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Description

Whether you're embarking on an adventure to Peru, Nepal or a weekend at Bernie's, pack up your gear in The North Face Base Camp Duffle Bag. This flexible and rugged duffle is made from burly ballistic nylon that lets you easily wedge it into the tight spaces commonly associated with single-engine planes, rusting bus roof racks or across the back of a long-haired Himalayan yak. Along the outside of this expedition-style duffle are four compression straps to help you reduce the overall size of your pack to manageable proportions. The North Face added durable, alpine-cut shoulder straps to assist you with when your legs are the only source of transportation to the next village. The external fabric and durable locking zippers are not fully waterproof, but The North Face Base Camp Duffle Bag is water resistant enough to eliminate the penetration of dew, a brief rain or the stench of unwashed yak fur.

Specifications

  • Fabric: 840D ballistic nylon coated with a phthalate-free TPE laminate
  • Shoulder straps have an alpine-cut
  • D-zip with locking zipper and zipper flap
  • Internal mesh pockets inside main compartment
  • External ID pocket
  • Twin haul handles at ends of bag
  • Four compression straps
  • Locking zippers
  • Rugged construction with extra bartacks and double stitching
  • Dimensions (small): 20 in x 12 in x 12 in, 51 cm x 31 cm x 31 cm
  • Dimensions (medium): 24 in x 15 in x 15 in, 61 cm x 38 cm x 38 cm
  • Dimensions (large): 28 in x 16 in x 16 in, 71 cm x 41 cm x 41 cm
  • Dimensions (X-large): 32 in x 19 in x 19 in, 81 cm x 48 cm x 48 cm
  • Volume: 1525 cu in, 25 liters (X-small); 2560 cu in, 42 liters (small); 4200 cu in, 70 liters (medium), 5600 cu in, 90 liters (large), 9070 cu in, 140 liters (X-large)
  • Weight: 2 lb 5 oz, 1050 g (X-small); 2 lb 12 oz, 1250 g (small); 3 lbs 8 oz, 1600 g (medium), 4 lbs, 1820 g (large), 4 lb 15 oz, 2240 g (X-large)

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

195 Reviews

Pros
  • Great design: 9
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Performance: 6
  • Build quality: 46

Cons
  • Cost: 8
  • Bad design: 1
  • initially bulky: 1
  • needs accessory pockets: 1
Quality: 4.9 / 5
Durability: 4.9 / 5

195 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Thebagboy
from Florida
25-34 yrs

Great Bag!
April 30, 2012

I have had my small duffel for 3 months and it is ones of the most versatile bags I have ever had. Don't let the "small" designation fool you. This is a very roomy duffel. It is the perfect size for an airline carry-on and I can pack in a weeks worth of warm weather clothing.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, Performance, lightweight
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
frequenttraveler
from Denver, CO
35-44 yrs

TNF Base Camp Duffel
March 08, 2012

Strong and durable duffel. I purchased both a Medium and Large. The bag is initially stiff and cumbersome, but in time the material was worn in and easier to pack and use. The shoulder straps are not the most comfortable for carrying a heavier load. Overall, a good duffel to transport equipment and know your stuff is protected!

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: initially bulky
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Andus
from Indianapolis, IN
25-34 yrs

Great Product at a Great Price
February 27, 2011

Great product, great price and speedy shipping. What more can you ask for? My old duffel bag cannot compare to the durability that the North Face Base Camp Duffel offers. The bag offers ample room and can take a beating. Think about all of the wear and tear a bag goes through. Whether it's used at a camp site, tossed around at an airport or carried back and forth from home to the gym. Don't you want to invest in something that can be used year after year? Go with the North Face Base Camp Duffel. You won't regret it!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WallaceMI
from Troy, MI

Great Duffel!
April 17, 2011

What a great duffel bag! The base camp duffel is very large and durable. You fit all you stuff in for long camping trip. Great is also that is pretty much water proof and has a small pocket in the top (for documents etc.). This duffel will last forever and I can highly recommend it.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
patboom
from New York, NY
35-44 yrs

April 08, 2011

This was everything I wanted in a duffel bag. I use it for weekend travels and it is the right size to take aboard the airplane to fit in the overhead bin. It is also a great gym bag. I would recommend it

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Rusl
top1000Contributor

from Lambertville, NJ
55-64 yrs

Great Bag
May 18, 2011

I use this bag carry alll my fishing stuff and it works great. The bag is well made and seems to be holding up fine so far. I will be using it for my upcoming Montana and South America fishing trips.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
ASPENDAYHIKER

