Osprey Daylite Plus Review | Versatile 20L Backpack For Everyday Carry

the Osprey daylight plus is a versatile day pack with a comfortable carry and as its name suggests it comes in pretty lightweight as well hey I'm Rebecca from Pat Coker where we use our expertise and real-world experience to provide practical resources and honest opinions guiding you towards smarter travel so if you're new here consider subscribing we've put the Osprey daylight class to the test over the last two months in the UK and Portugal so let's dive into this review and see how well it performed as with all Osprey packs this daylight Plus does have a typically outdoorsy aesthetic however it tows along the line pretty well so we were confident rocking this pack in urban environments as well now the smaller daylight achieved one of our highest Instagram aesthetic poll results we've seen to date coming in at 71% so we've been eager to see how this pack would Scott and from a poll of 419 participants 53% said that they liked the look of this pack it's a fair bit lower than we expected but it's still a positive results the branding on this pack is relatively minimal especially for Osprey who like to throw their logo anywhere and everywhere that they can on the front there is a logo at the top and the product name at the bottom then on the back there is another logo at the top and the word Osprey on the shoulder strap at the time of this review the Osprey daylight plus is available in eight colors so there really is something for everyone however we must note that the color we got looks completely different to the one on the Osprey website this is quite a big deal is our black backpack on the website displays a matte or black bag and now pack is actually more of a shiny dark blue fortunately we still like the color but we'd like to see Osprey update their online images to reflect closer what the bag looks like in the real world moving into the materials this pack is made from a 210 D nylon Oxford a flexible weather resistant and lightweight fabric so lightweight in fact that 20 liter backpack weighs in at a mere 1.

2 pounds which is pretty impressive it's important to note though that this isn't the most durable material as we've already seen some abrasion marks after just 2 months of testing but we will dive into this a little bit deeper later on in the review now let's talk about the zippers all of them are from the reliable and trustworthy YKK and the attached zipper pulls make them a joy to use too finally there are YKK ITW and wujin buckles on this pack all three brands make high-quality hardware which are long lasting and easy to use so all good here now moving on to the external components let's start with the harness system the curved shoulder struts are nicely padded with dense foam and featuring narrow gaps for added ventilation and the padding here is the same used in the back panel which is surprisingly sturdy and sits snug against your back the harness system features an adjustable sternum strap and hip belt tape the sternum strap is easy to use and supportive precisely what it should be plus there's an emergency whistle incorporated into the buckle which can come in handy during outdoor excursions now the hip belt is pretty basic and only comes in useful if you need this thing secured tight to your back like when you're mountain biking running or rock climbing otherwise we'd recommend taking it off as the straps dangle all over the place when it's not locked in for such a small pack the overall carry of this thing is great which is no surprises Osprey specialize in making hiking backpacks and outdoor gear so they know a thing or two about making a comfortable and supportive harness system moving on there is a hydration bladder sleeve just behind the back panel accessible from the top of the pack it's very discreet and you don't notice it's there when not in use we didn't utilize this as we stuck to more urban environments but it's great to have the choice if you're feeling a bit more adventurous now the quick grab handle on this pack is incorporated into the top of the shoulder straps it's okay and works well in a pinch but it's less than ideal while we didn't mind this feature too much on the smaller daylight we found ourselves missing and actual handle on this one as it's a fair bit larger now let's talk about these side water bottle pockets we must mention that whilst we appreciate that they're there that's where the pro stopped because they're just not that good this puzzled us as the pockets on the smaller daylight were fantastic and at first glance these look the same however on closer inspection that pockets on the plus or a fair bit wider with less of a curved opening the bottom line is we have bottles fall out of these pockets on numerous occasions and they don't secure items in sight as well as they should not good on a positive note these pockets can be used in conjunction with the compression straps at the top to secure taller objects like a tripod to the side of this bag so they're not all that bad like the smaller day like 13 liters this pack can be attached to the bigger Osprey packs like the five-point 80 it's a simple process of connecting their compression straps and a hip belt however this is something that we will not use if you're already carrying 80 litres on your back you can probably forego another 20 finally the Osprey daylight plus has a stretch pocket as a front of this pack this is designed to give you an extra bit of space when you need it and it's a great place to pop a light sweater or compress jacket this can add a bit of bulk to the front of the pack which we are not big fans of but it can come in handy depending on your use case moving inside the pack there are two quick grab pockets one on the front of the stretch pocket and one on the top the top quick grab pocket is going to be your go-to it's large enough to hold your phone wallet and passport with room to spare there are even two mesh pockets and a plastic key clip inside for added organization next the zippered pocket on the front stretch pocket is only small but it complements the larger one nicely and it's a great place to store a go tub full of snacks the main compartment of this pack has a horseshoe opening this is where the zippers stretch halfway down the bag giving you easy access to what's inside so compression straps have to be unclip first which is a bit of a pain but you do get used to it and as we mentioned earlier there is a padded laptop sleeve inside this pack to gain access you first have to under the buckle at the top this is designed to keep everything in place but in reality it's not that necessary and just gets in the way the slim in this is big enough to accommodate a 15-inch laptop but only when it doesn't have a case on here at Pat khakha we recommend always having your laptop in a case you can never have enough protection for something that costs a few thousand bucks right it's possible as super simple even a fit but it's still going to be tight to slide in and out this being said it's a comfortable fit for all 13 inch laptops with cases on and a great place to store other flatter items too the rest of this compartment is just a huge space that you can feel however you wish we recommend using packing cubes and accessory pouches for that added organization but it is small enough to just stuff everything in if that's what you prefer to do at the time of this review we've been testing the osprey daylight plus for just over two months during this time it seen uses a tech day pack on trips to the coffee house in the UK and it's even come along with us on a one-month trip to Porto Portugal unfortunately just like the smaller daylight we've noticed a few abrasion marks on the front of the pack they're not that noticeable at the moment but they're only going to get worse and when you consider this bag is geared more to the outdoors than an urban environment it's really quite disappointing that being said the aesthetic things shouldn't affect the overall integrity of this pack and thankfully the craftsmanship and hardware are all high-quality in testing we've been impressed with the versatility of this backpack and it works well as a complimentary day pack to larger one bag travel packs – we didn't utilize the front stretch pocket that often and honestly it's something we could have live without but it's a great addition for people who enjoy it those outdoor adventures now moving on to the pros and cons this pack delivers a comfortable carry and snug harness system the quick rope pockets come in really handy and it's impressively lightweight at only one point two pounds when empty now into the cons bottles come fall out of the side pockets the colors don't match the online images as our black is more of a dark blue and the front nylon is susceptible to abrasion marks which can harm the look of this pack the Osprey daylight plus is a versatile day pack with a comfortable carry there's just as suited to the outdoors as it is in a co-working space the quick grab pockets are great and while the laptop sleep isn't perfect we like that it has one it's a shame the water bottle pockets aren't more secure and the front nylon is likely to scuff but this is still a nifty day pack at a reasonable price that's worth considering so there you have it our review on the Osprey daylight plus and as ever we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below thanks for keeping it here at pack hacker your guide to smarter travel we'll see you in the next one.