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Although it doubles as added capacity for the Crescent, Luna, Aether, Ariel, Exposure, Sojourn, and Porter series Osprey backpacks, the Osprey Daylite Daypack is a quality pack in its own right. A Spacer Mesh shoulder harness and padded back panel provide comfort even when the pack is stuffed, and a laced bungee panel provides overflow capacity if 750 cubic inches is not enough volume. For a smaller option, be sure to check out the Osprey Daylite Daypack.


  • Attaches to Crescent, Luna, Aether, Ariel, Exposure, Sojourn, and Porter series backpacks for added capacity
  • Yoke style Spacer Mesh harness keeps you cool and dry
  • Panel loading main compartment with zippered front pocket
  • Laced bungee panel conveniently holds a wind shell, climbing harness, etc.
  • Two mesh water bottle holders
  • Capacity: 750 cu. in. (13 l)
  • Weight: 1 lb. 5 oz. (0.63 kg)

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

26 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 3
  • Great design: 3
  • Build quality: 2
  • Great value: 2

Durability: 4.7 / 5
Quality: 4.5 / 5
Carrying Capacity: 2.3 / 5
Weight: 1.7 / 5

26 Ratings & Reviews

Osprey Daylite Across Europe
August 06, 2007

I went backpacking in Europe and used my Daylite the entire time. It was awesome! It was so light, but was able to hold so much. It has a great top waterproof pouch which was perfect for passport, money, granola bars, suntan lotion, etc. Plus, the Daylite will attach to your full size pack. Great Item!!!

great small pack
April 29, 2009

I have several osprey packs. I love those. so I purchased this for a present. She also very like it because it is a fittable and very comfortable. she use for commuter backpack.

Outstanding unit
July 23, 2009

I have used this Daylite mainly for day excursions into the field and it has served its purpose very well. Wished it had longer shoulder harness straps and a long waist belt. It holds everything I need from my trekking poles to my native flute in the side pockets....

Love My Little Pack!
June 18, 2009

I purchased this pack for use on dayhikes during longer backpacking excursions. So, I appreciate how light and small the pack is - making it easier to pack along with my other gear. The pack is just large enough to carry supplies for the day hike, and holds my 32oz nalgenes conveniently on the outside. I will be purchasing another Osprey pack in the future, as well!

Sunburst osprey daylite backpack
June 16, 2008

This backpack is great, it is extremely light and comfortable. I used it on my last fishing trip as my carry on. I carried my laptop two large books a fishing reel all my important documents and my laptop charger. it held everything and was extremely comfortable. I didn't even realize i had the 20+ pound pack on my back

Great add-on and day pack
June 27, 2009

Great pack for day hikes. I purchased for use primarily as a day pack and I am absolutly enjoying it's design. My primary pack is an Osprey Aether 70 and the attachment feature is Genious!

Perfect addition to the Osprey Aether
June 18, 2008

It hooks to my Aether 85 perfectly and is a nice addition for making those short day hikes from base camp. The compartment for a H2O bladder is a nice touch as well. Adds very little weight to the Osprey pack as a "side order"


March 08, 2010

This is a great little pack for great uses like biking and alpine skiing. Very light and well made. Will purchase more Osprey Packs in the future!

Poorly made, inconvenient access
November 23, 2007

I love the way it attaches to my Aether 70, but the Daylite is shoddily made. One of the waist straps just fell off and the grab loop is also failing. It's also hard to find anything in it because the openings are so small. I've returned it.

love my daylite backpack
February 27, 2009

This pack is so comfortable and it is great for a day hike. I take it everywhere I go. The price is great. You can feel the load that you are carrying it's ultra light.

Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Connecticut
55-64 yrs

Great small pack
December 06, 2010

I really like this backpack. It is just what I was looking for. A lightweight small pack for multi-pitch climbing. It will be great for travel and the gym. I'm sure I will find many other uses.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

Suits me!
June 19, 2007

I really like it! As a 5'3" woman, I want something not too heavy, big, rigid, or long as a daypack. This one fits the bill! I like the soft harness and the minimum approach (no penholder or misc. slots). I can even fit in my Dell 150 (15" screen) with a sleeve inside the main compartment(even if there's not much room for too much more stuff). The water bottle mesh on each side can hold a 32-oz nalgene bottle. This is a perfect pack for day hikers who don't want to take EVERYTHING with them.

Great addition to their frame packs!
May 23, 2010

Great add on for their frame packs, I have the Ariel 65. Although it is not as simple to attach to the frame pack as I would have hoped, it works well and is nice to be able to have a comfortable little pack to take off for a short hike.

Great comfortable lightweight pack
April 06, 2010

Pros: Extremely comfortable and lightweight, secondary pocket comes in handy for small items. Waist strap keeps pack tight to body which is great for cycling. Feels very durable. Cons: main compartment entry in inhibited by compression straps, only enough room for essentials, but hey, that's why you are in the market for a daypack.

