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Osprey Daylite backpack Review

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Osprey Daylite
We checked 974 reviews from experts and users. Based on all the reviews, the weighted average rating is 4.5 out of 5.

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What you need to know

Osprey Daylite is a modern backpack with a capacity of 1220 cu in (20 litres). This makes the backpack small, but big enough for most people's everyday commuting. There is also room for a normal sized laptop up to 15.4 inches.

Osprey Daylite the backpack scored 4.5 stars out of 5 in our analysis. This means that the backpack got a great rating that makes it a great choice.

Our analysis is based on hundreds of reviews (974 reviews in total), so it should give you an excellent idea about what the reviewers think of Daylite.

If we look at the dimensions, the height is 18.1 in, width 9.4 in and depth 8.7 in. A standard A5 folder is 8.5 x 6 in, so only such a small folder can fit in the bag. There isn't room for a standard A4 folder.

The weight of the backpack is 1.1 lbs. The weight/capacity score is 40 which is allright. So in other words, Daylite have an average amount of room compared with the weight of the bag.

Daylite is made of 210 d double diamond rip nylon (synthetic fibre). The material is water repellent, so you don't need to worry if you carry the backpack in slightly bad weather. Just be aware that the backpack cannot handle being soaked in water, so don't expect it to protect your things in really heavy rain.

If you are flying, you will be pleased to know Daylite is suitable as cabin luggage per the IATA-norm.

Bag specifications

Manufacturer: Osprey
Model: Daylite

Capacity: 1220 cu in (20 litres)
Weight: 1.1 lbs
Weight/capacity score: 40
Height: 18.1 in
Width: 9.4 in
Depth: 8.7 in


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Design review

Our panel reviewed Osprey Daylite and all the other bags by looking at photos without brand names. Thereby, they could comment on the designs without being influenced by the brands. Osprey Daylite got an average design rating of 4 out of 5.

Osprey didn't get the design perfect with this bag. The score of 4 is only average compared with the hundreds of other bags we have reviewed.

All the design ratings were exactly 4! This tells us that the reviewers have quite similar opinions about the design. The reviewers generally liked the design and would consider this buying this bag.

Price of the backpack

The price of Osprey Daylite is a lot higher than most backpacks. Considering the capacity of the bag (1220 cu in), it's still around 60% more expensive than most backpacks.

The high price could be an indicator of quality or a trustworthy brand, but it could just as well be that the brand have a reputation that people are ready to pay a lot extra for.

To determine if it's worth paying 60%, you have to consider both your needs and your budget. After all, the bag is priced higher than most other backpacks.

Pros and cons

Here's what the reviewers think about the Osprey Daylite bag:

Reviewers like these things about the Osprey Daylite

  • If versatility and functionality are the features you are looking for in a backpack, Osprey Daylite is made just for you, thanks to its reconfigurable straps.
  • If you use hydration reservoir, you will love the highly accessible hydration sleeve in Osprey Daylite.
  • It has got a minor upgrade from Osprey in its looks, with new colors and graphics logo. So, it looks really refined from its predecessors.
  • When it comes to its comfort features, the 3D mesh on shoulder straps to keep moisture at bay. The pack panel is also very comfortable as it provides ventilation in humid and hot climate. It keeps your back dry while trekking through the hills in hot summer days.
  • Daylite literally does justice to its name as it weighs just 16 ounces. It will definitely not weigh you down.
  • Osprey Daylite is very lightweight and comes with document compartment and external hydration.
  • Its sleek design makes it suitable to hop around town and on day hikes.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • When it comes to versatility, it has only a few features. It just has two compression straps and lacks a front pocket. So, it is not so versatile than other backpacks of same range.
  • It comes with just two compression straps which limit the room for lashing.
  • Size is small and not suitable for long days.
  • Pockets for water bottle are quite small. So, it is not convenient to carry enough water.

Selected reviews

Anil Polat
Posted 31 October 2017
Stretched, drenched, tossed about, the Daylite looks nearly new after a year of using it almost every day. It is a flawless bag especially after a wash.
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Review Outdoor Gear
Posted 29 November 2012

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Last updated on August 16, 2018