The North Face Base Camp Large Duffel

The North Face Base Camp Large Duffel -

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Style: ASTE

The North Face Base Camp duffel is a classic expedition duffel. Built to get your gear there no matter what, the Base Camp is made from tough ballistics nylon that’s double stitched for extra durability. Four compression straps let you get more gear in and internal mesh pockets and ID pocket on top give you easy access to what you need. Locking zippers keep everything safe so you can think about your trip and not your bags.

  • Ballistics nylon is durable enough for the roughest bag handler, and double-stitched for extra durability
  • Alpine-cut shoulder straps give you the option of carrying the duffel on your back
  • Two haul handles on the ends give you more carrying options if the bag is heavy
  • Four compression straps let you pack in more gear
  • Internal mesh pockets give you extra storage options
  • Easy-access ID pocket on top
  • Average weight: 4 lb
  • Volume: 90 liters
  • Dimensions: 28” x 16” x 16”

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The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L
 
4.3

(based on 189 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (130)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (19)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (53)
  • Durable (52)
  • Lightweight (51)
  • Good capacity (48)
  • Large capacity (42)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (6)
  • Zipper snags (6)
  • Tears easily (5)
  • Not enough pockets (4)

Best Uses

  • Weekend trips (68)
  • Camping (38)
  • Airline travel (28)
  • Extended travel (28)
  • Short travel (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (35), Casual adventurer (25), Career (24), Comfort-oriented (21), Avid adventurer (19)
    • Travel Frequency:
    • 6-10 annual trips (21), 20+ annual trips (16), 11-19 annual trips (10), 0-5 annual trips (8)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort driven (26), Survivalist / minimalist (24)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (58), Business (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (103), Yes (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tuff bag

Awesome bag. Used as a carry on for my trips with no issues. However it does take most of the storage in the overhead compartment. The back pack straps are a good idea...Read complete review

Awesome bag. Used as a carry on for my trips with no issues. However it does take most of the storage in the overhead compartment. The back pack straps are a good idea but with a heavy load (50-70) pounds is a little rough on the shoulders. The straps need a little more cushion. But with a lighter load they work just fine. The material that the bag is made of reminds me of wrestling mat material and feels like a very durable material.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Quality-easily tears

I bought this bag 10 days ago, took it on one flight, and it already has a rip in it! Poor quality! I bought it to easily carry around as I like the...Read complete review

I bought this bag 10 days ago, took it on one flight, and it already has a rip in it! Poor quality! I bought it to easily carry around as I like the look of the bag and the idea of using it as a backpack in lieu of a shoulder strap for a duffel bag. It is just not made well. It gets scuffles and black marks easily and obviously the quality is not there if it cannot even make it through one US flight without the material ripping. Poor quality for a company like The North Face. Now I have to waste my time to drive 40 minutes to return it because I'm not keeping this bag.

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5.0

Very Durable Against Arctic Abuse

By 

from Yellowknife NWT

About Me Career

Pros

  • Easy To Access Items
  • Easy To Carry
  • High Quality
  • Very Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weekend Trips

    Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

    I've used this bag for over a year now for day to day use while flying in the Arctic. It's held up very well to the abuse of being tossed around in the gravel, snow and ice. Plenty of space for all my survival gear (Axe, tarp shelter, stove, dehydrated meals, ski googles, sat tracker, fire starter.. etc) lunch, small thermos, and a change of clothes. I've also taken it on snow shoe hikes, fishing and, used it as a gear bag while winter camping. The shoulder straps are comfortable but its not really ment for an extended hike. The compression straps work well to minimize the bag to carry on size. I also have the duffel in size large to carry gear for month long flight postings in remote camps.

    I've used bags from Gregory and MEC, but this TNF bag is by far one of the best pieces of gear I own.

    • Travel Frequency:
    • 20+ Annual Trips
    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    You ruined the best bag on earth

    By 

    from DAL/LA/PDX

    Pros

    • High Quality

    Cons

    • Hard to carry

    Best Uses

      Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

      Whoever removed the duffel straps from the duffel bag should simply be let go from your design team. I have searched everywhere for an older version and ended up buying a Patagonia.

      • Travel Frequency:
      • 20+ Annual Trips
      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Two straps are great!

      By 

      from Kentucky

      About Me Career, Practical

      Pros

      • Easy To Access Items
      • Easy To Carry
      • Easy To Identify
      • Good Capacity
      • High Quality
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Trips
        • Long Vacations
        • Weekend Trips

        Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

        Backpack straps are great. Haters need to buy literally and other duffel bag and relax. Buying two more for my kids.

        • Travel Frequency:
        • 20+ Annual Trips
        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Black color has shiny GOLD interior. Yuk.

        By 

        from Bellingham, WA

        Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

        The bag was perfect in all ways except... it has a shiny GOLD interior. This is not stated anywhere in the description. For such a bold (i.e. tacky) color choice, this should be shown in the pictures.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One tough bag!!!

