The North Face Base Camp Duffel Medium

Priced: $99.99 - $135.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 41 reviews.
The North Face Base Camp Duffel Medium -
The North Face® Base Camp Duffel Bag – Medium 2012: If you are looking for the burliest duffel bag, look no further than the The North Face® Base Camp Duffel Bag. Made out of super durable laminate material, this bag can handle all of your adventures whether they entail hopping from airport to airport or if you are tying it down to a yak for some serious mountain travel. Plenty of room at 72L of space, accept no substitution for the original bomber expedition duffel.


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

Weather and Wind:

  • Welded, waterproof TIZIP Waterseal 10 zipper


  • Shoulder straps provide comfortable, easy hauling as a backpack


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


  • ID pocket for labeling your bag


  • 420 denier ripstop nylon with a double polyurethane coating
  • Made from phthalate-free TPE fabric laminate and ballistic nylon for bombproof durability
  • Reinforced stitching for durability
  • Rugged construction with extra bartacks and double stitching
  • Constructed of water- and abrasion-resistant 1000-denier polyester with PVC-free thermoplastic elastomer coating to withstand the abuse of travel


  • Padded shoulder strap and 2 hand straps for easy carry


  • 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
  • Four compression straps stabilize the contents for easy carry


  • Made in China


  • Handles on each end let you grab bag from the side
  • US shipments only
  • Separate internal mesh compartments help you organize your gear
  • Large main compartment holds gear for multiple days
  • 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."
  • 24 x 15 x 15” [ 61 x 38 x 38 cm ]
  • Dual daisy chains along sides let you lash on extra gear or tie onto roof, boat or yak
  • Medium capacity of 4395 cu. in. (72 L): ideal storage for weekend or extended weekend trips lasting three to four days
There's a good reason you see top athletes around the world travelling with The North Face Base Camp Duffel, and often times more than one is stuffed to the brim with gear.
This is NOT your average duffel bag. Made from a durable laminate material, it is a super bomber travel bag.
Amply resilient to sit outside in the rain, to be roughed around in-flight, or to be transported up a mountain via a yak, this is one burly duffel bag.
72-liter volume provides ideal storage for everything from family days on the lake to extended trips lasting three to four days.
Four compression straps allow you to load it to the brim or cinch it down with half a load or less.
Main compartment with internal mesh pockets facilitates organization.
ID pocket on top for easy access at security checks.
Locking zippers keep valuables safe.
Alpine-cut shoulder straps allow you to wear it as a duffel backpack when you're sick of carrying it by hand.
D-zip opening with zipper flap protects luggage.
Twin haul handles on ends for easy loading and unloading.
Rugged construction with extra bartacks and double stitching.
This The North Face Duffel Bag goes anywhere and everywhere - from the plane to your back, your trunk to the river raft.


The North Face Base Camp Duffel is a burly bag designed to take abuse. The fabric is durable, and it's reinforced in just about every place imaginable. This is the medium-sized duffel, so the main compartment provides enough room for multiple days worth or clothing or all of your ski gear. Internal mesh compartments help to keep your gear organized, and there's a padded shoulder strap for comfortable carry.
The North Face® Base Camp Duffel is a heavy-duty bag that will withstand almost anything.
Packaged in a reusable black tote.
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for accessibility.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
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. Medium capacity is 4395 cu. in. (72 L).

The Base Camp duffel from The North Face is a rugged, versatile hauler of all things adventure, offering just enough space for your basics.


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Ensure that your valuable cargo stays dry on the river or the roof of a car with The North Face waterproof duffel bag. Rugged, polyurethane-coated ripstop nylon and a waterproof TIZIP zipper ensure that moisture stays out and this bag stands the test of time.
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 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 72-liter volume gives you ample space for everything you'd need for a three to four day hiking adventure. 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, as a team effort with two hauling handles on either end, or strapped to a yak for the hike to Everest. The D-shaped opening and zipper flap prevent the snow and ice from getting inside.
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Available Color(s):TNF Red/Black, Cosmic Blue/High Rise Grey, TNF Black
Average Empty Weight:3 lbs 8 oz
Bag style:Duffel
Bottom Width:24 in
Capacity:4395 in³ (72 liters)
Carry-on Compatible:No
Carry-on size:No
Compression Straps:yes
Depth:15 in
Dimensions:M: 24" x 15" x 15" (61 cm x 38 cm x 38 cm)
Fabric:Phthalate-free TPE fabric laminate, 840D Jr. ballistics nylon
Gear capacity (L):69 liters
Gear capacity (cu. in.):4,200 cubic inches
Handle Length:10 in
Height:15 in
Laptop compartment:No
Materials:Phthalate-free TPE fabric laminate, 840D Jr. ballistics nylon.
Middle Width:24 in
Number of exterior pockets:1 main compartment
Pack Fabric (Primary):TPE fabric laminate, 840D jr. ballistic nylon
Padded Laptop Compartment:No
Strap Drop:10 in
Strap Length:20 in
Top Width:24 in
Volume:4395 cubic inches (72 liters)
Weight:M: 3 lbs 8 oz (1600 g)
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The North Face Base Camp Duffel Medium Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Durable, multipurpose duffel

I'm not super outdoorsy, but I do travel a lot and this duffel has been a great bag to use for a variety of trips. The duffel is really durable and has held up to being checked luggage several times with barely a scratch.

