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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.

    • Item #TNF3006

    Tech Specs

    840D ballistic nylon, 1000D TPE laminate (phthalate free)
    [XS] 1525 cu in, [S] 2560 cu in, [M] 4395 cu in, [L] 5495 cu in, [XL] 9460 cu in
    1 internal mesh
    [XS] 18 x 11 x 11 in, [S] 20 x 12 x 12 in, [M] 24 x 15 x 15 in, [L] 28 x 16 x 16 in, [XL] 32 x 19 x 19 in
    Claimed Weight
    [XS] 2 lb 5 oz, [S] 2 lb 12 oz, [M] 3 lb 8 oz, [L] 4 lb, [XL] 4 lb 15 oz
    Recommended Use
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    A smaller

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have the XL what is a huge back, very useful when traveling to cold destinations that require bulky clothing. The L size is a better option for destinations requiring normal clothing. Still big enough for a pair of hiking boots, photo tripod and collapsed walking sticks. It also meets the 62" dimension limit of many airlines.

    Bag it up

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This bag is super durable with plenty of space for all of your packing needs. Being able to use this duffel as a backpack is also convenient when it's heavy and when your hands are full. The medium size contained all of my gear (clothes, shoes, bedding, etc) for a month trip to Africa and has more than withstood all of the other travel expeditions.

    Handy for storing alot in one place

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

    We were gathering our camping stuff anew each trip. Now keep alot of it in here, zipped up (to avoid critter interference) in storage. Handy. A little heavy, but understadably so for ruggedness. The zipper is kinda hard to get going, again b/c of ruggedness, but a minor bummer.

    Note: if you leave it a bit unzipped around camp, a dog may pee into it :(

    Great bag.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought three of them for my kids before heading off on a long trip. They hold a ton of stuff, are super-strong around the zippers and seams (yes, we tested them), the rubberized material is durable and easy to manage, the handles and straps are well-situated and they did well strapped to the top of my car in Iceland during a couple of full days of rain. I'd buy it hesitation.

    All Sizes are worth a Purchase

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I own a couple different sizes, I use a couple for traveling bags when headed on an expedition. Others for car camping and just organizing my cycling gear in the car. The large size fits about 50 lbs of ski expedition gear. Super durable and weatherproof! Highly recommended.

    Completely misleading Backcountry

      Partly buyer error, but given price and pictures this is a total scam. Shame on backwoods for images and not including size comparison. For 100 + dollars I received a "Basecamp dufflebag" that wouldn't even pack a winter coat. It's a nice bag that would be good for a child's sleepover or carrying a single change of clothes. I'd put value in the 20 dollar range. Not the dufflebag pictured.

      Completely misleading Backcountry

      The sizes of the different duffels are all listed on the product page. No reason for a negative review. I have two Base Camp Duffels, a medium and a small, and they're the best bags I've ever used and certainly the most durable. There's a reason these things have over 300 positive reviews.

      Great bag for any use..

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

      Durable, resistant, lot of space inside, I'm going now in Italy with this bag and all my stuff fit perfectly in.
      I think Medium is the perfect size for one person stuff. Could also work as Hand bag in the flight.
      Maybe some small pocket outside or inside will be appreciated to put small stuff as keys, cell phone, tickets, maps......

      Bomb Proof

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      After lugging the large one all over Africa, from Rwanda, through the Serengeti and Zanzibar, I’m a huge fan. They barely even look like they’re worn. I’ve since added more to my collection and won’t look back. TNF has done a great job in keeping these the go to in standards for bomb proof transport.

      Bomb proof Duffel

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Solid build on this bag, has plenty of options for how you plan to tote it around, and PLENTY of room. Went with the L for a trip to Africa coming up here in August. I previously used a size M for traveling the past 8+ years and love it.

      Best bag ever

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I got this bag last year right before I went on a week long canoe trip in ARK. This bag is so awesome. I bought the MED, and it fit my tent, sleeping bag, sleep pad, and clothes for a week trip in it. And sat right in front of me in my canoe and everything stayed dry. And the beauty was, when we had to portage, it slings over your back like a back pack. Now this is my go to pack for everything and everywhere.

      This thing is a beast

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Great tough bag. The large size is perfect for both me and my wife for a weekend getaway. Even the zipper is tough and thick. It's just one big compartment with a mesh pocket area on the underside of the open flap, so it's good if you already have bags for toiletries. No more suitcases for me, this bag is my full time luggage. You won't be dissapointed with this bag.

      Massive and Burly!!!

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

      Been looking for a duffel to add to my gear collection and decided to pull the trigger on the NF base camp duffel. I bought the XL and it's massive and burly! The amount of room this has is pretty epic. Can easily live out of this thing for an extended period of time. The bag is made of heavy duty nylon. I ran into a guy at work who had a worn one and said he has owned it for ten years. I expect mine to last just as long and well into the future. Very happy with the purchase and backcountry did a great job as ever getting it to me!

