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Osprey Daylite Review - Our Favorite Pack for Airplane Flights and Mountain Hikes


Finding a backpack that's good for travel and for hiking is hard. You want it to be light but also supportive. You want an accessible pocket to stash your camera but you also need it to be able to fit your wallet, keys, and tablet. It seemed we were doomed to a life of having 2 separate backpacks until Osprey came out with the Daylite. This pack is lightweight & breathable enough for big days in the mountains but also sleek and organized enough for a day or urban exploring. 

The Daylite actually started off as an accessory pack to Osprey's larger backpacks. Soon, the company realized that travelers were just as, if not more, excited about this lightweight, simple, and durable pack. We love the uncomplicated nature of this pack. It features one main compartment that expands to 13L of space and an accessory pocket. The simplicity of this design allows you to easily keep track of your important items and also keep them safe. It's easy to keep tabs on and secure these 2 pockets on your pack while walking around an international city. Accessible mesh side pockets allow water to remain easily accessible and separate when hiking. If you prefer a bladder system, the Daylite has you covered there as well. For me, the bladder pouch can often act as a convenient place to store documents or tablets when flying as well. 

This pack has traveled with me all over the globe and I love the construction of the pack. It's durable and supportive enough for day hikes but does not have any solid framing which allows you to roll it up and shove it into bigger luggage if necessary. Compression straps on the side can reduce the size of the pack significantly or be used for securely strapping items like a jacket to the outside of the pack. 

When hiking in Patagonia, you need to be prepared for any type of weather. The Daylite performed admirably for the 2 weeks I spent hiking in Torres del Paine National Park. The easily accessible pocket kept my phone handy for pictures, the main pocket fit the many layers I needed for the quickly changing weather, the external water pouch comfortably held my bladder, and the pack offered a much needed splash of color for photos. I wouldn't have changed anything about it! 

Weight: 16oz
Volume: 13L
Back construction: Mesh and soft foam
Colors: 11 different colors to choose from 

Plus, there's Osprey's All Mighty Guarantee which essentially protects your gear from all factory defects. In Osprey's words "Should you find any defect in the way your pack has been built we will repair or replace it without any charge, within its reasonable lifetime."

The Daylite is a staple here in the Wildland office. We don't have an exact number but I would venture to guess that the Wildland Daylite collection has been to over 30 countries around the globe – and counting!

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