BASE CAMP DUFFEL
February 26, 2011

THIS IS A SUPER QUALITY DUFFEL BAG THAT IS DURABLE AND FUNCTIONAL. IT CAN BE TOSSED AROUND AND STILL LOOKS GOOD. I HAVE OWNED A NORTH FACE DUFFEL BAG FOR OVER 15 YEARS AND NEEDED AN ADDITIONAL BAG TO HOLD SKIING GEAR. MY OLD DUFFEL STILL LOOKS GOOD WITH NO TEARS OR ZIPPER PROBLEMS.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
bamartr

November 10, 2013

This has been a great duffel bag. It is a great size and easy to carry as a duffel or a backpack. We can fit all of our ski clothes and accessories in it and have also fit a months worth of kids camp clothes in it. We have flown with it many times and have had it shipped several times - has always held up well. Have tried other duffels and they have not offered the room or durability that this one offers.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
skiballZ
from Philadelphia, PA
25-34 yrs

Must-have!
February 14, 2011

I have wanted one of these bags for years, and purchased the Medium size to use primarily as a rugged airline carry-on for ski trips and fishing trips. I wanted a bag that could go right from the plane to the back of a pick-up truck (then to a boat, on the trail, etc.) The sizing is generous, more than enough volume to fit a ton of gear for a 3-4 day excursion. My ski boots easily fit, along with my primary ski layers. The compression straps are a great feature to shrink the bag (when not fully loaded) to comply with airline specs, and the shoulder straps make it easy to haul around. I've been critical of many TNF products made in recent years, but this one, so far, appears to be built very well. There is a layer of cordura on the outside bottom of the bag to handle the extra wear and tear (on the exterior of the the PVC), which I didn't realize before I bought it, but am glad is there. The price is high, but I think warranted now that I saw the construction firsthand. The bag is still fairly new for me, but I see it being part of my collection for years to come. Get one!

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Gusthetraveler
from Philadephia PA
25-34 yrs

Disappointing
April 27, 2011

I'm sure this bag is incredibly durable and resilient. However, one of the most important features, for me, was the inclusion of backpack straps. It's here that the bag design fails. The straps are on top of the opening flap, so they need to be readjusted whenever you want to get things in and out. Beyond that, they're uncomfortable. They connect on both ends with nylon webbing/plastic buckles, which really doesn't feel good on the shoulders. If all you want is a sturdy duffel, it's probably great. If you're excited about the rare feature of backpack straps on a duffel, skip it.

Pros: Build quality, Cons: Bad design
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
kmac00
from Washington, DC

The BEST duffel bag ever...
April 01, 2011

I own a bunch of expedition-quality duffel bags from several manufacturers, but the North Face Base Camp Duffels are the ones I use by far the most often. I own this bag in both large and XL sizes, and I've taken them on outings all over the world. Skiing, climbing, kayaking, traveling - this bag can do it all. It's made out of the toughest materials, with YKK zippers and a waterproof tear-resistant polyester/nylon shell. The zippers aren't waterproof, like a dry bag, but they hold up well to rain, and the rest of the bag is completely sealed. Carrying options include end handles, regular top handles and removable padded backpack straps. If you need to carry the bag for more than a few yards, the backpack straps are a great help. The top has a C-shaped opening, which makes it very easy to access the bag. I have had one of these bags fall off of the back of a truck going 35 miles an hour, with no damage to the bag except for some scuffing. They are truly the toughest bags I own. I expect these bags to last a lifetime.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Skrilex

Great bag. Worth every penny.
August 17, 2012

This bag is a little pricey, but easily worth every penny. The thickness alone makes me want to take another trip just to use it. Backpack straps work fine instead of a single shoulder strap. It's North Face quality. Lifetime guarantee. Just get it, you won't regret buying this bag.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
RangerSkip

Amazing Bag !!!!
March 05, 2011

This is the best made duffel bag I have owned. It will keep your contents dry (not waterproof, but pretty water resistant), the shoulder straps makes for easier travel, and lots of tie down points on the bag. The only thing I wish they would do differently is their sizes on the bags. The L and XL I purchased are more like M and L from other manufacturers. As long as you read the size specs prior to ordering, this should not be an issue. Overall, I am very happy with this product and glad I ordered them.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Eaglescout
from Chicago, IL
35-44 yrs

Great travel bag!
March 08, 2011

I bought this bag to go camping to Eagle Cave, WI with my 7 year old son. I knew there was going to be a lot of dirt and wanted something that would be easy to clean up. This bag did not disappoint. Super easy to clean, just use a damp cloth. Size was great and held eveything we needed for our overnight trip. Really like the straps that can be used like a backpack. Seems to be very strong and sturdy. I would definitely recommend this bag.

