The North Face Rolling Thunder Luggage


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The last piece of luggage you'll ever have to buy; the North Face Rolling Thunder Luggage is durable enough to handle all the abuse you can throw at it. The Rolling Thunder cruises over uneven sidewalks and light snow with ease, and provides ample storage for all the gear you could need. Leave nothing behind and protect everything you bring with the North Face Rolling Thunder Luggage.


  • Fabric: phthalate-free TPE fabric laminate, 840D nylon
  • Main compartment with internal compression straps and top zippered mesh pocket
  • Durable custom wheels and wheel housing
  • Easy-access zippered top pocket for on-the-go items
  • Bottom, top, and side-carry handles
  • Business card window
  • Small - Weight: 7 lbs (3175 g), Volume: 1955 in3 (32 liters), Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 8 in
  • Medium - Weight: 10 lbs 9 oz (4790 g), Volume: 4455 in3 (73 liters), Dimensions: 27 x 16 x 11 in

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Review Summary

4.4 out of 5

8 Reviews

  • Build quality: 2
  • Great design: 2
  • Lasts forever: 2
  • Ease of use: 1

Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.5 / 5

8 Ratings & Reviews

Surprised and slightly disappointed
March 02, 2009

I have owned and loved and tested the limits of the soft sided North Face bags for over 10 years now. I just knew that this would be the panacea to the no wheels issue. Unfortunately, there is a significant trade off; the weight of the rolling mechanism. With the 50 pound limits we are facing on airlines these days it is already more than easy to reach that with the large North Face duffels... Since the duffels have the shoulder straps already, I think I'm opting for remaining with the no wheels versions. On a plus note, the bag is extremely well made and appears exceedingly durable. It is only available in black, sadly, and I am sure it will take me wherever. Also, it's hard to find a bigger capacity anywhere, so that's a plus. So, basically, this is a halfhearted recommendation, all things considered.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Grand Rapids, MI
25-34 yrs

November 22, 2010

This piece of luggage is every bit as nice as the reviews claim. I have seen several others in the airports, so obviously savvy travelers are catching on as well. Altrec was by far the best website to purchase from. Quick, tax free and easy purchasing!

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

Disappointed in its durability.
July 17, 2009

Purchased this piece of luggage for our son in San Antonio when we attended his air force completion of basic training. It has been used four times and it looks very warn.

Rolling Thunder duffle bag is tough enough for Afghanistan
August 20, 2009

I have recently purchased 2 North Face Rolling Thunder duffel bags. I'm deployed to Afghanistan and there is no better duffel than this to survive here with some of the worst weather, dust and overall harsh environment as this. I know that when I move around to forward operating bases, that this bag will not fail me. The rugged and simple construction from the zippers to the stitching and wheels are unmatched. Once I return to civilization, I'll wash off the Afghan dust and dirt and use it for normal travel. It's that versatile.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
55-64 yrs

Right choice
September 22, 2011

Bag arrived quickly and at a lower cost than if I'd bought it from The North Face store in Beverly Hills. The bag is great. Tough, well made, and looks cool. I have no doubt that it will give years of great service - however if it doesn't it's comforting to know that Altrec have a lifetime warranty.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever

A solid, rugged yet handsome rolling duffel now serving in Afgha
July 27, 2009

I have bought 2 rolling thunder medium rolling duffle luggage. One for myself and one for my daughter and her son's travel needs. I am on my fourth tour in Afghanistan and this luggage has withstood the rigors of military airlift and tactical truck transportation as well as wind, heat and dust storms with no damage. The retaining straps, carry handles, heavy weight zippers and rubberized canvas construction are better than any issue sea/duffel bag I have ever owned. The wheels and handles also make heavy combat gear movement a piece of cake. I have recommended this luggage to all of my colleagues and has superior pricing. I'm at JIOC-A J2X, APO, AE 09356

I rate this product great
December 02, 2009

This is the second time I have ordered from and have been very satisfied I ordered for my 5 year old and my 32 year old.

Happy with my purchase.
June 12, 2009

I'm going to study in China for 4 months and required luggage that was big enough to fit everything since I have to carry it to and from the dorm myself. I'm 5'3" and weigh 108lb and I managed to fit 50+lb worth of stuff in my bag with no problem lifting or moving about. The material seems extremely durable and I don't think I could have found a better bag for my trip elsewhere.

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Baja Blue, Black/ Black, Blitz Blue, Cosmic Blue/ Louie Blue, Nautical Blue/ Cosmic Blue, TNF Black, TNF Red/ Black, TNF Yellow/ Black, Zinc Grey Geo Print and Zion Orange/ Red Clay.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size small, size medium and size large: s, m, l.

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