Osprey Daylite Plus Daypack
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Our Conclusion
Not all adventures need hardcore gear. For day hikes, sightseeing trips, or just commuting to work, you can’t go wrong with the Osprey Daylite Plus.

As a totally versatile and multi-activity bag with uses ranging from daily use, travel, warm hikes, and laptop carrying, it’s the perfect daypack.

The Daylite Plus gives the competition a run for its money with a comfortable fit, durable feel, and affordable price. That’s no surprise as Osprey have a long history of creating great backpacks of all varieties, and this Osprey pack is no different.

This 20-liter plus version has ample storage for day use, plenty of features, and is very robust. Getting all this for around 75 dollars puts the Daylite Plus well above the competition.

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Pros & Cons
Pros
Unisex
Affordable
Lightweight
Comfortable
Versatile uses
Ample storage
Various colors available
Cons
Not waterproof
Not spacious enough for cold or multi-day trips
Key Features
Key Features
Design

I’m yet to find an Osprey pack that hasn’t been specifically tailored to match the requirements of its users, and the Daylite Plus doesn’t disappoint.

The overall construction and range of features make this pack easy to use. Accessing all your essentials is easy with a main functional compartment with zippered panel access.

Considering this is among their most affordable packs, this Osprey daypack still includes plenty of organizational features. But I’m yet to find even a budget Osprey pack without plenty of organizational design features.

Organizing and accessing your gear is easy with the stretch mesh side pockets perfect for water bottles, an internal document sleeve, external hydration access, padded laptop and tablet sleeve and internal key attachment clip.

The laptop sleeve can take a 15 inches laptop without a case. There’s even a sternum strap that includes an emergency whistle.

What’s more, these pockets are easy to access, and zippers, buckles and straps also function efficiently. For such a compact pack, there’s a lot included.

Comfort

With a focus on ventilation, Osprey doesn’t disappoint as breathability sits at the forefront of this pack. The Daylite Plus ensures you get the same ventilation and cool breathability as their full-size packs by using an AirScape™ mesh backpanel. In addition, the slotted foam ridges of the back panel make it more comfortable and ensure a better fit.

In contrast to fabric-only back panels that provide no ventilation, you’ll get a better chance of sweat-proof wear with the AirScape backpanel.

But, be warned, this Osprey range is not promising to keep you magically free from sweat. Extremely hot hikes in the searing sun may still make you a bit sweaty, but this mesh back panel does a great job of keeping the air flowing and sweat away.

What’s more, you’ll find the Daylite Plus more comfortable to wear, especially on long journeys, due to its removal webbing hip belt and side compression straps. So all-around, this is a comfortable day pack.

Materials

With the latest version being made with recycled materials, Osprey demonstrates their aim towards sustainability. GRS-certified recycled polyester and PFC-free Durable Water Repellent (DWR) results in a pack made with bluesign®-approved fabrics. Not only are these materials sustainable, but they’re also flexible, weather-resistant, and lightweight.

The lightweight feel of this daypack is what makes it one of the best daypacks on the market. Weighing in at only 1.2 pounds, the Osprey Daylight is comfortable to wear without any unnecessary excess weight.

While this material isn’t the most durable on the planet, keeping the weight down is more important for a pack intended for day use.

Durability
As usual, Osprey gives you nothing to worry about when it comes to longevity and durability. The construction appears to be high-quality; the materials are plenty durable considering this is light wear, day-use pack.

But with lots of reviewers having no issue with the quality of the Daylight Plus, there are few concerns about durability. Not only are Osprey packs robust and well-made, but they also come with the unique All Mighty Guarantee.
Comparison to Similar Daypacks
As a 20L daypack, most users probably won’t load the pack enough to need a frame. However, this is perhaps the only thing missing from the Daylight Plus.

If you are looking for something like the Osprey Daylight Plus, but with an added U-Frame, you can try the Deuter Speed Lite 20. These two-pack comes in at about the same price, and where the Deuter is slightly lighter at 3.3 ounces, it’s also less robust than the Daylight Plus.

If you’re searching for something more hardwearing and geared at performance, then the Osprey Talon 22 is also a great option. As a heavier and sturdier pack, it also comes with a chunkier, lightly padded mesh hip belt for extra comfort when carrying heavier loads and long treks.

The Talon 22 also has many features like a bike helmet carry system, ice axe loop, and trekking pole attachment points. The Talon 22 is top of the competition for performance, durability, and comfort for anyone who plans on long hikes that need more gear.

But bear in mind that you’ll need to spend about $60 more for the Talon 22.
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Best offer on: Oct. 22. 2021