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Description

If you need a pack that can stand up to everyday use in the field, can hold everything from a hydration bladder to beach gear, and can carry your laptop and fit neatly in the carryon luggage space on the plane, The North Face Recon Daypack is your pack.

Able to hold 29 liters of gear in its two zippered compartments, this North Face Pack is roomy and streamlined, but it doesn't skimp on the features that will help keep you and your stuff organized. The front panel has multiple drop-in pockets for pens, your phone, wallet, keys, field instruments and GPS while the main compartment has a laptop sleeve that should hold most 15-inch computers or an iPad – or you can switch out the technology for a hydration bladder on the weekends – there's a hose port on the top to make sippin' on the trail much easier.

From a trip across the country to a trek across campus to a day hike with friends, the Recon Pack has a chiropractor-endorsed carry system with padded shoulder straps, an Airmesh back panel and a stowable hipbelt with wings. You can stuff this pack to capacity and still have a happy back at the end of a long day.

Specifications

  • Materials: 420D nylon, 600D polyester print, 1680D ballistics nylon
  • FlexVent™ injection-molded shoulder straps with a top layer of Atilon foam for added support and bottom layer of PE foam for added comfort
  • Comfortable, padded Airmesh back panel with Spine Channel and PE sheet for extra back support
  • Winged, stowable hipbelt
  • Large main compartment with laptop sleeve (fits most 15-inch laptops), organization and hydration port
  • Secondary compartment with organization
  • Large front mesh drop pocket
  • Small front panel stash pocket
  • Mesh side water bottle pockets
  • Safety whistle located on chest buckle
  • Integrated reflective light loop
  • Endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
  • Volume: 1770 cu in, 29 liters
  • Weight: 2 lb 10 oz, 1182 g

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

143 Reviews

Pros
  • Build quality: 6
  • Ease of use: 4
  • Great design: 4
  • Lasts forever: 3

Cons
  • Cost: 4
  • a little on the heavy side: 1
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Carrying Capacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5

143 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Weight: 1 / 5
wicki12345

The north face Recon backpack
December 07, 2011

I bought this back pack right before school started in August. The shipping was fast and efficient! Just what I needed! I've only had the back pack for about 4 months now but i use it for EVERYTHING and it holds up great! Its has three main chambers which make it extremely convenient. Including the front chamber is netted and open which makes it easy to put stuff in there and take it out. I recommend this product 100%!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
Palefire2
from Houston, TX
25-34 yrs

I'm on a Recon mission.
January 11, 2011

Superb piece of equipment for school, work or a day hike. At first I found the pack a bit smaller then expected. But I quickly found that with all the compartments inside the pack I had space to spare. It's a very well thought out and put together pack. A small package with alot of versatility. I'm very happy with my Recon.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Coder
18-24 yrs

Woman's Recon Northface BAckpack
October 29, 2010

Great quality! I espcially like the extra spine support because of what the backpack is going to be used for and that is books to carry back and forth to class. I only wich they would have had more of a choice of colors in this style.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
apinto
from Rio de Janeiro, BR
25-34 yrs

Great backpack
February 17, 2011

The backpack is great for everyday use. It has a lot of pockets and it is great for a 15" laptop. It is durable and it is not heavy at all. The price is a bit high, but it is worth paying it. I do not regret buying this backpack at all.

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 1 / 5
Elboliviano
from Los Angeles, CA
25-34 yrs

Very satisfied with purchase
January 04, 2012

I bought this b-pack after checking it out at the north face store but obviously purchased it at Altrec for the generous savings. The bag is made of high quality material and has a lot of compartments to store away different items. The front and side mesh compartments are great for water. The zippers might be tricky to unzip at first but once you get used to it, you'll appreciate the flap that covers the zipper line. There is also a laptop compartment to protect your prized item. Also, the support and cushion for your back are awesome. Overall, a great purchase!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value, Performance
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
Shaq
from Mentor, OH
25-34 yrs

