Osprey Daylite 13L Review

The Osprey Daylite, new for 2021, gives a fresh update of the well-loved and well respected 13L daypack boasting the build quality of a top hiking backpack.

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Osprey Daylite 13L Promotion Image
Osprey Daylite 13L Promotion Image
  • Great, lightweight allrounder
  • 7 great colourways available
  • Sternum strap and removable hip belt
  • AirScape™ back panel and foam ridges for a comfortable fit
  • Compatible with Hydraulics™ and Hydraulics™ LT Reservoir
  • Minimal internal organisation options
  • 13L may be too small for some
  • Volume: 13 litre
  • Weight: 0.5kg
  • Dimensions:(H) 43cm, (W) 26cm, (D) 20cm
  • Suitable for: Lifestyle, Hiking

Osprey Daylite Review

The all-new for 2021 Osprey Daylite is a 13L daypack that’s been given a facelift for the year.

The smaller sister pack of the Osprey Daylite Plus, the 13L variant is the original versatile daypack boasting an incredibly high build quality. Weighing in at just 500g, the pack is perfect for running errands, heading out of town for a hike or even light sports and outdoor activities.

In addition to serving as a simple small daypack, the Daylite can also be used in conjunction with a number of other larger Osprey bags, attaching and allowing for easy carrying. Large packs from the Fairview, Farpoint, Ariel, Aether, Renn, Rook and Sojourn.

Let’s take a close look at the Daylite to see what makes it one of the most popular packs from the ultimate backpack brand.

Osprey Daylite 13L

Outside the backpack

The Osprey Daylite may only be small, but it manages to pack a punch inside such a small area.

The pack, (measuring just 43cm x 26cm x 20cm), is one of the smallest the brand offers. However, once you’ve got to grips with the pack, it quickly becomes clear that there have been no corners cut.

Although marketing as a lifestyle pack, the Daylite has plenty of credentials as an impressive lightweight hiking pack. A pair of lightweight, sturdy shoulder straps offer the majority of the support with a sternum strap (combined with a handy emergency whistle) designed to spread the load across the torso. A removable hip belt makes all the difference when moving over more challenging terrain, keeping the pack firmly to the back.

Most packs of this size are often left compromised when it comes to comfort and, most importantly, the airflow on the back – but that isn’t an issue with the Daylite. The pack offers Osprey’s AirScape™ back panel paired with foam ridges for increased comfort and a perfect fit. This helps to prevent the dreaded sweaty back that we’ve seen with so many other small daypacks – offering a huge benefit over the competitors.

Alongside the comfort aids, the exterior of the pack is surprisingly helpful, too. With a pair of stretchy mesh side pockets and external hydration access, it’s a wonder just how Osprey has managed to offer such high quality in such a small package.

Osprey Daylite 13L Wave Blue

Inside the backpack

Taking a look inside the pack, it’s clear that simplicity was the driving factor – as you would expect in a sub 15L pack.

An internal document sleeve is the main feature to be spotted inside the main compartment, allowing for writing journals, tablets and small laptops to be given extra support in the main body. Note, this section of the pack is not padded and it is recommended to use an additional laptop sleeve if transporting small personal computers.

Moving away from the simple main pocket, a simple smaller pocket can be located towards the front of the pack. There’s nothing super fancy about the pocket, although a helpful key attachment clip will prevent fumbling around before unlocking any doors.

Overall, the pack is a great example of a 13L pack, although we would recommend choosing the Osprey Daylite Plus when looking to transport computers thanks to its additional padded interior.

Osprey Daylite 13L Internal Key Attatchment Clip

Material and durability

The material used for the majority of this pack is Osprey’s Fabric 300D made from recycled PET packcloth.

If you’re not up to speed with the latest developments from the Osprey material lab, this stuff is about as good as it gets. The pack is made entirely of sustainable materials with bluesign®-approved fabrics, GRS-certified recycled polyester and PFC-free DWR.

This translates to an impressively environmentally friendly construction that’s willing to take years of abuse.

Not only is the Daylite super sustainable, but it looks great too and the brand knows it. There’s a total of 7 different colourways ranging from a simple Black to Dream Purple, Nieve Green and Aluminium Grey.

Osprey Daylite 13L Promotion Image 2

Testing the Osprey Daylite

As of current, we’re yet to get to grips with the Osprey Daylite – although we’re looking to get hands-on with the 2021 releases very soon.

From checking out the current reviews of the pack and looking into the history of the Daylite, it’s clear that this is the best iteration yet.

Overall verdict

The Osprey Daylite 13L backpack is one of the very best small daypacks available to purchase today.

With a small but robust hiking body combined with the aesthetics of a lifestyle pack, the rucksack is one of our favourites in the current Osprey lineup. A plethora of external features, the ability to attach to other Osprey packs and a simplistic interior makes for a world-class daypack that we cannot recommend highly enough.

However, a lack of padded laptop sleeve and minimal interior organisation may render the pack a little too small for some users. Thankfully, Osprey has the answer in their larger 20L Daylite Plus, offering two great daypacks to choose from.

FAQ: Osprey Daylite

Looking for answers to a question that you may have about the 13L Osprey Daylite backpack? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section below and (fingers crossed) we’ll have the answer ready and waiting.

The Daylite can be used together with a number of other Osprey packs, offering an easy method of carrying multiple luggage pieces.

Large packs from the Fairview, Farpoint, Ariel, Aether, Renn, Rook and Sojourn can all be used in conjunction with the 13L Daylite.

The Daylite is one of the smaller packs offered by Osprey and although it does include an internal document sleeve, a laptop sleeve is not included.

We would recommend using an alternative laptop sleeve when carrying personal computers with this pack with a 13″ laptop as the best fit.

The Daylite is one of the most personalisable backpacks released by Osprey in recent years, offering a huge 7 different colourways to decide on.

Buyers are able to choose from Black, Cosmic Red, Wave Blue, Aluminium Grey, Teakwood Yellow, Dream Purple and Nieve Green. The biggest problem is making a decision!

The Daylite is a 13L backpack with the following spec:

  • Weight: 0.5kg
  • Dimensions: (H) 43cm, (W) 26cm, (D) 20cm

If you’ve not managed to find the answer to your question, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the team and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

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