The North Face Recon
Great bag for edc (everyday carry) and day hikes.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $99 (US)
Great bag for edc (everyday carry) and day hikes. Comfortable, durable, and well designed.
- Compartment organization
- Not very water resistant
- No way to secure straps
I have two of these packs, one for everyday and a back up in case something happens to the 1st. They've held up really well and hold an obscene amount of stuff.
For example in the smaller front pocket I keep: my bushcraft knife, backup folder knife, a couple of SAK's, my Leatherman OHT, Fenix pd 32 flashlight, work gloves, 100 feet of para cord, a Zippo, fluid for said Zippo, a knife sharpener, calculator, fire steel, two pens, a stethoscope, e-shears, thermometer, and my Oakleys in their hard case.
Remember that's just one compartment, it's not even the largest compartment, and it's not crowded in that compartment. I could fit easily another 10-15 things in there, if I could figure out anything else I needed to carry.
Despite its ability to carry a lot, the pack isn't huge, just efficient. The straps distribute weight well and there is a hip belt that if you don't want to use it, it can be tucked away into pockets on the bottom of the bag. Pack has seen a lot of abuse and held up well.
The only bad thing I can say about the Recon is that most of the bag is only semi water resistant. The only exception to that is a small waterproof compartment near the top for electronics, wallet, etc.
Overall a great pack and one that would serve everyone from the outdoor enthusiast to the daily commuter well.
I like the front load style. I like that it's made…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $109
I like the front load style. I like that it's made for a woman's frame. I am a day hiker and it is well suited for this.
- Well built
- Front load style
- Good size
- Would like more of a frame
- Would like it to be a little more waterproof, live in the NW
I like the fit of this pack, I'm not a very tall women. The straps adjust easily, but would like it if they were wider. The size is perfect for a day hike, which is what I bought it for. I like the front load style, easier to organize for day use.
I've only had this pack for a month, but have enjoyed it so far.