      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.

      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.

      For anything and everything

      For anything and everything
      Unanswered Question

      I'm heading to Colorado and Utah for 4 weeks on a snowboarding trip, should I get the XL bag?
      How heavy is it once the bag is full of snow gear and winter clothes?
      I'm 165cm will this fit on my back if i had to use it as a backpack? (I'm hoping To not have to do this)

      1. On the NF Base Camp Duffle, do the shoulder straps remove?

      2. Would the large be TOO big--I'm 6'3", long torso. I'm heading to Alaska for two weeks, need to tote it around on my back.

      Best Answer

      Hi John,

      I own the size large TNF basecamp duffel. I am about 5'10", 160 lbs, and it fits OK for carrying on my back, but it's a bit long. so the bottom of the bag kind of sits against my butt. Definitely not great for any long hikes, but it's ok for hauling around from point A to B. It should fit you fine though. And yes the shoulder straps remove very easily. I'm sitting at the airport with the bag next to me right now, and I'll take the straps off in just a few minutes!

      I work in the oil and gas industry and pack for two weeks. I pack heavier FR clothing and heavy winter clothes. Also venture on many weekend ski trips with gear ( boots, jackets, pants, helmet, etc) Should I go with the large or xl?

      Best Answer

      Hey Rya,

      I faced a similar question almost a year ago. I work in the wind industry so I travel for 6 week work rotations. I bought the large and it's worked great, but my work clothes are probably less bulky than yours, and I pack my work gear (boots, harness, helmet, etc.) in a separate duffel bag.

      I suggest you get the XL size for work. If you don't fill it with gear and clothes every time, it cinches down pretty nicely. My coworker travels with 2 XL bags and is a huge fan.

      Bonus points if you get the pink hawaiian printed bag.

      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

      Best Answer

      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.

      As jmop said your issue will more likely be weight than size. I just flew to and around Europe (WOW Air, AirFrance & Swiss) and I could always meet the size requirement, but did have an issue with them checking the weight a time or two. I traveled for 5 weeks with a size medium bag and it was packed for a variety of climates ex: hot summer weather in Switzerland and mild northern weather of Iceland, everything fits into this bag, it is amazing.

      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?


      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.

      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)

      What size would you recommend to be able to fit snowboard boots, pants, helmet, gloves, ect? Medium I am thinking? Thanks!

      I have used these duffle bags for the past 5 years and they have been a game changer for my system of packing. I originally purchased a medium for my skiing gear and it will work for you. It will hold a pair of boots, helmet, gloves and a few extras but that is all. I think the large is an even better size because it is more versatile. from my experience... you will want to have the extra room the large offers.... XL becomes too heavy! I rather have 2 large's as opposed to 1 XL Base Camp Duffle! Hope that helps!

      I'll be in Europe for 5 months working on...

      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?

      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)!

      What size qualifies as a carry on for air...

      What size qualifies as a carry on for air travel?


      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.

      Go with the Medium. As clop322402 indicated, just don't fully pack it. I've hauled mine all over Europe and the US and have never been forced to check it into baggage unless I've picked up things on the trip and it got maxxed. Did have one go thru baggage once and it got pretty chewed up by the conveyer. Delta reimbursed me and let me keep the bag - I used the money to buy another one and the original was easily patched using aquaseal and now serves as a gear hauler.

      Go with the Medium. As clop322402 indicated, just don't fully pack it. I've hauled mine all over Europe and the US and have never been forced to check it into baggage unless I've picked up things on the trip and it got maxxed. Did have one go thru baggage once and it got pretty chewed up by the conveyer. Delta reimbursed me and let me keep the bag - I used the money to buy another one and the original was easily patched using aquaseal and now serves as a gear hauler.

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

      Will my 65lb, 9yr old be able to carry the xl? Would the large be okay for 2 weeks at camp. Sleeping bag etc....

      Best Answer

      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.

      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.

      is it water proof for a fishing boat?

      is it water proof for a fishing boat?

      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.

      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.

      Which size back is as big as it can be for...

      Which size back is as big as it can be for carry on purposes.

      I have the Small base camp duffel and love...

      I have the Small base camp duffel and love it for weekend trips. I'm considering getting the size M for slightly longer trips. Does anyone else have both bags to compare just how different the two or, or how much more the size M really holds? I was also considering the size L but that seems to be much bigger. Any suggestions would be great.

      Small is 20x12x12, medium is 24x15x15 and large is 28x16x16. All can be compressed with straps attached. I am shopping for the large, thinking medium loads will fit in the large and be compressed, but the reserve capacity is there. Volume wise, the medium is a 1.681 times the size of the small and the large is 2.12 times the size of the small.

