Osprey Daylite vs Daylite Plus Backpack Review

osprey daylite vs daylite plus

You probably landed on this review because you are thinking about grabbing an Osprey Daylite. But, your big question is, which one? The Daylite or Daylite Plus.

Although The Daylite and Daylite Plus share a lot of the same great features, there are some big differences worth knowing about before you buy.

If you want the short version I have a quick comparison table below (bold where there is a difference).

For more detailed info, keep on scrollin' and you will get to the good stuff!

DAYLITE

DAYLITE PLUS

Osprey Daylite
Osprey Daylite Plus

Size (inches)

Volume 

19 x 10 x 8.5 inches

13L / 793 cubic inches

18 x 10 x 9.5 inches

20L / 1,220 cubic inches

Weights (lb)

1 lb

1 lb. 3.8 oz

Main Material

210D Nylon Double Diamond Ripstop

210D Nylon Double Diamond Ripstop

Hydration Slot

Yes

Yes

Hip/Sterum Straps

Yes

Yes

Top Organizer Pocket

Yes

Yes

Internal Pocket (Laptop or Hydration)

Yes (Elastic)

Yes (Padded)

Front Stash Pocket

No

Yes

Front Zippered Compartment

No

Yes


Osprey Daylite vs Daylite Plus - Main Differences

First off, they do look a little different. Yes, you may have to squint, but there are differences. 

Take a quick look below, then I will tell you what the big ones are...​

Osprey Daylite

Osprey Daylite

Osprey Daylite Plus

Osprey Daylite Plus

The main differences between the Daylite and Daylite Plus are 

  • Big difference in volume (Daylite Plus is 7 litres / 430 cubic inches bigger)
  • Extra pockets on the front (for Daylite plus)
  • Padded pocket inside (Daylite plus)

So, there are some differences, but what do they mean in reality. Let me show you.

The Extra Volume

Sure, there are some feature differences between these two packs, but the biggest one is volume. This could be the main decider for you in the end. There is 7L difference which is quite a lot and could mean the difference between taking some extra food, a jacket or camera (or not).

Of course, if you are after the lightest/smallest because you know you are going "ultralight" for your day hike or run/ride, then the Daylite is way better. It will save you 3.8 oz.

Extra Front Pockets

There are two extra pockets on the Daylite plus.

A front stretch stash pocket. This is a great spot for stuffing in a light jacket or other clothes you want quick access to. And when the rain comes down suddenly you will thank Osprey for this pocket. Seriously.

On the stash pocket (see the image) you will see a vertical zipper. This gives you access to a small pocket right on the front. Not a place to store anything big, but great for easy access to small items. Again, nice for things like keys or your phone or wallet. Really saves you having to dig into your pack to find them. (Where did I put my damn keys!)

Osprey Daylite Plus Front Stash Pocket

Osprey Daylite Plus Front Stash Pocket

Internal Padded Pocket (vs Simple Elastic)

The Daylite has a simple elastic internal pocket, but the Daylite Plus takes it a step further and makes it padded and secured (with a clip - gotta love the clip :>).

Either pocket is perfect for a 15" laptop, and could also be used as an alternative spot for your hydration reservoir storage. However, for me the added security of the padding on the Daylite Plus is a big bonus. Especially when your laptop is worth over $1000.

Osprey Daylite Plus Internal Padded Pocket

Osprey Daylite Plus Internal Padded Pocket

Shared Features Of The Daylite & Daylite Plus

Most of the features on these two packs are quite similar, so let's take a quick look at what they have in common...

Shoulder, Hip & Sternum Straps

Osprey have added a comfy set of straps on both these packs.

You get fully adjustable shoulder, hip and sternum straps.

The straps and back area are also covered in sweat wicking material to help keep you dry.

Hydration Pocket

For those of you who love using hydration reservoirs while doing sport, the Daylites come with a dedicated pocket inside the back of the pack.

Alternatively you can throw yours inside the pack too.

Osprey Daylite Straps

Osprey Daylite Straps

Lots Of Space Inside

Both packs have lots of space to stuff your gear inside the main compartment. They do differ in volume with the Daylite being 13L and the Plus 20L.

Handy Front Organizer

At the front/top there is a 1/3 length pocket with a couple of handy mesh organizer pockets too. A perfect spot for your smaller items.

Osprey Daylite Front Pocket

Osprey Daylite Front Pocket

The Daylite packs can also easily be attached to many of the other Osprey packs. So they also make a handy extension of addition to your other existing packs (with Addon compatibility).

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

Which Is Best For You? The Daylite or Daylite Plus

I like, the Osprey Daylite as a super lightweight and small pack that is good for those short, quick trips or training runs. It has enough space for even a day hike (rain jacket, food, water etc) but you might struggle on a long day trip in a city or if you carry a lot of gear no matter where you go (that is me in a nutshell!)

The Daylite Plus gives you far more space and packing options with the front stash pocket as well as better storage for your laptop or tablet. I would use this one as more of a travel or small daypack for class or if you just want the option to carry more stuff.

Pricewise, there is also a fairly big difference (at full price anyway) with teh Daylite coming in about mid 30 bucks and the daylite plus mid 60s. So this may also help you decide, because that is almost double the price. However, places like Amazon (links below) can often have discounts (at the time of writing there was one for the Plus).