Osprey Daylite Daypack Review

By Richard Corrigan •  Updated: 02/21/22 •  3 min read

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A trim, adaptable pack that’s well-suited to day-long hikes and all kinds of day-to-day adventures, the Osprey Daylite Daypack is one of the better small hiking packs on the market. It’s also a budget-friendly option that punches well above its weight class when it comes to comfort and durability. 

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Stats and Specs

The Osprey Daylite Daypack weighs a light 1 lb. 1 oz. and has a capacity of 13L. If you’re prone to overpacking, you might find it a little cramped, but most day hikers will find it more than up to the task of carrying all their essentials for an afternoon on the trail. The overall design is streamlined and easy to navigate.

It’s apparent from the design that the Daylite Daypack is also intended for off-trail use. Inside the large panel-loading main compartment is an interior sleeve designed to hold either a hydration reservoir or a 13” laptop. So it’s well suited as a work/commute bag, or as an airplane carryon. The pack has a DWR coating that sheds water nicely, and is made from recycled fabrics. 

The Daylite has a removable hip belt and adjustable sternum strap with a built-in safety whistle. It’s designed to attach to larger Osprey backpacks, making it useful for summiting or slack-packing on longer backpacking trips. The shoulder straps and back panel are generously padded for comfort and ventilation. 

Pros of the Osprey Daylite Daypack

Cons of the Osprey Daylite Daypack

Osprey Daylite Daypack: Final Thoughts

The Daylite Daypack from Osprey is a versatile day hiking backpack that’s well-made and durable as well as affordable. It’s equally at home on the trail as it is on your daily commute, and makes a great all-around travel pack. The Daylite’s 13L capacity is a little on the small side, even for a day pack, but it still has room to hold all the essentials for a day’s adventure.

Richard Corrigan

Richard Corrigan has been writing about outdoor adventures, gear and travel for more than 10 years. His work has been featured by USA Today, 10Best.com, Next Luxury, and Gone Outdoors. He lives in Upstate New York, and If he isn't at his writing desk, you can probably find him out in the woods somewhere.

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