The North Face The North Face Recon Backpack

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There's good reason why The North Face Recon Backpack is one of the most popular backpacks in the world. Backed by a lifetime warranty, this 31-liter hauler is equipped with an array of functional features and a chiropractor-endorsed FlexVent™ suspension system to boot. From the fleece-lined laptop sleeve, to the stretch mesh water bottle pockets, to the quick-access front stash, The North Face Recon Backpack is no stranger when it comes to keeping your goods secure and organized as you go about your day.

Product Details

Material

210D Cordura® Nylon Mini-Ripstop

420D Nylon

600D Polyester Print

1680D Ballistic Nylon

Dimensions

21” x 13.75” x 8” (49 cm x 36 cm x 24 cm)

Pockets

Front Stash Pocket w/ Stretch Side Panels

Secondary Compartment w/ Internal Organization

Fleece-Lined Media Pocket

Secure Zippered Pocket

External Fleece-Lined Pocket for Sunglasses/Electronics

Two Water Bottle Pockets w/ Stretch Mesh

Features

FlexVent™ Suspension SystemBoasts custom injection-molded shoulder straps and a padded mesh back panel w/ spine channel for maximum support and ventilation.

15" Laptop SleevePadded, fleece-lined 15" laptop sleeve in main compartment protects laptop from bumps and falls.

Tablet SleevePadded, fleece-lined tablet sleeve located in the front compartment for quick access.

360° Reflective Bike-Light Loop, Water Bottle Tabs & Shoulder Strap Webbing

Comfortable, Padded Top Haul

Sternum Strap w/ Whistle Buckle

Removable Waist Belt

Specs

  • Material: Cordura, Nylon, Polyester
  • Bag Volume (L): 31
  • Bag Volume (cu in): 1892
  • Weight (g): 1210
  • Skate Carry: No
  • Laptop Sleeve: Yes
  • Wet/Dry Bag: No
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Other Notes

The North Face products can only be shipped within the United States

Reviews

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The North Face Recon Backpack
 
4.8

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (33)
  • Easy to load (28)
  • Good padding (28)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Highly adjustable (22)

Cons

  • Small capacity (4)
  • Zipper snags (4)

Best Uses

  • School (28)
  • Backpacking (16)
  • Commuting (16)
  • Day trip (16)
  • Office (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47), Yes (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (24), Avid adventurer (4)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort driven (20), Survivalist / minimalist (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

LOVED THIS BACKPACK!

I loved this backpack so much! Sadly, I just had it recently stolen at school (after only 1 month of use :/ ) and I really miss it a lot. Sometimes during...Read complete review

I loved this backpack so much! Sadly, I just had it recently stolen at school (after only 1 month of use :/ ) and I really miss it a lot. Sometimes during long drives on the highway , I still think of her (yes, it's a her), sitting on the shoulders of some miserable soul out there... But I digress, now that I'm browsing backpacks again, I figured I should review this one. I bought the grey/maroon colorway at The North Face store in Brentwood. It fit perfectly (6'1, bigger build) and always hung on comfortably. No matter how much stuffed I piled into every compartment - books, folders, notebooks, clothes, water bottles, tablets and keyboard - it always remained the same shape and didn't feel heavy like my basic Jansport would with 1/3 of things in there. Absolutely heartbroken that I don't have my backpack anymore, but I am looking forward to purchasing a new one again soon. If you are really considering purchasing a North Face bag, buy THIS backpack! Recon is the way to go, you won't regret it! Just don't lose it or you'll be left heartbroken like my lonely self, left with nothing to hold on to, but vivid reminiscence of the wonderful times spent with my beloved Recon backpack..

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

huge design flaw

The bag is really comfortable and seems durable. However, the bag has a huge flaw. Once you put things in the main compartment, the organizing bags in the secondary compartments become useless because...Read complete review

The bag is really comfortable and seems durable. However, the bag has a huge flaw. Once you put things in the main compartment, the organizing bags in the secondary compartments become useless because nothing will fit in them anymore. For something to fit in these small bags would require the main compartment to be almost empty.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent for any use

By 

from georgia

Verified Buyer

Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

I bought this backpack for my grandson for College and he said it was perfect. I also bought one for my son for day pack for hiking and mountain climbing. Excellent

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best backpack!