Pros: Build quality
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
jleno

Great Bag!
March 25, 2011

Liked these bags so much, I bought 4 of them! Great product! I liked the base camp duffel because of the comfort of the backpack design. It's comfortable on your shoulders

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
DJTanner
from Buffalo, NY
18-24 yrs

The Last Duffle You'll Ever Need To Purchase
July 23, 2011

The North Face is known for their renowned quality and durability. This bag is no exception, I purchased the XL because I'm going to be living abroad for the next 2 years and it is MASSIVE. I am going to be able to fit everything I need in it. I have also used it for camping and the backpack straps work fantastically and with the lifetime warranty The North Face has, you can't go wrong with this purchase. Go for it! Never Stop Exploring!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Wallen

September 09, 2011

Great concept. I was expecting a stronger material. It looks good now, but I can already see it wearing slightly and I only use it as a gym bag right now. The small is the equivalent of a large backpack. I am able to pack a few days worth of clothing and an extra pair of shoes in it.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
trailrunner74
from WI
35-44 yrs

excellent duffel
April 12, 2011

This bag is nice and sturdy! I got the size L and in Orange. I like that I can fold it down and pack it into the little pack/storage bag it came with. Perfect for all your climbing/trail running gear and you can hose it down if it gets muddy. I would definately recommend this bag for traveling with your gear as well. I really like the Orange color too so I had to get it! Should last me a very long time too!

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Maisha
from Los Angeles, CA
25-34 yrs

Great product
September 01, 2011

This bag is very durable for travel. You can use this as a "back pack" or just a duffle bag. Knowing how the airline company handles the check-in luggage, I was happy to purchase this bag.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
WishIWasAGypsy
from TX

Own several, given more as gifts
April 01, 2011

Wonderful duffel. I have one in small (meets carry on dimensions for airlines all over the world) and two mediums (which can be forced into such dimensions if not overpacked). I now use this bag instead of a backpack during international travels. The bags are sufficiently distinctive that they are difficult to lose, reasonably water resistant, and, despite the combined attempts of baggage handlers, curs, and myself, indestructible. Moreover, though not as comfortable to carry as a multi-day backpack, they are comfortable enough that I have never regretted leaving my pack at home. I bought my first over ten years ago and it has travelled to five continents. It is well used but many decades away from needing replacement. My other two have been to 3 continents and strapped to many different modes of transport from auto to motorcycle to bicycle. They look pretty much new. I have no need for another. But, I now give these as gifts, mostly to high school and college graduates. The excited and grateful faces show the mark has been hit. A "No-buyer's-remorse" purchase.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
HiHo
from PA
25-34 yrs

February 25, 2011

Bought the large size duffel & it's very roomy - will hold plenty of ski gear. I like the many alternative ways to carry the duffel using the variety of attached straps, giving you the ability to hand hold it, carry it over a shoulder or as a backpack. However, when full to capacity it's very deep & becomes awkward to wear as a backpack - definitely too big for a small sized female. Very durable, water resistant material which looks like it'll give years of service. A couple of extra pockets would have been useful. All in all I'm very pleased with it, although for my size I think a medium duffel would have been easier to manage.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
jmcgriff
top25Contributor

from New York, NY
45-54 yrs

Great Duffel!
February 10, 2012

This is a great duffel. It's solid and durable. I ended up getting the small for use when traveling. It's a great carry-on bag when flying on 2-3 day trips. I highly recommend this duffel. You won't be sorry.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
scubadiver
from Sausalito, CA

Excellent Bag
February 19, 2011

We used the large bag for a scuba diving trip - fit all gear and fins perfectly with room to spare. we also purchased the small as a carry on bag. great products - highly recommend.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Albert
from Mexico
25-34 yrs

Excellent All Around ag
July 04, 2011

Well this bag is really awesome, I have not used it very much yet, it seems to be a very strong and durable bag, I bought the medium size and it works perfectly for me, what I do is rock climbing, I packed my 70 meters rope, 4 harnesses, 2 pairs of climbing shoes, 2 helmets, and a lots of devices and equipments for rock climbing. It has enough space for other small things. So in this way I do not have to carry two o more backpacks for take all my climbing gear to the crag. The daisy chains and the compression straps are excellent, it has very easy access too. It is very comfortable for carry in many ways. I choosed the Blitz blue and is a really pretty color. I really love this bag, if you have the money, you should buy this bag, it is a really versatile bag, you could use it for everything. I will buy the large size for pack all my camping gear for my very long trips.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
rsgobo
from Yardley, PA

best duffel - period
September 30, 2010

Chose this duffel for my son to use when playing Ultimate. He plays in all kind of weather including wet, sometimes it's having to put a bag down on dewy grass. The Base Camp Duffel being waterproof is perfect for Ultimate. The duffel stays open when accessing his stuff. Being able to carry the bag using the shoulder straps is another plus. This duffle is constructed to take heavy use, so I expect that this bag will last for many years.

