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The North Face Base Camp Duffel

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0
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Used for backpacking trough Colombia, Iceland, and…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 145 usd

Summary

Used for backpacking trough Colombia, Iceland, and China. Backpack straps make it easy to carry heavier loads, but not comfortable for carrying longer than 20 mins. No issues carrying the large size on plane (though never had it stuffed full). Durable, does well in rain, and looks great.

Pros

  • Backpack straps help with heavier loads
  • Durable construction
  • Good warranty

Cons

  • Not comfortable to carry for more than 20 mins
  • Backpack straps can't be removed when not needed

Bought and used to replace a typical backpacker backpack for extended travel as it has larger capacity and can still pass for a carry-on on a plane.

Used the large size for 20-day trip through Colombia. Held up well to bus, boat, and plane travel (both checked and carried on). Contents remained dry in 15 min downpour. Mostly used backpack style for carrying to and from hostel/airport/bus terminal. I always tightened the side straps before heading to the airport so the bag was as slim as possible and could therefore be carried on.

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Simple, durable, and bombproof. While it may just…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $140

Summary

Simple, durable, and bombproof.

Pros

  • Durability
  • Simplicity
  • Ease to carry

Cons

  • Price
  • Zipper sometimes gets stuck

While it may just be a "duffel," the TNF Base Camp Duffel is nearly indestructible, easy to load (one large compartment with one inner mesh pocket), and it is easy to carry: it has two handles and two backpack-like shoulder straps in addition to compression straps to cinch down the load.  

The zipper sometimes gets stuck when the load is full and the price tag is a bit steep but, all things considered, you get what you pay for and it's a fantastic purchase.  I have both a large one and a medium one, and the above can be said for both.

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The North Face Base Camp Duffel

currently retails for:
$79.97 - $200.00
MSRP: $90.00

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Specs

XS S M L XL
Weight 2 lb 5 oz / 1050 g 2 lb 12 oz / 1250 g 3 lb 8 oz / 1600 g 4 lb / 1820 g 4 lb 15 oz / 2240 g
Capacity 1525 cu in / 25 L 2560 cu in / 42 L 4395 cu in / 72 L 5495 cu in / 90 L 9460 cu in / 155 L
Dimensions 18 in x 11 in x 11 in / 46 cm x 28 cm x 28 cm 20 in x 12 in x 12 in / 51 cm x 31 cm x 31 cm 24 in x 15 in x 15 in / 61 cm x 38 cm x 38 cm 28 in x 16 in x 16 in / 71 cm x 41 cm x 41 cm 32 in x 19 in x 19 in / 81 cm x 48 cm x 48 cm
Fabric 1000D Phthalate-Free TPE Fabric Laminate, 840D Jr. Ballistics Nylon 1000D Phthalate-Free TPE Fabric Laminate, 840D Jr. Ballistics Nylon 1000D Phthalate-Free TPE Fabric Laminate, 840D Jr. Ballistics Nylon 1000D Phthalate-Free TPE Fabric Laminate, 840D Jr. Ballistics Nylon 1000D Phthalate-Free TPE Fabric Laminate, 840D Jr. Ballistics Nylon
Price $90.00 USD $110.00 USD $125.00 USD $135.00 USD $160.00 USD