The North Face Base Camp Medium ($149)




3 lbs.


31 (XS), 50 (S), 71 (M), 95 (L), 132 (XL), 150L (XXL)

What we like:

Durable and water-resistant, plethora of color and size options.

What we don’t:

Falls a little short of the Black Hole in a few areas.

It was first released in 1986. The Base Camp is a classic model from the North Face and a direct rival to our top-ranked Patagonia Black Hole above. It’s equally durable and water-resistant It also has easy access to its interior and can be used in a backpack that we are awestruck by. Both bags feature similar storage pockets, however the large and medium sizes include an external compartment on the other side, which allows you to keep clean items and clothes. It’s the Base Camp comes in more colours and styles than we can list and is available in sizes ranging in size from 31 liters (XS) up to 150 liters (XXL). From an carry-on to an adventure working horse, this is one of the most well-loved duffels that are available each year.

While we love our Base Camp line and have been using them for a long time however, We prefer The Black Hole for a few reasons. First, the outer material of The North Face shows scuff marks more readily in comparison to the Patagonia counterpart. Thirdly with its weight of 3 pounds and 8 ounces The TNF is about 1 more pound in weight. In addition, we discovered the straps for backpacks that come with the Base Camp to be slightly more difficult to remove as compared to the Black Hole, making your check-in at the airport a little more hectic. For a durable all-purpose duffel with more flexibility in regards to size and colors and colors, it’s the Base Camp is a solid option. Also, TNF also has an alternative to the base Camp Voyager (in 32, 42L, and 62L variants) with eco-friendly appearance (including recycled materials as well as non-PFC DWR) as well as lighter materials and better organization.


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