Athletic & travel specific
July 07, 2008

It is small and sleek, designed for more athletic uses than lugging lots of stuff around. I wouldn't use many daypacks on a bike, but this one's good because it is streamlined. I have a philosophy of traveling light on airlines and travel a lot. This goes very well with the brilliant Osprey Soujourner as a carry-on, which is more compact than most 22" rolling backpacks. The lifetime warranty ensures that the quality is excellent.

Simple, functiona, trim day pack.
September 25, 2007

I used the Osprey Daylite day pack on a recent trip to Italy where much of my transportation was on foot. The size of the pack was perfect for day long activities rerquiring extra clothing, water, food, etc. Water bottle holders worked fine and the small outside pocket was adequate for maps, identification, sunglasses, etc.

Great pack
April 21, 2010

For my younger brother. It is very comfortable for him to carry for everyday use. Great pack!

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5

what I expected
November 15, 2010

I purchased this pack to act as a lightweight pack to place in my checked baggage to use when I arrived at my destination; so far it has fulfilled that function admirably. One thing the description doesn't mention ( or at least that I could find) is that the pack has a small hydration sleeve. I don't carry a bladder in this; I use it for papers, etc. I can see where a small netbook would fit here nicely. My only gripe is that the grab handle on the top feels shoddily made, and is made from a relatively thin nylon, but I don't use that except to grab it from a vehicle! Overall, it's fine... I am impressed enough with the workmanship that I am considering an Osprey Orb to use as a carry-on!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 2 / 5
Weight: 1 / 5

Great bag for travel and day hikes
December 06, 2010

We got this bag for a 10 day trip to Costa Rica. We were planning on using it for some jungle day hikes, but ended up using it as our daily bag for everything from day hikes to just trips to the beach or strolls into town. Perfect size and weight, it was comfortable loaded up for me (6'3") or my fiancé (5'7"). Also the mesh on the back and strap design was such that even in the sweltering heat it wasn't too bad to carry all day. Additionally, it's small size when empty meant we could easily stash it in another bag while traveling. The two water bottle holders and the small external pocket meant we could have fluids easily accessible and also keep our camera easily within reach. We liked this bag so much we got my mom one for her birthday and she loved it on a 6 week tour across the US hiking and camping. I would highly recommend this bag to anyone looking for a light day pack for hiking or travel.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 2 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Chapel Hill, NC
18-24 yrs

Perfect small backpack
August 27, 2011

This pack is great! It has everything you need but nothing you don't. The size is perfect for day hikes, trips to the gym, and it can even work for taking a laptop and book to class. The straps are easily adjusted to get the perfect fit. The color is great. No complaints whatsoever. Solid pack.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

Great small pack!
April 13, 2009

I love my Daylite pack! It's a nice, comfortable, small pack perfect for taking on local park hikes. I can carry jackets for the kids, my SLR camera and snacks. It has a bottle holders on each side that fit 32oz nalgenes. When wearing the pack, it will not hit your head, so it should be good on a bike ride too. It also attaches to my large Osprey pack!

Fabulous little pack
July 27, 2009

I bought myself one of these after mastectomy because I wasn't supposed to carry much weight for awhile. I discovered it fits onto my osprey ariel and now use it as a day pack once I have arrived at my backpacking destination. It is far better in that regard than the detachable lid that was on my Dana Designs. I don't have to remove the hip belt and it holds a ton of stuff. I used the daylite by itself to dayhike all the famous trails in Glacier National park last year. I just bought one for both my twin, who has also just had surgery and isn't supposed to carry much, and my boyfriend, who wants a day pack to add onto his Osprey Ariel. Awesome little packs!

Great Day Pack To Go With Other Osprey Packs
January 09, 2009

I have an Osprey Porter 46 pack that I really like, and I wanted to add the convenience of the day pack for 2 week trip to Egypt. I was able to use the 2 packs as my carry-on, and did not have to check any luggage. This pack is not huge, but it does it's job for a daypack. The only reason I did not rate it 5 stars is because if you do not have an Osprey pack to connect this to, it is probably not as desirable. However, for my uses, it deserves 5 stars.

Great day pack due to it's lightness
May 26, 2010

Only issue I had with the pack is my height. I'm 5'4" and the end of the pack sat on the top of my rear. When the pack was loaded up, it was uncomfortable. Would be taking the pack on a three week trip to Europe and was not sure that my back would hurt.

great day pack
August 24, 2009

I bought this Daylite for my wife, so that we each would have one. Our first Daylite has accompanied us everywhere from the Amazon jungle in Peru to the Grand Tetons. It holds everything you need for a day hike and is comfortable enough to trek around with for hours.

Great day pack
July 30, 2007

I just purchased the Osprey Day Lite Day Pack. It is a great pack. I purchased it to go along with my Osprey Luna Pack and the Day Lite attaches easily to the Luna. It is a good size with ample space for my things. I am very pleased

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