Osprey Daylite Plus Review | Versatile 20L Backpack For Everyday Carry

Osprey Daylite Plus Review | Versatile 20L Backpack For Everyday Carry

– The Osprey Daylite Plus
is a versatile day pack with a comfortable carry
and as its name suggests, it comes in pretty lightweight as well. Hey, I’m Rebecca from Pack Hacker, where we use our expertise
and real world experience to provide practical
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consider subscribing. We’ve put the Osprey
Daylite Plus to the test over the last two months
in the UK and Portugal. So let’s dive into this review
and see how well it performs. [upbeat music playing] As with all Osprey packs this Daylite Plus does have a typically
outdoorsy aesthetic; however it toes along
the line pretty well. So we were confident rocking this pack in urban environments as well. Now the smaller Daylite
achieved one of our highest Instagram aesthetic poll results we’ve seen to date coming in at 71%, so we’ve been eager to see how
this pack would score. And from a poll of 419 participants, 53% said that they liked
the look of this pack. It’s a fair bit lower than we expected but it’s still a positive result. The branding on this pack
is relatively minimal – especially for Osprey, who
like to throw their logo anywhere and everywhere that they can. On the front, there is a logo at the top and the product name at the bottom. Then on the back, there
is another logo at the top and the word ‘Osprey’
on the shoulder strap. At the time of this review,
the Osprey Daylite Plus is available in eight colors. So there really is something for everyone. However, we must note
that the color we got looks completely different to
the one on the Osprey website. This is quite a big deal as our black backpack on the website displays a matte all-black bag, and our pack is actually
more of a shiny dark blue. Fortunately, we still like the color but we’d like to see Osprey
update their online images to reflect closer what the bag
looks like in the real world. Moving into the materials. This pack is made from a 210D Nylon Oxford – a flexible weather-resistant
and lightweight fabric. So lightweight in fact that this 20-litre
backpack weighs in at a mere 1.2 pounds, which
is pretty impressive. It’s important to note though that this isn’t the most durable material as we’ve already seen some abrasion marks after just two months of testing. But we will dive into
this a little bit deeper later on in the review. Now let’s talk about the zippers. All of them are from the
reliable and trustworthy YKK. And the attached zipper pulls
make them a joy to use too. Finally there are YKK ITW and
Woojin buckles on this pack. All three brands make
high quality hardware, which are long lasting and
easy to use – so all good here. Now moving on to the external components. Let’s start with the harness system. The curved shoulder straps are
nicely padded with dense foam and feature narrow gaps
for added ventilation. And the pattern here is the
same used in the back panel, which is surprisingly sturdy
and sits snug against your back. The harness system features
an adjustable sternum strap and hip belt too. The sternum strap is easy
to use and supportive – precisely what it should be. Plus there’s an emergency whistle incorporated into the buckle,
which can come in handy during outdoor excursions. Now the hip belt is pretty
basic and only comes in useful if you need this thing
secured tight to your back – like when you’re mountain
biking, running or rock climbing. Otherwise we’d recommend taking it off as the straps dangle all over the place when it’s not locked in. For such a small pack, the overall carry of this thing is great – which is no surprise as Osprey specialize in making hiking
backpacks and outdoor gear. So they know a thing or two
about making a comfortable and supportive harness system. Moving on. There is a
hydration bladder sleeve just behind the back panel accessible from the top of the
pack. It’s very discreet and you don’t notice it’s
there when not in use. We didn’t utilize this as we stuck to more urban environments, but it’s
great to have the choice if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous. Now the quick-grab handle on this pack is incorporated into the
top of the shoulder straps. It’s okay and works well in a pinch, but it’s less than ideal. While we didn’t mind this feature too much on the smaller Daylite, we
found ourselves missing an actual handle on this one
as it’s a fair bit larger. Now let’s talk about the
side water bottle pockets. We must mention that whilst we
appreciate that they’re there, that’s where the praise stops because they’re just not that good. This puzzled us as the
pockets on the smaller Daylite were fantastic, and at first
glance these look the same. However, on closer inspection
the pockets on the Plus are fair bit wider with
less of a curved opening. The bottom line is – we had bottles fall out of these pockets
