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The North Face Recon Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

4.38
based on 15,718 reviews


We have checked many thousands of reviews and found 11 reasons to buy the Recon - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


89% of the reviewers give the The North Face Recon a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (78%)
Good (11%)
Average (4%)
Poor (2%)
Bad (2%)



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Reviews Summary


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

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.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all The North Face Recon models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity31 l (1892 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2-2.6 oz (0.9-1.2 kg)
Length iconLength8.5-15 in (22-38 cm)
Width3-17.5 in (8-44 cm)
Height13-18 in (33-46 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches


The bag is recommended for these activities:

School
Travel
Hiking
Cycling
Backpacking
Sport



Feature Summary


Many sources mention these The North Face Recon features:
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Reflective
  • Sternum strap
  • Laptop compartment

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Media pocket
  • Compression straps
  • Stretch mesh
  • Hip belt
  • Carry-on size
  • Organizer panel
  • Hydration compatible

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Capacity/Weight Levels


The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
TNF31 l2.6 oz0.08 oz/L



Rankings


vs The North Face Bags

The The North Face Recon ranks #7 compared with the other The North Face bags.

Top 20% The North Face bag

5The North Face Router
4.40
The North Face Router
6The North Face Longhaul
4.40
The North Face Longhaul
7The North Face Recon
4.38
The North Face Recon
8The North Face Berkeley
4.38
The North Face Berkeley
9The North Face Surge
4.38
The North Face Surge

vs All Bags

The The North Face Recon ranks #258 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 10% bag

256Osprey Nebula
4.38
Osprey Nebula
257The North Face Recon
4.38
The North Face Recon
258The North Face Berkeley
4.38
The North Face Berkeley
259The North Face Surge
4.38
The North Face Surge
260Adidas Stadium
4.38
Adidas Stadium



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the The North Face Recon vs 11 other, similar bags.

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The North Face Recon vs Osprey Nebula


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38

Based on 15,718 reviews
Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Nebula
Osprey Nebula

4.38

Based on 516 reviews

Capacity: 34 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The Recon is rated about the same as the Nebula.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 16,234 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Recon is 10% smaller than the biggest Nebula (31 L vs 34 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Recon is 24% heavier than the biggest Nebula (2.6 oz vs 2.1 oz).

FeatureReconNebula
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Grey
Blue
Green
Red

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Orange
White
Purple
Yellow
Pink




The North Face Recon vs Osprey Nova


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38
BEST
Based on 15,718 reviews
Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$


Osprey Nova
Osprey Nova

4.24

Based on 187 reviews

Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The Recon is rated a little bit better than the Nova.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 15,905 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Recon is 6% smaller than the biggest Nova (31 L vs 33 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Recon is 24% heavier than the biggest Nova (2.6 oz vs 2.1 oz).

FeatureReconNova
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Grey
Blue
Orange
Purple
Yellow

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Green
Red
White
Pink




The North Face Recon vs Patagonia Refugio


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38
BEST
Based on 15,718 reviews
Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$


Patagonia Refugio
Patagonia Refugio

3.68

Based on 1,443 reviews

Capacity: 28-30 l
Weight: 1.35 oz
Price: $$

  • The Recon is rated better than the Refugio.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 17,161 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Recon is 3% bigger than the biggest Refugio (31 L vs 30 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Recon is 93% heavier than the biggest Refugio (2.6 oz vs 1.35 oz).

FeatureReconRefugio
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Grey
Blue
Green
Red
Orange
White
Yellow
Pink

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Purple




The North Face Recon vs The North Face Big Shot


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38

Based on 15,718 reviews
Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$

  • The Recon is rated a little bit worse than the Big Shot.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 16,024 reviews of the two bags.

FeatureReconBig Shot
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Grey

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Green
Red
Orange
White
Purple
Yellow
Pink




The North Face Recon vs The North Face Borealis


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38
BEST
Based on 15,718 reviews
Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Borealis
The North Face Borealis

4.32

Based on 18,884 reviews

Capacity: 28 l
Weight: 2.1-2.4 oz
Price: $$

  • The Recon is rated a little bit better than the Borealis.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 34,602 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Recon is 11% bigger than the biggest Borealis (31 L vs 28 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Recon is 8% heavier than the biggest Borealis (2.6 oz vs 2.4 oz).

