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The North Face built the Recon Backpack with the technical proficiency for alpine adventures and the versatility for urban assaults on the same day. Roll the style of a city-ready pack with a climber's or skier's technical pack and the result would probably look a lot like the Recon, complete with burly ballistic nylon and the attitude of alpine gear that knows it's so good it doesn't need to brag.
  • FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps utilize foam padding and Airmesh padded back panel for optimal blend of support and ventilation
  • Winged, stowable hipbelt provides additional support when necessary but easily hides away to avoid snagging
  • Multiple compartments and pockets help you stay organized and accommodate last-minute layers
  • The North Face daypacks are American Chiropractic Association accredited thanks to fit, comfort, anatomical shaping, and flex points to reduce stress and fatigue

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5 5

The product is great!

I am using it and it is very useful. It looks great and I like it! The delivery was on time.

If there is a problem with the pack (say...

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If there is a problem with the pack (say a year from now) and I want to return it, will I be able to go to a retail store or would I return it to you? We had a friend that their sons zipper broke after a couple of years and he received a new pack. (Retail store). Thank you.

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You might be able to take it into a TNF retail store and have them honor the warranty, but I doubt that a general retailer like REI would honor it. Backcountry will replace it for sure, but you have to pay for return shipping.

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I have had this backpack for years (and...

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I have had this backpack for years (and love it, I recommend!) but the buckle on the bottom strap has broken recently. I want to purchase a new one to get it fixed but am unsure of the size. I assume its a 2 inch buckle, can anyone help me?
Thank you!

I need a backpack for sophomore year of...

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I need a backpack for sophomore year of high school. Which north face would be best for a low price? Hot Shot, Recon or Jester?

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Hey Shirley,

Thanks for your question.

Personally I think this pack, the Recon, is an excellent option for a school pack. I bought one for my freshman year of college and it helps me carry all of my books and school essentials. That was back in 2007. Now I use the pack to lug some of my climbing equipment and it has held up through all the years of use and abuse. I would definitely suggest this pack.

5 5

Great all-around pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this pack. This is the third one I have purchased over the last 20 years or so. I currently use one for day hikes, and one as my briefcase for going back and forth to work.

5 5

Awesome Backpack!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this backpack for grad school since my previous North Face was starting to fall apart. It handles carrying my water bottle, coffee mug, 15" laptop and charger pretty well. I got the Biking Red Distressed Plaid since it looked the most unique out of the choices I had when I bought it on BackCountry. I can definitely say that this color has gotten the attention of the ladies so far ;)

The only con I could think of is the fact that it tips forward when setting it on the ground. But I usually lean my backpack against something so it's not too much of an issue for me.

5 5

Well rounded daypack; great for school

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had this pack for over two years, love all the different pockets and the rigid back panel promotes great posture and comfort. I have used this pack for day hikes and over nighters, as well as school. I use this pack everyday and for being two years old it still looks great. The North Face did an excellent job on this pack, I love how burly the zippers are, well done!

4 5

Versatile for City or Mountain

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this pack for a business trip to Switzerland, and wound up using it for two hikes while there, as well as more business & hikes in southern California.
The sleeve is fine for my ancient, thick, 15" H-P laptop (a padded roll is present at the bottom of the sleeve, but no padding in the "general" compartments). The sleeve also has a hangar strap at the top, perfect for a Camelback 3l hydration bladder. The slit for your headphone cable works just as well for the Cambelback tube. You wouldn't want to use the sleeve both the hydration bladder and laptop simultaneously :-)
I'm not a great fan of the non-detachable waist straps, the ends of which dangle freely (unless you preserve the black rubber bands that wrap them when new). I'd like to see a pair of small elastic sleeves (a la Camelback packs) to retain these.
Sturdy pack. Shows no wear after two months of use.

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The backpack has pockets that the waist straps tuck into.

5 5

Good student & computer pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The laptop storage sleeve has nice protective padding and will accommodate up to a 15" laptop with no problem.

The water bottle holders on the outside hold bottles securely (unlike some similar packs). There is a good selection of pockets and spaces for pens, calculators, keys, and books. I like the compression straps, the sternum strap, and non-removable waist belt. The mesh padding helps keep your back dry. The zippers are nice and beefy.

Identical to TNF Borealis (item# TNF7991) which sports front shock cords.

Do I understand correctly that this version...

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Do I understand correctly that this version of the Recon does not have a laptop sleeve. That's what the response below suggests. All other Recons do so I am a bit confused. Is this some special model?

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Every other description of the Recon that I've seen (including the North Face website) lists it as having a laptop sleeve compatible with laptops up to 15". So knowing that, the below response reads to me that a larger laptop will fit, just not into the laptop sleeve. Unless you are correct and this is a somehow a special model.

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I just want to support Laura on this answer, this pack does have a 15" laptop sleeve and is the same as all the other models you are seeing on other sites including The North Face website. We for whatever reason did not list the laptop sleeve in the tech specs on our site (which I will be sure does get added to help clear up any confusion) and the information below in the community comments was incorrect and will also be removed.

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Be sure to tell your "chat" staff. I got the same response: "no laptop sleeve" from one of them. Thanks for your quick response.

Is this big enough to hold a 17" laptop?

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Is this big enough to hold a 17" laptop?

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I just want to follow up and clarify that this does in fact have a secured 15" laptop sleeve.

I'm going into middle school this year and...

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I'm going into middle school this year and wanted to know if this bag will keep my books and folders organized. I need a BIG backpack... will this help?

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I used this backpack all through college and didn't have a problem fitting all my stuff in it. It's not huge, but I think for middle school it will work just fine!

5 5

great backpack!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've taken this backpack everywhere I can. It has served many functions over the years I've had it. Great for school books and misc. items, but also great for day hikes up the mountain. It's very comfortable, with nicely padded shoulder straps, and has a hip belt and chest strap, which is great for loads (water, necessities, etc). It will hold more than you think it will. I have to go through it and clear out all the junk that I've accumulated in it every couple of weeks - lol. Love the bag, and would recommend it to anyone.
Though if you are planning to carry really heavy loads, go for something with a thicker, more padded hip belt. This one is just a strap - though it is useful, it is not comfortable, per se.

5 5

great pack!

needed a pack for family day trips, and this pack fits the bill. it is typical TNF quality and has plenty of storage. My girls love the glo green/black color. backcountry was great as always, and the shipping was lightning quick!

5 5

Love it!

Awesome, comfortable shoulder straps and tons of pockets for easy access. Two exterior pockets for water bottles, one of which now holds my laptop charger so the bulk doesn't add onto my contents. I use it everyday for work/school and cycling to these places.

5 5

Best Backpack EVER!!!

Not only is the orange/purple color scheme awesome, but he pictures just don't do this bag justice! There are so many pockets to keep things organized and well stored! There are inside zippered pockets along with a very tight fitting neoprene laptop compartment! This is the best bag I've ever owned. Amazing quality, style and value!

4 5

Great pack for daily use.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A bike is my only transportation plus I ride on the dirt backroads. This pack fits very comfortably, and can take a lot of rough handling. It has extremely good zippers. Lots of compartments which are handy for trips to the post office, keys, pencils, papers, etc. and the main storage can hold about two full bags of groceries! The only problem with my pack was that the logo said Pecon instead of Recon, but that lends an air of mystery to it.