ATM1984
from Denver, CO

Best Duffel Bag
January 14, 2011

This is a awesome duffel bag. The material is heavy duty and pretty much water proof. The best part is that it has nice backpack straps for lugging the thing around. I have the medium and its a great size for traveling and holding all my snowboard gear.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
neur0ticn8
from Cary, NC
25-34 yrs

Great For Lots of Gear
November 09, 2011

Bought this bag for a week long hunting trip and needed carrying capacity. This bag definitely has it. Enough room for hunting clothing, outerwear, boots, and still enough room for a week's worth of clothes. Same durable base camp material that I know stands up to abuse. Would be nice if it had a couple of extra smaller pockets built in, although I know that is not common in a duffle. Great product, will be worth the money due to it's lifespan.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: needs accessory pockets
ChefJeff
from Seattle

Great Duffle Bag!
October 12, 2010

Great bag. Big and durrable. Room for all of my travel needs and more. High Quality.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Seth18
from Whitefish, MT
25-34 yrs

Great Bag
December 04, 2011

I was torn between the Small and Med. I plan on using this for a bag to haul all my essentials to work but also use it as a carry on bag when I fly. I am glad I went with the small, it is perfect and is just under the allotted measurements to use as a carry on.

Pros: Great design, Great value, Lasts forever

Peter Bruce Photo
May 13, 2010

Peter Bruce Photo got one for work and it ROCKS

Airline resistant, waterproof duffel
June 01, 2010

Great duffelbag, waterproof and able to withstand the abusive treatment of airline baggage handlers!.Plenty of room in the Large size, fill up an XL and it may get too heavy and large, both for you as well the airline regulations (in weight and size!). Highly recommended!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Moondoggie
from Southern California
55-64 yrs

Perfect track day gear bag
April 16, 2011

I was looking for a bag to haul all my motorcycle gear to track days. After spending a fair amount of time researching what was available, I settled on the North Face Duffel. I first bought the XL size thinking the L dimensions seemed a bit tight for leathers, back protector, helmet, boots, gloves, and a few misc. items. When the XL arrived, I stuffed everything into the bag and there was so much room left over I could probably have put two of everything into it. I regrouped and got the L size and it is just perfect for track days. All the gear mentioned fits perfectly and with the back straps it's a breeze to carry around. The construction and components are top shelf. I can see using this bag for lots of other things.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use

Excellent travel bag
June 20, 2010

I purchased the size M and it was perfect for the seven day trip on a boat. Nice to be able to collapse it for storage. The size S might be better to use as a backpack with the straps, as the size M was pretty heavy after filling to capacity. There is no way to store the backpack straps and there are no pockets, but still the quality and durability make up for it.

The best duffel around.
March 24, 2010

I travel a lot and this duffel has stood the test of time. Large is as big as you'll ever need. Ridiculously sturdy, easy to carry (as a backpack). One suggestion is make sure the straps are all cinched down, they can get caught in the baggage machinery.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
lotusmoss

Great Bag, Perfect for Travel
May 12, 2011

We have been looking for some time for a good bag for travel, particularly international travel that might involve trains, boats, and buses. We needed a bag that wouldn't be a huge backpacker's backpack, but would be easily carried around. After much debate, we purchased the small base camp duffel rather than the medium. We were searching near and far for something that would size as a carry-on, be durable, have straps for carrying since roller bags aren't good for cobblestone and regular duffels don't distribute weight well. We haven't really used the bags yet, but I think they're going to be perfect--they're super light, they have the waterproofing coating on the inside in case we get stuck in a rain storm, and the straps are nicely padded, but can also be tucked inside/removed if we were ever to want to check the bags and not have the straps out and getting caught in baggage belts. The small is surprisingly large, and I think we can each pack (lightly) and comfortably for a two-week warm weather trip. Clearly, if you're using the bag for technical purposes or gear carrying, a small won't take you as far, but it would be a great size for a day of climbing or a smaller bit of gear. They are also a nice size for a weekend trip. So psyched we purchased these--we'll be using them forever.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
birches
55-64 yrs