      I have the large and the medium, so it isn't exactly the example you are looking for, but may be able to add some perspective.

      The large is a great size for a week or longer at the beach, camping, or anything else you need a good sized bag to carry. I roll my clothes, and can fit about 10 - 14 days of clothes in the large without rewearing anything. In the medium, you can get about a weeks worth of the same.

      We just got back from the beach for 8 or 9 days and I took my medium w/ me. We only had shorts/ t-shirts/ one pair of extra shoes, a hoodie and a long-sleeve shirt w/ the normal socks/ underwear/ etc. and it all fit fine.

      I took my large to China when we were there for 18 days and never did laundry.

      Hope this helps.

      If i were sizing up from a small, i'd probably opt for the large just to make sure i could fit everything on longer trips. You can always cinch the compression straps down on the large and fake a medium anyways, as I think the dry-weight doesn't make a huge difference unless you're really pinching ounces.

      In my post above, I misspoke about the size duffels I have. I have a medium and a small. Everything I said about the large above is what I put in my medium and the same w/ my small.

      The medium is a really good sized bag and awfully large. Enough for more than 2 weeks worth of clothing in summer and a week in winter.

      My small is what I use for weekend trips and week long trips in the summer.

      Fantastic bags.

      i've seen some folks move over to the...

      i've seen some folks move over to the lighter patagonia bags in particular the medium (60l) black hole.

      while lighter and pretty, they don't have compression straps - which seems odd to me. Any experience of both? Preference?

      You have to think of what activities your going to do, the heavier bag is more durable, but if your goal is as light as possible then you would go with the Patagonia bag. Like anything there is a personal preference for everyone. I prefer the Northface bag

      Debating between a L and M... Did anyone...

      Debating between a L and M... Did anyone successfully bring a size M as a carry-on on the plane?

      On my recent flight with Air Canada, a S (fully packed) barely qualified as carry on. It fit with plenty of room in the CRJ overhead but not in their "is your bag too big" thing. M would def not fit in the smaller planes' nor A380 overheads if filled, maybe it would in the older 747LRs.

      I take a Medium one all over the world as a carry on. When stuffed to the max it is a little tough on some 767 and older planes in the overhead. I took crap once from flight staff for the size, other than that it has never been an issue. The large is definitely a no go. Even the medium needs to be gate checked on some Embrear and similar small regional aircraft.

      agree about the S in smaller regional planes or inter-european travel: the M would be risky (like some big 22" standards are). The S is a really great bag for 3 day trips...way to go to those folks getting the M on board and overhead.

      How water restistant is this bag? Looking...

      How water restistant is this bag? Looking for something that I can toss in the bed of my truck roll through a thunderstorm and not arrive to find my gear drenched

      This bag is HIGHLY water resistant. It stops short of being fully waterproof (don't submerge it and expect your gear to stay dry), but I've taken several trips through rain storms with mine in the bed of my pickup as you're describing and haven't had any issues with wet gear so far.

      Also: Consider going with a darker color if you're going to expose it to the elements in your truck bed. The bag is bombproof tough, but the brighter colors are susceptible to marking (my cheapo bed liner left permanent black streaks all over the bag).

      I'm looking for a bag that will roll with me on my motorcycle for extended trips. Be able to make it through a thunderstorm and then some.This would hold my clothes etc while the saddlebags reserved for various and sundry (tools, food, water bottles etc). Biggest things I'm looking for are tying it down so I don't have it dragging on the hwy and water resistance. What say you all?

      Anyone with a Extra Large bag regret not...

      Anyone with a Extra Large bag regret not buying the large or vice versa?

      I think unless you have A LOT of stuff that you are trying to move, the XL is pretty superfluous. Its huge. I have a large and it fits just the right amount of gear for an extended trip. I think ultimately though, it comes down to preference. I just remember looking at the bags and thinking that the medium was too small and the extra large was much too large. So I went in between.

      I have an extra large and the only issue I've run into is you can put so much stuff in it that it becomes too heavy to carry comfortably for very long, i.e. through the airport, and will be too heavy for airline weight requirements, forcing you to pay for overweight luggage. But if you aren't planning on flying with it and/or filling it with heavy gear, the extra large is awesome.

      Think of the longest piece of gear that you own. For me, it's a pair of 32" spearfishing fins. The XL is the only NF BC duffel that can comfortably swallow them. Also keep in mind that it comes with 4 cinch straps in case your airline is super strict with the 62" linear limit.

      i love the XL for moving. For work i'm often in a place for one to three months, and this lets me bag all the comforts of home - big stuff that won't fit in a usual duffle, but isn't heavy. In fact i have two of the XL's. They are magical in terms of what they'll swallow. And protect.