Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Comfort

Atlas Packs Athlete

(1/2)

Important: Choose the Adventure or Athlete hip belt – otherwise you will have literally no padding on your hips. I don’t recommend using the bag without a hipbelt either. The Adventure belt is more comfortable as it provides two layers of foam padding and a wider webbing and buckle – it’s also bigger and bulkier.

Positive
23 days ago

North Face Recon

(1/2)

It’s not meshed, but this hasn’t really affected comfort. In our experience, the weather and temperature play a more significant part in making our backs sweaty.

Neutral
1 month ago

Hiking

Atlas Packs Athlete

(1/1)

I also purchased a Capture Clip from Peak Designs which allows you to fix the camera to the shoulder strap in place while hiking – a great addition to this pack.

Positive
23 days ago

North Face Recon

(1/1)

I recommend checking out the one bag subreddit, also. Started my hiking/backpacking with large packs a long time ago, and over time have gone smaller and smaller. If you make good choices regarding travel clothing, you can pack really light with things that sink wash and air dry, especially in warmer weather. Then you pack for a couple days and have a quick wash and hang dry be part of the routine

Positive
SalsaGreen
2 months ago

Compartment

North Face Recon

(1/1)

Next up is the front compartment, where there’s more granular organization. From front to back, there are two mesh pockets, two liner pockets and a pen pocket, a wide zippered pocket, and a tablet pocket at the very back—a nice variety to have for different tech accessories. The compartment doesn’t extend all the way to the bottom of the bag. This is a good thing because it balances out the usable space between the different compartments, and we don’t have to fish too deeply in case something falls in

Positive
1 month ago

Carry-on

North Face Recon

(1/2)

[URL REMOVED] flight from Illinois to Mexico for 5 day trip inspired me to one bag it and post thoughts on my experience with TNF Recon.

Positive
oceanhunter
6 months ago

Size

North Face Recon

(1/1)

I used to travel with a Farpoint 40 and it was fully packed out most of the time. The straps are very comfortable but there was no escaping the weight and size. Not only was the weight (the bag itself is nearly 1.5KG on its own if I remember right) just too much, but the size just made me feel a bit vulnerable, in that I looked like a tourist still

Negative
Adam302
2 years ago

Strap

North Face Recon

(1/3)

At the bottom of the Recon is a pair of accessory straps. These straps accomplish two things: First is to serve as compression straps. Tightening them brings the bottom portion of the front down, so much so that it cleverly hides the Recon logo in the process. The second is as a means for hanging off bulky items such as a travel tripod, a yoga mat, a pair of dirty football cleats—whatever your extracurricular activities need

Positive
1 month ago