The backpack straps are pretty comfortable and I had no problem carrying it as a backpack while traveling by train, walking to a hostel, and walking around the airport. Using it as a backpack leaves my hands free for my purse and other stuff.

When I checked it for a flight, it was stuffed full of mostly clothes and weighed about 25-30lbs when I put it on the scale at the airport, so well within the 50lb limit you usually have when flying. It easily accommodated 12 days of clothes and a few gifts for friends. On the way back, it accommodated the same clothes plus some souvenirs I picked up. I never tried to take it on as a carry on because I always had it stuffed too full, though I think it would be fine if you weren't stuffing it to the brim like I was.

I have not (yet) subjected it to a downpour, but it did fine with some drizzle. After walking in drizzle for about 15 minutes from Metro to hostel, there was no evidence of any water leakage in to the bag.

The zippers seem very durable, opened and closed easily, and have held up well to my over-stuffing tendencies. I don't think that they'll have problems any time soon.

The only downside is the lack of internal organization. There is one mesh pocket on the zipper flap, which is ok for holding a few things, but I agree with a couple of other posters that a couple of other pockets would be a nice addition. However, I've used packing cubes and some of my own little bags to separate things as needed.

Overall, this is a versatile and durable bag that's super handy to have. I only wish I would have gotten it sooner!
txtraveler at REI on 04/04/2012

Rugged! Reliable! Carry On!

I reviewed the large sized big brother to this bag and you can see my lengthy praise there. This one is just as tough but in a small easier to carry and even carry on capable bag.

I recently added the medium sized TNF Base Camp Duffel as a carry on option for luggage. I usually used the large as a checked bag but was getting tired of paying $25/each way for it. I had seen that the medium could be carried on-just do not stuff it too full.

The measurements work out to about 10" too much if you use the full bag. I packed a little lighter and then cinched down on the compression straps. Viola-carry on!

Now the revenue I mean gate agents will likely want to make you "test" your bag in the luggage frame but both times it went in with just a slight push and they let me on.

Again, dont over stuff and do cinch it down.

I'll do this as my carry on from now on. Saves me $50 a flight -so it will pay for the bag in just 5 flight segments. It also saves me at least an hour per trip waiting for check bags to arrive from the plane. Finally since I have extra room I can fill it up and check it on the flight home if I picked up some extra gear or gifts on the trip.

All the TNF duffel toughness in a carry on. Love it!
American West Photographer at REI on 10/10/2010

Excellent All-Around Bag

I had wanted this bag for about a year. I had no idea just how versatile it would be until I actually had it & used it. (I bought the Medium size Yellow color bag). My wife & I load it up when heading out on the boat for the day, going to the beach, camping, climbing/bouldering, and use it for weekend & overnight trips frequently. My wife will occassionally load it on Sunday with her gym clothes, indoor lead climbing gear, iPad, extra clothes, food/groceries, extra SIGG bottles, and who knows what else - and she'll carry this all week without any fuss whatsoever. It doesn't seem to retain odors, so it can be used for a camp trip one weekend & a business trip the next. I bought the yellow color since I wanted it to be immediately identifiable, but they all seem to have this feature. Which is great when you're checking bags at the airport.

I have owned several other duffels from some of the larger/more prominent outdoor gear & travel manufacturers, but this is the best overall bag I have ever owned. Can't imagine I would have used anything BUT this when backpacking around Europe 8 years ago. I can now confidently repeat the line I have heard so many times regarding this bag: "If you spend time in the outdoors, you should own this bag". I am so glad I followed that advice.
AMM16 at REI on 04/04/2011

Forget the price. Buy it.

I'm a novice review writer; I don't do a lot of free advertising for specific products, but this duffel is worth a mention.

I've owned it for just a month, but for two weeks it was thoroughly tested on a trip through Ireland and the UK. It traveled by plane (works as a carry-on), train, and automobile, and was also walked around a lot in backpack mode (which was actually more comfortable than expected)... it shrugged off a good amount of rain on the trip as well; everything stayed dry.

I can't speak to the longevity of the product, but after living with it thus far, I can't see how it would let me down.

I CAN vouch for the perfection in design though: the bag has the features you need and want, where you want them, and nothing superfluous. Compression straps were a God-send, the daisy chains were handy, the handles were appropriately placed and comfortable, and the backpack straps aren't uncomfortable... it's obviously not a hiking backpack, but my companions' rain-soaked rolly luggage tipped over constantly on cobblestone streets while I just walked along.

The two-tone green looks sharp too.

