much longer life span. There is a plastic liner, which has meant the contents couldn't spill out, though it means somehow I'll have to attempt a repair.... possibly with some Gorilla Duct tape?

2 5

Caught off guard...

I purchased both the XL and L version of the North face base camp duffel. I was very confident going into this trip that I had made a wise decision in purchasing these bags. I just returned from my trip andI must say I am disappointed. On the return trip home my XL bag came out of the baggage claim with a hole on one side and my L bag even though still intact, is showing the same wear and tear as the XL. This is the return trip of the bags' maiden voyage. I am embarassed to say that I have purchased bags for less than a quater of the price and they lasted longer. (In fact I used one on this trip.) Simply... disappointing.

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