Great Pick
July 21, 2011

Purchased the bag in advance of annual fishing trip to Alaska. The variability of weather conditions requires that we bring warm weather, cold weather and foul weather clothing. The bag had room to spare and is designed to keep everything dry. The shoulder straps made carrying through airports and to the float plane a snap.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Nicksdaname
from Monterey
25-34 yrs

Best I could find for my desired usage.
September 30, 2011

Used this bag for a couple trips so far, still looks brand new. The removable backpack straps are a big help when carrying more than a few hundred feet, but I would not want to go more than a mile using them. I have wonder about the long term durability of the top backpack strap attachment point, if anything goes wrong I think that would be it. This is my second one, I might try to get one in each size. Definitely recommend, seems tough as nails, if I manage to break it, I'll update.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
TomasM
from Indio, CA
35-44 yrs

Excellent
February 28, 2012

The bag is great. Sturdy and rugged, yet beautiful. I love it! Northface makes a quality product. The material it is made of is awesome as well. Its one of the main reasons I bought the bag.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
BRCalifornia

Base Camp duffel
March 10, 2011

I have owned a larger version of this duffel for over ten years and it has been bullet proof. I am adding different sizes to my collection for different activities. My son is joining scouts and this is a good size for weekend camping.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
baggirl
from long island, ny
45-54 yrs

great duffel
February 24, 2011

i got this duffel to hold ski gear. The large held pants, jackets, long johns, socks, helmets, etc for 3 with room to spare. Zipper & fabric are stiff -- but to be expected since the bag is virtually indestructible. Contemplating the xl for bigger excursions - borrowed one from my bro & it fit a ton of stuff. He's had his for years.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
LostInUtah
top1000Contributor

from SLC
55-64 yrs

TNF BombProof Duffle
November 28, 2011

I purchased a new North Face Base Camp Duffle in size XL in Zest Orange. It is replacing my eight year old Base Camp Duffle that had travelled over 200,000 air miles on numerous adventures -it is now in possession of my youngest son, who undoubtedly will have it for another 8 years without failure. The design of the bag has changed little over the years. The zipper is uber durable. The mesh top pocket makes quick access easy for those special items. The exterior fabric shreds that shower while sitting on the tarmac or before you can get your stuff under cover at your campsite. The external compression straps are great to compress a partially filled bag. The padding has been improved on the shoulder straps from my vintage bag. The only problem with the XL size bag is keeping the weight under 50 pounds for the airline baggage scales! Get one you can't go wrong!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use

Durable, Multi-Purpose Bag
April 30, 2010

I have used it as a backpack, carry-on, and dry bag of sorts inside my kayak. Maybe some interior side pockets would make this thing better, but it's pretty damn good as is.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
nacho
from Hood River, OR
45-54 yrs

Base Camp Duffle
July 21, 2011

This is a great bag! We have two other in different sizes. They handle airport transportation well and the abuse of traveling . We have purchased other bags in the past and they never seems to hold up. Altrec.com has the best price on the net that I have found. Cheers

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
fuew
from Seattle
25-34 yrs

Basecamp duffle
December 12, 2012

Simply put, this duffle is bombproof. You can feel quality and durability when you have it in your hand. I bought this to stow my skydiving equipment when traveling. This thing fits my rig, jumpsuit, and helmet with room to spare + I feel confident it will keep all the gear secure......and Altrec's price beats the competitors. What more could you ask for?

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Sherpatested
from Big Bear Lake, CA
25-34 yrs

Bomber Duffel
April 06, 2011

This is by far the best duffel bag on the market. Keeps your gear dry when in the back of a truck driving snowboarding in a blizzard. Will likely last a decade. Backpack straps are very comfortable. Only con is people will be asking you "where can I get one?" when walking through the airport.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Strong durable duffle!
May 03, 2010

Fast shipping! Great product just as described. The product comes in the Factory packaging, so you know these are not any ordinary products lying around in some warehouse. I will definitely shop here again!