Everything I was Looking For
February 04, 2011

I've only had this pack for a few weeks now, so I can't give you the scope over the long-haul, but I'm diggin it so far. For me it was the perfect combination of size, efficiency, & durability. It's not HUGE, but certainly big enough for use as a school pack, or weekend pack. The large front pocket has tons of extra pouches/pockets, which come in handy. I am a GA at a larger college, and am constantly loading my bag with books, clothes, pens, pencils, netbook, etc. with no problem of running out of space. I would definitely recommend this product to a friend, the only downfall is that since this is my first North Face pack, I can't really compare it to any of the others.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
madrunner

1st time purchase
August 11, 2011

After reviewing the specifications of all the Northface backpacks, I chose the recon for my daughter. The other packs she has used before never held up and always needed to be replaced. A friend of hers recommended the Northface and I can tell the quality difference already. The zippers are heavy duty, the space is great for her laptop and the extra set of clothes she takes to school each day for soccer practice. The price was higher than I expected to pay but I am hoping it lasts a long time and the cost will pay off. The only negative thing I could say is that, except for black, she wasn't thrilled with the color choices.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 5 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
barneyshopper

Functional
November 11, 2010

Excellent for school backpack. Stylish, functional, couldn't have asked for more in a backpack.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5
SCalGal

November 10, 2010

I purchased this for my son for Boy Scout day treks in the green color. It's comfortable and the right capacity. All the pockets and compartments make sense. The only negative is that it's just a bit heavy. I have a 12+ year old Recon that I still use and has been everywhere. I can't find a replacement that's suitable. I love the outside mesh pocket that's perfect for easy access like maps, cameras etc. Still holding up well and I hope that my son's will as well.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
BostonRunner
25-34 yrs

Comfortable and roomy
October 01, 2012

I use this bag to carry (reasonably light) gear while running. The straps and back padding are comfortable and the chest and waist bands are as well. The bag itself is plenty roomy for a change of clothes, an extra pair of shoes, lunch, and more. The laptop sleeve also comes in handy for protecting papers from getting crumpled. My one gripe is that the texture of the back pad, combined with the bouncing inherent to running, tends to grab my shirt and bunch it up higher and higher up on my back. Every five blocks or so I have to reach around and pull my shirt back down. The effect is strong enough that tucking in the shirt provides only a temporary fix. Otherwise, seems like a very well-made backpack that is great for my purposes.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

great service and backpack!
February 28, 2010

My sister has been trying to convince me to buy this backpack and I am so glad I finally did. I bought it to carry around my books for school because my other one was hurting my back. the recon is so supportive i forget how much I stuff in it. After ordering my backpack I received an email saying my color was out of stock. When I called to replace my order the person was super friendly and upgraded my shipping for free. Best backpack ever!

Great color, well designed, durable back pack
August 28, 2009

I bought this backpack for my trip to Jamaica. I needed something that's not heavy, has small compartments to hold small stuff and is durable. Recon does it all! and the design is really cute, too. I got cardinal red which was on sale;) It's not as dark as it shows on the web and I love it!!! One miner thing I didn't like was that the fabric inside. I thought it's too thin

Good purchase
October 20, 2009

I was looking for a pack that was versatile and could be used for hiking and a laptop bag if I needed. Tons of pockets. Great bag.

Dependable
August 26, 2009

Light, sturdy, durable, stylish, and everything else you need for a bag.

Great Product
May 16, 2009

We took it to our CA trip. It served the purpose. Great product!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
mrsbolinger
18-24 yrs

