Osprey Daylight Backpack Review
The Osprey Daylight Backpack is in a class of backpacks hikers refer to as "day packs" for using on short trips. Some of these backpacks include hydration (an interior bladder) while others focus on roominess or organization. The best day packs are durable, provide several pockets, are lightweight, and have adjustable features for comfort. The term backpack originally evolved from huge, external frame packs used for overnight trips, able to stuff in every conceivable gadget. But the rise of superstore outlets like REI has changed the outdoor gear market, so "backpack" covers an incredible array of options.
What is the Osprey Daylight Backpack
The Osprey Daylight Backpack is a lightweight pack large enough for most moderate day trips, but not recommended for overnights unless you are an experienced ultralight backpacker. It is a daypack that meets the needs of most hikers, but is especially suitable for those who want to grab and go, and who do hikes ranging from one to five hours. It comes in a class of day packs that are designed to be used only on day hikes, but compared to its competition is smaller with less capacity. It has a sleek design and if you are a seasoned traveler and pack well, is versatile enough for most single day outings.
The Osprey Daylight Backpack implies it's meant for daytime, but sunrise to sunset may be too many hours on the trail. This compact unit has a 13 liter capacity, but only weighs one pound! The pack comes with a bladder, standard in these types of day packs, so carrying a water bottle is unnecessary. It has two pockets and an easily removable hip belt. The Osprey Daylight Backpack has an internal frame that fits torso sizes 15 to 22 inches. The nylon Double Diamond Ripstop fabric is durable, and there are two main compartments for easy access.
The Osprey Daylight Backpack can be purchased at Amazon or most outdoor gear shops for a very affordable price.
How It Compares
If you are searching for a similar Osprey product, there is an Osprey Daylight Plus Backpack. The manufacturer recommends that you try these packs out and compare fit.
We will review the Osprey Daylight Backpack to three close competitors:
- Large panel loading main compartment provides accessibility to inside contents
- Dual stretch mesh side pockets provides additional storage options
- The multi-function interior sleeve can be used for either a reservoir, tablet or laptop (up to most 14” laptops);...
Carries plenty, depending on needs for day hikes. Somewhat larger day packs will provide more space, but 13L or 793 cubic inches is sufficient for most hikers in most conditions. We retain one star because some individuals, particularly larger hikers, might prefer more space for a light jacket or extra base layer.
The features on the Osprey Daylight Backpack include padded straps, removable belt, bladder capacity (optional), two large main compartments, excellent trouble-free zipper style, side mesh pockets, and slotted foam to improve cooling on the hiker's back.
Highly rated in design, as are nearly all Osprey products, this back includes maximum space for minimum weight. The design does not involve extraneous pockets that never get used or mesh that gets in the way of stashing and removing gear. The hydration reservoir can be used to stash a tablet if the hiker is taking along tech gear, and attaches to Osprey Add On-series packs if a roomier system is desired.
Osprey stands behind its products fully. If purchased at REI through membership, the Osprey Daylight Backpack can be returned for any reason for a full refund. If purchased at other retailers (including Amazon), the warranty covers tears, defects or other problems.
- PERFECT COMPANION FOR TRIPS: This compact backpack is the perfect companion when you are out and about. It will be a...
- INCOMPARABLE QUALITY: Made from High Quality Water Repellent and Tear Resistant Nylon Material, durable Abrasion...
- MORE STORAGE SPACE& KEEP THINGS ORGANIZED: Three zippered compartments. Main pocket is Large enough to carry what you...
The Gonex is an honest product that pretty much says it all in its name. The Gonex is lightweight, easy to grab and go, made for a variety of travel situations, and is technically a backpack. The Gonex ultralight includes 20L of space and three zip up compartments. It comes in eight colors, is foldable, and comes with large mesh pockets for extras. This pack has the handy feature of folding itself inside out into a much smaller case for tossing into luggage while traveling. This pack weighs 185 grams, or 7.2 ounces, so is lightweight.
The Gonex will carry a lot of items and is about the size of a standard backpack used for school books. It can handle larger objects, but does not have an option for a bladder, so water bottles will need to be stored in its side mesh pockets.
The best feature of the Gonex is its ability to curl up into a little version and be contained in a much smaller pack for storage. This feature makes the Gonex an excellent sidekick for traveling. The Gonex is waterproof, which puts it above some competition that is only water resistant.
The design is uncomplicated; the pack looks more like standard backpack used by high school and elementary school students. It comes in a variety of colors which is a plus, but lacks the ability to carry a hydration bladder, which is a big minus. It is nice looking but seems somewhat dated in design. For travel, however, it is a solid design. It lacks the right design for day hiking, but can be used if a travel and hiking pack need to be combined in one pack. The pack lacks a chest or waist strap for hiking. The design is great for an all-purpose travel back, but not ideal as a day hiking pack.
