A classic from The North Face, specifically-designed for women.
A women-specific design gives the city-stylish and mountain-rugged Women's Recon Backpack from The North Face a supreme amount of comfort for when you're in town or out in the mountains. Mix the style of a city-ready bag with a climber's or skier's technical pack, and this is the result. Burly ballistic nylon makes the Recon rugged enough for hardcore adventuring, while features like a stowable hip belt, laptop sleeve, and versatile organization pocket provide urban style and function. Women-specific FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps and a padded back panel offer all-day comfort whether you're on the sidewalk or on the mountain.
- FlexVent suspension system
- Women-specific shoulder straps
- Padded mesh back panel
- Zippered panel access
- Padded 15-inch laptop sleeve
- Fleece-lined tablet sleeve
- Zippered front compartment
- Internal organizer pockets
- Removable waist belt
- Sternum strap
- Haul handle
- Item #TNF01G7
- Q & A
Very Happy Niece
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Freshman in college is very happy with the space.
Good size backpack. Very durable. Love the color. Will enjoy carrying the bag.
Very Convenient Bag
Purchased this backpack for my wife. It has plenty of room for all of her work material (even her laptop).
Very Good Backpack
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This backpack was for my wife. She needed a bag for her volleyball referee gear. Here's what she had to say, "I like the backpack a lot. It's fine for what I needed, but it isn't my favorite backpack. The protection needed for the laptop pocket (which I love!!) makes it very stiff. Because of that, and the fact that the zippers only go halfway down the sides, it really doesn't open very well if you need to put larger things in. On the positive side, it is so comfortable on my back! The straps are padded, the color is great, the side pockets are roomy without being loose. Overall, it's a great backpack. I am hopeful that with use, it becomes a little more pliable."
This bag is just the right size and perfect for every day
Sturdy, decent commuter backpack
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've been using this backpack for a little over a month now. While it's certainly getting the job done, I can't say I love it. I travel via train and longboard to/from work every day, so I needed a good commuter backpack. Some key features I was looking for were size, durability, pockets, and room for a bicycle light. I needed a bag large enough to hold my uniforms, a spare change of clothes, shoes, snacks, etc. It was also a must to find a pack that had side water bottle pockets for quick access that would be large enough to store a 32 oz. Nalgene bottle and a 17 oz. Hydro Flask food flask.
While I am happy with the bicycle light attachment and side water bottle pockets (success for both the Nalgene and Hydro Flask!), I am not 100% thrilled on the design of the sizing. The backpack is definitely large -- it fits a decent amount of gear, but it is pretty slim. It gets its size in its length and width, but it is not very deep. It's long in length so stuff seems to fall into a "blackhole" and since it's not very wide, you'll have a narrow opening to go searching for everything. (In this case, I'm referring to depth as the distance the pack extends outward from my back; length as the distance from my shoulders to my hips; and width as distance from shoulder to shoulder.) Lucky for me, I have broad shoulder and a broad back, so the large width isn't too much of a problem for me, but as a women's backpack, other women with smaller backs might find this pack a little large. Additionally, the pack panel has a thick padding for added comfort (nice!) but it is lined with a pretty rigid plastic of some sort, making it a little cumbersome when trying to pack it.
Another issue I have is that the bottom of the backpack angles upward a bit, meaning that the bottom of the bag does not sit flat on the ground. With the rigid plastic lining on the back padding, the pack does not sit up straight when placed on the floor or on any flat surface -- it will tip forwards.
Overall, it is a durable backpack that will certainly hold enough stuff for a day trip as long as you don't mind digging deep for your gear. I purchased mine in Lagoon Iridescent Print/Asphalt Grey and it's a very nice color.
Great, durable bag!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Super durable with awesome support for your back. Really padded with a lot of great compartments, including one for my iPad mini.
I bought this to bring overseas for a year in Australia. I have yet to embark on my journey in a couple months but I have used it for an overnight trip and had it filled with a good amount of weight and it was still comfortable. Though I don't find it to be the LIGHTEST of all packs, it still beat the Patagonia and the Kelty bags I was deciding upon. I got the Hydro green and snowcone red color which is really pretty in my opinion!
One fun added feature that I think is great to have is a built-in whistle! I highly recommend this pack.
Do the side water bottle pockets hold nalagene bottles? 32 oz?
I just got my backpack in the mail! There are water pockets on either side of the backpack. They're pretty stretchy and I think a 32 oz bottle should fit :)