If I had to include one con: there's only one interior mesh pocket on the lid (handy), where there's space for two additional smaller ones on the top and bottom ends (lengthwise). I'd buy another if you added those, North Face...
DocTerminus at REI on 08/08/2011

Terrific bags -- almost perfect

I have several of these bags. My sense is that they are somewhat larger than you might think from the descriptions. The shape makes then imminently stuffable (even over-stuffable). I've had the medium bag (big enough for a month of clothing) and the small bag (which I use for a large volume of underwater camera equipment) for several years, and I just bought the extra-small bag (which is not tiny, despite the name, and probably good as a weekend bag, or for specialized gear). The small bag, fully stuffed, fits in the overhead rack of a plane end in, so it makes a great carry-on bag. These bags are all built very well, and are tough. Great travel bags. Not a backpack, but reasonably comfortable with the backpack straps (must be packed carefully to provide padding and comfort). My only complaint is I wish NF would make them truly waterproof, not just water resistant (which they are) -- they should keep exactly the same design, but add waterproof zippers (while keeping the flaps) and factory-seal the seams. (I know they have a separate waterproof duffel, but the base camp duffel design is the best, and it deserves waterproof seams.) These two little changes would make a great bag perfect.
JRFSomers at The North Face on 10/07/2012

It's what I call a throw bag

I recieved this as a christmas gift, after dropping some hints. I have to admit I usually see something I like and then research it a bit and go back and check it out again before I'm convinved. Not so much in this case! The moment I saw this bag at the local REI I knew North Face got it right. The medium is the perfect everyday size. This is my new throw bag, you know the bag that seems to get everything thrown in it all the time, and is durable enough to be thrown in the bed of the truck and take on the elements and the beating.

My only beef with this bag was the backpack straps. Before I even used the bag I fixed the buckles North Face chose. Cut them off and replaced them with some side-release buckles. A few dollars went a long way in making the straps not only more useful, but easily detached in seconds when not needed.

Other than that, solid bag and I would consider a Large or X-Large in the future.
Pierson at REI on 01/01/2014


Ill keep this brief as others have summed up everything else in reviews above. Pros:
Bag is strong, Water resistant (only a few drops dripped in through the place where the two zippers meet during a HEAVY rain storm) Lots of latches and straps to attach waterbottles and other bags to. Back pack like straps. + everything you read above Cons:
Only ONE giant compartment no small zipper pouches for your wallets and such (there is a tiny net mesh on the inside but its fairly weak) Clearly this is a bag for the long travel. Miscellaneous:
Bag is squishy. Im not sure if this is a con or a pro? When the bag is less than half full, the bag will sink down and deflate to lay on top of your things. Not really a problem but it does look ugly in this state. You could also roll the bag up and stick it in a small messenger bag when there is nothing in it however.
No hard floor, I guess you could add some cardboard or whatever to make a hard floor for your bag
cappuccino at The North Face on 10/15/2012

Bomber Duffel

This is a piece of gear that sadly, I will most likely never use to its fullest extent. It's a no-frills, large capacity, go anywhere, bomber duffel. As long as it's not packed to the gills, the size M is perfect if you're looking for a carry-on piece of luggage; it will fit end to end in an overhead compartment which makes it easy to store and retrieve. the coated interior of the bag lends itself to be used as a water/mud resistant gear transporter after some soggy days on the trail. For max capacity, load the thing up and don't worry about the zippers holding; the YKK's are about the width of your thumb. As for carrying, duffels aren't always the easiest maneuver when heavy, but the padded shoulder straps give you the option to throw the bag on your back and be on your way. Get the duffel, it's a lifetime piece of equipment.
MattyK at REI on 03/03/2011

Only one gripe!

I use this bag for two fairly disparate purposes: travel and BJJ class. For travel, this bag holds everything I am willing to let TSA agents *try* to steal (cable lock method has proven highly effective), and for BJJ, this holds my gis (2), rashguards, first-aid kit, large container of sanitary wipes, large towel, toiletries, and a change of clothes.

Whether getting it to the airport or to the locker room, I really wish it had a shoulder strap. I don't like putting it on my back (which, although it has backpack straps, it truly wasn't designed for), which means I'm left carrying it in one hand, rather than slung across my body, thereby leaving two hands free for other uses. This would be a solid, 5-star bag if it just came with this one additional option.

Build quality is solid and it's a sharp looking piece. Hope they update it!
Heiza at REI on 10/10/2013

Durable, well-built, simple design.

Super durable and well-built, this bag has a simple design that works for hauling gear and whatever else you may be packing. Considerably more burly than the Patagonia Black Hole bags, it also appears (based on my research) to be more water resistant than its competitors, including, among others, the Patagonia Black Hole bags (e.g., less seams and stitching, waterproof material used more consistently throughout the design, more single-piece construction, etc.). It only has one internal mesh pocket on the underside of the lid. It would be nice to have perhaps one or two more internal pockets for small items. That being said, it is a great bag into which one can throw a bunch of stuff and head out somewhere fun.
KT at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Bag did not live up to name

Unfortunately this bag did not live up to it's name. I recently used this bag on an Everest Base Camp trek. At the end of the trip there were wear holes near the end seams. This bag was not abused or used improperly. Per the description it was ready for the back of a Yak. The North Face will not honor the repair under warranty. Yes, it is good duffel bag but for expedition use I would look else where.
Anonymous at The North Face on 12/13/2012