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Recon Backpack

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The North Face Recon Backpack
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        The North Face Recon Backpack

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        The North Face Recon Backpack
         
        4.6

        (based on 556 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (436)

        • 4 Stars

           

          (78)

        • 3 Stars

           

          (18)

        • 2 Stars

           

          (11)

        • 1 Stars

           

          (13)

        94%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Comfortable (333)
        • Good padding (237)
        • Lightweight (232)
        • Easy to load (206)
        • Highly adjustable (179)

        Cons

        • Zipper snags (23)
        • Heavy (16)
        • Heavy / bulky (12)
        • Small capacity (11)
        • Restricts movement (10)

        Best Uses

        • School (417)
        • Travel (148)
        • Computer (76)
        • Commuting (71)
        • Day hikes (65)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Student (149), Casual/ recreational (68), Practical (62), Comfort-oriented (49), Stylish (43)
          • Primary use:
          • Personal (98), Business (4)
          • What Is Your Gear Style:
          • Comfort driven (189), Survivalist / minimalist (74)
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (356), Yes (106)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        The best Backpack I've ever had

        Absolutely an amazing bag. I had a 22L bag that I'd been using for school. The problem with that bag was that it was too small, didn't have enough compartments, there weren't many...Read complete review

        Absolutely an amazing bag. I had a 22L bag that I'd been using for school. The problem with that bag was that it was too small, didn't have enough compartments, there weren't many pockets at all, and my stuff sat really weirdly in it. So when I decided to look for a bigger bag, I decided that it needed to be one that had everything the 22L was missing and that I could also use for backpacking and traveling. I found this bag and I fell in love with it. Not only does it have way more compartments and just the right amount of pockets, it also has the space that I was looking for and I don't really have an issue with the way my stuff sits in it. I take this bag almost everywhere with me. I take it to work, on weekend trips, if I'm going to a friends house, traveling. I use to carry so much extra stuff and now this is the only bag I really need and use(besides a super lightweight day bag I usually keep in the large compartment in the back or the mesh compartment on the front). My favorite feature on the bag is the front little zipper pocket. I use that pocket so much and it's great for easy access to essentials. My only complaint would be that the waist belt isn't very wide so it doesn't provide the support that I would've like to have from a waist belt. Other than that, this is the best backpack that I've ever had and I'm still just as in love with it as the day I got it.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Bring back the Value!

        I was a Recon evangelist having taken this backpack as my only form of luggage across the country, to Europe and South America. It was one of the most bombproof pieces of gear I...Read complete review

        I was a Recon evangelist having taken this backpack as my only form of luggage across the country, to Europe and South America. It was one of the most bombproof pieces of gear I had ever owned. Recently it was stolen from my vehicle and I ordered a new one with much excitement and anticipation. When it arrived I compared it to my sisters who had the same one I used to. This is where disappointed set in strong. No more drawstring side pocket, no more straps on the bottom to hold jackets or sleeping pads, no more zipper pocket on the inside of the big pocket, the laptop sleeve is not even across the top making it hard to get contents out if you??re not reaching in from the right direction, no more plastic d-rings or knife pocket on the front straps, the front stow pocket??s buckle is now affixed to the front of the backpack reducing capacity and making it harder to buckle. The only change that I see as an improvement is a zippered pocket in the second largest compartment. I immediately searched Recons on eBay and other sites to try and find one like I had bought years ago and it looks as if these changes have been gradual as there are many models between my original and the current, however it seems as though each version has become cheaper and has sacrificed the exact reasons, as small as they may be, that the Recon 5 years ago was a bombproof piece of outdoor or traveling gear that had huge value. I can only hope that this helps to generate discussions to build a better pack like before. Unfortunately, anyone that has bought this pack in the past few years doesn??t know what he or she is missing. If these changes were to be fixed I would certainly become an evangelist again, until then I will remain disappointed and return my new Recon.

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        5.0

        Love it

        By 

        from Vancouver BC

        About Me Outgoing love elements

        Pros

          Cons

          • Price feel bad for the poor people

          Best Uses

          • Rain cold bring it

          Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

          Best products on the market know all round thanku north face

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Good bag

          By 

          from Alabama

          About Me Modern

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Great Features

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Books
            • Computer
            • hiking
            • School
            • Travel

            Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

            Overall, I love this bag. It was stiff at first but after a month or so the straps and back were more comfortable. The pockets are great, especially the fleece lined sleeves for a computer, tablet, and phone. It is also pretty water resistant as I walked across campus in the pouring rain and all my stuff stayed dry. The only downside is that the water bottle holders are not very durable. I always carry a water bottle and one of the holders started to tear after only having this bag for a few months.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            If I don't ruin it, you won't ruin it!!

