The North Face Base Camp Duffel Small

Priced: $89.99 - $120.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 22 reviews.
The North Face Base Camp Duffel Small
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It's not your average duffel bag.
Made from a durable laminate material, the Base Camp Duffel is a bomber of a bag. Amply resilient to be roughed around in-flight, or to be transported up a mountain via a yak, this is one burly duffel bag. 42-liter volume provides ideal storage for trips three days or less.
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  • Rugged construction with extra bartacks and double stitching
  • Made from phthalate-free TPE fabric laminate and ballistic nylon for bombproof durability
  • Constructed of water- and abrasion-resistant 1000-denier polyester with PVC-free thermoplastic elastomer coating to withstand the abuse of travel


  • Duffel-style handles and twin haul handles on ends provide carrying options and can be used for towing or tying down when traveling


  • Shoulder straps provide comfortable, easy hauling as a backpack


  • D-zip opening with zipper flap
  • Main compartment features a D-shaped zippered opening for high visibility and easy access to the interior; internal mesh pockets offer extra organization
  • Locking zippers protect your possesions, locks sold separately; ID pocket on top ensures positive identification


  • Four compression straps keep contents compact and secure
  • 4 side compression straps secure load and stabilize bag when traveling
  • Alpine-cut shoulder straps provide optional carrying method


  • Small capacity of 2560 cu. in. (42 L)
  • Meets most airline carry-on requirements
  • Dual daisy chains along sides let you lash on extra gear or tie onto roof, boat or yak
  • Commenting on the Base Camp duffel from The North Face, Backpacker April '09 said "... these indestructible carriers ... make short work of stowing and sorting all our junk."

The North Face Base Camp Duffel is a durable, laminate material duffel that comes in multiple, convenient sizes for every need whether it be a weekend bag, carry-on, or long camping trek. This pack can be used as both a back pack, and standard carry duffel.


Hauling adventure gear to the ends of the planet, the small Base Camp duffel from The North Face is just the right size to hold your essential equipment.

Quick trip or to the gym, the Base Camp Duffel by The North Face® will fit your essentials with room to spare.
for added storage.
for accessibility.
Dimensions - 20" x 12" x 12" (51 cm x 31 cm x 31 cm).
Fabric - Phthalate-free TPE fabric laminate, 840D Jr. ballistics nylon.
Volume - 2560 in³ (42 liters).
Source - Imported.
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Whether it's roughed around in-flight or transported up a mountain via a yak, The North Face Base Camp is bomber expedition duffel bag. Small capacity is 2560 cu. in. (42 L).
This duffel bag has gone through rigorous field testing over the past 15 years. Labeled as the go-to bag of mountaineering athletes around the world, this small duffel is built to withstand the rigors of airplane travel and the unknown perils of the great outdoors. These waterproof hardcore trekking bags keep all your gear dry and easily accessible. The 42-liter volume gives you ample space for everything you'd need for a short weekend getaway. To make sure everything from the tent to ski boots will fit inside, this duffel comes with four compression straps, handy mesh pockets, and locking zippers. Versatility is it's motto since this bag can be carried one of four ways: as a backpack with comfy shoulder straps, as a duffel with Velcro wrapped handles, a team building exercise with two hauling handles on either end, or strapped to a yak for the hike to Everest. The D-shaped opening and zipper flap prevents snow from getting inside.
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Bag style:Duffel
Bottom Width:20 in
Capacity:2560 in³ (42 liters)
Carry-on Compatible:Yes
Carry-on size:Yes
Compression Straps:yes
Depth:12 1⁄2 in
Dimensions:S: 20" x 12" x 12" (51 cm x 31 cm x 31 cm)
Fabric:Phthalate-free TPE fabric laminate, 840D Jr. ballistics nylon
Gear capacity (L):42 liters
Gear capacity (cu. in.):2,560 cubic inches
Handle Length:7 in
Height:7 1⁄2 in
Laptop compartment:No
Materials:Phthalate-free TPE fabric laminate, 840D Jr. ballistics nylon
Middle Width:18 in
Number of exterior pockets:1 main compartment
Pack Fabric (Primary):TPE fabric laminate, 840D jr. ballistic nylon
Padded Laptop Compartment:No
Strap Length:21 in
Top Width:18 in
Volume:S: 2560 in³ (42 liters)
Weight:S: 2 lbs 12 oz (1250 g)
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The North Face Base Camp Duffel Small Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

This is a great traveling bag. I got it for trips out West when I visit family and we go ATVing and hiking, camping and horse back riding while I'm there. This is perfect for a week's worth of clothes and then some. I carried it on the plane as my main bag and it fit in all the overhead bins just fine. The backpack straps were great when I had to run through the airport to my next plane. This bag is really tough and water proof, I was caught on my ATV on my to a camp site in a severe down pour. Thankfully I had packed my electronics in this bag and not my small backpack, which ended up leaking, but not this bag! Everyone else's clothes and electronics got wet, but all my stuff was bone dry! I love the purple one, it is great in color and I got a matching toiletry kit too, which is water proof too, well to siliva because a horse decided to walk off with it, and nothing was harmed in the process, including the horse. I was able to fit the following into this bag: 8 Shirts, (some were thin sports shirts) a hoodie, a thin sheet like blanket, toiletry kit, large camera, ATV gloves, a slim cube with a belt, socks and other undergarments in it, water bottle, rolled up water bottle, bag with chargers, camping rolled up large pillow, jeans, Bible, head lamp, thin pants, winter hat, sunglasses in case, travel hair dryer, The North Face Fly weight small duffel bag, and a mirco towel (and a few more smaller items) all fit with some room to spare for things brought back. Over all a mist need to any type of traveler!
Alison M - customer at on 05/26/2011

