North Face 78 Basecamp Duffel Love retro bags? Then you'll love this reissue of a 1978 classic from North Face, which recreates the original in both aesthetics and function.


This year, North Face decided to bring back some of their most celebrated bag designs from the past under a limited edition line called the Originals Collection. Our favorite of the lot? The North Face 78 Basecamp Duffel, a reissue of a travel-friendly bag the outfit first dropped back in 1978.

Designed to reflect the “signature durability, simplicity, and craftsmanship of an earlier era,” it recreates the original in both aesthetics and function, giving you a bag that could very well have come from that period. Well, except for the fact that isn’t rotting from old age like the bags your parents have boxed up in their attic.


The North Face78 Basecamp Duffel comes in two sizes: small (13 x 23 x 11.5 inches) and large (17 x 26 x 13.5 inches). The former comes with a 45-liter main compartment, so the “small” designation is pretty misleading, while the latter has room to accommodate a whopping 80 liters of gear, making these bags highly functional for those days you’re traveling with a good load of stuff to pack. Each one is made from 17-oz. waxed cotton canvas and comes finished with Horween leather trim.

Features include dual carry handles, a removable shoulder strap, durable reinforced panels, riveted stress points, and YKK zippers. Each one is produced by a third-generation factory in Chicago that’s familiar with old-school bag manufacturing techniques to maintain authenticity.

Available in black and off-white, the North Face 78 Basecamp Duffel is priced at $250 for the small and $300 for the large.

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