            By 

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Great Features
            • Roomy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Books
              • camping
              • Commuting
              • Computer
              • daily purse for motorcycle rider
              • Travel

              Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

              I use this bag every darn day. I ride a scooter, and I need a reliable bag in order to get all my stuff around with me. I actually got mine on sale half off! This bag is great! It usually takes me about a month to ruin something I use every day...I overpack things, drop it, the cats try to attack it, spill stuff on it, tear it, etc. My recon bag is still in perfect condition after using it over a year. Highly recommend!! The things I usually bring in it are a bulky laptop, clothes, makeup, hairbrush, phone and charger, notepad, books, and always my water bottle. Plenty of room! I've also used it as a personal item on flights and taken it camping.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Disappointed

              By 

              from Camarillo, CA

              About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor Quality
              • Wears Out Quickly

              Best Uses

              • School

              Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

              I loved the color of the backpack but I was disappointed with how stiff it was and how quickly it tore from the shoulder strap area. I'm not sure if mine was defective but I only had it for 5-6 months and I only carried my macbook, a five subject notebook, cell and laptop chargers and snacks while walking around campus. There was no way it should've torn so quickly and easily.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Northface Backpacks are the best

              By 

              from Kalamazoo,MI

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Books
                • Computer
                • School
                • Travel

                Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                I had a different north face backpack for 10 years of school use it finally gave out. I got this one to replace it and I have to say out of all the brands of backpacks I have used north face really stands the test of time. I am in my first year of college and I know this will take me beyond my four years. It is even comfyier than the first one and is easier on my back and shouldres. The only thing is the colors in the photos seem bolder than what you get

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                WRONG COLOR

                By 

                from Portland, OR

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Great Features
                • Lightweight
                • Roomy

                Cons

                • Incorrect color

                Best Uses

                  Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                  I bought the rocket red/everglade melange color which appears completely purple in the online photo. The color in real life is an orangey coral. Very misleading :( great pack though

                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Wish I bought different design, but i like it.

                  By 

                  from Tennessee

                  About Me Modern

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • Too Small

                  Best Uses

                  • Computer
                  • Travel

                  Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                  I recieved this back pack as a Christmas present for a school back pack and at first I was pleased. It has a nice computer pocket and good cup holders on the sides. Although it would be a very good hiking back pack it doesn't seem like it is a good back pack for school. The biggest pocket barley fits all of my spiral notebooks and binders and it is very hard to get out. Also it is very heavy when picked up compared to my old backpack it is not light weight. Too many straps and not easily acessable. I recommend, but not for a school back pack.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Sturdy backpack

                  By 

                  from MI

                  About Me Comfort-Oriented, Practical

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Great Features
                  • Roomy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Books
                    • School

                    Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                    I was iffy about TNF backpacks because I was a used to to LL Bean bookbags that I've had for the past 7yrs and the lining on the inside is falling apart so I decided to buy a north face. My main concern was wondering if my hp 15.6' laptop would fit in the sleeve and it does! :) I can fit my entire life In this bag which makes me happy. Ivhope this bag will last me as long as my LL Bean one did or longer.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Pretty good

                    By 

                    from Portland, Oregon

                    About Me Practical

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                    • heavy
                    • Not super comfortable on shoulders

                    Best Uses

                    • School

                    Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                    As a high school senior, I have a lot of weight to carry around. While this backpack has served as great protection against the elements (rain and snow), I find it giving my sore shoulders both due to the strap placement and the weight. I strongly recommend going with a darker color because I purchased light grey and within a few months dirt was showing!
                    Overall I think this is a sturdy backpack, but I would recommend something more lightweight for students.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great organization, but some flaws

                    By 

                    from Hawaii

                    About Me Practical

                    Pros

                    • Great Features

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • School

                      Comments about The North Face Recon Backpack:

                      I am a college student using this backpack strictly for school.

                      Pros
                      Love all the pockets and awesome internal organization pockets
                      Nice big reinforced bottle holders

                      Cons
                      The plastic back support makes this backpack uncomfortable and bulky and not easily manageable, I cut mine out and the backpack is 10x more comfortable and sits upright without falling over now

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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