The North Face Recon

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4-star:   1
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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.

rated 4.00 of 5 stars All Recon versions

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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.


The coveted North Face Recon 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 nylon pack is lightweight and durable for everyday use. The Recon features one large, zippered, main pocket with a laptop sleeve (fits most 15-inch laptops). The hydration port will keep your thirst in check on life's journey. Endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) FlexVent(TM) injection-molded shoulder straps with additional PE foam for added comfort Comfortable, padded Airmesh back panel with Spine Channel and PE sheet for extra back support Padded, winged, stow-able hipbelt BackSaver bottom panel Large main compartment with padded 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 Removable sterum strap

- OMCgear

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

Mix the style of a city-ready bag with a climber's or skier's technical pack, and the result is The North Face Recon Backpack. Burly ballistic nylon gives the Recon the rugged toughness necessary for hardcore adventuring, while features like a stowable hip belt, laptop sleeve, and versatile organization pocket give it urban style and function. FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps and a padded air-mesh back panel with spine channel offer all-day comfort whether you're on the sidewalk or on the mountain.