July 13, 2011

I was looking for the perfect bag for starting college and knew I wanted a North Face and also knew I'd be on Altrec because I buy all my North Face and Columbia jackets and gear from here. After reading tons of reviews on several different bags, I settled on the Recon. When I finally received it I immediately started using it to break it in for college. I must say I was nervous about the size, it didn't look as big as people hyped it up to be... However, I put my laptop, two pairs of shoes, a weekends worth of clothes, a big makeup bag, laptop charger, phone charger, hair straightener, and all sorts of other small weekend necessities inside. The bag just keeps on growing! Now, I have put my laptop, three 1 inch binders, all three of my textbooks (larger than average-Chemistry, and math and Psychology), other school supplies, two planners, and four supplemental reading books inside the bag for school and still have room to spare. The outside waterbottle holders are great. I put an umbrella on one side, just in case, and my waterbottle fits great in the other. I haven't had anything to put in the front mesh pocket yet, but think a pair of sandals, or shorts and a tee shirt would fit nicely. I am 5'1" and 108 lbs. and the bag fits me very comfortably. Lots of cushioning on my back and all the weight of the contents has yet to put any strain on my back. It actually feels good to wear the bag, as crazy as that sounds. I'm thrilled with my purchase and have no doubt that the quality and durability of North Face will get me through all five-six years of college that I need it for with tons of medical books and supplies. Thank you North Face for quality products and thank you Altrec for great prices! (:

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
ucianteater
18-24 yrs

Great School Backpack
January 30, 2011

I needed a new backpack going into a university. The first year without a good back pack that could feel good, hold all of my stuff, and hold up to day to day use was essential. The requirements for me were 1) a small zippered pouch on outside top of back (cell phone, wallet, pencils. 2) two mesh pouches on the outside that could hold my 32 oz nalgene bottle 3) have two zippered compartments that could hold books and work uniforms/jackets. 4) a laptop pouch that did not sit on the bottom of the bag. I knew TNF had a great rep for quality material. I went through the Hot Shot, Big Shot, Surge, Recon, Sweeper, and Borealis. It really came down the Recon and Surge. I was concerned the pockets were too small. I loved the small, yet deep, pocket on the outside top of the pack. The hip strap can be tucked away but its there. The large outside mesh pack can easily be used for my helmet, work shoes, or anything quick. My two nalgene waterbottles can be tightly cinched. The laptop compartment is padded and stops about 2 inches before the bottom. the main compartment can hold two larger books, a notebook, and possible a jacket in the upper 6 inches of the pack. The second compartment is as deep as the first so u could really stuff somethin down there if needed. It also has pencil,cellphone pouches, and a zippered pouch good for holding flash cards. The straps are comfy and "ACA" approved lol

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use

I support this bag.
April 29, 2009

The Recon backpack is lightweight and comfortable, yet can pack a surprising amount. I use it as a school bag, but will likely use it for camping also.

Great everyday need backpack
May 08, 2010

Large pockets for all sorts of storage possibilities. Love the reflective tape on the backpack because of the fact that I ride my bike and all the clip has a built in whistle

Excellent
September 10, 2009

Great design, great value, great versatility

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 5 / 5
designsbyspk

Just the right backpack
September 18, 2012

This backpack is just the right size for my son's high school (and now college) needs. Excellent quality (as expected from North Face) with great protection for his laptop and plenty of room for books and more.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance

Great Backpack
September 10, 2009

Has lots of pockets, great colors, and very durable. This backpack was well worth the money.

North Face Recon Backpack
August 17, 2010

this backpack is really great, its the prefect size for school and travel and fits everything you need. It also keeps you very organized in the different compartments.

so great
December 15, 2009

I am very satisfied with this bag. It is pretty and strong. I will not worry about bringing my laptop. There are lots of pockets. So nice!

apinto
from Rio de Janeiro, BR

Great backpack
February 17, 2011

The backpack is great for everyday use. It has a lot of pockets and it is great for a 15" laptop. It is durable and it is not heavy at all. The price is a bit high, but it is worth paying it. I do not regret buying this backpack at all.

