This Osprey Daylite backpack review is about a very popular and versatile daypack, suitable for hikers, mountaineers, and travelers.
With only 454 grams, this is still a 13 liters volume hydration compatible and multi-functional backpack.
Daylite AddOns Pack Attachment
Osprey Daylite pack is nicely designed to be attached to many large backpacks from Osprey, like Osprey Xenith, Osprey Xena, Osprey Aether, Osprey Poco Premium kid carrier, etc.
For this purpose, you have 4 attachment elements (TriGlide slider buckles) on Daylite pack, 2 on each side of it. All those big packs have the corresponding attachment loops or D-rings on their front side. You will be able to see all this in the video below.
This all adds value both to the Daylite daypack and to all those larger Osprey packs.
Suspension and front side
The hip belt is rather tiny, yet adjustable. The sternum strap is also adjustable and with an emergency whistle. The harness is made of a rather breathable mesh material, padded enough for the given size. You have attachment points on shoulder straps for water pipe.
Two mesh side pockets are reasonably large, for water bottles or any other stuff.
Higher above the pockets you have compression straps, so the pockets can be used for walking poles as well which are then fixed by the straps. You can see the strap in the picture.
The older version used to have a drawstring which allows you to put various things, like a jacket, fleece, even a sleeping pad, or something similar. In new versions, this is removed.
On the upper part of the front, you have a quite large zippered pocket which is beneath the mentioned drawstring. It contains 2 mesh organizers and a key clip.
Here you have a panel covered by a mesh for air circulation. You can see it in the picture below:
Behind the panel, you have a hydration sleeve, again a nice feature for such a small backpack. You can put a 2-liter bladder (not included) quite comfortably here.
Here you have a simple construction, just one room plus an extra sleeve inside, which you can use for a computer or tablet in case you use the pack in everyday life.
Here is a video by Osprey about AddOn system:
Technical specifications & summary of features
- Use: day hiking and climbing, travel.
- Weight: 1 lb 0 oz (454 g).
- Volume: 793 cu in (13 liters).
- Size: 18 x 9 x 8 in (45.7 x 23 x 20.3 cm)
- Material: 210 D nylon double diamond rip/ 420 D nylon packcloth.
- 2 side mesh bottle pockets.
- Front pocket with mesh organizer and key clip.
- Foam back panel covered by mesh.
- One size; unisex.
- Sternum strap with emergency whistle.
- Exterior hydration sleeve.
- Interior sleeve for hydration bladder or computer.
- Attaches to all AddOn Osprey compatible packs.
- The Osprey Daylite backpack comes in 7 different colors shown here:
This is a popular backpack and there are users’ reviews on many sites. Rating by Amazon customers is impressive 4.6/5, based on a remarkable number of reviews.
Here are some possible cons and pros:
I wish to conclude this Osprey Daylite backpack review by stressing again that this is a reliable and multi-functional tool for short day hikes and climbs, as well as for travels. If you already have some of larger Osprey packs with AddOn feature mentioned above, you might like to have the Daylite as an extra pack attached to the main pack. Note that there exists yet another larger pack from this series, Osprey Daylight Plus, with 20 liters of volume.
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I really like the Osprey packs because they fit nicely and are really comfortable. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a daypack that is attachable to the larger pack like this one. That’s a unique feature and would be great for when you want to setup a base camp and do day hikes/summits from there. My one question is, is the hipbelt removeable? I might just have to add this little pack to my Christmas list! Love the color options and price too.
Hi Katie, thank you for the comment. In fact, there are some other big backpacks which have a daypack attached, like Deuter Quantum pack. Some have the top lid which transforms to a daypack, like the Osprey Aether AG.
As for the hip belt, no it is not removable.
I love hiking and have ran races where this type of backpack you’re talking about really saved the team. However, I don’t understand it’s size. You listed 13 liters, and I don’t know if that applies to it’s size. Can you tell me if this backpack is a regular size one? The backpack my team used was pretty small, but could fit 2 gallons of water.
Hi Vitaliy, the 13 liters mentioned in the text is the effective volume of the pack. This is the usual way of describing backpacks. The water bladder which fits nicely in the sleeve is for 2 liters, this is what I have tried. You mentioned 2 gallons, that is around 7.5 liters. Sure, you can put this amount into the pack, you have seen its size.