on numerous occasions, and they don’t secure items inside as well as they should. Not good. On a positive note,
these pockets can be used in conjunction with the compression straps at the top to secure taller objects – like a tripod – to the side of this bag. So they’re not all that bad. Like the smaller Daylite 13 liters, this pack can be attached
to the bigger Osprey packs like the Farpoint 80. It’s a simple process of connecting the compression
straps and hip belt. However, this is something
that we will not use. If you’re already carrying
80 liters on your back, you can probably forgo another 20. Finally, the Osprey Daylite Plus has a stretch pocket at
the front of this pack. This is designed to give
you an extra bit of space when you need it, and it’s a great place to pop a light sweater or compressed jacket. This can add a bit of bulk
to the front of the pack, which we are not big fans of; but it can come in handy
dependent on your use case. Moving inside the pack there
are two quick-grab pockets – one on the front of the stretch
pocket and one on the top. The top quick-grab pocket
is going to be your ‘go-to’. It’s large enough to
hold your phone, wallet and passport with room to spare. There are even two mesh pockets and a plastic key clip inside
for added organization. Next – the zippered pocket on
the front stretch pocket is a little small, but it complements
the larger one nicely. And it’s a great place to store
a GoTubb full of snacks. The main compartment of this
pack has a horseshoe opening. This is where the zippers
stretch halfway down the bag giving you easy access to what’s inside. The compression straps
have to be unclipped first which is a bit of a pain,
but you do get used to it. And as we mentioned earlier, there is a padded laptop
sleeve inside this pack. To gain access you first have to undo the buckle at the top. This is designed to
keep everything in place – but in reality it’s not that necessary and just gets in the way. The sleeve in this is
big enough to accommodate a 15-inch laptop, but only when
it doesn’t have a case on. Here at Pack Hacker we recommend always having your laptop in a case. You can never have enough protection for something that costs a
few thousand bucks, right? It’s possible a super-slim sleeve may fit, but it’s still going to be
tight to slide in and out. This being said, it’s a comfortable fit for all 13-inch laptops with cases on, and a great place to store
other flatter items too. The rest of this compartment
is just a huge space that you can fill however you wish. We recommend using packing
cubes and accessory pouches for that added organization.
But it is small enough to just stuff everything in if
that’s what you prefer to do. At the time of this review we’ve been testing the Osprey Daylite Plus for just over two months. During this time its seen
use as a tech daypack on trips to the coffee house in the UK, and it’s even come along with us on a one-month trip to Porto, Portugal. Unfortunately, just
like the smaller Daylite, we’ve noticed a few abrasion
marks on the front of the pack. They’re not that noticeable at the moment, but they’re only going to get worse. And when you consider this bag is geared more to the outdoors
than an urban environment, it’s really quite disappointing. That being said, the aesthetic things shouldn’t affect the overall
integrity of this pack. And thankfully the craftsmanship and hardware are all high quality. In testing we’ve been impressed with the versatility of this backpack. And it works well as a
complimentary daypack to larger one-bag travel packs too. We didn’t utilize the front
stretch pocket that often, and honestly it’s something
we could’ve lived without. But it’s a great addition for people who enjoy those outdoor adventures. Now moving on to the Pros and Cons. This pack delivers a comfortable carry and snug harness system. The quick-grab pockets
come in really handy. And it’s impressively lightweight at only 1.2 pounds when empty. Now onto the Cons. Bottles can
fall out of the side pockets. The colors don’t match the online images – as our black is more of a dark blue. And the front nylon is
susceptible to abrasion marks which can harm the look of this pack. The Osprey Daylite Plus
is a versatile daypack with a comfortable carry that’s just as suited to the outdoors as it is in a co-working space. The quick-grab pockets are great. And while the laptop sleeve isn’t perfect, we like that it has one. It’s a shame the water bottle
pockets are not secure and the front nylon is likely to scar. But this is still a nifty daypack, at a reasonable price, that’s worth considering. So there you have it – our review
on the Osprey Daylite Plus. And as ever, we’d love
to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for keeping it here at Pack Hacker, your guide to smarter travel.
We’ll see you in the next one.

