The North Face Recon
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.
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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
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 Available in a variety of colors, this nylon pack is lightweight and durable for everyday use Pack features one large main zip pocket with a laptop sleeve (fits most 15" laptops) with hydration port exit to keep your thirst in check on your journey
Slip on The North Face Recon daypack for technical outdoor performance that will take you on towering summit adventures or everyday work and school commutes. Panel-loading main compartment offers plenty of room for gear and clothing, or books and binders. Laptop sleeve fits most 15 in. laptops; it doubles as a hydration pocket with drinking tube exit port (reservoir sold separately). Secondary compartment with organizer helps keep track of pens/pencils, wallet, cell phone, electronics and other daily essentials. Front stash pocket with water-resistant zipper stows small necessities. Large front mesh pocket closes with a buckle to securely hold a bike helmet or jacket. The North Face Recon daypack features dual side mesh pockets that can hold water bottles or snacks. Flexible, ventilated shoulder straps are injection-molded and feature polyethylene foam for added comfort. Comfortable air-mesh back panel features a recessed spine channel that helps relieve pressure and enhance breathability. Winged hipbelt can be stowed out of the way when not in use. This pack is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association, recognizing the comfort and function of its shoulder straps, back panel and interior organization.
The North Face built the Recon Backpack with the technical proficiency for alpine adventures and the versatility for urban assaults on the same day. Roll the style of a city-ready pack with a climber's or skier's technical pack and the result would probably look a lot like the Recon, complete with burly ballistic nylon and the attitude of alpine gear that knows it's so good it doesn't need to brag.