The Gregory Alpaca gave The North Face Base Camp Duffel a good run for its money for the OutdoorGearLab Editors' Choice award. It came just short only because it was a little heavier and the compression straps and lash points weren't quite as useful. That said, the Alpaca was slightly more comfortable than the North Face duffel to carry in backpack mode and scored as the most comfortable in the entire review because of its padded lid. Its over-the-top compression straps, which we would rather have than not, we didn't like as much as those on the North Face or the Helly Hansen models. Regardless, the Gregory Alpaca is one of the best all-around duffels on the market.
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