SAN LEANDRO, California—March 3, 2009— The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced The North Face Base Camp Duffel has been awarded the prestigious Editor’s Choice Gold Award by Backpacker magazine. The Base Camp Duffel was introduced in 1979 and celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009. It is The North Face’s classic, bomber expedition duffel.
“The Base Camp Duffel is an iconic product from The North Face. It has withstood the test of time and is an essential, indestructible product for all of our team athletes,” said Barry McGeough, VP of Hardgoods at The North Face. “We are honored to be awarded this recognition from a team of editors who rigorously test and use the products they review. This is a great tribute to receive on the Base Camp Duffel’s 30th birthday.”
The Backpacker Editor’s Choice Awards, bestowed annually since 1993, honor the products that Backpacker editors have chosen as the best of the year based on months of trail testing. The Gold Award honors products that have held their ground through the years – loved when first introduced and is still loved because of superior design. The product must be at least five years old and relatively unchanged.
The North Face Base Camp Duffel is crafted of Phthalate-free TPR fabric laminate designed for travel and hauling. The bag features alpine-cut shoulder straps, large d-zip with zipper flap, dual daisy chains, twin haul handles on ends, four compression straps, internal mesh pockets, ID pocket and locking zippers.
“I do truly love the Base Camp Duffel. It literally contained all of my possessions during my dirtbag days traveling around on the rock climbing circuit in the US, and continues to travel everywhere with me today,” said The North Face Climbing Team athlete Renan Ozturk. “Its burly fabric keeps your gear dry when hauling deep into the Himalaya, and the reinforced bottom is key for dragging giant loads across rock or gritty terrain.”
Born in 1979 as The North Face Soft Luggage Duffel, it became the Vinyl Duffel in 1981. The new classic took the name Base Camp Vinyl Duffel in 1985. By 1988 it had dropped its maiden name to the Base Camp Duffel. Today, the Base Camp Duffel is available in five sizes, Mini to XL. Since its birth, the Base Camp collection has grown to include messenger and urban bags, versatile travel-tool bags, packs, and rolling luggage.
For more than 40 years The North Face athlete team has defined the limits of what is humanly possible, and continually works with Research, Design & Development, creating innovative designs that push new technologies and inspire cutting-edge products.
About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in San Leandro, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.