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The North Face
Vault 26L Backpack

3 out of 5 stars
4 Reviews
Color:Forest Olive Light Heather/TNF Black


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Why We Like The Vault 26.5L Backpack

The Vault 26L Backpack fits into the daypack line from The North Face as a reliably durable option for campus life and travel. Built with a FlexVent support system, this pack offers ergonomic comfort and stays light on your back to keep you comfortable as you travel between airports and commute to coffee shops and libraries.


  • Daypack prioritizes comfort and durability for travel and lifestyle use
  • Padded laptop sleeve securely protects precious hardware for commuting
  • Dedicated organizational pockets house tablets, books, and small necessities
  • Dual water bottle pockets provide quick access to hydration and accessories
  • Reflective accents keep you safe from vehicles when traveling on dark streets
  • Item #TNFZA5W
300D heathered polyester, non-PFC DWR finish
26L (1587cu in)
1 zippered main, 1 zippered front, 2 water bottle
Laptop Sleeve
11 x 8.5 x 18in
Claimed Weight
1lb 11oz
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

3 based on 4 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 0 reviews
4 Stars - 1 reviews
5 Stars - 1 reviews

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1 out of 5 stars

February 4, 2023

Lasted 3 months

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I purchased the Recon backpack for my son for 7th grade. It lasted about 3 months, but then the strap completely tore off. Tried to get it repaired by North Face since they say they have a 1-year warranty. However, the fine print is North Face doesn't provided shipping nor do they provided return tracking numbers. Everything is based on printing a form and you may or may not get the item repaired. Bottom line is this backpack most likely won't last a year for anyone and North Face won't stand behind the product, so I don't recommend this one.

7th grade parent

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

August 20, 2022

Number 2 for me

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The vault is a great no nonsense backpack! I love the simplicity of it! It will get you from point A to Point B! It's Not a Surge or a Router! For the price point no complaints here!


Originally reviewed on

2 out of 5 stars

December 19, 2020

Beautiful BUT small...

I've used it several times

This was purchased for my son's 1st year of middle school. He loved the colors and look of the bookbag, which I agree are very slick. However in practicality... it is way too small for a middle-schooler (and he's only in 6th grade) I am not sure who could practically use this backpack as it doesn't do much for carrying around notebooks, school books nor anything else. Once he's put his required school gear in the backpack there is not room for his lunchbox or jacket. We're very disappointed with this one.

4 out of 5 stars

October 6, 2020

Great Backpack

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
One Size
6' 3"

I got this backpack mainly for school and it has served me greatly these last few months. The water bottle pockets are very roomy and perfectly fit my wide mouth Nalgene bottle. There is plenty of room for folders/books. The only bad thing I have to say about this backpack is the laptop sleeve size. My Lenovo Legion y7000p was unfortunately too large for the sleeve. Any other Macbook would fit just fine.