Al Sharris wrote a review of The North Face Test Recon Backpack - 1830 cu in on November 22, 2011
I am a fan of this backpack. I got it for a ridiculous steal at $30, so I have a hard time complaining. I have used this on short day hikes as well as an every day pack for school for 2 years. No breakdowns yet, but some of the stitching has started to come undone... Here is the breakdown:
Note: mine is the old version without the new padding on the hip belt, and slightly different shoulder straps
- Nice padding
- Mesh pocket is useful for quick stashing (I use it for my bike helmet or rain coat)
- Computer sleeve
- Handy media pocket
- Plenty of space for books
- Chest strap
- Double bottle holders - one for coffee mug one for water bottle
- Worthless waist belt. Seriously, why is this thing so narrow?
- Most popular backpack on campus, you will lose it in the piles
- Fraying stitching on shoulder straps
I have not had any issues with the elastic wearing out or gotten tired from carrying less than 10lbs of computer and or books. I don't recommend it, but I consistently load this thing with 25-30lbs of books and computer and have not had an issue. This is likely outside the bounds of what this pack should handle, but what can ya do?
Overall: My favorite all around pack of this size, get it on sale if you can. Why not save the green?