GoRuck GR1 vs The North Face Recon

  • Great for long hikes
  • Durable and tough
  • Comfortable to wear for long periods of time
  • Comes with a lifetime guarantee
  • Straps are adjustable
  • Great for daily use
  • Lots of storage space
  • Bright bike light loop for increased visibility at night
  • Twin side water bottle pockets
  • Front elastic straps for external gear storage

Reviews by Topic

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Laptop

GoRuck GR1
I’m looking for a bag for commuting + under seat on airplanes. What fits both criteria best?
Other models I'd consider, similarly sized with solid laptop storage, are the GoRuck GR1 (both the 21L and 26L version will fit a 16" MacBook Pro or similar) and the Tom Bihn Synik 30 (thicker laptops might not fit). The Osprey Daylite 26+6 has a decent laptop sleeve with a quick-access zipper but not a separate padded compartment like I'd prefer.
The North Face Recon
Medium size pack that does it all (holds my 17 inch laptop!)
This pack is awesome, I was looking for a pack that would fit my 17 inch laptop, which this does with plenty of room to spare. It is versatile enough to be used for school, travel, or on all day hikes, without feeling giant. I spent many hours shopping for a pack that wasn't too big and yet met all ...
5/5
Michael
4 months ago
dickssportinggoods.com
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Zipper

GoRuck GR1
GORUCK GR1 (26L) - Carryology - Exploring better ways to carry
Sometimes it feels like the whole world is getting on the GORUCK wagon. Blending a conservative aesthetic that fits in a work space, with a military spec that can John Rambo through war zones, the GR1 is a super-versatile workhorse. It ain’t cheap, but it will definitely last. It looks just as good ...
The North Face Recon
Finally found a new EDC backpack after 8 years
I settled on **The North Face Recon** because I wanted the stretchy front pocket, good bottle holders, ability to fit a hydration bladder, and it had a good-enough amount of organization for me. I also appreciated that the bag is on the slimmer side and doesn't look so bloated. I also plan to make use of the orange loop points to tie up some shock cord when I need it.

Size

GoRuck GR1
Spirit and Frontier are both 18"x14x8, and there are lots of bags that fit these dimensions, probably the most popular being the Topo CorePack and the GoRuck GR1, both of which are 18" tall. But JetBlue's limit is 17"x13x8 (43.2 x 33 x 20.32 cm). Neither I nor anybody else know how strict they're going to be about it, but I try to play by the rules. I've got a GR2 and I don't think I could make it a full inch shorter just by underpacking, so I assume the GR1 would be similar.
NeutralNeutral
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EatMoreHummous
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The North Face Recon
Size
I was so excited with this backpack as it had such a nice look to it, so many pockets that are great for everything, although it does not fit as much as I hoped. I use this backpack for school and can't rely on it fitting everything without me having to struggle with taking things out and putting th...

Compartment

GoRuck GR1
Nothing wrong with a less modern but more pragmatic bag, but I think it doesn't suit my line of work. To give an idea of what design I'm looking for, I like the minimal look of the Goruck GR1 Slick, but I'm unsure about carrying around a 1000D bag in the city. I've also checked out the Tom Bihn Paragon that has a similar design, but I can't find too much information on it.
The North Face Recon
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The North Face Recon Review (2 Weeks of Use)
So overall really great bag. North Face Recon Thanks for keeping here at Pack Hacker your guide to smarter travel and we will see you in the next video.
PositivePositive
Pack Hacker Reviews
3 months ago
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Comfort

GoRuck GR1
GORUCK GR1 (26L) - Carryology - Exploring better ways to carry
Sometimes it feels like the whole world is getting on the GORUCK wagon. Blending a conservative aesthetic that fits in a work space, with a military spec that can John Rambo through war zones, the GR1 is a super-versatile workhorse. It ain’t cheap, but it will definitely last. It looks just as good ...
The North Face Recon
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The North Face Recon Review (2 Weeks of Use)
So overall really great bag. North Face Recon Thanks for keeping here at Pack Hacker your guide to smarter travel and we will see you in the next video.
PositivePositive
Pack Hacker Reviews
3 months ago
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Strap

GoRuck GR1
Big guy looking for a bag solution
Goruck GR1 26L, but maybe you can wait till they will do upgrade, like they did with Rucker 20. Tom Bihn Synapse 25 or Synik 30 maybe. I own S25 and it’s pretty comfortable, but I don’t trust backpack with manny zippers during heavy rains. I’m mostly a rolltop person.
The North Face Recon
Finally found a new EDC backpack after 8 years
I settled on **The North Face Recon** because I wanted the stretchy front pocket, good bottle holders, ability to fit a hydration bladder, and it had a good-enough amount of organization for me. I also appreciated that the bag is on the slimmer side and doesn't look so bloated. I also plan to make use of the orange loop points to tie up some shock cord when I need it.

Hiking

GoRuck GR1
I currently have a Goruck GR1 that I love, but I feel like I don't really benefit from the clamshell opening. I mainly get around by train and on my bike, so I rarely have the time and space to lay my pack flat. I got my GR1 because I needed one versatile pack for EDC, light travel, and everything else.
PositivePositive
3
Marvellouspankkake
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The North Face Recon
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The North Face Recon Review (2 Weeks of Use)
So overall really great bag. North Face Recon Thanks for keeping here at Pack Hacker your guide to smarter travel and we will see you in the next video.
PositivePositive
Pack Hacker Reviews
3 months ago
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