RpMan

Tough and Reliable
April 21, 2011

I used The North Face Base Camp Duffel to haul gear to travel. In my TNF Base Camp Duffle I had a lot of sharp equipment but it didn’t punch any holes in the bag. It's really tough and reliable. The shoulder straps are really great for traveling. It was much easier for me to carry the Base Camp Duffle around like a backpack than carry it by its handles. The compression straps really help take the stress off the zipper and material when you over stuff the bag like I did when traveling. The mesh pocket on the underside of the top flap is nice for separating out important small items. If you need a duffel bag to haul climbing gear or travel around the country or globe, you won’t find a better duffel bag than the Base Camp Duffel.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
MsMal
from North Carolina
18-24 yrs

Love this duffle!
February 01, 2013

I knew that I couldn't go wrong buying this duffle because I've owned other The North Face items and the quality is AMAZING when it comes to this brand. I've used this particular item for travel purposes to overnighters and it has done well for me. Durable, comes in various sizes and colors to meet your liking. I would recommend this to EVERYONE!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
mtk308
from Bozeman, MT

NF Duffel Bag
January 06, 2011

I bought the north face duffel bag in a small. It is the perfect size for me. I figure I'll be able to take it on short over night trips and I am also using it as a hockey coaching bag currently. Nice weight, great look, and easy to carry with the backpack straps. I am strongly contemplating purchasing a medium one too for longer trips! Happy buyer!

Sweet Duffel
July 26, 2010

Lots of space, very durable, will last a lifetime.

amsbk
from cleveland, ohio

bombproof...
October 29, 2010

so originally i made a purchase of the LARGE duffel bag in white and when i got it i realized i made a mistake, it is HUGE...so a while went by and i decided that i had to return it because it was way too big for my needs, and luckily they had a black in small in stock so i was able to exchange it. the perfect size bag, much much better than i had hoped in construction and in size. i was not expecting the small to still be so large, it is larger in size than my pullman which i have travelled with for years and since this is softside it will be able to be manipulated much more easily into aircraft... like i said the large is gigantic, it will fit 2 1/2 of the small bags inside of it. so if you are planning on traveling with every article of clothing you own then get a larger bag, if you are planning on a long weekend with lots of items still, then the small should fit your needs. i don't even need to reiterate the notion of this bag being the de-facto duffel, it's all over most every mountain top on earth, so easily it will stand up to whatever you throw at it.

Eaglescout
from Chicago, IL

Great travel bag!
March 08, 2011

I bought this bag to go camping to Eagle Cave, WI with my 7 year old son. I knew there was going to be a lot of dirt and wanted something that would be easy to clean up. This bag did not disappoint. Super easy to clean, just use a damp cloth. Size was great and held eveything we needed for our overnight trip. Really like the straps that can be used like a backpack. Seems to be very strong and sturdy. I would definitely recommend this bag.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
AdventureMoose
from New York, NY
25-34 yrs

Next Level Duffel Bag
September 07, 2011

After reading such incredible reviews for this duffel bag I couldn't resist purchasing it before a trip to Asia. I chose the medium for my three week expedition and it was a perfect fit. I was able to use it as a carry on but still fit everything I needed. Good quality material with a carrying system that works really well. It's really easy to put the should straps on and off if you'd like to check it instead. The zipper is interlocking as well which I appreciated.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use

Well designed: simple, functional, well constructed, durable
May 25, 2010

Turn around time is great! Had positive experience with a previous purchase and this time continued on those same lines. Regarding the product itself, having owned the medium size, I wanted the smaller size for smaller loads. I don't agree with the waterproof comments as I recall the seams and zipper allowing some moisture. The bag is durable and I use waterproof stuff sacks when I wish to limit the chances of moisture.

pablopm
from Alexandria, VA

Best travel duffel
September 15, 2010

This is the best duffel for long travel. It´s lightweight compared to traditional luggage and can capacity is really huge. Excellent backpack straps which make it very comfortable to carry even when heavy-weighted. Material is putstanding.

True classic!
August 30, 2010

I've had a large one for 8-9 years and it has been bullet-proof and traveled the world with me. Wanted a smaller one for day-trips. You can't go wrong with this bomber pack!

Durability: 5 / 5
bobc
from richmond, va
25-34 yrs

great bag
August 21, 2012

great bag. i use this when i ride my bike to and from work, it holds a lot, and doesn't move around on you when you ride. it is super durable, and the size small holds all i need. i pack change of outfit, bike clothes, shoes, bike lock, etc - and i wear size 12 shoes that don't take up much of the room at all in the bag. definitely worth paying for this nicer bag, cheaper duffel bags just dont give you what this bag does.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
aDvEnTuRe

Great Bag!!!!
February 24, 2011

This bag is an awesome bag. It is durable, and will last forever. Great investment!! Also it is waterproof. Hooray!!! The straps on the bag are another plus because you can carry it like a backpack =) Enjoy!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value
Peck

