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Junk in the Trunk: TNF Base Camp Duffel

The only travel bag you'll ever need

The North Face Base Camp duffel, only pack you'll ever need. PHOTO: Jakob Schiller

The North Face Base Camp duffel, only pack you’ll ever need. PHOTO: Jakob Schiller

The North Face Base Camp Duffel
MSRP: $145 for the large
TheNorthFace.com

I’m an outdoor gear tester so I have a lot of stuff in my garage. Really, though, only a handful of items in there are things I truly love, pieces I can’t live without. One of them is my Base Camp Duffel from The North Face.

I’ve had my duffel for several years and over that time I’ve dragged it around the world. What I like most is that you can beat the hell out of it and it just keeps going. I never worry about the bag getting ripped by angry baggage handlers because it’s made from a nearly indestructible, super high denier ballistics nylon. The zippers are also tough as nails so it never tears open even when it’s packed to the gills.

The bag comes in various sizes, but this one is the large. PHOTO: Jakob Schiller

The bag comes in various sizes, but this one is the large. PHOTO: Jakob Schiller

You can carry the bag like a duffel—one handed—but The North Face also threw regular backpack straps on, which is a nice feature. You can’t wear it all day, but the straps are totally fine for an hour or so if you have to negotiate the streets of some new country.

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There are five different sizes—XS, small, medium, large, XL—and I went with the large (90 liters) because that’s usually plenty for most of the ski trips I take, which tend to last a week or 10 days. People headed to the Himalayas will want the XL.

What really seals the deal for me is that The North Face keeps the price down. The large will put you back $145 clams, which is a chunk of change, but the company could probably charge twice as much because this is one of those pieces of gear you’ll likely have forever.

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  • Calvin Korver

    I picked up a Size L North Face Duffel Bag in army green while in Kathmandu, Nepal this spring. Same durable outer shell, backpack straps, and inside zippered pouch sewn into the top flap. Best part: I found the street price to be around 1,500 rupees, or $15! There’s something to be said about direct manufacturer to consumer merchandise.

  • Johnny Wadd

    Hey Calvin–ever heard this…”Chinese knock-off”? It’s a well-known fact that North Face is one of the most counterfeited items out there. Your deal sounds too good to be true…and it is. Enjoy it while it lasts. Hopefully you will get your money’s worth out of it–Good Luck!

  • http://explosophy.wordpress.com/ Tom Constant

    Calvin, I bought one in Kathmandu too for 15$ …. then I bought 2 (L & XL) in the US.
    Although the quality is not that bad for a counterfeited item, you can’t compare with an original.

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