The North Face Men's Recon 18 Backpack

The North Face Men's Recon 18 Backpack is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 170.
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With an enhanced set of features, you can’t go wrong with The North Face® Recon 18 Backpack. Loaded with easy access storage and breathable comfort, this pack features the FlexVent™ suspension system. Large compartments allow you to carry essentials with ease while dedicated storage for your laptop or tablet doubles as a mobile office. Multiple stash pockets and comfortable straps keep you on the move so you can maximize performance carrying the Recon 18 Backpack from The North Face®.


  • Men’s backpack with FlexVent™ suspension system
  • Padded mesh back panel adds comfort
  • Lumbar panel offers maximum breathability
  • Mobile-office compartment for 15’’ laptop
  • Large main compartment
  • Front compartment with padded tablet sleeve, pendolier and secure-zip pockets
  • Reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs and shoulder-strap webbing
  • Two external mesh water bottle pockets
  • Quick-draw smartphone access on the side
  • External, fleece lined pocket for keys, sunglasses or phone
  • Extendable front stash pocket with daisy chains
  • Padded top handle
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Removable waist belt


  • Best uses: Outdoor, travel, daily use
  • Dimensions: 19.25’’ x 13’’ x 7’’
  • Capacity: 30L
  • Brand: The North Face
  • Fabric: 100% nylon
  • Style: A3KV1


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely recommend this backpack I haven't had this backpack for very long but so far I love it. I've used it for travel so far but plan on using it for school as I head to college. I love all of the compartments as it will help me keep all of my stuff nice and organized. Also, it is extremely comfortable and it fits a lot. The straps on the back are nice because I can tighten it against my back so it isn't too bulky. The last north face backpack I had didn't have that feature which I didn't like. However, this backpack seems to be the perfect backpack for me! Since I haven't had it too long I can't comment on durability or anything like that but so far it seems to hold up well.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nearly perfect "daily/commuter" back-pack - a few flaws tho This is a great backpack!!! - and I'm a tough critic. I shopped around heavily and nothing compares for all-around-daily-use. As a Brooklynite (no car) I use it daily for carrying every-thing for work commute, lugging around workout gear/professional gear, air-travel/weekend get-aways, and getting groceries/supplies. Simply put, it's my man-purse with extra cargo space for business and travel. I use the backpack so much it (they) become too grungy to be "presentable" so every few years I buy a new one - donating my old (after cleaning it best I can). I've gone through 2 and will likely replace my third soon. Owning several generations of this backpack design, I've seen it evolve over time and get better with each version. Still, one improvement I'm waiting for Northface to implement would be making the interior with a "high-contrast" bright colored material (like professional camera equipment bags do) as that the (typically) black interior makes finding things an unnecessary struggle - and as my "man-purse with extra cargo room", you can imagine that finding all those little things fast gets frustrating - particularly in low light environments. - fixing this is easily engineered by using bright "high contrast" colors for interior materials (hint hint Northface). Note: I have consistently busted the front chest strap on all my bags. The chest-strap has an elastic component which makes it more comfortable but doesn't hold up over time - a fix for this could/should be engineered (...) Also note: eventually the zipper will tend to habitually snag on the "rain flap/deflector" for the zipper - which isn't uncommon given the heavy use/wear but this too could/should be engineered better.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "I want one." I've been using the backpack for a couple weeks. The first day I had two people stop me and ask me about it. Last week I had at least ten people ask me. I selected the backpack for the size and the extras my old computer backpack didn't have. I like the mesh pockets and the extra straps. I work in IT and frequently need to fill the backpack with gear when I visit a remote site. I've managed to fit three laptops in the computer pocket. I haven't tried a day hike yet, but don't expect any issues. Love the colors since it is a nearly matches our company's.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These bags-and the company-ROCK! My most recent purchase was actually a replacement for a bag I had had for nearly 20 years. I sent it back for minor repair about ten years ago and have used the heck out of it over the years. Although I was unsure if they would be able to fix it, I sent my favorite pack back to the company for another repair. Unfortunately my pack couldn't be fixed-but I was astounded that North Face provided me with a gift card to replace my old pack! I have been a fan for years, but I am devoted now as they clearly take pride in their products and taking care of customers. While I am sad to not have my old pack, the new one is beyond expectation. I love it! Thank you!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but with two potential issues I am very happy with the initial quality of the pack. The materials seem rugged as well as the sewing and the zippers are very adequate and smooth. I received it about a week ago and immediately took it on a camping trip where I managed to pack a wool blanket, full size towel, toiletry bag, 32 oz water bottle, extra shirt, Bose mini SoundLink speaker, knife, bug spray, sunscreen, extra cash, two pill bottles, deck of cards, headphones, boonie hat, and headlamp along with more small nick-nacks like a pen, lighter, eye drops and nail clippers. I didn't even use the front stash pocket. It is deceptively large, nice looking and comfortable to carry. Although, I identify two potential problems. 1) the plastic back panel that gives the pack rigidity seems a bit long (shown in pictures). With repeated use and setting the bag down I can see the material wearing out exposing the panel. 2) there are two types of mesh on the front stash pocket. There is a stretchyand a more porous, rigid one that the compression straps are attached to with no reinforcement. With repeated use I could see the mesh ripping. With these potential issues I am still very pleased with the bag. The North Face claims their bags are built to last and if this one doesn't I am certain it will be because of one or both of these design flaws.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Throw your old backpack away RIGHT NOW and BUY THIS I bought this backpack for school and travel mainly and I have been so impressed by it. I am the type of guy that wants a place for everything. My last backpack had just like two main pockets and so I ended up putting everything jumbled up in there. This backpack has literally the perfect amount of little zippered pockets and slots for anything you'd want. AND it doesn't look ridiculous while doing that. I have the all black version and it looks so good with everything. The backpack is pretty slim but it holds A LOT. I LOVE the external water bottle pockets too. I would recommend this to ANYONE.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pack, ideal for Day Hike Usage This pack was purchased for use while day hiking in the Smoky Mountains and for an upcoming North Rim to South Rim hike in the Grand Canyon. My day hikes usually range from 10 miles to 24 miles and I usually pack a rain parka, extra shoes, food / snacks, plenty of water, etc. etc. The size is perfect for the items I pack. The Rim to Rim hike is upcoming and is a 24 mile hike and I'll need a change of clothes, toiletries, etc. since I'll be spending the night at the South Rim and catching a shuttle back to the North rim the following day. This pack will be perfect for my excursion. I've already used it several times in the Smokies and its been the perfect pack.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heck yeah I would I'm very picky and maybe slightly ocd. I had ordered about 3-4 different brands and types of back pack that I thought would be great for everyday use but also for riding my motorcycle. I had been looking at this recon for awhile. Didn't pull the trigger on this one due to the fact that its not a motorcycle backpack. But now I'm glad I picked it up. First the materials seems to be pretty top notch. The size is perfect, not too big or small. I especially don't like wide backpacks when riding my bike. Besides the organizational features and other nice specs, I enjoy the easy access stash pocket the most. When I'm going to work I can just throw mey keys in there for easy access for later. When I'm riding my motorcycle and I have to take off my gloves, I can just shove them in the quick stash pocket and they fit pretty snug in there. Overall I'm glad I had picked up this pack, just wished I would have picked it up earlier rather then wasting my time ordering those other previous packs.
Date published: 2018-07-11
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