By 

from New York, New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

This backpack is hands down the best purchase to date. Extremely durable, great looking and perfect for a college student or a hand core traveler.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

FLAWLESS (exept one)

By 

from arizona

Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

This pack is AWSOME the one flaw is the designe kinda weird

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

huge design flaw

By 

from joliet, il

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good padding

Cons

  • Small Capacity

Best Uses

  • Commuting

Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

The bag is really comfortable and seems durable. However, the bag has a huge flaw. Once you put things in the main compartment, the organizing bags in the secondary compartments become useless because nothing will fit in them anymore. For something to fit in these small bags would require the main compartment to be almost empty.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must have!

By 

from Phoenix

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy To Load
  • Good padding

Cons

  • Small Capacity

Best Uses

  • Day trip
  • Office
  • School

Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

I would recommend this backpack to any student who is looking for comfort and even style! I carry about 3-4 notebooks and a textbook at all times. Along with that I also carry a MacBook with its charger and a TI84. This backpack is truly ergonomic and allows me to be pain free from my shoulders and back. Can't wait to use it when I go camping! Truly a great investment, in my opinion.

  • What Is Your Gear Style:
  • Comfort Driven
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

multi use

By 

from Chicago

Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

I love my Recon backpack, it serves me a lot of purpose, I am triathlete so I use it a lot, during training, or use as a transition bag during the race, it is very slick and stylish but yet durable

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Utility First

By 

from Park City

Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

The Recon backpack is a great example of where comfort meets utility. I've now used this pack on multiple hikes up mountains in Utah and Switzerland, storing everything from my camera to camping gear efficiently. As well, when traveling, this has been my go to carry on as it has padded sleeves to fit my laptop and kindle. Great pack!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The pack for all your needs!

By 

from York

Verified Buyer

Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

I've used this pack for 14 years! It lasted all through college as well as many hiking and camping trips. It is also perfect for a short vacation to hold all my gear and keep it organized. I love the ergonomics and durability. I was heartbroken when some of the material inside the pack started to breakdown but the warrantee service was impeccable and I've received my new pack within days! I look forward to putting the new model through its paces! Thanks

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

i would buy again and recommend

By 

from southcoast mass

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy To Load
  • Good padding
  • Highly Adjustable
  • Large capacity
  • Lightweight
  • masculine
  • stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • storage

    Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

    i have bought a few thenorthface products from mens shoes, women snow boots, sweaters, coats ect. so when it came time for a new backpack i naturally started researching for a northface pack. i was considering 4 different models Big Shot, Jester, Borealis, and Recon. i thought Big Shot was slightly to big. Jester i didnt like the design as much. and Borealis i thought seemed more of a female model even though it might be uinsex i see a lot of females with that bag at school and even in the comments for borealis it seemed more for girls. so i decided on Recon. i like the style and while all the bags have pretty much the same inner pocket design especially with the smaller zipp section, which i think is good and very efficient.

    i mainly use this bag for transporting my Magic the Gathering cards to events. so i have a binder deck boxes. these cards are worth about $2800. the bag keeps them nice and safe in terms of padding and protects my cards from falls or being smashed by a hard object and protecting the cards from damage. another thing is that the bag stands upright when i put it on the ground which is very nice. its comfortable on my back i usually have to wear it for 8-10 hours while at a tournament. it also keeps my things tucked nicely away too like my wallet and cell phone and sizable vaping mod, with each item having its own pocket. i also sometimes bring my laptop to and from a friends house and it fits nicely and also seems very protected.

    overall i really like the pack its cool and in-style yet not a lot of people have this model which still makes you feel exclusive. i could be at a 3000+ person tournament and not see this pack on anybody else back.

    anyone considering this pack should get it i could see this bag working for school books and form camping or hiking. great product great company and i cant wait till i get another the north face product maybe snow pants next winter.....

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect Dual-Purpose Commuter Bag/Day Pack

    By 

    from Littleton, CO

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Load
    • Good padding
    • Large capacity

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Office

      Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

      I needed a new commuter bag, but was looking for something that could also be comfortably used as a day pack or as a travel bag (think carry-on). There are not a lot of options out there that cater to both needs, but low and behold I found the North Face Recon pack at an REI store late one night.

