Berghaus remote 28 day pack review

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Off travelling the world, going on a mountain hike or just need a good, solid daypack to carry your sandwiches to work. Whatever your needs why not consider the Berghaus remote 28 daypack!?

I bought the Berghaus remote 28 daypack roughly 9 months ago and it has been used extensively, pretty much every single day since. It’s carried my DSLR camera, laptop and most valuable possessions across 6 countries over 9 months.  In short, I think I’ve tested it more than most ever will.

So, with that said, I feel its only right that I give it a honest review so that you can make your mind up if it’s the right daypack for you.

A little info about the Berghaus remote 28

The brand:

Anyone that has any interest in outdoor wear/activities will surely recognise the Berghaus brand. And for good reason.

Berghaus, the brand started way back in 1966 by two mountaineers, Peter Lockey and Gordon Davison. Frustrated by the sheer lack of good quality outdoor wear available on the UK market they decided to source and import QUALITY adventure wear to UK market. Setting the standard for decades to come.

Trust me when I say the Berghaus remote 28 is a quality piece of kit. Team Berghaus from here on out!

The size:

Before buying the Berghaus remote 28 I ordered a 18 litre daypack. Thinking that 18 litres is loads of space, well it is not! My camera bag wouldn’t even squeeze into it alone, never mind with all the other gear I cart around with me when travelling.

A lot of daypacks made these days have so many compartments that not one of them is big enough to fit anything larger than an apple and a bag of crisps.

At 28 litres, the remote 28 is one of the larger daypacks on the market. For me, the remote 28 is the ideal size. Comfortably swallows my Nikon D3400, 14″ hp laptop, wallet, passport, drinks bottle with plenty of room left over for anything else I may accumulate in a day.

I guess size preference, is well, your preference. 

Is it waterproof?

Without a doubt, a resounding yes!

Caught out in a tropical storm after visiting the cable car on Langkawi, obviously with the camera in the bag, I must admit I was a little worried.

The rain was that bad, riding a the motorbike wasn’t an option. I had no choice other than to pull over under a fairly flimsy tree. I stood there for over an hour until the rain slowed down enough to carry on the bike journey to the hostel.

Upon arrival back at the hostel, I was absolutely soaked to the bone. Apprehensively, I opened the daypack and to my complete surprise it was like a desert inside. No signs of moisture at all!!  

So, yeah, its waterproof!

Note: They do sell a rain cover for the remote 28. I never needed it.

Is it well made?

I can’t stress enough how well put together this Berghaus daypack really is!!

9 months on the road and the only thing that has slightly deteriorated is a bit of decorative stitching on the front. It serves no purpose and if I trimmed it off, you’d never know. 

loose stitching

Oh, and the excess bit of one of the straps got a bit damaged. I say damaged, what I mean is burnt on the exhaust pipe of the motorbike that carried me round the Ha Giang loop. You show me a daypack that wouldn’t melt when resting on a red hot exhaust pipe.

burnt strap

It’s well made alright! 

Some features of the remote 28 daypack


On the remote 28, the straps and back-plate are made up of perforated moulded ridges covered in mesh to allow airflow to your back and shoulders. 

Berghaus ventilation system

This is something I can honestly say I’ve tested.

Unfortunately, even with all of this development effort, just like pretty much every other daypack, when it gets to 35C you’ll still be left sweaty after a 5km stomp.

At cooler ambient temperatures this system works fairly well.

Waist straps.

Or waist wings as I call them. Very useful when it comes to a longer hike with a substantial load. Also made from perforated foam coved in mesh, they do a good job at keeping the weight off your shoulders and transferring it to your waist.

Small pocket on waist strap.

My best guess is, this has been designed to accommodate your phone. If not it should have been.

Action camera pocket

Only problem is, with todays ever larger smartphones, it simply won’t fit. Although it fails on the smartphone front, it is absolutely perfect for an action camera. Keeps it handy so you don’t miss all the action.

Hydration bladder compatible.

The Berghaus remote 28 is designed to be compatible with a hydration bladder. Although it does not come complete with the hydration bladder (you must buy it separate) the pouch in which it should sit is really useful for important things such as copies of id’s, flight ticket printouts, passport etc.

berghaus bladder pocket

I found anything that I put in the pouch, stayed there and A4 paper doesn’t get too creased while on the move.

A good place to put small things that you use daily and want to keep away from potential pickpockets. 

What does this amazing daypack cost then?

I paid just over £60 for mine 9 months ago but you can find them now on amazon for less than £45.

Click here to get the latest price.

And in summary….

Although there are a few tiny drawbacks with the remote 28 daypack I absolutely love the Berghaus design and build quality.

The Berghaus remote 28 daypack is a robust, well designed and very comfortable option for anyone looking to invest in a good quality daypack that will last them for years of adventures to come.


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20 thoughts on “Berghaus remote 28 day pack review

  • May 5, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I have been in the market for a daypack that will meet my needs. One of those need was keeping things dry. Which it appears this pack has. Another big option was having small pockets that are accessible on the waist. This also is available with this pack. 

    I do like the overall look of this pack and the review you put together gives me a few things to look into myself. 