25 thoughts on “Osprey Daylite Plus Review | Versatile 20L Backpack For Everyday Carry

  1. I am a big fan of Osprey products and the company’s innovation. I am glad that you guys addressed the color differentiation that is advertised on the website, I was also disappointed with this same issue while purchasing a larger bag months ago. Great in-depth review.

  2. I have to admit i was disappointed with that bag.
    I am puzzled about the back panel that is quite rigid in a wrong way: on a hike it's starting to be really annoying because you got the feeling to have a kind of "bar" pressing against your lower back. The removable belt makes it worse as the annoyance translate into a pain, especially if you got a laptop in the bag. Impossible to put the bag "higher" on the back because the "handle" then hit the neck. Ventilation is also pretty bad for a "sport" activity.
    I ended up removing that back panel (that can be removed easily, good point) and use the backpack only as a spare one for a main bag.
    As a bag you use for city only (no laptop), it's acceptable. As a bag for hike (forest/mountain), it's a no go for me, better focus on a more expensive bag with a far better panel.

  3. I've had this bag over a year, I use it everyday, it's so light and comfortable. Mine hasn't ripped at all, it's still going strong.

  4. Thank you for this review. I was considering this pack but now I’m not sure if I’ll buy it. I really don’t get Osprey’s water bottle holder.
    Btw, I love your coral colored wrap sweater. Do you mind sharing where you got it? 🙂

  5. I am enjoying how comprehensive these reviews are on each bag! I discovered this channel recently and I am the type of person that prefers to do extensive research before making purchases, so this channel is AMAZING.

  6. Another great video! If you guys are looking for a 20 year old from the UK who loves travel, creating videos and flying drones, please let me know!

  7. This has been my everyday bag for over two years now. It goes with me on day hikes, around town, as a personal item compliment to a roller carry-on, and even stuffed full with packing cubes for multi-day travel on budget airlines when I don't want to pay any bag fees. It has worked pretty much flawlessly 12,000ft up in the Rockies, on the streets of London, and on the beach in Puerto Rico. If you value lightweight above all and don't need endless high-end features then for the money this is a quality versatile bag. What they did not mention in the video is that the back panel can be removed and put back easily which allows you to roll the bag up quite small, making it easy to stuff into a larger bag for travel if for some reason packing the bag flat won't work. I have had to do this before so I know it works. Considering how much versatility I need from an everyday bag, as well as accommodate my DSLR and 2 lenses during travel and day hikes, I took the leap and recently purchased the Peak Design everyday 20L that provides quick camera access on the go and should last me a long time. Osprey says this is 20L but I find that subjective and seems to take into account every pocket and space available like the front stuff pocket held by the compression straps. When compared to other 20L bags it seems smaller and thinner. What you really have is something that feels more like 15L plus 5L of somewhat usable space around the bag. Not great for maximizing interior space but keeps the bag streamlined and feeling thin on your back. Overall for the price and versatility, it's a solid "B-B+" backpack in my opinion.

  8. Also. wanted to say, really like the front stretchy pocket. I have the regular Daylite, which is a terrific day pack and my go to. Also use on trips, esp if hiking is planned. That pocket would be great for a light jacket, almost makes me want to upgrade. Will be looking for REI sales (but I have an REI Trail25, might review that as well. I'm inclined to think it would be good very short plane trips–1-3 days (no suits or anything).

  9. So I know it's might not fit in the "travel pack" category but i would love to see a review on the 5.11 amp series, especially the 24 and 72 pack. I'm looking to get one for traveling and am curious about your opinion on them. Also, I can't find great reviews on them.

  10. Is there any daypack or backpack from osprey with -+40L but im not interest to farpoint 40. Could you suggest me, others brand if you recommend. Thank you

  11. Is this best comfortable daypack in the market right now ? Or can you suggest a couple brand for me I want to compare before making a dicision. Thx

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