Gonex can be purchased on Amazon where the warranty covers tears or problems in the shipping process. Otherwise, returning the pack if it is not suitable is up for negotiation with Amazon.
- Dimensions:Size: 18.5 x 12.2 x 7.9 inches,Volume: 30L,Weight: 1.42 lbGreat comfy travel backpack for men and women,...
- Multi-funation:Featuring 1 large zipper pocket with a compartment for a 15.6'' laptop, 2 front pockets, 2 expansible...
- Comfortabe:The Breathable mesh shoulder straps with plentiful sponge padding help relieve the stress from your shoulder...
This handy backpack compares favorably with the Osprey Daylight Backpack at considerable cost savings. It also compares nicely with Gonex, because of the many extra features. What it lacks in sleekness is makes up for in the array of design features, including a waterproof shell, adjustable straps, breathable back, and padded arm straps. This Camel Crown pack has more features than the others on this list because it is a larger pack that can be used for overnight trips. Its key feature is versatility as day pack, travel pack or overnighter.
Thirty liters of carrying capacity puts it above some other packs on this list, and it can be used for overnight for some hikers, if they pack parsimoniously and skimp on a few luxuries. This is an internal frame pack and smaller than most full backpacks, functioning more readily as a day or travel pack. While the pack has excellent carrying capacity, its storage to weight ratio doesn't lift it into five star territory.
Camel Crown doesn't skimp on features. Along with standard exterior pockets (mesh), the pack has several interior pockets for specialized storage. Adjustable shoulder, chest and side straps make for a comfy fit. It is water resistant (not waterproof) and comes with an extra carrying case to compress the pack for storage.
Solid design with all the basic features plus a few nice extras (like the storage case). High quality, durable straps and buckles, two-way zippers and bar tacks all combine for excellent design of moving systems. The look isn't spectacular, so the Camel Crown loses one star in that area.
The company stands behind a one-year warranty, whether purchased directly, via Amazon or at other outdoor supply retailers.
- Water-resistant and DURABLE. The backpack is made from highly rip and water-resistant nylon fabric, which provides...
- COMPACT. Folds into zippered inner pocket to fit anywhere. Unfolds from pocket to backpack. A must-have on any trip.
- LIGHTWEIGHT(0.46 Pounds) and ROOMY(20 Liters). A true space saver. Stuff the bag into its own pocket for storage and...
At only half a pound, the Outlander is half the weight of the Osprey Daylight Backpack. This is one of the lightest packs on our list, but compares nicely in terms of storage space and features. Like the Gonex and Camel Crown, this is a day pack and travel pack in one, and provides the feature of putting the whole pack into its own tiny bag for storage. The Outlander is water-resistant, made from durable nylon fabric, uses metal zippers, and includes durable dual-pocketed exterior mesh system. A single outer pocket is designed for smaller items stored in front, for easy access.
Carries enough gear for day trips and long travel days or sight seeing outings. At 33 liters of space it is one of the largest day packs we review, and it makes an excellent option as a carry-on when traveling. The space is well used, with a large interior pocket than can handle a laptop, jacket, or bulky sweater. The internal, zippered pocket is made for securing valuables, and the side mesh pockets are large enough to handle big water bottles, an umbrella, or a stuffed extra layer of clothing.
This pack has no stand out features, but comes with what is necessary and expected in small packs. The mesh pockets on the side, water resistance, its own pack for storage. The pack is built to be abrasion resistant, and can be tossed about without losing its color or look. its multiple pockets are a strong feature if you like several interior pockets rather than just two compartments. For hiking, too many pockets can be a downside. Overall, this handy little pack has all the features you will need in a day or travel pack.
The Outlander is well designed, and the manufacturer considered where to put extra pockets (like a secure interior one). There is more than enough space in the mesh side pockets. The design quality almost rates five stars, but this pack isn't as nice looking as the Osprey Daylight Backpack or the Gonex. It comes in 13 color options, which is a plus if buying as a gift or accessorizing with luggage. The ability to store this pack is an extra benefit, and it folds easily inside its smaller storage bag. The company boasts it can store 26 backpacks in just one small travel bag.
The Outlander Ultra Lightweight comes with a lifetime warranty.
Today's day packs have amazing features. Almost all high quality packs come standard with extra storage pockets, are lightweight, and many are easily folded into their own bag for space saving. Among the four we've reviewed, all come with superior value, but we like the Osprey Daylight Backpack best for hiking. It has a simple, sleek design that is light enough and roomy enough for most trips. The other three packs are great for an all-around travel pack, and the Gonex would even make an upscale school backpack, but the Osprey Daylight Backpack outshines them all with its nearly perfect design, hydration option and great look.