Awesome as expected
January 28, 2011

As everyone knows... the base camp duffel is bomber. Got the white one and was worried about it getting filthy but it repels dirt and whatever pretty well and any marks come off with an easy scrub.... I wouldn't wanna check a white one in on a flight though. The small size is perfect for a weekend or short getaway... backpack straps are money to carry backpack style or just use both and carry like a normal duffel. Wouldn't mind an outside or additional interior pocket though. Plan on getting the large size for me upcoming ski trip... can't wait.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Volleymom
from Canton Township, MI
35-44 yrs

Best Duffel/Backpack
March 13, 2011

Bought 2 medium duffels - one for my 13-yr old son and one for my friend. just the perfect size for a weekend getaway. They love it. Great quality, speedy shipping.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Kobilli
from New York, NY
25-34 yrs

Perfect
September 19, 2011

Purchased two bags for our Kilimanjaro climb. Very sturdy, have lots of useful straps - you can carry it on our back as a backback or in you hands. After 6 days of extreme conditions, still looks brand new! Pricey, but worth it.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
AFGtraveler
from Afghanistan
18-24 yrs

August 25, 2011

Great bag for little 3-4 days trips. Great quality. Easy to hold like a duffel bag or fits on shoulder like a backpack nicely. Highly recommended. I'm a civilian contractor for the government working in Afghanistan and I bounce all over the place for a few days at a time and this bag works perfectly.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Nickieb
from Rockville, Maryland
55-64 yrs

Awesome
February 22, 2011

My wife complains that I buy too many bags to carry "my stuff" but when she saw my new North Face Base Camp Duffel she changed her mind. She wants one for her Birthday but in Red. Need I say anything more!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
warne1ce

What a GREAT bag!!!
October 21, 2011

This is an awesome bag. Big enough for a long trip and durable enough for the airlines. The fact that it is waterproof other than the zippers is great. the carry handles and the backpack straps are handy if you need to carry something else. You wont be disappointed with this bag. i have the Large.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Seriousgeargeek
top500Contributor

from Virginia - Blue Ridge
35-44 yrs

A Classic
November 13, 2012

Love the duffle - it does what it should, and you just can't break it. These are tough bags, swallow tons of gear, and being able to sling it "backpack style" with the padded straps makes all the difference in the world. My only complaint is that the zippers, although durable, can be tricky to slide, especially when the bag is either jammed full or so understuffed that they don't lay flat. But that nitpick aside, it's still a go-to classic.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance

Waterproof, durable duffel for gear
May 17, 2010

Our firefighting crew uses these XL duffels for fire gear and the L ones for personal gear. The addition of the flap over the zipper has greatly improved the "waterproofness" of the bag. And they can be worn as a backpack.

Mred

November 20, 2010

Just what I need for may quick 1-4 days business trips as well as short vacations. Great quality.

warne1ce
25-34 yrs

What a GREAT bag!!!
October 21, 2011

This is an awesome bag. Big enough for a long trip and durable enough for the airlines. The fact that it is waterproof other than the zippers is great. the carry handles and the backpack straps are handy if you need to carry something else. You wont be disappointed with this bag. i have the Large.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use

Sturdy, well-made bag!
June 21, 2010

I was very pleased with the durable construction of this bag. I purchased the bag for my climb up Kili in September and it more than fits the bill for my needs!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
StuckinNorway
from Aust-Adger, NORWAY
25-34 yrs

BEST PRODUCT EVER!!!!
July 27, 2011

I own 3 of these bags, a small version, which I use for 1-2 day travel around for Business. I love the fact that it compacts down, and is small enough for a carry on, or if you so happened to buy a bunch of heavy small items its durable for Airport Abuse. I have also used the small for just an over night bag camping and dont need to worry about it snowing or raining with the waterproof material. The water just beads right off keeping my stuff dry. I was so impressed with this bag, that I bought 2 more both Larges, for traveling and just storing my equipment in the storage shed. The shoulder straps, and compression straps make this bag very easy to tote around and haul.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Campjeep
top1Contributor

from Princeton, NJ
25-34 yrs

Perfect European backpack Duffle!
December 10, 2013

My Fiance bought me one of the north face base camp duffle bags for my birthday in November. Since purchasing the bag we have used the bag for ski trips, weekend get aways and are planning on purchasing a second on for our honeymoon to Italy this summer. We love the durability of the bag and the ease of carrying it. We hope to have these bags for years to come!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: wish it had a waist belt for more support
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Yeti575
from Deep South
35-44 yrs

NF basecamp duffel
November 07, 2011

The bag is sleek, stealthy and bombproof. Can be dressed up or down with other luggage, great for sneaky weekend getaways or trips to the city. I want the whole fleet of sizes but just dont need all of them..............