      The pack features a padded laptop sleeve/compartment for a typical 15" laptop, a dedicated tablet (iPad) sleeve, and a number of smaller organization pockets for various other gadgets/items (pens, phone, spare batteries, chargers, whatever), and even has a few stretch loops for keeping charging cables. On the outside are two mesh water bottle pockets (I keep a travel umbrella in one of mine) and a 3rd mesh pocket on the back. Two adjustable stabilizer straps allow you to snug down the load and keep the weight from moving around, and the adjustable belt strap can be completely removed if you don't want to use it. There's plenty of internal room for whatever you might need to haul to the office or classroom besides the computer (books, notebooks, paperwork, etc).

      But when the work week is over, dump all your office gear and load up with a hydration bladder!! Yup, this pack has a reservoir loop built-in above the laptop compartment. Just slides you reservoir into the laptop compartment and hook it on the loop, then route your drinking tube out the port (top of bag, between the shoulder straps) just like any other hydration pack. Then load the bag with whatever you need for your day hike, and reattach the waist strap if you want it. The Flex-Vent backing/padding works really well.

      Only one small complaint...the interior organizer pockets could be a bit "looser". When you start to fill the pockets with various items, the fit gets a bit tight. Not a deal breaker, but it would have been better to leave some slack in the pockets. I also wish the bag came with a rain cover, but you can purchase a generic North Face rain cover.

      Couldn't be happier with this purchase!

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Comfort Driven
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yes love it!

      By 

      from DC

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy To Load
      • Good padding
      • Highly Adjustable
      • Large capacity
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backpacking
        • Car Camping
        • Day trip
        • School

        Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

        This is one of best backpack ever!

        • What Is Your Gear Style:
        • Minimalist
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent product

        By 

        from San Francisco, California

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Load
        • Good padding
        • Highly Adjustable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking
          • Car Camping
          • Commuting
          • School

          Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

          No complaints

          • What Is Your Gear Style:
          • Comfort Driven
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome backpack!

          By 

          from San Antonio,TX

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy To Load
          • Good padding
          • Highly Adjustable
          • Large capacity
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Day trip
            • Hiking

            Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

            The recon is a great backpack which works great for travel and it can double as a hydration pack for skiing.

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Comfort Driven
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Pack!

            By 

            from Michigan

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easy To Load
            • Good padding
            • Highly Adjustable
            • Well constructed

            Cons

            • Small Capacity

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • School

            Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

            Excellent pack for school. Modest capacity, but big enough for a couple of classes worth of books. The pockets and lap top pocket are well thought out and very well constructed. If you are looking for a good school pack, this one is an excellent candidate.

            I would rate it at five stars if the main compartment was 6 or 7 liters bigger.

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Comfort Driven
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Loved it best product ever

            By 

            from Wiggins MS

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easy To Load
            • Good padding
            • Highly Adjustable
            • Large capacity
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Zipper Snags

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Car Camping
            • Commuting
            • Cycling
            • Office
            • School

            Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

            I use it for college and school best book bags ever

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Comfort Driven
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            solid backpack for everyday life

            By 

            from Central, SC

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easy To Load
            • Good padding

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Day trip
              • School

              Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

              Love the color, style and the quality!

              • What Is Your Gear Style:
              • Comfort Driven
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              LOVED THIS BACKPACK!

              By 

              from Los Angeles, CA

              Pros

              • Lots of compliments
              • So much space for stuff!
              • Stays formed, not heavy
              • Very solid construction

              Cons

              • Heartbreak when it's gone

              Best Uses

              • For every aspect of life

              Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

              I loved this backpack so much! Sadly, I just had it recently stolen at school (after only 1 month of use :/ ) and I really miss it a lot. Sometimes during long drives on the highway , I still think of her (yes, it's a her), sitting on the shoulders of some miserable soul out there... But I digress, now that I'm browsing backpacks again, I figured I should review this one. I bought the grey/maroon colorway at The North Face store in Brentwood. It fit perfectly (6'1, bigger build) and always hung on comfortably. No matter how much stuffed I piled into every compartment - books, folders, notebooks, clothes, water bottles, tablets and keyboard - it always remained the same shape and didn't feel heavy like my basic Jansport would with 1/3 of things in there. Absolutely heartbroken that I don't have my backpack anymore, but I am looking forward to purchasing a new one again soon. If you are really considering purchasing a North Face bag, buy THIS backpack! Recon is the way to go, you won't regret it! Just don't lose it or you'll be left heartbroken like my lonely self, left with nothing to hold on to, but vivid reminiscence of the wonderful times spent with my beloved Recon backpack..

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing backpack.

