The North Face Recon

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0


Weight 2 lb 8 oz / 1135 g
Capacity 2015 cu in / 30 L
Dimensions 18.5 in x 13 in x 8 in / 48 cm x 34.5 cm x 20 cm
Fabric 420D Nylon, 1680D Ballistics Nylon



Great bag for edc (everyday carry) and day hikes.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $99 (US)


Great bag for edc (everyday carry) and day hikes. Comfortable, durable, and well designed.


  • Comfort
  • Durability
  • 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…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
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.

Manufacturer's Description

Visit The North Face's Men's Recon page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The North Face Recon DaypackThe North Face Recon Daypack allows you to take all your important items with you. This daypack is design very lightweight, coming in at just 2 lbs. 10 oz., so that you can carry it around very easily. You can pack lots of gear into its large main compartment. You get a secondary compartment with organization to keep other items well-organized. You get several small pockets that for small items, such as keys and cash. It has a laptop sleeve specifically made for 15 in. laptop computers. It's made with PE foam to make it exceptionally light. Its flexVent injection-molded shoulder straps let you carry it around comfortably. The stowable hipbelt is useful to have it on safely but can stowed away if you do not want to use it. Carry all your things everywhere safely with The North Face Recon Daypack.

- SunnySports refers to the men's version

Whether you're seeking out your next adventure, or just going to work, The North Face Women's Recon Daypack gives you the options you need. A 15" padded laptop sleeve and versatile pockets, inside and out, let you organize all your gear. Features women's-specific, FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps and BackSaver Technology designed to automatically shift the weight of the pack's cargo closer to the user's back, resulting in a far more comfortable fit when carrying medium to heavy loads.Women-specific, FlexVent injection molded shoulder straps with additional PE foam for added comfort.Comfortable padded chemise back panel with spine control and PE sheet for extra back support.Padded, winged, stowable hipbelt.BackSaver bottom panel.Large main compartment with padded 15" laptop sleeve and hydration/ clip port.Secondary compartment with organization.Large front mesh drop pocket.Small front panel stash pocket.Mesh side water bottle pockets.Includes Sternum strap with Safe-T whistleYkk zippers. Number of pockets: 4Material: 420 D nylon, 1680D ballistics nylon.Size: 18.5" x 13.5" x 7.5"Weight: 2 lbs. 8 oz.Capacity: 1710 cu in.

- Campmor refers to the men's version

This coveted 29-liter daypack efficiently holds all your gear and keeps you organized whether you're using it to store goods that make you smarter, or stronger. This lightweight, nylon pack features one large main zip pocket with a laptop sleeve (fits most 15 laptops) and a hydration port exit to keep your thirst in check during your journey.

- The North Face refers to the men's version

Slip on The North Face Recon pack with its laptop sleeve and technical features for summit adventures, everyday work and school commutes, or travel overseas.

- REI refers to the men's version