In my quest for the ultimate all-rounder rucksack I review the Berghaus Remote 25l backpack, £55, modelled here by the gorgeous Florence.
Product description: “You can head outdoors with everything you need packed into the Berghaus Remote 25 daysack. With loads of storage options and a great back system, this rucksack is an ideal companion for a day on the hills or for your journey to and from work.”
On adventures: The Remote is comfortable over long walks and cycles, with a back system which stays put and helps wick away sweat. The rucksack is pleasingly simple but ticks all my boxes with a good number of inner pockets, outer bungees, walking pole attachment and comfortable straps. The outer mesh water bottle nets work well, too. I’ve yet to test the Remote in anything heavier than light rain – so far so good and the lightweight outer material dries quickly but waterproofness isn’t listed as one of its features – if you work outdoors it’d be work picking a bag designed for all weather.
Commuting: Great on a bike – adjust the chest strap and hip belt and the Remote will sit high on your bike, with reflective detailing to light you up at night. Inner pockets stash spare clothing and snacks. The remote looks good on the road too – it’s neat and sleek, even when stuffed with gear, with the pleasingly slightly retro looks I associate with Berghaus. The outer bungees are well designed and can be stuffed with a surprising amount of gear. My only gripe is the laptop pocket, which barely fits my tiny 13 inch laptop. If you’re commuting back and forth with anything bigger than a teeny macbook I’d go for a larger bag.
Verdict: The Remote is, as promised, an effictive daysack for a variety of uses. A good choice for day hikes, lighter commutes, as a carry-on bag and for cycles. It’s great quality and at a really decent price (currently down to under £40 in the sale, if you’re eyeing one up). Strong, well-made and ready to withstand the daily grind, it’s a good all-round choice. A 20l and 30l version are also available.