    I only go on occasional hikes from my home located just off the Appalachian Trail in the US. I usually only bring a few things like lunch and food for my dog. Maybe add additional clothing in case the trip gets wet. 

    I will be looking into replacing my day pack soon since the weather is getting nice. Thank You for the great information.

    • May 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      Hi ken, I’m glad this review was of use to you. The remote 28 certainly keeps things dry and yes the pocket on the waist straps is pretty handy for keys, action camera etc…

  • May 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    What a great review. This sounds like the best backpack in the world. All these things – strength, waterproofing, ventilations and size are so important. And to find out even just one of these is inadequate when you are halfway through a trip or even just halfway to work can be really unpleasant. And they are things wouldn’t always see in a store or online. The fact that you prived that it is really truly waterproof is so important. so thanks for the info and your site is great looking too. I clicked on something about traveling to India and I am sending it ti someone who’s wanted to go all her life but couldn’t afford it. Great work. Glad I stopped by

    • May 7, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      Hi John, thanks for reading.

      Yes, the Berghaus remote 28 certainly is some backpack. By far the best one I have ever owned. 100% team Berghaus from here on out.

      I’ve not written too much on my India trip as of yet, so I’m guessing it would have been my post about volunteering in India. That was one of the highlights of my whole Asia trip, I hope you’re friend finds it useful 🙂

  • May 5, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Nice review about the Berghaus backpack. I am considering upgrading the current backpack I have now which is really nothing special. Nice to know that it kept all your items dry through a tropical storm (that is a pretty good test to see how well it keeps the water out). 

    Are the waste wings really that useful for keeping the weight off your shoulders? One of the big problems I have with my backpack is that it puts too much stress on my shoulders after about 30min to an hour depending on what I’m carrying inside. I would like to find a backpack with some good padding on the straps to help reduce the stress on my shoulders. The waste wings look like a good feature to compensate for this also but just wondering how effective it is when it comes to long hiking trips. 

    • May 6, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Hi Fernando, Thanks for reading.

      Yes, I can certainly say I’ve tested its waterproof level alright!! Properly torrential rain and not even a hint of any dampness inside. The Berghaus remote 28 is most certainly waterproof to the levels that most people will use it.

      On the subject of the waist wings, they are for me, perhaps the best feature of this backpack as they really do transfer a lot of the weight from your shoulders to your waist where you feel it much less. The Waist wings also have good ventilation to keep you cool on a hot day.

      I love this bag!!   

  • May 7, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Seems like a very solid bag may look into investing in one thanks

  • May 8, 2019 at 8:13 am

    What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for information about berghaus pack and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.

    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this pack and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested in this topic.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to reading your new posts.)


    • May 8, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      Hi Ali,
      I’m so glad you found this review helpful. It really is a truly honest review. I love the Berghaus remote 28 daypack and if you buy one I’m sure you’ll love it too.
      Thanks for reading.

  • May 13, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I carry my computer around in a backpack often. How well padded is this one against bumps and jars?

    • May 14, 2019 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Andy, thanks for reading.
      As I’ve mentioned in the review of the Berghaus remote 28 it really is quite waterproof and as for the “paddedness” I’d have to say its pretty much on par with any other backpack. To put it into context, I’ve carried around my laptop and DSLR in this bag all over Asia for 9 months and not so much as a scratch, although I must say they were both in there own respective cases.
      I hope this helps.

  • May 14, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Holy cow! That is definitely well made with all the things that you have done with and with my destructive boys I could definitely use this backpack. My son has gone through 2 (3 if I had bought him another after the 2nd strap broke) just this year of school. Every-time I get him a bag that is supposed to be sturdy one or both of the straps break under the pressure of carrying every single one of his school books. I am definitely going to have to give this one a shot. Do you know how much it would be in American dollars?

    • May 18, 2019 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Kristena, You really should try the remote 28. I’ve road tested the life out of it and its not let me down one bit. Here’s a link to a us supplier of the Berghaus remote 28.

  • May 23, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Thank you for the great review of this backpack.

    I really appreciate a review from someone who’s actually used it. And it sounds like you really put it through the paces.

    It’s also good to know it’s on Amazon. I’m not sure if it’s available here in Canada, but with Amazon, we can usually get anything lol.


    • May 23, 2019 at 7:35 pm

      Hi Suzanne, I’m glad you found this review useful. I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to get this backpack on amazon in Canada.

  • June 21, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Hey, really appreciate the review and your experience with the backpack.
    Only concern I see (and heard from others as well) is the pocket in the front.
    What’s with that – completely open, nothing to close it? How did that work out in the rain? How can you dry it?
    With this having a zipper it would be a no-brained!

    • June 22, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Hi max, yeah I know what you’re saying about the pocket on the front. a zip would have been perfect. I just use that pocket for stuffing a water bottle in to be honest. You can tighten the strap to stop anything falling out but as for waterproofness, I guess this pocket is not the best but the rest of the bag is great. Thanks for reading.

  • June 22, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Anthony, thank you for the info, appreciate it!
    And it’s really nice to see you take time and reply to your readers!

    • June 23, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      Hey no worries Max! I hope the info helps in you choosing the right bag for you 🙂


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