Review: North Face Base Camp duffel bag from Millets

Rugged, water resistant and allergic to rips and tears, North Face’s Base Camp duffels are a staple bit of kit for far-flung adventures. Here’s my review of the large duffel, £86.25 from Millets.

Review North Face Base Camp duffel bag

Review North Face Base Camp duffel bag

Product description: “The best made even better, the original bomber expedition duffel from The North Face offers the same uncompromised durability with a new and improved feature set. The detachable, alpine-cut, adjustable shoulder straps have been updated for a more ergonomic fit and to combat twisting while new padded side handles which work as both duffel carry handles and haul handles.”

Review North Face Base Camp duffel bag

Outward bound: You’ll probably recognise the Base Camp duffel – the North Face’s travel bag is a bit of a classic. I’ve found their tough, water-resistant plastic makes them ideal for keeping gear dry – these babies can cheerfully take years of getting chucked in and out of vans, planes and boats. The bags vary in size from tiny wash bags to big carry-alls, but I like the large-sized duffel – it’s a great all-rounder for travelling. It takes plenty of gear (95 litres, to be exact), and is roomy enough for a weekend’s worth of climbing or camping kit or a week of clothes. It also includes a zippered pocket for stuff you need to grab in a rush. The shoulder straps are padded, and comfy to carry as a backpack as well as to tote as a duffel bag, although if you’re going a fair distance you’d be better swapping to a proper hiking rucksack. My cheerful yellow duffel has been travelling, on climbing weekenders and on sailing trips and looks good as new (the rugged material is wipe-clean, usefully).

Verdict: The large Base Camp duffel is the perfectly-sized all-rounder if you’re after one holdall for lots of different adventures. If you need a weekend bag, the medium duffel will do you proud.

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