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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