Osprey Daylite 13L Backpack Review

The Osprey Daylite 13L backpack is one of the smallest in their range and designed for a day out doing sport or a light load on a city trip.

With this backpack Opsrey have kept their quality materials and design but reduced the size, number of pockets to produce a super lightweight pack.

Specifications

  • Bag Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 18 inches
  • Weight: 0.92 lbs
  • Material: 210 X 330D Shadow Box Nylon
  • Large main compartment with lots of space
  • Big top pocket with mesh pockets for organiztion
  • 10 Colors

If you want to get a quick overview of the daylite you can check out the first 3 minutes or so of the video review below. 

You can also navigate to each section of my review using the​ Quick Navigation opposite.

The Osprey Daylite 13L Features

Starting with the straps and padding, let's jump into some more details of this pack...

Shoulder, Hip & Sternum Straps

Fully adjustable and lightly padded, the shoulder straps on this pack are more than adequate for the kinds of lighter loads you will carry with the Daylite.

There are also basic hip and sternum straps that are useful on any pack to align the load on your shoulders and take some of the weight off.

Mesh Padding

Although the padding on the shoulders and back is only light, it is more than enough for such a small pack.

Osprey have also covered it with a wicking mesh material to help keep you dry while out doing sport. You will still get a little sweaty, but it is better than nothing, right?

Hydration Pack Slot

Right behind the back padding is a full-length slot for a hydration pack (like a Platypus or Camelback). The hose can then arch over the straps and slide into the gray elastic holders you see towards the top of the straps.​

Osprey Daylite Straps & Padding

Osprey Daylite Straps & Padding

Osprey Daylite Main compartment

Osprey Daylite Main compartment (Blue)

Osprey Daylite Front Pocket

Osprey Daylite Front Pocket (Purple)

Main Compartment

The main compartment is easy to access from the top with a half-length zipper.

There are two sections:

  • The big front area for most of your gear
  • An elastic back slot for things like a tablet, small laptop or papers (alternatively a hydration pack could also go in here).

Top Front Pocket (With Small Organizer)

On the front is a 1/3 length pocket for your smaller things.

Osprey love these organizer mesh pockets and they have also included two wide elastic ones as well as a key holder as well as space for other things in front of that.

There is actually plenty of space in here for your 

  • keys on the hanger provided
  • wallet/purse
  • phone (even a big one)
  • any other smaller gear (tools, cards, gps etc)

Other Handy Pockets

Of course there are also two decent sized water bottle elastic mesh pockets on the outside/sides. You have to be a little careful how big a bottle you put in here. Some reviewers have said that empty bottles have the tendency to fall out, and bigger ones might need to be strapped in (use the compression straps above the pockets). All in all not an issue, but something to be aware of.

Compression Side Straps

The last point on the list of features is the compression straps on the side. Always handy to have on a pack to help secure the load or doubling as a way to hold extra things on the pack or keep them in the side pockets (big water bottles, tripods etc).

Attachable To Other Bigger Packs

Osprey have taken this little powerhouse to the next level by allowing owners of other bigger Osprey backpacks to use this as an add-on pack with any "Add-On" compatible pack from Osprey.

You can physically attach the Daylite packs to the following Osprey packs:​

  • Aether/Ariel Series 
  • Volt/Viva Series 
  • Ace 75
  • Shuttle Series
  • Sojourn Series
  • Farpoint 80
  • Porter Series

Final Impressions

The Osprey Daylite 13L is a nice little daypack that is perfect for anyone seeking a lightweight pack with enough space for a day out either doing sport or in town.

If you want just a little more space, there is also the Daylite Plus  which has a few extra goodies. Or you can take a look at the larger packs like the Nebula or Nova.

PROS

  • Lightweight daypack with decent amount of space
  • Strong nylon material with quality straps and zippers
  • Hydration slot for water
  • Side pockets for bottles or other items
  • Large internal compartment with slot for small laptop or tablet (or hydration alternative)
  • 10 attractive color choices

CONS

  • Might be too small a day pack for some people wanting to carry more
  • Straps are not well padded (but pack is not intended for large loads)
  • Contains mesh for sweat reduction but not significant airflow to "stop" sweat like on some larger models