North Face Recon

By: The North Face
Front facing view of the North Face Recon

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Size Details
Capacity 30L
Capacity per Weight 26.8L
Weight 1.12kg 2.5lbs High
Capacity per Kg 26.8 Low
Dimensions 49x33x18cm 49x33x18in
Cubic Space 29106cm 29106in
Capacity Diff 0 Low
Airline Compatibility

โœˆ๏ธ 81% (161/199)

This bag can be used as a carry on in 81% of airlines.

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Our Thoughts

The North Face Recon is a small comfortable backpack made by a company known for its quality products.

You won't get a lot of bells and whistles with this bag but you can count on in this carry-on to last you a long time.

With only 30L of space, you'll have to be really careful with how much you pack, but that is why we one bag.

๐Ÿ‘ Reasons to Buy

  • Top-notch weather protection.
  • Features a front pocket that offers a lot of organization which is also highly functional.
  • The shoulder straps are nicely cushioned and the back panel provides good ventilation. Very comfortable to use.

๐Ÿค” Things to Consider

  • The laptop sleeve could use some more padding.
  • The internal compartment can be too narrow for its depth so you might have trouble pulling things located at the bottom of the pack.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Reviewers Have Said

  • "This backpack has been one of the most durable and reliable bags yet. I previously bought my first RECON around 4 years ago for college. After many different uses for my previous bag. I am finally buying another one after needing a solid color for my new career. "
  • "This pack has some great organization and I like how the pockets are divided. I'm a forester and carry unique items but an iPad is on of them and there is plenty of space to store."

๐Ÿ”Ž Reviews

The North Face Recon Review

"...a great pack and comes highly recommended for the avid laptop user. If you are looking for a pack that has plenty of storage, is versatile for both work and the trails, and is also decently water resistant, this is a great option for you."

North Face Backpacks: Surge vs. Recon

"If I had to pick one, I would pick the Recon, because of its lighter weight and its front elastic pocket. And I really like the fact that its laptop sleeve is in the main compartment."

North Face Recon Backpack Review: Is It Right For You?

"If you have an active and busy lifestyle or do you love outdoor activities, this backpack is perfect for you. It has two large compartments that can accommodate almost all your stuff for a day or a long trip. The large compartment is intended for 15” laptop and the 11” is for tablets."

The North Face Recon Is An Ideal Backpack If You Travel With A Lot Of Electronics

"The North Face Recon is a spacious backpack which manages to feel smaller than it is, while at the same time comfortably carrying a lot of gear."

The North Face Recon, The Go-To Option

"If you’re someone who commutes to work everyday, but loves to get away for the weekend for an outdoor activity or a stay at a mates place, then The North Face Recon Backpack might be the ideal backpack for you."


Compression S
Expanded Capacity None
Opening Other
Passport N
Passthrough N
Backpack S
Frame S
Handles 1
Hip Belt S
Shoulder Strap N
Sternum Strap S
Laptop 15
Hydration N
Main Compartments 2
Organizer N
Shoe Compartment N
Lash Points 1
Hard Shell False
Molle N
Rain-fly N
Water Bottle Holder 2
Water Resistant Y
600D Polyester Toile, 500D Nylon Oxford Slub, 420D Nylon, 210D Cordura® Nylon Ripstop, Polyester Jacquard Camo

Compatible Airlines

Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela, Air Asia, Air Astana, Air Baltic, Air Berlin (Closed), Air Canada, Air Caraibes, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air Koryo, Air Macau, Air Malta, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Air Nostrum, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Transat, AirAsiaX, Aircalin, Alitalia, All Nipon Airways, ANA, Asiana Airlines, ATA Airlines, Atlas Global, Austrian, Avianca , Azerbaijan Airlines, Azul Airlines, Azul Linhas, Bahamasair, Bangkok Airways, Belavia, Biman Bangladesh, Blue Air, Boliviana de Aviacion, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cape Air, Caribbean Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Conviasa, Copa Airlines, Croatia Air, Cubana de Aviacion, Czech Airlines, Dragonair, EL AL, Emirates Airlines, Enter Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Eurowings, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Flair Air, flybe, Gol Linhas Aereas, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Iberia, Icelandair, Indigo, InselAir, Interjet, Iran Air, Iran Aseman Air, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Jet2, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Juneyao Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Kulula, Kuwait Air, LATAM , LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Luxair, Mahan Air, Malaysia Airlines, Mango, Meridiana Fly, Middle East Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Nordwind Airlines, Norwegian, Oman Air, Onur Air, Pakistan International, Peach, Pegasus Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Porter Airlines, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Morocco, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Ryanair, S7, SAS Scandinavian, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Scoot, Shandong Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, SilkAir, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Sky Airlines, Skywest, Inc., South African Airways, SpiceJet, SriLankan Airlines, Sun Express, Swiss Int'l Air Lines, TAAG Angola, TAM Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, TAROM, Thai Airways, Thomson Airways, Tianjin Airlines (A320 & E190), Tiger Airways, Travel Service Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, Ukraine International, Ural Airlines, uTair Airlines, Uzbekistan Air, Vietnam Airlines, VIM Airlines (Closed), Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Vivaaerobus, Volotea, WestJet, WOW Airlines, Xiamen

North Face Recon Packing Lists

Two Weeks in the Big Easy and Texas
๐Ÿ“† 14 days
๐ŸŒŽ United States
๐Ÿ“œ 34 items
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North Face Recon
Front facing view of the North Face Recon

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