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The North Face Recon backpack Review

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The North Face Recon
We checked 13283 reviews from experts and users. Based on all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.7 out of 5.

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What you need to know

The North Face Recon is a modern backpack with a capacity of 1770 cu in (29 litres). This gives you room for everything you need for commuting to school and work. There is also room for a normal sized laptop up to 15 inches.

The North Face Recon the backpack scored 4.7 stars out of 5 in our analysis. the backpack therefore got a fantastic rating that is better than almost all other backpacks.

Our analysis is based on hundreds of reviews (13,283 reviews in total), so it should give you an excellent idea about what the reviewers think of Recon.

If we look at the dimensions, the height is 18.5 in, width 13.4 in and depth 7.5 in. A standard A4 folder is 10 x 12 cm, so there should be room for such a folder in the bag.

The weight of the backpack is 2.4 lbs. The weight/capacity score is 26.4 which is not so good. This means that relative to the weight, Recon have less room than many other backpacks.

Recon is made of 1680 d ballistic nylon/420 d nylon (synthetic fibre). The material is water repellent, so you don't need to worry if you carry the backpack in slightly bad weather. Just be aware that the backpack cannot handle being soaked in water, so don't expect it to protect your things in really heavy rain.

If you are flying, you will be pleased to know Recon is suitable as cabin luggage per the IATA-norm.

Bag specifications

Manufacturer: The North Face
Model: Recon

Capacity: 1770 cu in (29 litres)
Weight: 2.4 lbs
Weight/capacity score: 26.4
Height: 18.5 in
Width: 13.4 in
Depth: 7.5 in

Design review

Our panel reviewed The North Face Recon and all the other bags by looking at photos without brand names. Thereby, they could comment on the designs without being influenced by the brands. The North Face Recon got an average design rating of 5 out of 10.

The North Face simply got the design super perfect with Recon. When compared with the hundreds of other bags we have reviewed, the score of 5 is at the very top. The design is therefore something almost everybody like!

All the design ratings were exactly 10! This tells us that the reviewers have quite similar opinions about the design. The reviewers generally liked the design and would consider this buying this bag.

Price of the backpack

The price of The North Face Recon is very average when compared with other backpacks. Even when you consider the capacity of the backpack, the price is just 10% different from the price of the average backpacks.

You can therefore find backpacks that are both cheaper and more expensive than Recon.

Pros and cons

Here's what the reviewers think about the The North Face Recon bag:

Reviewers like these things about the The North Face Recon

  • Many reviewers commend The North Face Recon backpack for the optimal comfort it delivers.
  • Laptop users lauded the presence of a padded sleeve dedicated to keeping their gadgets safe and secure.
  • Even tablet owners praised the presence of a padded sleeve devoted to keeping their devices safe and secure.
  • Testers felt that the bag was durable due to its 210D Cordura® nylon mini-ripstop material.
  • Several of those who have tried the bag found its main compartment spacious enough to hold several things including extra clothes and essential gears.
  • Reviewers mentioned that the pack is comfortable to wear due to its padded shoulder straps and back panel.
  • Other users praised the support and ventilation that the backpack provided, even when in motion.
  • Testers found that its zippers are sturdy as well.
  • Reviewers praised the pull tabs of the zippers which are easy to grab.
  • Testers commend the backpack for its plenty pockets which make it easy to organize things.
  • Other testers noted that the weight of the load was distributed evenly.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer thought that the backpack is not waterproof.
  • Another reviewer noted that it had no protection for the top portion of the laptop.

Selected reviews

Anil Polat
Posted 6 February 2018
It is a beautifully built backpack for everyday travel. It has large interior storage compartment and also provides good comfort.
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The North Face Recon vs other bags

The North Face Recon ranks #8 of all the reviewed The North Face bags.

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The North Face Longhaul 26 - 5.0
The North Face Big Shot II - 4.9
The North Face Double Time - 4.8
The North Face Banchee 50 - 4.8
The North Face Apex - 4.8

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Last updated on August 13, 2018