The Base Camp wins our Editors' Choice award for being our favorite all-around duffel bag for the sixth straight year in a row; it's the only product we've ever tested to receive such a distinction. It routinely scored high marks in every category, especially durability and ease of packing and is among the most durable duffels we have ever used. It has all the best features, like a grab loop on each side, an additional externally accessed pocket for organization, a small window for contact info, dual daisy chains, compression straps, and a zipper mesh pocket on the inside of the lid. The Base Camp comes in six volumes, giving it a nice range of sizes to choose from, whether it's short overnight flights or multi-month trips to the mountains.
The Base Camp Duffel sets the bar for which every other duffel bag is compared against. While it has been around forever, the Base Camp has undergone only minor revisions and is still at the top of the pack and in line with all the more expensive duffels we tested. It has nearly all the features you need and nothing you don't. Designed with expeditions in mind, the Base Camp duffels are extremely durable and easy to carry. This award winner easily lashes to a sled for glacier travel and straps to jeeps, buses, and even yaks. It has many carrying options and external compression straps for lugging through airports and is made of durable, highly water-resistant fabric.
Check out the The North Face Rolling Thunder for the same great features as the duffel we reviewed with the added ease of wheels! This bag retails for $349 and is significantly heavier than the non-wheeled version we tested, but the extendable handle and wheels make for easy airport travel. If you like the sound of the Base Camp but are looking for an airport-friendly bag, the Rolling Thunder may be your perfect fit.