FeatureReconBorealis
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Sunglasses pocket
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Grey
Blue
Green
Red
Orange
White
Purple
Yellow

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Pink

Only the Borealis is available in these colors:
Brown




The North Face Recon vs The North Face Hot Shot


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38
BEST
Based on 15,718 reviews
Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Hot Shot
The North Face Hot Shot

4.18

Based on 102 reviews

Capacity: 30 l
Weight: 2.35 oz
Price: $$

  • The Recon is rated a little bit better than the Hot Shot.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 15,820 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Recon is 3% bigger than the biggest Hot Shot (31 L vs 30 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Recon is 11% heavier than the biggest Hot Shot (2.6 oz vs 2.35 oz).

FeatureReconHot Shot
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Grey
Blue
Red
White

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Green
Orange
Purple
Yellow
Pink




The North Face Recon vs The North Face Jester


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38
BEST
Based on 15,718 reviews
Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Jester
The North Face Jester

4.30

Based on 19,569 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.7-1.8 oz
Price: $$

  • The Recon is rated a little bit better than the Jester.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 35,287 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Recon is 44% heavier than the biggest Jester (2.6 oz vs 1.8 oz).

FeatureReconJester
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Grey
Blue
Green
Red
Orange
Purple
Yellow
Pink

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
White




The North Face Recon vs The North Face Router


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38

Based on 15,718 reviews
Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Router
The North Face Router

4.40
BEST
Based on 607 reviews

Capacity: 35 l
Weight: 2.35-2.5 oz
Price: $$

  • The Recon is rated about the same as the Router.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 16,325 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Recon is 13% smaller than the biggest Router (31 L vs 35 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Recon is 4% heavier than the biggest Router (2.6 oz vs 2.5 oz).

FeatureReconRouter
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Grey
Blue
Green
Red

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Orange
White
Purple
Yellow
Pink




The North Face Recon vs The North Face Surge


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38

Based on 15,718 reviews
Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Surge
The North Face Surge

4.38

Based on 5,908 reviews

Capacity: 33 l
Weight: 3-3.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The Recon is rated about the same as the Surge.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 21,626 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Recon is 6% smaller than the biggest Surge (31 L vs 33 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Recon is 19% lighter than the biggest Surge (2.6 oz vs 3.1 oz).

FeatureReconSurge
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Grey
Blue
Green
Red
Purple
Pink

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Orange
White
Yellow

The North Face Recon and The North Face Surge are some more basic upright bags with shoulder straps. The North Face Recon features more pockets and linking straps, but little insulation on the shoulder straps. This is ideal for a more lightweight bag, but could cause discomfort to the user.

It also features wider side pockets, but a smaller secondary front pocket than the North Face Surge. The North Face Surge does not have additional small pockets of the Recon, but it does feature two side ventilators and elastic mesh side pockets. Like the Recon, the Surge also has fairly thin shoulder straps, which could cause discomfort to the user while carrying larger objects as the product intends.


The North Face Recon vs The North Face Vault


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38
BEST
Based on 15,718 reviews
Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$


The North Face Vault
The North Face Vault

4.25

Based on 5,093 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.3-1.8 oz
Price: $$

  • The Recon is rated a little bit better than the Vault.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 20,811 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Recon is 44% heavier than the biggest Vault (2.6 oz vs 1.8 oz).

FeatureReconVault
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Load-lifter straps
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Grey
Blue
Green
Red
Orange
White
Pink

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Purple
Yellow

Only the Vault is available in these colors:
Brown




The North Face Recon vs The North Face Yavapai


The North Face Recon
The North Face Recon

4.38
BEST
Based on 15,718 reviews
Capacity: 31 l
Weight: 2-2.6 oz
Price: $$

  • The Recon is rated better than the Yavapai.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 15,730 reviews of the two bags.

FeatureReconYavapai
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Media pocket
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue

Only the Recon is available in these colors:
Black
Grey
Green
Red
Orange
White
Purple
Yellow
Pink







Selected Reviews


FoXnoMad

It is a beautifully built backpack for everyday travel. It has large interior storage compartment and also provides good comfort.

Posted 6 February 2018 by Anil Polat - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019