Osprey Daylite Pack: A Day Travel Backpack Review

This Osprey Daylite Pack review is for those looking for a daytime backpack.

This backpack can be attached to larger Osprey backpacks. Although it is on the smaller side, it does hold enough quantity for an entire day of hiking. It is simply made lightweight but does not have as many pockets as the other Osprey products.

The Daylite Pack comes in 8 different colors. In design, it is a unisex backpack.

Osprey Packs Daylite Plus Daypack, BlackWhat Is the Daylite Pack Used For

The Osprey Daylite Pack is made for those wanting a small backpack for day travel. Often, there are times when we simply want to roam about without being encumbered by a heavy backpack.

Attach this to one of your heavier packs while traveling long distances. Once you arrive at your destination, unclip this pack from the bigger one and roam around.

You do not need to have a larger backpack in order to take advantage of the Daylite Pack. Some customers buy this alone and simply use it to go to work with. It comes in a great ergonomic design, which makes it more comfortable than regular day packs.

Osprey Daylite Pack Features

Weight: 1 pound

Dimensions: 18 x 9 x 9 inches

Compatibility with the following Osprey backpacks: Porter Series, Farpoint 80, Shuttle Series, Volt/Viva Series, Ace 75, Aether/Ariel Series, Sojourn Series

Main compartment:

The main compartment allows for easy access to all of your items through its large zippered panel. This keeps you from needing to rummage through your things in order to find smaller objects.

Osprey Daylite Travel Daypack

Side mesh pockets:

The side mesh pockets are well suited for holding water bottles and snacks. They are ideal for putting anything in it that will need to be accessed on a regular basis.

Key clip mesh organizer:

The zippered front pocket comes with a mesh organizer for small items. The special organizer is secure and comes with a key clip.

Mesh-covered foam back panel:

The back panel is covered with a breathable mesh. This helps to distribute heat across the back panel. With this, you will not sweat in various areas of the back panel. The back panel is also made of foam so that you can have the most comfortable fit possible.

Osprey Daylite Travel Daypack

Foam frame sheet:

One of the hallmarks of Osprey backpacks is the fact that they are ergonomic and make their content feel a lot lighter. This is partly due to the fact that the back panel comes with a frame sheet that distributes weight evenly across the back. This means less shifting around of content as you move. It also means that weight will not play on particular pressure points that would make the content feel heavier.

Removable hip belt:

The hip belt on the Osprey Daylite Pack allows for stability as you move. But if this is not needed, simply remove the hip belt from the backpack.

Osprey Daylite Pack Price Pros and Cons


  • There are internal pockets for your laptop and tablet
  • The backpack has a zipper flap to help prevent water from seeping in
  • Can carry the 70 oz. Camelback hydration reservoir
  • Can use this for day-to-day use, even while walking about the city
  • On the smaller side but large enough to fit a laptop
  • Sturdy and durable


  • Not suitable for long-term backpacking
  • Not designed for a high volume of contents
  • Zipper tends to get stuck on the water flop
  • Mesh panels not quite large enough for large water bottles

Osprey Daylite Pack Price

Osprey Packs Daylite Plus Daypack, Black
  • Large panel loading main compartment provides accessibility to inside contents

The Verdict

The Daylight Pack is Osprey’s staple day pack. It can be attached to the number of Osprey backpacks that are specially designed to attach it. Do remember that this day pack is a small backpack that is not meant for overnight hiking or rigorous sports. It simply does not have enough space for staying somewhere overnight. However, it is an excellent choice for your day travels. At the end of the day, bring it back to your hotel and refill it in the morning.

If you are looking for a backpack that has a little bit more space, we also like the Talon 22 backpack.

Osprey Packs Talon 22 Men's Hiking Backpack, Medium/Large, Black

The Talon 22 is one of us Osprey’s multi-sport backpacks. It is also on the smaller side but has a bit more space, and can be used for overnight stays outdoors. As an added bonus, it has the stability it needs to be carried on your back while cycling or running.

If carrying around a water bottle is important to you, the Daylite Pack does have side pockets where you can insert a water bottle. However, they are not quite as big as Ospreys’ other backpacks’ side pockets. If you are using a regular-sized water bottle, you may not be able to insert it into the side pocket. But a slim water bottle will fit. Also, remember that you can purchase the 70 oz. Camelback hydration reservoir from Osprey and attach it to the Daylite Pack.

Osprey also makes the Daylite Plus, a larger version of the Daylite. Please visit our Osprey Daylite vs Daylite Plus review.

If you have any questions about the Daylight Pack or any other Osprey backpack, please leave a message below.

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