Cons: Cost
CarryingCapacity: 5 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
stormy6k
from South Jersey
45-54 yrs

love this backpack
January 12, 2011

I was searching for a durable backpack, spacious enough to jam in enough clothes for weekend trips. I found this pack last year and love it. Not only does it fit my clothes, but I am able to fit a lot of extras in the outside pockets. When I am not using it for weekends, I am able to use it for work. I liked this pack so much that I just purchased 2 additional ones for my sons this Christmas. The quality is such that I think they will be around for a long time! I plan using this on some hiking trips in the spring.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

I luv it
May 07, 2009

This backpack is awesome. I really like it, and I use it all the time. It has some neat things like the upper strap belt, the bottom straps, and the whistle. Even when it has a lot of heavy stuff in it, it doesn't hurt your back when you're wearing it.

That's very nice..
August 11, 2010

I bought for my school.. and I love it.. Perfect size for toting around to class...Thanks..

Amazing backpack
December 21, 2009

I love this back pack. It has a lot of space, so plenty of stuff can fit in easily. The design is also very nice. I use it daily and I cannot imagine to be without it whenever I am going out (work, trip, shopping).

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
dragonland23
from San Francisco, CA
18-24 yrs

great backpack
January 13, 2013

Love this backpack, everything about it. The design looks great and it's very durable. Light, carries lots of things and weather friendly. I'm happy with my purchase and would strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a great backpack.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5
cokebrady
from Santiago, Chile
25-34 yrs

Nice backpack
March 23, 2011

Really good product, I like it so much. Perfect for carry everything you need. Nice colours and very good price. Great quality and durability is guaranteed.

Pros: Great design, Performance

Good for travel and student life
August 02, 2010

I am a college student and I needed a backpack for everyday use that would also travel well on weekend trips. My best friend had a Recon and loves it, so I got one in another color. The laptop sleeve is great - it holds the laptop in a good position so it doesn't poke into your back. The mesh pockets hold everything from water bottles and keys (on the sides) to groceries and frisbees (in the front). The inner pockets are good for organization and the straps are comfortable. I got just what I needed. This is a good school backpack and a good carry-on. It's not the right thing for overnight backpacking, though- the waist are chest-straps aren't great for super heavy loads.

I <3 Recon
May 21, 2009

Great backpack, perfect for school. Super comfortable and lightweight.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
0wiley1
from NY
45-54 yrs

Northface Recon Knapsack
October 03, 2012

I bought this knapsack to use as a day bag when I vacation in Europe - it's solidly built, the shoulder straps are very comfortable and I can easily store a couple days worth of clothes, as well as a slew of electronics that I carry when I am travelling. The zippers are all strong, and it has good storage pockets. I highly recommend this knapsack!

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
MariettaLamour
from New Jersey
25-34 yrs

backpack
July 30, 2011

I ve bought this for my friends son as a present he's very happy with it very comfy backpack, the one the owner wanted great value for its price thank you!

Pros: Great design, Great value

Well designed, comfortable to wear, looks durable
August 17, 2009

We liked the first one so much that we ordered another.

great deal with an awesome bag!
October 29, 2009

i bought this backpack for my boyfriend and he just loves it! having a laptop case over your regular backpack really helps huge amount especially for him who's always on the go and would just slid everything on his bag. absolute great bag and reasonable price.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
txwhszx1120

October 02, 2013

This is a great bag for laptop. And the quality from Altrec is great as well. I like this bag.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
pho2cats
from Illinois
55-64 yrs

fills my needs
October 17, 2011

I use the backpack as a camera bag. It's built to carry heavy loads securely. Tried several camera bags but this fills the need better. It carries equipment needed for any outdoor shoot. Plus my tripod

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 2 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
outdoors2319

September 02, 2012

Really good backpack. Great padding and comfort for the back, the shoulder straps aren't that thick. Compact but stretches out, length of backpack a little shorter than expected.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Great value
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
SonyGadgetLuvr
from Boston, MA
25-34 yrs

Recon Daypack
August 29, 2012

I received my book bag on time. I love the color. I got the green. Laptop is very light but still provides a lot of padding for all my gadgets. It can store a lot of things and I am very pleased with it. It appears to be well made and durable. I highly recommend this product.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

North Face Recon Labtop bookbag
March 13, 2010

Great bookbag for labtop and minor amounts of daily items. Nice padding for labtop also.

