The North Face Base Camp 50L Duffel - 3051cu in
The North FaceBase Camp 50L Duffel - 3051cu in

Bring on the rough weekend trips.

Going out of town for the weekend doesn't mean that you should settle for luggage that's going to fall apart on you. With The North Face's Base Camp 50L Duffel, your luggage will be able to survive the roughest roof-top hail, the rowdiest airline luggage movers, and the hottest, windiest motorcycle rides. Big enough to hold all your essentials for a quick overnight multi-pitch or weekend away at the fam's house, the Base Camp 50L compresses and organizes so that you can optimize your space and bring everything you need. This bag even comes with weighted, padded haul handles on the sides so strapping it to a yak, a car, or a rigging system isn't a problem. Plus, the four compression straps will make all your gear not seem like so much, so you can bring what your heart desires.

  • A weekender duffel back built to withstand an apocalypse
  • Convertible straps so you can carry as duffel or backpack
  • Weather resistant flap over zipper to keep elements out
  • Four compression straps to keep gear in place
  • ID pocket on top for easy viewing
  • Exterior mesh pockets for keys or phone carry
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great Carry On

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this size duffle as my carry on bag for a few years now. The older version of these bags were a bit better with side pockets and less attachment points on the exterior. But they are so durable. I've had the larger size for 15 plus years and its still going. I have even used it to carry firewood in. The small size is perfect for the airport and the backpack straps are useful if you have other bags or need the use of backpack.

Versatile and durable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

awesome duffel bag! Super durable material. This is my second one, and my first one is still in great shape! (Just wanted another color). I use it for gym bag, weekend trips, and everything in between. Love it!

North Face's Base Camp 50L Duffel

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

As many people use reviews to decide on a purchase,I know how important they can be.
I work at an Intl.Airport and literally handle thousands of bags from all over the world each week.As you may well be aware,familiarity with an item is advantageous and useful in forming opinions and expectations.You also learn the fail rate of handles,wheels,straps etc.
I have purchased various bags for different uses over the years as a frequent traveller.Brands such as Tumi (Carry On),Briggs & Stratton (suiter),J&M(Overnight) have been my preferred choice.
I subsequently needed a solid and suitably simple holdall for work primarily.
I previously has used a multi pocketed/zippered shoulder pack that proved to be impractical due to passing through security checkpoints so frequently and the need to physically open every pocket and zipper.
So....my pre requisite for a work bag was a Large single zippered opening,big enough to carry Fowl weather gear,boots and a change of cloths.For convenience It needed to have removable shoulder straps ,be built to last,and free of any obvious fashion elements and superfluous details.
I was continuously drawn to TNF Base Camp Duffel.Every time I picked one up ,no matter how beat up it may have looked,it felt solid.
I am adverse to any branding on anything I carry or wear so this meant I had to compromise,accepting TNF emblazoned on each end panel.
This however is quite subtle as I chose a Navy version that has black text.The shoulder straps simply remove and can easily be stored in the zippered end pouch for quick retrieval without the need to open the bag.
These straps are NOT the click in/seatbelt style (That ALWAYS fail ),but do require you to feed the webbing through the buckles. Instructions are not included

North Face's Base Camp 50L Duffel

Not a Duffle. A Poorly Designed Backpack

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I think that both The North Face and Backcountry have some 'splainin' to do if I'm going to be a customer again. TNF's own description is just baldly untrue. There is no room for debate there. Backcountry is not so egregious, but the description was still weak.

First off, TNF is just dishonest in their description. Backcountry, it should be stressed, does not repeat the falsehood contained on the TNF site description. TNF claims that the shoulder straps are detachable. That is patently false, and it is deceitful. Were they not detachable, I'd never have bought the bag. When a company flat-out lies, it is hard to regain my trust. I will have a hard time buying from North Face in the foreseeable future.

But the shoulder straps get worse. The pad does not slide, nor can it be moved to the center so that the bag can be slung over the shoulder as a duffel. Essentially, for the bag to sit centered if one carries it as a shoulder duffel, the padding must be far to the front or the back.

Here, Backcountry failed. This is clearly not a bag that one uses as a duffel, if by "duffel," one means a bag that can sit flat on as in the picture. It is essentially a poorly designed backpack.

So to reiterate, I have one badly designed product, one company that I won't be patronizing because they straight-up lied, and one company that needs to change some of the verbiage and really walks a fine line between selling their wares and trickery.

All in all, not a very positive shopping experience.

bomber duffel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

construction still feels bulletproof. i have some of these bags in the older design. material is the same but the new design has a more streamlined strap layout, better zipper pulls and an exterior zippered pocket on one end of the bag.

Tough duffel

    TNF makes a good duffel. Everything about it seems burly. I think they look good also. I expect this to last many years.