The North Face

Recon 31 L Backpack Past Season

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The 31-litre Recon is an iconic backpack from The North Face, designed for quick-gear access, hauling comfort and year-over-year durability. Its generously sized rear compartment has a fleece-lined 15” laptop sleeve that’s padded and doubles a hydration port. The front compartment features a fleece-lined tablet sleeve along with multiple zippered, slit, and mesh pockets for phones, pens and books. TNF’s FlexVent™ suspension system supports the shoulders with custom injection-molded straps, along with a padded and airy mesh back panel, which has a supportive spine channel. The pack front has a fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses and also comes with a stretch-front mesh pocket that can hold a sandals or a volleyball. Side compression straps allow for a more streamlined ride, a removable waist belt comes in handy on bike commutes, and a sternum strap with a whistle makes the Recon suitable for the occasional day-hike.

  • Iconic 31-liter TNF backpack
  • Padded, fleece-lined 15" laptop sleeve
  • FlexVent™ suspension system with injection straps
  • Padded fleece-lined tablet sleeve
  • Multiple organizer pockets in second compartment
  • External fleece-lined pocket
  • Stretchy drop in pocket
  • Side compression straps
  • Padded top haul handle
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Removable waist belt
  • 360-degree reflectivity



  • [body] 210D Cordura® nylon mini-ripstop, 420D nylon, 600D polyester print, 1680D Ballistic s nylon


  • 19.25 x 14 x 9.5" in
  • 49 x 36 x 24 cm


  • 28 L / 1709 cu in

Shoulder Straps & Suspension

  • FlexVent Custom Injection shoulder straps + padded air-mesh back panel with spine channel
  • Removable waist belt


  • Sleeve compatible for most 15” laptops
  • 12.25” x 13”

Pockets & Compartments

  • [exterior] 2 main compartments, 2 side water-bottle pockets, 1 fleece-lined pocket for sunglasses or electronics, 1 front stash pocket
  • [interior] 1 padded fleece-lined tablet sleeve in front compartment, 1 internal organization with a fleece-lined media pocket, 1 secure zippered pocket, elastic webbing for cord management


  • 1206 grams
  • 2 lbs 10.68 oz

Recommended Use

  • Daypack, Outdoor Adventures, City Commutes

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