North Face Base Camp Duffel Product Review
North Face Base Camp Duffel
Pros: Comfortable alpine straps, multiple gear pockets, extremely durable TPU material, ultra-water resistant (zippers are the only part that aren’t waterproof), various volume sizes, and numerous color combinations and designs.
Cons: Not ultralight, or pliable, the material is very stiff.
Review: Whether you’re transporting your gear, or traveling internationally, this is the duffel for you! Zen and I have multiple North Face Base Camp Duffels in both the small and medium sizes, which we use for almost every activity. We both use the small North Face Base Camp Duffel for our rock climbing gear day bags. The thick straps make it perfect to throw on your back as you scramble up even the toughest of approaches. While we were traveling through international airports in Europe, the bags bright colors made it easy to spot our luggage and pick each other out in a sea of faces. The small North Face Base Camp Duffel fits perfectly as a carry on. It was the only luggage we brought on our big Scandinavian trip, allowing us to avoid checking a bag and having to wait for our luggage. We stuffed 14 days of clothes along with camera gear easily in the small duffel. The North Face Base Camp Duffels are tough as nails and hold up in the worst conditions. Rain, wind, sand, or heat: the durable TPU material protects your clothes and gear from all the harsh elements. Zen and I love to put these duffels to the test. When we take to the hills on a dirt biking trip, we use the small duffel to transport all of our gear to some of our favorite remote camping destinations. By the end of our dirt bike adventures, the inside of the duffels are the only things not covered in sand or dirt. After spraying off the exteriors, the North Face Base Camp Duffels are good as new. We never have to worry about our duffels being in the back of the truck during a rainstorm, we always know even our valuables will be kept completely dry. Zen and I typically use the small size for quick weekend trips and the medium size for long vacations or excursions requiring a lot of gear. One of my favorite perks of the bags is the multiple color options! I am quite fond of being able to show my personality through my gear and adding a splash of color is a lovely way to do so. I even have a cute toiletry bag that matches my small duffel.
Cost vs. Value: We love The North Face Base Camp Duffel because it is tremendously versatile. The average carryon luggage costs $200. I don’t know about everyone else, but in the past, Zen and I have only used our actual rolling luggage cases once a year. Just one of the North Face Base Camp Duffels can replace a gear bag, workout duffel, travel luggage, camping duffel, and much, much more! The North Face Base Camp Duffel not only costs less than other luggage cases, you will also use the duffel more often, which enriches the expense. One bag for all your needs allows you to spend your hard earned money on the gear inside knowing the duffel has the outside covered.