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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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5 5

nice bag

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

perfect gear bag. i am using this bag to throw in my camping gear (sleeping bag, tent, camp chair, pad) and strap ii on my adventure motorcycle. fits perfectly on the seat over the panniers. gear stays dry and it looks much better than the standard motorcycle bags. the number of different loops allows for nice tie points.

5 5

Perfect in every way...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Purchased the medium about a month ago and could not be happier with it. Allows storage and easy carry of all of my police gear to and from work on a daily basis. Holds COMPLETE uniform(boots, vest, gun belt, uniform,), an extra change of street clothes and gym clothes just fine. The strength of the bag is great and I don't worry about anything puncturing through it. It has been out in the heavy rain and all of my gear stayed dry with no problem. Holds the 40-60 pounds I stuff in there without any problems. Strength of the handles and backpack straps provide peace of mind when the bag is tossed around. I liked it so much I ordered a small one for days when I don't have to have all of my gear. As for travel I would have no problem packing for a week in the medium. I would be weary of having a medium as a carry on because of the size. I'll update that when I get the small in the mail. Quit reading all the reviews and just buy one if you are looking at it.

I've read in multiple reviews and answers to questions that people don't have issues using a medium (not fully packed) as a carry on. The medium seems really big to me so I'm a little worried about getting hassled at the airport especially on regional and European flights. Does anyone have any experience carrying on a medium with European budget carriers (I.e easy-jet, veuling, Ryan air, etc.) without any issues? Just really can't afford to be bogged down with checking bags while overseas so any experiences you can share would be appreciated. The medium (72L) is slightly bigger than I need but I think the small (42L) will be too small for 12-14 day excursions. Thanks again for the help

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I had the same concerns before i bought a medium. I've carried on the bag pretty much around the world at this point on many smaller regional planes. The only time i've had a problem was in Spain when I had to check it because i was over the weight limit of a carry on, not because of size. Awesome bag only wish i had bought it sooner.

For anything and everything

For anything and everything

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Awesome picture Alex!!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the homepage! Congrats on being amazingly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A friend brought this bag up to my cabin and I fell in love with it! I bought one the next day and I have put it through the wringer. I bought a medium and it's perfect for me. I'm really short and petite. It still holds a ton!!! I bought the large for my mom and we took it to Haiti and it felt like you could fit the whole world in it! Seriously best duffel ever! Wipes clean and holds up like a champ! Now I have to buy one for my dad, that's how much we love this bag.

5 5

Best Duffel I've Ever Used

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this bag for everything travel, weekend trips, gear, you name it. I think I've had it about 4 or 5 years now and it still looks great! It's incredibly durable, there's even a video of it being tossed down Everest somewhere. If and when mine dies, I'll be getting another one.

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?


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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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!