The popular Osprey Daylite carries your essentials for short hikes and urban outings. Our experts trekked through tropical Haitian mountains with this model where the breathable mesh back panel and shoulder straps were appreciated. We preferred its sleek design when hopping around town, too. On day hikes and while traveling, the mesh water bottle pockets, compression straps, and easily accessed front pocket made this pack a joy to use over contenders like the REI Co-Op Flash 18.
Osprey confirmed with us that they updated the colors and graphics the Daylite since our tests in 2017. As of Fall 2018, everything else is the same. The new look is pictured above. As no features, materials, or construction were changed, performance remains the same.
The Daylite is comparable in size and function to the Top Pick winning Deuter Speed Lite 20. If functionality and versatility are essential to you, we think that the Speed Lite is the better backpack between the two because it has more external lashing options, thanks to reconfigurable straps. It also has a nifty front pocket for small items. Still, many people will prefer the Daylite because it is compatible with and attaches to many larger Osprey backpacks. Also, people who use hydration reservoirs love the Daylite's externally accessed hydration sleeve. Overall, this contender is an excellent pack at a price that's half that of many others in our review.
Love the design but need a little more space? Be sure to take a look the bigger sibling, the 20-liter Daylite Plus that comes complete with an external pouch, an extra front zipped pocket, and a padded laptop sleeve for longer hikes and more versatility as an urban commuter pack.