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
BHAK
from Vancouver, BC

Good Duffle Bag!
January 06, 2013

I have had the bag for a month and have used it on two trips. The bag is durable and good quality! The shoulder straps are a real helper for carrying a heavy pack. The only downside is the zipper. It has been difficult to zip when almost full.

WallaceMI
from Troy, MI
25-34 yrs

Great Duffel!
April 17, 2011

What a great duffel bag! The base camp duffel is very large and durable. You fit all you stuff in for long camping trip. Great is also that is pretty much water proof and has a small pocket in the top (for documents etc.). This duffel will last forever and I can highly recommend it.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
BackcountrySoloist
from Aurora, CO
35-44 yrs

Bomber Bag
March 23, 2011

A great bag for holding and storing ski gear, the snow just bounces off the fabric. The bag is nearly indestructible and can hold all sorts of items with edges, points and shapes. You can easily strap items to the outside of the bag due to plenty of loops where you can add your own straps. A rather high price point but this is a long term investment.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
dutchbagpiper
from Waterford, ME
25-34 yrs

Tons of Room
February 03, 2011

I purchased a LARGE and it is huge. Love it because I can pack it up and use the should straps. Large is too big for a "carry on" so maybe go with a medium if you want to use it for air travel. I bought the orange for the bright color. Awesome bag!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: very stiff
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Skier123
from Los Angeles, CA
25-34 yrs

February 09, 2011

Bought this for 5 day ski trip and it worked great. I wanted something that would keep my clothes dry as the bag would be in back of a truck in the snow and the bag came through for me. Also, I usually wore the bag over both shoulders, so made it easy to carry my boot and ski bags at the same time. I hadn't bought anything from Altrec before either, but was happy that the product shipped quickly. Will be ordering from the site again.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Jastor
from Toronto, ON

Super tough
March 17, 2012

This bag is super tough. I was a little concerned with getting the large over the extra-large, but after seeing the XL in a store where I live, I'm glad I chose the large. It has plenty of room! The XL is like a big hockey bag and you may have a tough time with it on planes (baggage size). Highly recommended!

BHAK
from Vancouver, BC
25-34 yrs

Good Duffle Bag!
January 06, 2013

I have had the bag for a month and have used it on two trips. The bag is durable and good quality! The shoulder straps are a real helper for carrying a heavy pack. The only downside is the zipper. It has been difficult to zip when almost full.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: zipper

A bag like no other
June 14, 2010

If you need a bag that is dunk proof (Some what waterproof) and strong and easy to carry this is for you. Seriously a great bag. It is comfortable. Obviously not as comfortable as a dedicated backpack but this does the trick. Highly recommended. (I have purchased the Medium and Small. I recommend the small for weekend trips and the medium for anything over 5 days).

Better than expected
March 16, 2010

Very impressed with this Big sturdy duffel. It was bigger and better than expected.

Not a flimsy bag
April 08, 2010

This is a very solid, well-built, heavy-duty bag. (It's not one of those flimsy duffels, and it won't fold flat in a suitcase as an extra bag, but it can withstand the tribulations of checked luggage.) The small is still rather roomy. Even when filled with heavy stuff, it is still reasonably comfortable to carry as a backpack. Unless it is really overstuffed, it will fit into the overhead rack and makes a good carry-on. I also have a medium, and it is a very roomy bag; good for checked luggage, but too big for a carry-on.

Outstanding Travel Bag
June 06, 2010

This is the perfect heavy duty bag which will never let you down- from a week on vacation in the City, to hauling your mountaineering gear around for an ascent in the Himalayas, to stuffing with books when you move. Waterproof, bomb proof, and the Large size comfortably meets all airline regulations for the hold(I always worry a super fussy check-in clerk will refuse to put the XL size bags in the hold on size grounds). Perfect.

Jastor
from Toronto, ON
25-34 yrs

Super tough
March 17, 2012

This bag is super tough. I was a little concerned with getting the large over the extra-large, but after seeing the XL in a store where I live, I'm glad I chose the large. It has plenty of room! The XL is like a big hockey bag and you may have a tough time with it on planes (baggage size). Highly recommended!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
GearHead2
top100Contributor

The Bomb!
October 07, 2010

Just took this duffel on a recent trip to Glacier National Park and, not surprisingly, it held up incredibly well. Water resistant and very durable, you won't be disappointed. Pound for pound, I think it is the most durable camp duffel on the market. There is a reason that you see TNF duffels being used on expeditions to Everest, etc.

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