        By 

        from Colorado

        About Me Practical

        Pros

        • Easy To Access Items
        • Easy To Carry
        • Easy To Identify
        • Good Capacity
        • High Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Trips
          • Long Vacations
          • Weekend Trips

          Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

          North Face Base Camp Duffle Small
          I've had this bag for longer than I can remember, I bought it back when I was in the Navy out in VA and it's been my go to bag for everything since I've had it…
          One of its functions over the years has been my motorcycle bag for the several different bikes l've had and it was usually held on by a bungie cord most of the time. Well since bungie cords sometimes tend to let go when you least expect, especially when in a hurry to get to work, the bag has rolled down the highway a few times. Twice before I noticed the moment it let go and was off the throttle right away and able to run back to grab it with nothing more than dirt and a few scuff marks to show for its 60+ mph tumble down the road… This last time I wasn't so lucky…. 0450 I get to work, reach back for my bag and it's gone!!! My stomach dropped… I hopped on the bike and raced back to get it…. This time when I'd gotten to the bag it had been run over, possibly more than once, even though it's bright yellow!?!? My lunch bag and all its contents had exploded inside the bag and my favorite coffee mug was flattened and shrapnel of all its parts were floating around with my extra riding gloves… With liquid dripping out I strapped it back on the bike and headed off to work… No coffee for me that morning…
          That night I get home and after a good rinse and a run through the washing machine it's still usable!!! List of its injuries: Two of the plastic cinch buckles broke, one for a shoulder strap the other for one of the cinch straps, the plastic key there's a small hole in the bottom along a seam that let go, next to a cut in the black Cardura, not all the way through the bag, but this "is" where the metal coffee cup was flattened in its defense, a few more scuff marks and a couple oil stains that didn't come out in the wash…
          All in all y'all make a very tough bag!!!
          Thanks!
          Todd

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Go back to the old design

          By 

          from Colorado

          About Me Career

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Quality
            • Tears Easily

            Best Uses

            • Family Trips
            • Long Vacations
            • Weekend Trips

            Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

            Please Go Back to the old design! Don't fix what isn't broken.

            • Travel Frequency:
            • 0-5 Annual Trips
            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Duffle bag but it's actually a backpack

            By 

            from Netherlands

            Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

            Great material but doesn't fulfill the purpose if you are looking for a duffle bag. It turns out that the only option to carry this bag is as a backpack. No option to carry it over the shoulder or just by hand like you would do with a normal duffle bag.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Please go back to the old design

            By 

            from Ellicott City, MD

            About Me Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

            Pros

            • Easy To Access Items
            • Easy To Carry
            • Easy To Identify
            • Good Capacity
            • High Quality
            • Lightweight
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Trips
              • Long Vacations
              • Weekend Trips

              Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

              Please go back to the old design, with the old handles. They were much more funcitonal, and were useful to strap down the backpack straps. If you go back to the old design, I'll get a couple more bags.

              • Travel Frequency:
              • 11-19 Annual Trips
              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Didn't hold up

              By 

              from Idaho

              About Me Career, Practical

              Pros

              • Good Capacity

              Cons

              • Poor Quality
              • Tears Easily

              Best Uses

              • Long Vacations

              Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

              Most disappointed in this duffle. On the second airline trip, the end of the bag had 4 tears down to the mesh lining. So much for indestructible. While I'm a big North Face fan, this is definitely not the quality I've come to expect.

              • Travel Frequency:
              • 20+ Annual Trips
              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Bad design

              By 

              from EU

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Zippers
              • Large Capacity

              Cons

              • Cannot attach a padlock anymore
              • No Strap

              Best Uses

              • Airline Travel
              • Camping

              Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

              By changing the design they have ruined otherwise an almost perfect bag. There is no strap to carry it on your shoulder. There are no holes to attach a padlock. TNF - what have you done?

              • What Is Your Gear Style:
              • Comfort Driven
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Excellent Materials, Size - Poor on carrying and comfort

              By 

              from Southeast USA

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Zippers
              • Large Capacity
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Backpack Straps Not comfortable
              • Bulky
              • Needs middle handle as well somehow
              • No Shoulder Strap

              Best Uses

              • Airline Travel
              • Camping
              • Extended Travel
              • Perfect for Carry-On
              • Weekend Trips

              Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

              This bag is extremely well made, material and stitching. Can't say enough how well-made it is. Perfect size also for carry-on. Easily can be used for a week trip.

              So the downsides? It is missing a shoulder strap and also middle handle. I know they redesigned this bag, but those are really big misses now. Very bulky to handle through an airport without the shoulder strap or middle handle to quickly grab and go. Because of this I opted out of this bag for recent travel. I instead went with Best American Duffel 3.0 bag and it is better made, American made, and extremely user friendly in all regards. Better cinch straps, arguably better bag material also. Check that bag out as part of your choice considerations. It is not 100% waterproof, but though will likely last a lifetime. North Face needs to bring back the shoulder strap and middle strap for this size of bag. Once they do, it will be hard not to reconsider.

