The North Face Base Camp Duffle - Extra large
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The Extra Large North Face Base Camp Duffle is the ultimate expedition duffle. Thick PVC fabric makes this bag completely bombproof. The Base Camp Duffle also features compression straps to reduce bulk, straps for anyone brave enough to attempt to carry it on their back and lockable zips. The Extra Large (XL) version of the North Face Base Camp Duffle can carry an impressive 140 litres worth of gear.
The North Face Base Camp Duffle - Extra large Reviews
Reviewed by acm (Yorkshire) on 2006-03-27:
General comments: I have the small, large and extra large versions of the North Face Base Camp Duffle. There is little to dislike about the bag, whatever the sizing. The extra large has a 140 litre capacity and when stowed correctly it is possible to put an immense amount of gear into the single space. I typically jam the duffle full of military equipment and approximate that using the shoulder straps I can carry at least 30kgs of kit oh my back - without the material or seams giving the slightest hint of wear and tear. The main body material (as described in blurbs) is extremely tough, though it does have the tendancy of marking quiet easily. The reinforced fabric bottom can take scrapes and bumps in its stride. The external handles and straps are well made and can take plenty of punishment. The internal pocket on the inside of the 'lid' is adequate but I would have liked further internal pockets at each end. The zip is very heavy duty and works well.
The XL North Face Base Camp Duffle is not cheap, but they are so well constructed that it is difficult to believe that I'll need to purchase a new one within the next few years. If you can get hold of cheap ones, then I highly recommend this duffle.
Pros: Tough, capacious and good looking work-horse.
Cons: There are similar (though perhaps not as good) duffles on the market for far far less money.
Reviewed by Rich L (Aberdeen) on 2006-04-23:
General comments: "Of course you can go by rail to Chamonix….but you must get across Geneva in 1 hour” Andy looked at me and started running, in a strange way, wearing his North Face base camp XL duffle like a turtles shell. I dragged my £14.99 Argos wheeled bag until my arms fell off. As we crawled onto the train with 4 minutes to spare we were dragging the bags up the last step when my bag corner gave way. I came home and bought a North Face Duffle bag, it was expensive, but I wasn’t going to be let down by a naff bag containing over £1000 quids worth and over 40kg of climbing kit again. I had seen many soldiers using basecamp duffles as personal kit bags whilst serving in the army, but had always resisted buying one. They are however quality bits of kit and very robust for many years of service. My advice is to buy a big one as one day it’ll come in handy. If you don’t need the space then they compress a bit. They have big grab handles and daisy chains on the side for lashing to camels or any offspring who need to be secured in airports. Top buy…worth the dosh.
Pros: Lasts almost forever.
Cons: Cost, garish colours and logo.......thief magnets.