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Osprey Daylite Plus 20L Backpack Review
Designed with a lightweight approach the Osprey Daylite Plus is the perfect 20L allrounder that’s perfect for active commuters (runners, cyclists etc.) thanks to some serious straps and an internal hydration sleeve.
- Internal hydration sleeve
- Hip belt, sternum strap and sturdy harness
- Internal laptop and document sleeves
- 6 different great colourways
- Water bottle pockets lack stability
- Some durability concerns
- Volume: 20 litre capacity
- Weight: 0.54kg
- Dimensions:(H) 46cm, (W) 24cm, (D) 22cm
- Suitable for: Commuting, Travel, Walking & Hiking
Osprey Daylite Plus Review
The Osprey Daylite Plus, part of the Osprey lifestyle range, is the perfect companion backpack for a wide range of activities.
An impressive selection of features crammed into a small 20L pack makes for a fantastic allrounder that can be used for commuting, hiking, running, cycling or just about anything else you can throw at it.
Outside the backpack
We’ll get the Osprey Daylite Plus review started with what you’ll see out of the box and there’s plenty to get excited about.
If you’re familiar with the original 13L Daylite pack, you’ll immediately notice plenty of similarities with the smaller commuter pack.
The harness is plenty comfortable and is padded with ventilated dense foam, the same stuff that’s used to prevent excess sweating on the back panel. A sternum strap (with emergency whistle) and hip belt to compliment, the weight is always kept exactly where it should be.
It’s this level of pack security combined with the lightweight design that makes the Daylite Plus a fantastic active commuter pack for runners and cyclists.
External components are all of high quality with the Osprey pack favouring the YKK zippers and Woojin buckles for top durability and ease-of-use. Overall, the hardware is hard to fault and should last the lifetime of the pack.
There’s a handy stretchy pouch at the front of the pack that’s great for throwing in a lightweight jacket when you’re struggling for space inside. This does add weight to the front of the pack, something that we’re not hugely fond of, but it’s better to be looking at it than for it.
The mesh side pockets are what lets the pack down as Osprey tend to insist on including relatively useless pockets to store water bottles. With any form of activity, wearers tend to note water bottle instability with some reports of bottles falling from the pack – not ideal. These pockets can be used together with the top compressions straps so not all is lost, but super tall water bottles will be required.
Inside the backpack
It’s what inside that counts and there’s plenty of thoughtful details within the Osprey Daylite Plus that makes for a great allrounder.
First up, picking up where the original Daylite left off, a 15″ padded laptop sleeve in the main section of the pack is included, although computers with cases may find this a snug fit. A buckle is used to secure this during activity but tends to be more of a hindrance than a help. Other than the sleeve, the main compartment is relatively uneventful with enough space for clothing, lunch, tech equipment etc.
Moving to the first of the quick grab pockets, wearers will find great organisation with a phone-sized pocket, key hook and document holder. The second quick grab pocket is found on the front of the stretchy pocket and although small, is great for packing those flat essentials.
One of the highlights of the pack is the hydration bladder sleeve, accessed just behind the back panel of the pack. This keeps the bladder away from your electronics is any leaks do occur and offers additional uses for the pack.
Material and durability
The material used to construct the pack is the Osprey 210D Nylon Oxford, ensuring that the bag remains waterproof and lightweight (just 0.5kg).
This lightweight construction does lead to some concerns about the durability of the pack with some customer reviews disappointed when putting the pack through its paces.
The pack does come with a hiking theme and the standard Osprey branding with a logo on the front and back and we believe it’s one of the best looking Osprey daypacks. There are six different colours available for the unisex pack with black and petrol blue forming personal favourites.
Overall, the Osprey Daylite Plus 20L backpack acts as a fantastic solution for an active lifestyle/commuter backpack.
Internal laptop and hydration sleeves give great options for computer security and hydration during active commutes or on longer hikes with plenty of space for all daily essentials. Harness padding, sternum strap and the removable hip belt are fantastic for keeping the weight of the pack in the correct position.
As a dedicated commuter pack, hiking pack or as a solid allrounder, the Daylite Plus is a great looking competent pack forming a great companion in a range of activities.
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