              • What Is Your Gear Style:
              • Minimalist
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Great bag but the quality suffers

              By 

              from wrightwood, ca

              About Me Outdoor Professional

              Pros

              • Easy to Transport
              • Good Zippers
              • Large Capacity
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Tears Easily

              Best Uses

              • Camping
              • Extended Travel

              Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

              I have owned many NF duffels and the small base camp bags are fantastic. Unfortunately as you get into the larger bags the materials don't get any stronger, and because of this tearing is common. I have had two of the 95L bags and both have ripped when transporting on international flights. I do a lot of global flying and a durable bag is a must.

              • What Is Your Gear Style:
              • Minimalist
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Probably wont buy again

              By 

              from Ohio

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Pros

              • Large Capacity
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • No shoulder strap or hand carry handles

              Best Uses

              • Airline Travel

              Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

              Bag is a nice design. Minus teo major flaws. No shoulder strap or hand carry handles. This should not be called a duffle but rather a large bookbag. Not sure when or why it was changed. But the bag would be much better if it had those two straps along with the bookbag carry straps it already comwa with

              • What Is Your Gear Style:
              • Comfort Driven
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Poor Quality-easily tears

              By 

              from SanDiego, CA

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Tears Easily
                • Weak Seams

                Best Uses

                  Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

                  I bought this bag 10 days ago, took it on one flight, and it already has a rip in it! Poor quality! I bought it to easily carry around as I like the look of the bag and the idea of using it as a backpack in lieu of a shoulder strap for a duffel bag. It is just not made well. It gets scuffles and black marks easily and obviously the quality is not there if it cannot even make it through one US flight without the material ripping. Poor quality for a company like The North Face. Now I have to waste my time to drive 40 minutes to return it because I'm not keeping this bag.

                  • What Is Your Gear Style:
                  • Comfort Driven
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  0 for 2 for cary options

                  By 

                  from Lincoln, NE

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Good Zippers

                  Cons

                  • No shoulder strap and no dual duffle handles

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

                    This is a new design of the classic NF duffle. But I can't understand why they call it a duffle anymore as it lacks two very fundamental basic aspects of a duffle. You should be able to carry a "duffle" by either a shoulder strap that attaches to the two opposite ends of the bag or, as an alternative, grab the duffle by the two handles in the middle of the bag and clench this with one hand. This bag used to have both; now it has neither. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. You can either use it as a backpack, which is not the best use of the design, or you can grab it by a single handle on the side, which makes for awkward unbalanced carry. I bought one from an online retailer and could not figure out how to carry it like a duffle - you simply can't.

                    • What Is Your Gear Style:
                    • Comfort Driven
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Horrible Redesign...

                    By 

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Lack of useful handles

                      Best Uses

                      • Airline Travel
                      • Climbing
                      • Trekking

                      Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

                      Whoever thought it was a good idea to change the handle design should be fired. This new bag design is the New Coke of duffles. Do not buy until they correct this error in judgement and give the consumer a useful bag with decent carrying handles. I'll be buying something else.

                      • What Is Your Gear Style:
                      • Minimalist
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Love these bags!

                      By 

                      from Des Moines, IA

                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Zippers
                      • Large Capacity

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Airline Travel
                        • Backpacking
                        • Camping
                        • Extended Travel
                        • Weekend Trips

                        Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

                        Between my wife and I we own every size and two of the large bags. We absolutely love them! Easy storage when you're not using them, then great amount of storage when you do use them. Also grab a different color so when you do go to grab your bag off the baggage claim you know it's yours!

                        • What Is Your Gear Style:
                        • Comfort Driven
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Great duffel - perfect size and structure

                        By 

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Transport
                        • Large Capacity
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Zipper Snags

                        Best Uses

                        • Backpacking
                        • Camping
                        • Short Travel
                        • Weekend Trips

                        Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

                        The duffel is great for a weekend's worth of clothes and it fits perfectly on my back with the backpack straps. Would buy it again but it's so durable I doubt I'll have to!

                        • What Is Your Gear Style:
                        • Minimalist
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        I will be buying more of this product.

                        By 

                        from Spokane, WA

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Transport
                        • Good Zippers
                        • Large Capacity
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Camping
                        • Extended Travel
                        • Short Travel
                        • Weekend Trips

                        Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

                        This bag is great I used to have to carry around a duffle bag and a back pack for my trips now I just have to carry one bag.

                        • What Is Your Gear Style:
                        • Comfort Driven
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Huge and amazing

                        By 

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Good Zippers
                        • Large Capacity
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Short Travel
                          • Weekend Trips

                          Comments about The North Face Base Camp Duffel ? Large, TNF Black, L:

                          This product is big and serves as a big gym bag for me- fits hoodies , jackets , 3 pairs of shoes and protein shakes and bottles :) love it

                          • What Is Your Gear Style:
                          • Comfort Driven
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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