Nice. I wanted something smallish to use as a day pack. I find myself using the outer pockets more than the large inner pocket, especially the mesh. Where I work there is a security checkpoint, so it's nice to be able to throw keys, wallet, and phone in the mesh outer at the last second. It's cool on my back when worn with one shoulder, it's got the mesh backing so I imagine it'd be comfortable if I had to wear it on a bike or something.
Stylish, well sized, excellent quality you'd expect from North Face. I also like the rigid inner portion on the mesh side of the main compartment, it makes it easy to slide in behind the seat of a car.
My only annoyance is no keeper straps or bands, you just have this excess in each of the straps that just kind of flops around.
I think some reviews mentioned that it was a little small...I can see where they are coming from but it met my needs perfectly. I've used it multiple times so far (mostly travel) and it fits everything I need it to fit. It also seems to be well made and very durable. Has a lot of nice/handy features. I would recommend if you are looking for a basic travel back. I would think it would work good for school as well.
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It is worth every cent I payed, It fits whole home inside if needed. It understands you without speaking lol. I even made poems and movies about my northface recon backpack. It is like king in backpacks. Universe created human and human created northface recon backpack.
Haiku about northface backpack:
There was a night without moon A man walked in dark with the northface recon backpack
I had been dying to replace one of my backpacks that I use to take to the office. It really didn't have great support and it was getting a little old. This North Face Recon backpack did the trick - perfectly. This is a fantastic medium sized backpack that is perfect for the office commuter, the hiker or even a great overnight/weekend bag. There are plenty of storage locations and it has built in padding and great back support.
One large back netting compartment with two smaller side netting compartments. Great for beverages. One small zippered pocket that is perfect for small electronics or car keys. The first large zippered section is full of storage spaces for small to mediums sized items of every shape and size. Counting the storage possibilities in the middle pocket section would reveal at least 10 areas/pockets to put things of varying sizes and shapes. The large main pocket is perfect for a 15 inch or less laptop and work folder or even articles of clothing. This section also has a divider pocket that could even accomodate a pressed shirt while other clothes remain in the main section.
Once I actually transferred all of the contents of my old backpack to this one, I was relieved that I had made this long overdue purchase. This is a perfect light to medium sized backpack. Probably not sufficient for an extended camping trip, but pretty darn close.
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I will never buy another brand for my boys backpacks again. I have purchased 2 North Face backpacks, and they are wonderful. They have used there bags for 2 school years and they still look great! The quality is worth the money, and I will always buy this product for them to use for school.