Chris Townsend dubs the Berghaus Remote Hike 25 “a great choice” and gave it his Best Buy in 2023 tests.
The Berghaus Remote Hike 25 is comfortable to carry and has a functional design and appears in our guide to the the best hiking backpacks. The thick mesh-covered dual-density shoulder straps, hipbelt and back padding distribute the weight well. The pack fits closely and is very stable. There is a non-padded channel down the centre of the back to allow airflow and reduce sweat build-up that works quite well as long as you’re not working really hard.
- Price: £75 | International shipping available (buy now from berghaus.com)
- Weight: 770g
- Capacity: 25 litres
Materials: PFC-free nylon 200D ripstop | Closure: zip-round panel | Back system: framesheet with mesh-covered foam panels | Back length: 49cm | Hipbelt: padded | Pockets: elasticated front stash, 2 side mesh, 2 mesh hipbelt, top zipped security | Features: Side compression straps, ice axe/trekking pole loops, external hydration sleeve | Sizes: one
The main compartment zip runs over halfway down each side giving excellent access. The pockets are roomy too. The front one is expandable. I find it excellent for waterproofs, wet or dry. The side ones are stretchy and easily big enough for litre water bottles. The fabric feels tough. I think this pack should last well. After taking it on several walks I can’t really fault it. I love the easy access to the contents. It’s lightweight too and the cost is low. For 3-season hillwalking it’s a great choice.
Written and tested by Chris Townsend
Chris is 5ft 8in with a stocky build and short legs. He tested these packs during late autumn and winter on lower-level walks in the Cairngorms National Park. Conditions were wintry, with much snow and ice on the ground at times, and stormy weather. The stability of the packs certainly got a good testing, as did ease of use with gloves. Weights are from Chris’s own scales.