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The perfect blend of technical features and stylish design.

Mix the style of a city-ready bag with a climber's or skier's technical pack, and the result is The North Face Recon Backpack. Burly ballistic nylon gives the Recon the rugged toughness necessary for hardcore adventuring, while features like a stowable hip belt, laptop sleeve, and versatile organization pocket give it urban style and function. FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps and a padded air-mesh back panel with spine channel offer all-day comfort whether you're on the sidewalk or on the mountain.

  • FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps
  • Padded air-mesh back panel with Spine Channel
  • PE foam padding
  • Integrated reflective light loop
  • Winged, stowable hip belt
  • Variable-sized laptop sleeve
  • Organization pocket
  • Hydration port
  • Large front mesh drop pocket
  • Small stash pocket
  • Mesh side water bottle pockets
  • Removable sternum strap

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5 5

Great so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Although I've only had it a month, and I've only used it for school so far, I really like this pack. It's a great size, and the structured back panel and the straps actually make it really comfortable to wear, even with a lot of stuff inside (unlike my last backpack). Again, I haven't owned it for that long and I have yet to use it on an extended trip, so I can't comment on durability just yet. I also happen to really like the brown/orange combo.

1) structured back and straps (comfortable to wear)
2) size
3) water-resistance
4) stowable hip belt (this is clutch)
5) deep side pockets (fits my 40oz Hydro Flask)
6) dual laptop/tablet sleeve
7) versatility (school, trips, hiking, etc.)

VERY minor cons:
1) I would've liked for the front stash pocket to be lined with soft material for glasses, sunglasses, etc;
2) The buckle for the front mesh pocket is flush with the bag which makes it a little annoying to buckle (but likely improves durability);
3) The hydration port is just above where a laptop would sit and it seems like it might leak water in the rain.

Responded on

Hey Jer! Welcome to the Backcountry community, thanks for the review!

3 5

Not good for heat.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got the pack up north and it was great. I moved to the south and this bag was constantly exposed to 90-100 degree temperatures. The straps failed in the first six months. I had to give it an honest chance and kept using it. While I have no issue with the bag itself, the shoulder strap padding shriveled to nothing. The straps became hard and constrictive, cutting into my shoulders like thin rope. Good pack, bad padding material.

5 5

Great little backpack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this pack a few years to replace an old TNF pack that was stolen. I primarily use this pack for travel/flights/work and have never used it for any sort of recreational activity (that I can think of at least). It's extremely light and has all sorts of organizational pockets including a hydration pouch storage, which also doubles as a laptop compartment. Only downside that I could see with this pack is that there is no underneath straps, which my old pack did have. But since I don't use this for anything other than the aforementioned activities, I don't really miss not having it, and the front little mesh area is plenty big enough for a sweater or light jacket.

small pocket on outside

small pocket on outside

good for smaller stuff and stuff you need to get to quick

main compartment

main compartment

hydration sleeve/laptop sleeve and a mesh pocket too.

I was thinking of updating my 7+ year old Recon when I noticed they did away with the underneath straps? I used to keep a fleece in there when traveling for work from hot to cold places. It was a godsend accessory other times. Guess I'll keep looking...

Responded on

Hey evillama,

I have the same model Recon you do and I agree the straps on the undercarriage of the bag are quite handy. I would suggest you look into something like this, MAR00DM Marmot Flux 24 Daypack - 1465cu in, Its a top load bag so you can fit a fleece or jacket inside the lid and close the straps on top securing the jacket. You can also look for a day pack with side compression straps. I often use those to secure a layer when im hiking/commuting.

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The Patagonia Chacabuco has them as well. Very similar pack.

5 5

great pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great backpack for everyday use to long distance travel to hiking. It fits everything you need if you know how to pack well, there are several compartments that have multiple smaller pockets or sleeves for organization. Durable construction and my favorite feature is that it is made to put the weight comfortably on my shoulders and not the lower back.

4 5

Bag of Tricks

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Recon is a pretty swell bag. We recently picked up a newer one since the old one started to show its age... 7 years later!! Instead of trashin' the old one, we donated it. I'd say it still has plenty of life left in it, the lady just wanted something a bit more colorful. For the price (especially when they go on sale, like ALL the time) they are a great buy. Snag one, be happy, take it with you anywhere.