              By 

              from Houston, TX

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

              I use this backpack every day for school. Very durable. Even with 40lbs of books it is comfortable and easy to carry.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best bag

              By 

              from New Jersey

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Alots of room

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everything
                • too wide

                Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                This is actually the best bag I've brought. It's a little pricey but it's actually worth the money. I would recommend to a friends. BIG THUMPS UP

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome Backpack, I would strongly advise to buy

                By 

                from Spring, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                Comfort was great, never sweated along back area, pockets were just the correct size and easy to manage. Bought this for traveling to San Francisco and knew it would need to carry jackets, DSLR Camera, reading glasses and more. It was fantastic. Worked great as a carry on for the plane, took on bicycle ride, Segway Ride and everywhere I when. Strongly recommend buy the North Face Recon Backpack.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The BEST Backpack on the PLANET!

                By 

                from Zionsville, IN

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                My high school age kids just love them! They are well built, practical, and good looking! Thanks for making a great product!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great bag for a daily commute in the concrete jungle!

                By 

                from Charlotte, NC

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Stylish, Comfortable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Work

                  Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                  I bought this backpack to carry my laptop and all other technology back and forth to work. Love the fact that it has 2 separate padded compartments for a laptop and tablet - great for an iPad and laptop! Both compartments have plenty of space for peripheral devices and chargers.The 2 side pockets are perfect for carrying enough water to get you through the day. The back area is great for tossing items that you need to secure and still easily reach with one arm - example - car keys! Incredibly comfortable when fully packed and the shoulder straps don't leave your fresh pressed button down full of creases! Seems like it would be perfect for a day hike in the mountains too . . . ah, one can dream! :)

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  North face backpack

                  By 

                  from Waterbury, ct

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                  It feels great but if i new it would be this material i would have chosen a different color

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great backpack

                  By 

                  from Colorado

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                  Very well made. Great features.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good Everyday Carry

                  By 

                  from Dublin. CA

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • EDC

                      Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                      Overall a good backpack. The material used is durable though I'm not sure how it would do in rainy weather. Lots of pockets of different sizes for your storage needs. Sturdy back for shoulder and back support. The only reason it did not get an extra star was because the laptop compartment was too small for my laptop. Unless you have a smaller than average portable PC you'll find your laptop asking for more space. Otherwise, I'd choose this pack as my everyday carry.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Very nice for college

                      By 

                      from Lyons, GA

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • School

                        Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                        Great gift

                        • What Is Your Gear Style:
                        • Minimalist
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        5.0

                        Love it!

                        By 

                        from New Hampshire

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Easy To Load
                        • Good padding
                        • Highly Adjustable
                        • Large capacity
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backpacking
                          • Commuting
                          • Day trip

                          Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                          I bought my first Recon backpack 10 years ago. I took it everywhere and used it for everything. After getting a lot of mileage out of it, it was time to replace it this Spring. Though I was very hesitant to let my original Recon go, the new one is just as amazing and served me very well on a glacier hike in Iceland this past week.

                          • What Is Your Gear Style:
                          • Comfort Driven
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          4.0

                          Best backpack ever!

                          By 

                          from Cleveland, Ohio

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Easy To Load
                          • Good padding
                          • Highly Adjustable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Small Capacity

                          Best Uses

                          • Backpacking
                          • Car Camping
                          • Commuting
                          • Day trip
                          • Hiking
                          • Office

                          Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                          Great backpack to travel with computer. Only downside, wish it had more capacity to store more things.

                          • What Is Your Gear Style:
                          • Comfort Driven
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Durable and breathable

                          By 

                          from Florida

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Good padding
                          • Large capacity
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Zipper Snags

                          Best Uses

                          • Backpacking
                          • Commuting
                          • Day trip
                          • Office
                          • School

                          Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                          Great comfortable backpack.

                          • What Is Your Gear Style:
                          • Minimalist
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          A great backpack for school and daily use

                          By 

                          from West New York, New Jersey

                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Easy To Load
                          • Good padding
                          • Highly Adjustable
                          • Large capacity
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Zipper Snags

                          Best Uses

                          • Backpacking
                          • Commuting
                          • Day trip
                          • School

                          Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                          I run a lot out with my friends and I need the back pack to say in place and the straps help a lot with that also the space is great I always carry my Keys, wallet, gum, extra pair of shoes, extra sweater, flash light, headphones, water bottle and My Chapstick. Overall great back pack

                          • What Is Your Gear Style:
                          • Comfort Driven
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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