The North FaceRecon 31L Backpack

The perfect blend of technical features and stylish design.

Whether you're on a mission to the library or a distant peak, count on The North Face Recon Backpack to help you accomplish your task. Burly Cordura and ballistic nylon construction give the Recon the rugged toughness necessary for hardcore adventuring, while features like a stowable hip belt, laptop sleeve, and versatile organization pocket give it urban style and function. FlexVent injection-molded shoulder straps and a padded air-mesh back panel with spine channel offer all-day comfort whether you're on the sidewalk or on the mountain.

  • Cordura, nylon, and ballistic nylon fabrics
  • Padded, fleece-lined laptop pocket and tablet pocket
  • FlexVent suspension system and padded mesh back panel
  • Removable waist belt
  • External fleece-lined sunglasses pocket
  • Reflective bike light loop, water bottle tabs, and shoulder strap webbing
  • Sternum strap with whistle
  • Reviews
  • Q & A


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ordered this backpack and I am extremely happy with my purchase. It is big enough to fit all of my college needs but it is still very manageable and it is very cute. Honestly don't think there is a better backpack out there for the price!

Second Verse...Same as the First!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned and operated a North Face Recon backpack for about 4 years now. I use it everyday to commute to work. I bought the latest and greatest version of the Recon because The North Face never fails for amazing quality. The price could not be beat at $54 for the Ketchup color I chose. The upgrades are nice from the previous model and the bag is slightly bigger. I highly recommend the North Face Recon for everyday use and traveling abroad as it takes a beating and keeps on trekking!!! Good luck!!!

Versatile backpack

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this backpack for my son to use primarily as a backpack for high school, where it is filling that role nicely. The pack has a good capacity at 31L, and is solidly constructed withstanding the harsh environment known as 'High School'. The backpack has a comfortable fit, and looks great in the sage/asphalt color scheme.
The pack performs well as a day hike backpack, comfortable, and capable of carrying a couple water bottles, snacks, jackets, etc.

Good backpack.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ergonomically sound design, the Recon purportedly has received good marks from a chiropractic association. Carries comfortably, just large enough for a moderate size load. Although the Recon is designed for books and laptops, I use it for hiking.

Backpack for computer and school stuff

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Son going into Junior Year HS and taking offsite college courses so needed new backpack for computer, books, notebooks and supplies, lunch and jacket. Perfect size to hold everything and carry comfortably and protect his laptop computer. He said this is his best backpack to date.

Love this backpack

    I used this backpack for school/college every day and got so many compliments, great mixed color black & mustard. Very comfortable especially padded, fleece-lined laptop pocket and tablet pocket. It's a keeper!!

    Reliable Bookbag

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this for my brother before he started this last semseter. He loves this bag carries everything he needs for his classes with a little room to spare. Allows him to keep things organized while carrying a lot. He uses it everyday with two to three textbooks in it at all times. Definetly worth the money!

    Satisfactory overall

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've had it for about a month now, and the backpack has held up well. I really love the separated compartments that seem to be perfect for anything I want to put in it. I also really like the ergonomic design with the waist strap that relieves some of the weight from the shoulders and puts them somewhere else so that I can walk upright even with a heavy load on. One small caveat: when I put it on, no matter which side I start with, the shoulder strap on the other side will need to be adjusted (turned 180 degrees) so that it is in the proper place.

    Compartment Central

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I got this pack for traveling and love all the different pockets.
    My organizational skills usually leave my packs and luggage in a mess but this bag has a specific spot for everything I carry.
    Knowing where to find your stuff is half the battle!

    Do the side waterbottle pockets hold nalagene bottles? 32oz?

    Yes they do!

    Color was not true to picture

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I ordered the sequoia red recon backpack. The color is more of a dark red rust and brown than it is red. The backpack itself is great but the color is nothing like the picture.