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The North Face
Recon 30L Backpack

4.673218673218673 out of 5 stars
814 Reviews
$109.00
Color:Asphalt Grey Light Heather/TNF Black

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Why We Like The Recon Backpack

Now with lighter materials, increased durability, and an endorsement from the American Chiropractic Association, the Recon is our go-to for day-to-day commutes and lunchtime treks. With enough pockets for type-A organization and daisy chains for lashing on last-minute extras, this backpack totes all our needs from work to play.


Details

  • Rugged backpack for your commutes and travels
  • Water-resistant, durable material fends off light precipitation
  • Articulated shoulder straps and rounded back panel provide comfort
  • Sternum strap with buckle whistle for added stability and safety
  • 360-degree reflectivity to increase your visibility in low light
  • Separate, protected compartment safely stows your laptop
  • Side and bottom compression straps reduce shifting and bulk
  • Stand-up design lets you easily pack and unpack essentials
  • Item #TNFZB13
Responsible Collection
Recycled/Repurposed
Material
210D recycled nylon ripstop, non-PFC DWR finish
Volume
30L (1831cu in)
Shoulder Straps
FlexVent
Access
front panel
Pockets
[external] 1 zippered front, 2 water bottle, 1 zippered sunglasses, [internal] 1 laptop sleeve
Laptop Sleeve
18.9 x 11in
Dimensions
11.6 x 7.5 x 19.3in
Claimed Weight
2lb 9oz
Activity
casual
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 814 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 13 reviews
2 Stars - 22 reviews
3 Stars - 22 reviews
4 Stars - 104 reviews
5 Stars - 653 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

February 17, 2024

I am a repeat buyer of the recon backpack

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I really like the recon backpack for my high school boys. I think I'm starting to want one for myself. It's a backpack I honestly see them going on to college with. They love the compartments. They have school issued laptops and have no problem keeping the laptops secure and damage free.

Jaydon
thenorthface.com

Originally reviewed on thenorthface.com

5 out of 5 stars

February 17, 2024

I would buy this product again.

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Love the look, fits on the back very well and is super comfortable.

Michael
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Originally reviewed on thenorthface.com

5 out of 5 stars

February 16, 2024

YOU NEED THIS BACKPACK!!

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Excellent backpack with great colors to choose from! It's great for hiking, air travel, and bringing to work. Highly recommend!

Reid
thenorthface.com

Originally reviewed on thenorthface.com

5 out of 5 stars

February 16, 2024

YOU NEED THIS BACKPACK!!

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Great for all occasions!

Bobby
thenorthface.com

Originally reviewed on thenorthface.com

5 out of 5 stars

February 15, 2024

Good

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Good

Mario
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Originally reviewed on thenorthface.com

3 out of 5 stars

February 14, 2024

1 major flaw: won't stand on end on its own

This pack is terrific except for one significant flaw: it will not stand on end unless you fill the main compartment with books or bricks. Just packing clothing or a notebook does not make the main compartment heavy enough for the bottom to sit flat, meaning that this pack is forever needing to be leaned against something in order for it to remain upright. On its own, it will flop over onto its front or back, something not exactly optimal for the laptop inside.

Home to Work Commuter
thenorthface.com

Originally reviewed on thenorthface.com

5 out of 5 stars

February 14, 2024

great bag

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] much space and comfortable.

Agustin
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Originally reviewed on thenorthface.com

4 out of 5 stars

February 13, 2024

Good

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I first bought a recon backpack in 2011 for college. It has (and still does) served me well and I love it. I've used it for everything - school, work, gym, hiking, weekend trips, etc. My favorite thing about the old one has been the front mesh pocket and the small front zippered compartment because it's easy to stash / access things like my phone or keys throughout the day. I wanted a new recon because while my older one is still holding up well, the padding has thinned out and there are some spots where it's wearing out. Here are my thoughts so far when comparing the two recons: 1 - More compartments = smaller feeling? The new one definitely feels a bit smaller and I think it's because it's more compartmentalized. The old one had a larger main compartment with a small laptop sleeve while the new one has a separate main compartment and laptop compartment. While it's nice to have the separate laptop compartment, it seems to take up space that could otherwise be used for packing things. Still, it's nice to have, and I can use that section for other things (like my planner or clothes, even) if I'm not bringing my laptop that day. 2 - Front mesh and front little zippered pouch: the old recon's mesh seems sturdier and wider than the new one's mesh. It can hold my running shoes pretty easily whereas the new one is a bit smaller and softer, but stretchier. I can get my shoes in there but I have to work a bit harder to stuff them in there. The old recon mesh has a clip at the top whereas the new one has an elastic band to further support. Both are fine to me and generally keep things in place The front mesh and the little zippered compartment are still my favorite thing about both recons. 3 - Water bottle holders: the new pouches are much nicer than the older ones. They can fit my 30oz nalgene. Because the sleeves come up higher, my water bottle doesn't fall out as easily as on the old one, which was pretty annoying. 4 - Additional pouches compartment: this compartment on the old recon extended down beyond the little pouches at the top, but on the new one, the compartment stops right under the pouches. This is fine for me because I rarely used this section on the old one, but it might be a little bit of a bummer for people who do. 5 - Tightening straps: On the old recon, I used the straps on the side to tighten my backpack when it was stuffed to the brim. This helped squish everything so I could fit it in places like under the airplane seat or just make it a bit less top heavy. The new one has these, and I still like them on the new one, but I don't use them as often because the new recon doesn't seem to protrude as much when stuffed. Overall, I like it. I do wish it was a little less compartmentalized and FELT bigger, but I do like it. This one is definitely great for work/school/day tripping, but I will probably opt to use my old one instead for hiking and weekend trips.

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melmel
thenorthface.com

Originally reviewed on thenorthface.com

4 out of 5 stars

February 11, 2024

Great carry on

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I use this backpack largely for travel. It fits my laptop and a few essential clothing items in the two large compartments. The small half depth compartment is good for quick access items but it's tight for over ear headphones. Overall it's a great carry on pack if you are flying and if you are a light traveler you can even make it work for an overnight trip.

Adam
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Originally reviewed on thenorthface.com

5 out of 5 stars

February 4, 2024

I am buying another one soon for my middle school boy

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Feels really good on your back, even in the rain because it bounces off as soon as it touches. It has a lot of room for everyday use and I use mine for school.

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keci
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Originally reviewed on thenorthface.com