Gear Review: The North Face Base Camp Duffel

A staff favorite, again and again.

Winner of our 2009 Editors’ Choice Gold Award, the XL version of this classic expedition duffel remains our all-time favorite for hauling gear to the far reaches of the globe. The thickly coated (with TPE for durability and water repellency) 1,000-denier polyester has proven virtually indestructible over a collective decade of testing, and the contoured, padded shoulder straps let you carry it in backpack mode much more comfortably than its competitors. Go to backpacker.com/nfduffel for a full review. $160; 155 liters; 4 lbs. 15 oz.; thenorthface.com