Good backpack
December 21, 2009

It's nicely constructed, has a decent amount of room, there are a few things I don't like about it. I wish the chest strap were removable. It could have just a bit more room. With that said I don't use it as laptop bag.

Awesome backpack!
August 04, 2010

I love it, this is a great quality backpack. I bought it in the lime green/light gray. Can use it for work/school/traveling, it's very roomy for all my stuff and I'm very happy with my purchase.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
NoLight
from Lubbock, Tx
35-44 yrs

Awesome
February 04, 2011

Man this bag just rocks.. If u have a lot of books or just taking it to work this is the bag for you!!! And of course Altrec's price and customer service can not be beat

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

I'm in love!
January 30, 2010

I got this back pack in lime green and what I thought was white (it's actually a light grey) and I love it! I'm a petite girl and normally backpacks pull awkwardly on my shoulders but this doesn't at all. This bag is perfect for all my big grad school books and for my laptop and it's very well padded.

Holds more than you'd think
June 24, 2009

I bought this backpack as a gift for my Dad who has a bad back but insists on carrying around a huge swiss army backpack. He received the recon in the mail for Father's Day and was very disappointed because it was so small. He ended up being able to fit everything he needed in the backpack and even carried it around for an entire week not realizing there was an unutlized pocket! The back support in this backpack has really helped ease his pain and is much more convenient when he travels because of its compact size.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
KarenLM

Highly recommended
June 26, 2011

I got this bag because my work laptop is too heavy to carry over the shoulder any longer. My sister has this bag and loves it too. The bag actually fits my 17" laptop. There's not lots of room to spare, but it actually fits. When on my back it is so comfortable and soft. I love all the compartments and the two bottle holders on the side. Thee bag is spacious but not big and unmanageable. I would have given this bag Excellent for durability but the little loop at the top of the bag that you can use to pick it up with is not as sturdy in my hand as I want it to be with a heavy laptop in it. I highly suggest this bag!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
Finite
from Norman, OK
25-34 yrs

Great backpack, great price
November 11, 2010

I have used this backpack for a while now, and it has served me quite well. It is perfect for my MacBook Pro 15" and a few books. Highly recommended for any collegate who is looking for a solid all-around backpack.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Designed to fit your body...Durable and practical
September 08, 2009

This backpack is great for daily use. North Face did a great job in the design of the backpack to minimize the stress on your back when carrying items in the backpack. There are many pockets for large, small, and delicate articles.

perfect for school
January 06, 2010

Fits all of my school books and looks cool!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
asdfasdf1
from Northern, CA
25-34 yrs

great
November 01, 2011

this is a great bag for dayhikes as well as a great bag for books and laptops if you really must. two mesh side pockets for water bottles as well as anything else you might need to fit. the mesh back pocket is great for things that you need quickly.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

Great Backpack
April 15, 2009

The backpack has ample space for all your stuff. Its made of good material and I expect it to last a very long time.

Great backpack
January 03, 2010

Great for school.

Excellent Purchase
September 29, 2009

I have had this bag for a few weeks and I am really glad I chose it. It is very spacious and versatile. It also is very ergonomic. I use it for work and also for camping/hiking trips and it looks and works great for both situations. Not a single complaint so far from me.. highly recommended!

I love the recon
August 04, 2010

It holds my laptop so well and it doesn't make my back hurt when all my books are in it. I live it. Worth the money :)

Great backpack
February 23, 2010

This backpack can hold a lot, but it does stick out far from your back as it's fairly small. I packed all I needed for a long weekend in it just fine.

Excellent Backpack
September 03, 2009

This backpack is very comfortable and light. The design is excellent and it's great for carrying heavy loads.

