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The North Face Recon

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by flphotog, May 24, 2018.

  1. flphotog

    flphotog Loaded Pockets

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    I'm considering getting The North Face Recon but their website doesn't give very good views of the inside of the bag and the description is lacking as well. I was wondering if someone could post some better pictures of this backpack?

    Thanks
     
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    Here a a few quick pics. Feel free to ask any questions.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  3. flphotog

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    Thanks, I went ahead and ordered one, if it doesn't work for me The North Face has free returns so I'll just pop it in the mail.
    Thanks for the pictures.
     
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    I had ordered one new and ended up returning it. Just too small, and too round!

    I switched to the earlier models of the NF Surge. I now own 3 of them, they fit me much better and they "stand." (6'3" and 270#)

    It's hard to find a backpack that doesn't look like a tiny turtle shell on my back.
     
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    /\ the Recon does turtleshell up on the back, especially the way the back straps are attached. The straps pull into the midline under load, forcing heavy items away from the spine/midline... who would design such a jack-a-muFfin pack?

    It did not work well as a laptop/book bag, as it is just poorly structured to carry much weight as well. Presently used as diaper and kids snack bag, which limits the weight density. The lightweight beavertail and bottle pockets do work well in this context though.
     
  6. flphotog

    flphotog Loaded Pockets

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    Couldn't make a decision between the Recon and Surge so I have one of each coming, I'll decide after looking at them which I'll keep, maybe both, only time will tell.
     
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    We all know how that goes!

    Which version of the Surge did you order?
     
  8. flphotog

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    Just the Surge/Black. Ordered it from REI, out of stock at North Face. The Recon is supposed to be here on Wed and the Surge of Fri.

    I'm currently using the 5.11 Rush 12 but wanted to get away from the tactical look.
     
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  9. NKlamerus

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    Was it the Surge 1 or Surge 2?

    I only run the 2 (i totally forgot to include that!) But I don't have any experience with the 1.

    I think they also have a "charged" version, North face really doesn't track their names well IMO.
     
  10. flphotog

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    Not really sure, it was only listed as Surge on the REI website. Just took another look and it's listed as Surge 2017, I don't see a Surge II listed on REI.
    I do see it on The North Face website but none in any color are available.
     
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  11. zyntherius

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    Does it look like either of these?[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Good review on the Surge 2015 by @GatorMedic

    TNF SURGE 2015:
    Gator's Gear

    Rei calls it the Surge 2017. It appears to be TNF Surge 2015 redesign.
     
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  13. flphotog

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    Good choice. You WILL NOT be disappointed.

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    Hey @zyntherius,
    How does the Surge compare to the Router Transit? (Noticed you own both as well.)
    Thanks!
     
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    What's the venting/padding on the back of the north face packs? I've just bought a Lowe alpine one that was highly deficient in both areas so I'm looking at alternatives.
     
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    I prefer the lower version. It seems much baggier.

    I can photo the back pads when I get home tonight.
     
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    What is the lower verision: [​IMG]
    I see that it says Surge but it doesn't look like either the I or the II, is it an earlier version. The earlier poster was correct, North Face doesn't seem to keep very good track of versions.
     
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    It’s an earlier version. I have one of these and the version that came after which has a different front pocket configuration.


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    Just as an update, received the Recon today, won't make a decision until the Surge comes on Friday but early indications are that it will be going back. So far I like the 5.11 Rush 12 a lot better, will have to see the Surge when it gets here. At this point I have a sinking feeling that I'll be keeping the Rush and just live with the tactical look.