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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

Tech Specs

210D Cordura nylon, 420D nylon, 1680D ballastic nylon
31L (1892cu in)
Shoulder Straps
Waist Belt
yes, removable
[external] 1 large zippered front, 1 sunglasses, 2 water bottle, [internal] multiple organizers
Laptop Sleeve
yes, 15in
19.25 x 14 x 9.5in
Claimed Weight
2lb 9oz
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this as a gift and it was very appreciated. It is a great backpack for school because of the random weather we get in Utah. The pouch on the back makes it easy to store an extra jacket or two.

North Face Recon 31L Backpack - Women's

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pluses: internal compartments and pockets well-designed and arranged. Mesh back is comfortable. Thick handle on top for carrying.
Minuses: waist belt is thin - less than an inch wide. Laptop pocket protection is very stiff - wish it was removable. Bag does not sit firmly on the ground - falls over when you're trying to put things in it.

Women’s North Face Recon Backpack – Revi

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Are you looking to purchase a new backpack for the new school year? Chances are you may be overwhelmed by the enormous number of selections. Although North Face is a top brand name, is it worth the money?
After personally using a Women’s North Face Recon Backpack for a semester at college, I can provide you with product details and help you answer your question.


The Women’s Recon Backpack was built especially for students who are on the go. This backpack will help you stay organized as you travel between classes. The best feature, it comes with is a protective laptop sleeve and lots of easy access storage compartments. The main compartment allows you to carry numerous books and notepads. One negative side to carrying a large load is that the backpack won’t remain in an upright position when placed on the floor. Fortunately, the backpack’s material remains to provide a lightweight feel.
When traveling to classes, this backpack will deliver you maximum comfort. The shoulder straps and back panel are equipped with padding to allow for support and wicks away moisture during those warm days. Although the straps are helpful to adjust to different comfort preferences, they can become easily caught on the bus or chairs and cause minor frustration. On dreadful rainy days, the Women’s Recon backpack’s water resistant material will protect your supplies from water damage.


Another question you may have is: If I spend this much will it last me a long time? The answer is yes! The Women’s Recon Backpack material is very durable and long lasting. You don’t have to worry about cheap zippers that snag or become dysfunctional. The zippers and material are extremely strong and hard-wearing. After extensive usage of the backpack, it still looks brand-new. It shows minimal signs of wear or tear and remains functioning outstanding.

My experience using the North Face Women’s Recon Backpack has been extremely positive and that’s the reason for a 5-star rating. If you want a stylish, comfortable, and durable backpack, this is the right choice. The high quality material can help you stay organized and carry your supplies to class with ease. Your first day back to classes will be more enjoyable with a Women’s Recon Backpack on your shoulders.

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."

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.

Sturdy, decent commuter backpack

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.