Cool color, great design
February 10, 2010

Very functional and good looking

Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Saya
from Seattle, WA
18-24 yrs

Love it
December 29, 2011

I can put everything in it, all my books, water bottle, snack and even my make up bag ;). I can wear it everywhere too. I wear it to school, hiking and short road trip. Very convenience :)

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
capeze
from Ohio
35-44 yrs

Great Backpack for traveling
February 29, 2012

Purchased the Reacon Backpack for traveling. Works great as a carry on. It's so comfortable even when loaded down. We travel to Mexico at least 2x's a year and the Reacon works perfect for all of our personal belongings that we don't like to pack. Love it!!

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 5 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
latouchegirl
45-54 yrs

Great backpack!
September 17, 2011

I used this backpack to pack all my essentials for a week camping trip on an island in Alaska. The pockets and compartments allowed me to stay organized and it held everything I needed. Loved the colors too.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

great design for this grad student bike-commuter
February 26, 2010

Although the specs say 1850 cubic inches, I don't think that's including the useful expandable mesh pouch on the front--great for my bike helmet (while standing on the bus,)and for a jacket or rain pants (on those days where it just might...). I also like the interior organization, the shoulder strap fit (I'm 5'10"), and the sizable relective patches on the back. The stretch pockets on the sides fit a full size nalgene too. The only negatives are that with it fully loaded with books, and if you fill up the sunglasses pouch as well as the internal organizer smaller pouches, it's hard to make use of the depth of the secondary pouch. I also wish one of the two side mesh pouches were solid so I could keep those items I want to find quickly and easily safe: like my bike lights and keys--without worrying about them falling out. Otherwise this is a sweet school/commuter pack--I'm pleased.

Solid everyday backpack.
December 24, 2009

Love the compartments. Perfect weekender bag - holds my books and laptop comfortably. The thick straps also give my shoulders and back good support.

Crappy zippers
June 29, 2009

I had the front zipper break on me within a month of buying it. Side zippers get caught on fabric easily. Would definitely not buy again.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
AubieFan
from Alabama
18-24 yrs

Amazing Backpack!
May 17, 2011

This backpack is the most awesome and amazing backpack I have ever worn! I wish I had bought it 2 years ago when I started college. The laptop pocket is perfect and secures my laptop well. The straps really hold the pack snug to my body and distribute the weight of all my engineering books perfectly. I am almost 6 foot tall and thin, and it really fits well. I am even going to buckle all the straps as I walk around campus! I just can't believe how good it feels to wear it fully loaded with my books and water bottles. The outside pocket even holds my raincoat. Do not hesitate to buy this pack! You will love it! It will save your back and shoulders from terrible aches and pains.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5
Bluegrass
from Paris, KY
35-44 yrs

Good for packing a lot of stuff
July 22, 2011

I really enjoyed being able to stuff a lot of items inside it without being too heavy. Also seems very durable. It might be priced a bit too high, but otherwise it's great for travel.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5
fishxie
25-34 yrs

It makes me a day trip becomes easy
June 24, 2012

This is a great every day backpack, much better than my old Jansport. It's a little big at first, but I got used to it. It actually doesn't hold as much as it looks like it would, which is my only complaint. And when it is full, it is really heavy

Pros: Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
RuggedMan

North Face makes great backpacks!
September 16, 2012

The Recon backpack is VERY comfortable! Wish it were a bit bigger, but I'm a very tall guy, so it's probably the perfect size for someone of average height.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
humunuh

I wish I had one of these in high school
January 07, 2012

I love this backpack. its got all the pockets and it super comfortable. do your self a favor and get one. Right now I am using this for the gym, but would use it for anything else!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
M1ARoger
from Bristol, Va.
Over 65 yrs

North Face Recon Backpack
August 31, 2012

Excellent backpack, well made, and very attractive. Works well with school books and laptop. I'd definitely buy this again, and I might add the folks at Altrec were very helpful in handling my order. Thanks again

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, looks great!
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5
minutebyminute
35-44 yrs

Best Backpack Ever
January 24, 2013

I purchased this backpack a couple years ago, and I wear it everyday to class and work. There is not a backpack that is better looking and it also has a compartment for a 15" laptop. It has been extremely durable as I carry heavy books everyday. Highly recommended if you are a student or just looking to transport lots of stuff.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
AznSmurfy
from San Jose, CA
18-24 yrs