Everything it boasts to be and more

I bought this and 3 other sizes for my sons. I saw my oldest carrying the large size when he came home for a visit. Amazing duffle bag. I am very picky and quality means a lot to me. His large duffle was so well made, strong, waterproof,I wanted to get him additional sizes. My son is an avid adventurer and uses this all the time. Very easy to clean. After seeing his large duffle, I bought the small to hold some of his climbing gear, and the medium for more camping uses. Bought my other son the large and medium and my sister-in-law (seeing the bag) bought my brother a large also! It is a GREAT bag - having one in every size is a luxury! Perfect for camping - and for travel. Just touch one, look inside, put some stuff in it and you will be sold. Love the handles and the variation on how you can carry it.
nature mom at REI on 11/11/2011

Best Bag I Have

I was obsessing about this bag for weeks. I kept looking and looking. After researching forever i finally bought it. I will never regret it. This is the best bag that i own. I absolutely love it. Im taking it on my first winter camping expedition this weekend and i cant wait. I leave tomorrow. It can hold a ton of stuff. They are alot bigger than they appear on the website. the small size it really much bigger than i thought it would be. it can hold all of the clothes and gear that i need for my weekend trip. I highly recommend this bag to everyone. Thanks alot TNF for making such good gear. I will be a life long customer!!!
swizzlestix at The North Face on 03/07/2013

Excellent product

This is a fantastic bag that I take with me almost everywhere. From toting around as a carry-on to weekend road trips to use as a boat bag or tackle bag on fishing trips, this piece almost never leaves my side. It's durable, simple, and cavernous.

One note, though, while the fabric itself is waterproof, the bag is not. The seams are not taped and the zipper offers no water resistance. After sitting through several hours of torrential rains and T-storms on a boat on a lake, the bag had an inch or two of water in the bottom. Serious rains - water will get in. Light sprinkles, it will stay dry.
zs58 at REI on 06/06/2011

Perfect bag for travel -- of any type

I purchased the small duffel as a carry-on for a trip to Asia. Perfect for traveling through multiple airports and stuffing into overheads in airplanes. The back packing straps are comfortable and convenient. I will also be using this for camping later this year and expect the water resistant feature to useful.

There is only one web pocket on the inside of the flap to the main opening to the bag. It would be nice if it had at least one outside accessible pocket for small items such as keys or travel documents without having to open the bag all the way,
Bicycle Bob at REI on 04/04/2013

Bomb Proof Bag

I have 3 of these bags (S,M,L) and they are fantastic for any trip. I bought this one for my wife before she went to Africa for two weeks as her carry on. The backpack straps come in handy all the time, and the bag is bomb proof. These bags have been schlepped all over the world, been strapped to the roof of my truck through a severe rain storms, been a storage place for firewood at camp, and numerous other rigorous activities and have been solid through and through. Great bag at a great price.
All things Outside at REI on 07/07/2013

Best duffel bag I have!

I've always been a big fan of The North Face for their engineered products, so getting this bag wasn't a matter of if, but rather a matter of what size. The small duffel is a perfect size bag for light weight travel and just packing the accessories for what ever purpose. I find so many uses for this though bag from my boxing and gym equipment, to carrying clothes for a weekend getaway. I highly suggest this bag to everyone who is looking for something durable while still getting the job done!
Sophea at The North Face on 03/02/2012

Perfect bag for a weekend trip

This is a great duffle for any trip! Use it for a weekend getaway in the summer or winter. The bag is very durable and waterproof so you aren't worried if it's raining or snowing and your contents getting wet. It fits everything you need for 2 people to travel comfortably and it has a shoulder strap and attachable backpack straps if you want to carry it on your back. Great buy!!
SnowBunny28 at REI on 02/02/2011
This is a great bag. I use it as a gym bag, and while that doesn't stress the bag to the limits, I find that it works great. I have two of these in different sizes, and they have traveled the world over and haven't caused me any stress. I will likely buy another one, but I have yet to determine the size, as I absolutely love them.
Anonymous - customer at on 02/26/2012

All you could want from a duffel bag

Perfect airline overhead bin size, small enough to carry what passes for my normal loads by just using the grab handles. While I completely understand the backpack style shoulder straps for the Base Camp Duffel series--and make good use of them on my larger capacity versions--for the small it seems that a single shoulder strap would do the trick. Not a deal breaker by any means, though.
MariovK at REI on 02/02/2013

Negative Reviews:

Advertising and colors?

I was recently given a NF duffel as a gift. It's a well-designed bag, but I find the tropical-fish colors too intense for my taste. Some more subdued options would be helpful. My major complaint, however, is size of the NF logo. It's enough that a customer buys a NF product. We shouldn't be required to advertise for NF as well--unless NF wants to send us a check for doing so. I don't wear clothing that advertises its maker, nor do I want my duffel bag to advertise. It was for this reason that I returned the NF bag to the store. Let's stop this pernicious and profoundly ugly trend of providing free advertising to the manufacturers of the products we buy.
AntiAdd at The North Face on 09/01/2013