How Does The Osprey Daylite Stack Up as a Daypack?

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There are many daypacks available on the market from a range of manufacturers. Many come with all of the bells and whistles of a multi-day pack but lack the quality you need from a reliable backpack suitable for day trips.

In this article, we will take a look at the Osprey Daylite Daypack backpack.

Osprey Daylite Review

First up, this is a really cool day pack that I acquired from Amazon a number of years ago now, which happens to be one of my favorite online stores because you can get practically anything and the price is usually a little cheaper since you have sellers competing with each other for the same buyers.

Ths pack has a ton of reviews from people who bought it and tried it out, so let me give you my personal Osprey Daylite review.

The Key Features


With a daypack, you want something that is both light and portable and most of all something you will hardly notice is on your back. We’re not looking for a huge amount of space here, just something big enough for a sweater, perhaps a drink, a snack, wallet, city guidebook or trail map etc.

With the Osprey daylite, you get a pack that measures just 9 x 9 x 18 inches and weighs in at under 1 pound. The capacity is a nice 13 liters which is more than you get with some packs.


Let’s start with the two mesh side pockets that are nice a flexible and are great for storing a water bottle or those items you want to be able to access in a hurry. These are not really designed for valuables but more for items, you wouldn’t be worried about if they were taken out like a map or dog poop bags etc!

Main Compartment

The main compartment is panel loading with an internal laptop pocket which helps to protect your computer from bangs and general scuffs and scrapes.

Then we have the larger internal compartment which can fit a number of items and is perfectly designed for day trips and will easily handle those items you use on a day to day basis.

There is a zippered smaller pocket accessible from the front of the backpack which has a mesh insert organizer and also a key hook to connect your house and car keys. This helps to prevent them from getting lost inside of the main compartment and also from falling out when you do open the zippered pocket.

Additional Features

The Osprey Daylite comes with a number of cool features you simply won’t find on other more regular daypacks, which is one of the reasons this backpack is so popular in its category.

Hydration Pocket

The back panel doubles as an external hydration reservoirs suitable for most standard hydration bladders. This enables you to hydrate on the go and keep your drinking straw accessible, which also negates the need to constantly remove the backpack to get to your water.

The Back Panel

The back panel is a combination of mesh-covered and die-cut foam which I have found provides a great deal of comfort and also, more importantly, ventilation to stop the back from getting too warm.

Shoulder Straps

The shoulder straps are connected to form a solid single piece which makes them more durable than the thin nylon webbing type straps you see on cheap daypacks.

The both fully adjust, meaning they can mold around your shoulders with ease. They are made from a foam-backed mesh which provides additional padding where most of the contact is made from a backpack.

Waist Belt & Sternum Strap

Being a daypack you would expect that you would get one or the other, or perhaps neither a waist belt or sternum strap. However, with the Osprey Daylite, you actually get both!

A 1″ thick nylon webbing waistbelt allows you to adjust the strap to fit your individual waist size making it perfect for smaller and larger people.

In addition, there is a half-inch thick sternum strap which has the unique feature of a buckle that also acts as an emergency whistle. So if you get lost or wonder off the trail you can signal for help easily.


What I love like about the Osprey Daylite that the size is perfect and exactly what you need from a day pack. Combine that with the additional cool features not often found in comparable packs such as the laptop sleeve, hydration pouch and two side pockets and you have yourself a really flexible backpack that is of solid design and build and will last for years to come.

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