The fruit of much research :)
January 03, 2011

This backpack is, in itself, and all around, awesome! It has a secure and sturdy feel when I carry it. It makes the load feel weightless with its cushioned straps and backsaver technology (which I learned from a review that northface simply designed the load area to have a certain slant as to move whatever you're carrying closer to the back, to ease strain off your lower back.) It's so well cushioned; I use the back squishy area as a stress ball in class sometimes. The laptop slip has pretty neat supportive cushions to protect the laptop from even coming close to being crushed or damaged by a drop. (The laptop is elevated about three inches from the bottom of the backpack.) But more importantly, as I will constantly be bashing this backpack here and there, throwing it wherever I go, jamming all sorts of goodies (big thick textbooks) in it, I know that this backpack was a good investment. I am sure I will be keeping it for years to come. This thing is hardy. It also has all the compartments a semi-organized person could want plus some cool add-ons. Did I mention it has a whistle attached to the chest-strap? The only thing I wished it had was an extra horizontal compartment near the bottom front to store charger cords and other such stringy/easily tangled wires. (The surge has it, but I didn't like the zipper design in the front, afraid I'd leave it open and all my goods will come spilling out, plus the recon is better priced, so I chose this one!) Happy shopping and choose what's right for you and your needs!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Cost

Great Backpack, period.
May 17, 2010

This backpack is a great work of engineering and designed for whatever you do if it is riding a bike, mountain climbing, or even just carrying you books to class. This backpack is suitable for all of these things. I use it when I'm on the water on a waverunner heading to work, or to carry my books and laptop at school. It can be a large backpack and fit lots of things in it, or compress itself and be a nice small backpack. I love this backpack and recommend it out of all of The North Face day - pack series.

CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
RuggedMan

North Face makes great backpacks!
September 16, 2012

The Recon backpack is VERY comfortable! Wish it were a bit bigger, but I'm a very tall guy, so it's probably the perfect size for someone of average height.

Pros: Build quality, Great value

awesome!
October 04, 2009

I absolutely love my new backpack. I was a little skeptical about trusting this site or not, just because I had never heard of it but it shipped fast, my backpack wasn't damaged, and the great price was a plus. I'll definitely shop here again.

Smaller than Expected
October 16, 2009

Smaller than I expected it to be. Well made but small/average size. My high school student needs something larger for carrying books. I have returned my purchase.

Love It
March 30, 2010

Love it. We have had periods of heavy rain here in the north east recently and this backpack is keeping my books and laptop safe and completely dry! Fits my 15.5 inch Dell XPS1530 no problem in the pouch. Awesome fit and very comfortable no matter how many textbooks I put in it.

minutebyminute

Best Backpack Ever
January 24, 2013

I purchased this backpack a couple years ago, and I wear it everyday to class and work. There is not a backpack that is better looking and it also has a compartment for a 15" laptop. It has been extremely durable as I carry heavy books everyday. Highly recommended if you are a student or just looking to transport lots of stuff.

Cons: Cost

Love it !
September 25, 2009

Very spacious bag. I was always looking for a sturdy bag and now I finally have one. My back no longer hurts with the long commute I have from home to my university.. I absolutely recommend it. Law students and Med students if you really need to carry all those books and feel as if nothing is on your back.. I say go for this bag !

Great Backpack
July 12, 2009

I'm a commuter and need a light and roomy bag that has good weight support while walking long distances. This bag has all that. It is my second Recon, and I plan to buy another one in a different color.

great looking
August 12, 2010

I bought the recon for casual use. it look great and it has a lot of feature. plus it was cheap from altrec.com.

Great backpack
December 03, 2009

I like this backpack a lot. It perfectly fit my Sony Vaio 15.4". It shipped fast and packed really nice to prevent the damage. I will definitely shop again at Altrec.

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