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
25 days ago

The North Face Recon Backpack

(1/2)

The back panel is also generously padded. The sections are broken up by horizontal seams and a central air channel running vertically across. 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

Positive
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
25 days ago

The North Face Recon Backpack

(1/2)

As it gets loaded up, the weight is perfectly distributed and stays "up and down", rather than the pack pushing out and making you feel like you have to work against it to not tip over backwards. Combine this design with the chest and waist straps, and this thing is not going anywhere if you don't want it to - very good for hiking, etc. Next is the comfort, which is top-notch. The straps are nice and thick, but not "squishy", they feel substantial

Positive
Wes V
4 years ago

Compartment

The North Face Recon Backpack

(1/2)

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

The North Face Recon Backpack

(1/1)

There’s a ton of detail to comb through in this backpack, so let’s dive in and do a little recon of our own.

Positive
1 month ago

Size

The North Face Recon Backpack

(1/1)

The bottom is inclined versus flat. It is a heavy bag even when empty! It is not very big. I thought it would be much bigger, but this fits my computer and maybe a few books. If you’re looking for something that would carry a lot of school books this is not the bag! My plan is to use this for a flight and I was able to fit all my diaper bag items without any issues

Negative
Happy Arizonian
4 years ago

Strap

The North Face Recon Backpack

(1/1)

My only complaint was the straps were stiff and too short as well as too close together. This made the small chest strap fit awkwardly, although I did like that it was able to slide up and down to adjust where it hit. The hip support straps also seem kinda like an afterthought instead of an intentional part of the design. They were thin, less than an inch wide with a small buckle

Negative
Emmaline Roller
3 years ago