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  • Padded, fleece-lined sleeve in main compartment protects a 15 in. laptop
  • Padded, fleece-lined tablet sleeve in front compartment
  • Front stash pocket with stretch side panels for additional volume
  • External fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses or electronics
  • Internal organizer has a fleece-lined media pocket, zip pocket and cord manager
  • 2 stretch-mesh water bottle pockets
  • Comfortable shoulder straps and padded mesh back panel with venting
  • Sternum strap buckle has built-in emergency whistle
  • Padded top handle
  • 360° reflectivity
  • Removable waist belt


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Best Use Travel
Bag Style Backpack
Gear Capacity (L) 31 liters
Gear Capacity (cu. in.) 1,892 cubic inches
Number of Exterior Pockets 5 + main compartment
Laptop Compartment Yes
Fits Laptop Size (in.) 15 inches
iPad / Tablet Compartment Yes
Carry-On Size Yes
Material(s) 210-denier Cordura ripstop nylon
Dimensions 19.25 x 14 x 9.5 inches
Weight 2 lbs. 10.68 oz.
Gender Unisex
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome, long-lasting product I've had my North Face Recon backpack for more than ten years and it's still going strong with near-daily use. It's been filled with textbooks, hiking gear, food from the grocery store, and lots more. It's been shoved in overhead compartments, thrown in the trunks of many cars, and set down in nature more times that I can count. I just logged on to the site to see if they still made it in case I ever need a new one -- glad to see they do, with very minor changes! I doubt I'll need a replacement in the next ten years, but happy to see it's available. I love, love, love my NF recon. Highly recommended. Great size, great quality. All around awesome.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect bag I am a student and i have had this bag for 5 years. I got it before i started 6th grade and now i'm about to become a sophomore. The bag has held up perfectly and it shows no sign of wearing out. It fits all of my books, folders, binders, and pencils just fine with room for other little things. So space isn't a problem. I have also used this bag for travel and it fits a couple pairs of clothes and is very easy for air plane travel. This bag is also good for hikes because it has so much room. The front pouch is very useful as i use it frequently. Overall this is the perfect bag for, a student, traveler, hiker, adventurer, and for city traveling. I highly recommend this backpack!
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The everyday pack This is the pack you will use every day. At 31L, you have enough space to carry lunch, communication equipment, first aid, 15" laptop, and anything else you can stuff inside it's large compartment. The first smaller panel has a variety of pouches, pockets and nets that keep everything organized from tablets to multi tools. The outside net is perfect for stashing quick access items and large enough to keep them secure. The one thing I would love to see on these packs are deployable rain covers across the whole line. I would definitely recommend this pack and others from TNF.
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great backpack This backpack is everything I was looking for. It holds my 32oz water bottle securely, my 17" laptop (a little snug, but it works!), an extra pair of shoes, and all my other stuff that I find myself needing on a daily basis. I use it mostly for commuting/school, but have also taken it on day hikes and it's so comfortable, even when I have it filled to the brim. I also use this backpack while a passenger on my partner's motorcycle, and I like to think the bright yellow color draws more attention to us so that other drivers take more notice. And I know it doesn't say that it's waterproof, but I got caught i n a huge Texas summer storm recently while waiting for the bus, and everything inside was dry, dry, dry. That was a wonderful surprise.
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pack I've had this backpack since 2008. Its my Go To. Take it with me to school every day and now I bring it to work with me. I bring it hiking and have even skied with it a few times. Its built real well. TNF doesn't mess around. I'm not sure if its water-proof but I've never had a problem with things getting wet. only 2 things have broken over the life of the pack. The zipper on the small pocket on the front and one of the plastic tightening things for the shoulder straps (nothing a zip tie couldn't fix). Overall extremely happy with the quality of this pack.
Date published: 2013-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recon Backpack I love the new Recon backpack that I ordered from North Face. It is the perfect size to accommodate all of my school materials and has lots of nifty pockets to hold a laptop, water bottle, wallet, and books. When I received the backpack, I found a tag saying that it is certified as a healthy option for your back, although with the amount I carry, I'm sure anything will help my back. I love the simplistic and sophisticated appearance of the bag. However, it is also durable and will be a fitting option to bring for any of my outdoor trips. So glad I choose this North Face brand backpack!
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good purchase, small issues but happy overall Overall, I'm happy with this purchase. I've had the backpack for a few weeks and used it for a commuting bag to work (business casual environment) and as a daypack for hiking. It suited both purposes well. The waist straps & exit port for the water bladder (think camelback) were big reasons for my purchase of this model. Only drawbacks so far: 1. Main compartment is a little tight due to the fact that they gave the secondary compartment (where tablet and organized pockets is located) more focus. 2. The additional zippered pockets on the backs of other models is missed.
Date published: 2016-05-12
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What is the warranty on this pack?

Asked by: Amanda14
The North Face actually has a lifetime guarantee on the pack: Search Results *Our products are fully warranted against defects in materials and workmanship with a lifetime guarantee. Footwear holds a limited one-year guarantee. ... For warranty evaluation, your product must be returned directly to The North Face® Warranty Department, 2321 N Loop Road, Alameda, CA 94502.
Answered by: donut
Date published: 2017-03-23

Does this backpack include any id tags?

Asked by: benicia
​No, there is not an ID tag in this pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-12

Does anyone know what the difference is between the women's and men's versions of the Recon backpack?  Is it strictly a color thing or are there functional differences?  Thanks!

Asked by: Texas zman
The women's-specific Recon daypack has a shorter suspension system compared to the men's pack. Additionally, the shoulder straps are narrower and contoured with the female form in mind. Function-wise, the two packs are identical.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-07

Is it possible to strap a sleeping bag or rolled pad to the bottom of the pack?

Asked by: donut
​This backpack does not have any straps on the bottom of the pack to attach a sleeping bag or sleeping pad.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-07

Is a waterproof cover available?

Asked by: peterjj
The 40 liter REI Duck's Back Rain Cover is a good choice for the Recon Daypack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-14

Would this backpack work for weekend trips about Europe? I typically travel by train and do a lot of walking and bike riding. 

Asked by: Amandakims
​This daypack is perfectly suited for weekend trips and urban travel.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-14

Can anyone recommend a good hydration bladder for the Recon?

Asked by: mimicflame
The Osprey Hydraulics reservoirs are a great choice.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-05

How big of a tablet will it hold? I'm hoping to store my laptop and my 12 in tab.

Asked by: Cmilito
According to the manufacturer, the dedicated tablet sleeve will hold a 13” tablet.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-25
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