Osprey Daylite Daypack Review – Best Daypack For Wandering and Travel!

Osprey Daylite Daypack Review – Best Daypack For Wandering and Travel!

The Osprey Daylite Daypack is one of the best daypacks out there that provides function, stability, and comfort in a compact and reasonable priced product!

As I started to travel more and more, I soon realized that I needed a daypack to carry my camera gear, snacks, and beverages as I go out and about wandering in a foreign city. Since I already owned the Osprey Farpoint 40l backpack, it made sense for me to check out their offerings when it came to daypacks.

I didn’t have to look to far as I was immediately sold on the Osprey Daylight Daypack.

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Compact Size

At a 13 liter capacity, the Osprey Daylite daypack has plenty of room to store various types of items on a nice day out in a city. Even at full capacity, the daypack doesn’t weigh you down as it ergonomically sits on your back. It has additional buckles on its side to keep the bag tighter, which effectively keeps it closer to your body.


Similar to the Osprey Farpoint, the back of the daypack is covered in a mesh lining that adds breathability and comfort especially for those hot and humid days. On my trip to Lima, Peru, where days were extremely hot and humid, I barely felt any discomfort and sweat on my back. The shoulder straps are also slightly padded to give a little bit of comfort in the event you do pack way to much on a day trip! As an added bonus, there is also a waist belt in case your shoulders are in an extreme state of fatigue and need to offload some of that weight to your waist.

As with many of Osprey’s backpacks, there is a chest strap feature that you can buckle and tighten to provide additional comfort if needed. Not to mention, it just looks cool as hell to have it strapped it on you in this manner!

Hydration Slot

What makes a great daypack?? A place to put a hydration pack or reservoir, like the ones made by CamelBack. There is a nice compartment set in the back that will house a reservoir, which leaves space in the main compartment for other necessities. It also doubles as a nice place to put documents, such as tickets or travel guides, since it’s fairly sturdy and is an open top slot for easy access.

Compartments & Space

The outer area of the bag contains two mesh pockets, which is great for storing a nice cold water bottle or other tasty beverages. The front also contains a decent sized front pouch where you can put loose items, such as coins and pens, for quick and easy access. There is also a red plastic lock tab in this front pouch where you can attach more valuable items such as keys.

The main compartment of the Osprey Daylite daypack is quite spacious for such a tiny bag! It’s separated into two areas by a thin and durable nylon material. The area closest to the back of the daypack will comfortable hold an 11 inch laptop (like a Macbook Air) or a medium sized hardcover book. The area closest to the front is the larger of the two and is ideal for storing larger items, perhaps a beach towel or extra clothes. The nylon separator is a nice way of keeping a laptop secure from other items that could get it damaged.

Add-On Compatibility

The Osprey Daylite daypack is compatible with Osprey’s like of Add-On Series backpacks, which then allow you to attach this daypack onto a larger one. This might be an important feature for you in deciding which daypack to purchase. Unfortunately for me, the Osprey Farpoint isn’t one of them. I simply just carry the Daylite daypack on my chest whilst having the Farpoint on my back! At the cost of looking like the crazy bag man, I am now able to have full use of both my hands!


At a reasonable $35 US dollars, the Osprey Daylite daypack is a fantastic companion to anyone active adventurer. There are even times that I’ve used it as my primary backpack to further accentuate my desire for minimal travel! For so much durability, function, and versatility, I highly recommend the Osprey Daylite daypack for your next day trip out in your travels!





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