The 13 liter Osprey DayLite is a solid everyday backpack that’s lightweight (1 pound), durable and versatile. Great for commuters and frequent travelers, it’s also an excellent gym bag.
The nylon construction is solid and water resistant. The volume is ample so you can carry most of what you need for a full day or even overnight.
The Osprey offers multiple compartments for organization. The main compartment includes a sleeve that can handle a 13” laptop at a cozy squeeze. Another zippered pocket is designed for quick access to essentials. This zipped pouch has additional internal organizers so nothing gets lost.
Each side of the pack has a mesh pouch. At first glance these look like they’re designed for water bottles, but they’re not snug enough to really secure your water bottle, so internal storage may be a better option. Perhaps the manufacturer is counting on consumers to buy the Osprey hydration bladder which has an excellent design.
While not optimal for water bottles, these side mesh pockets are perfect for other uses. Gym commuters will love the DayLite for the ability to store clean dry clothes in the main compartment and stash sweaty clothes or a damp bathing suit in the mesh pockets.
Your gym clothes dry in the open air and you can hang them up as soon as you get home because there right where you can see them. No more disappointing discoveries that your gym clothes have been fermenting in a dark bag for a week!
If you’re prepared to add another four ounces, consider upgrading to the DayLite Plus. It’s more spacious and includes an extra pouch that’s not zippered, but contained by integrated compression straps. It’s like a car trunk, perfect for when you need to travel with a little more gear.
The Osprey is comfortable in your back, thanks in part to the die cut venting that promotes air circulation and keeps sweat from building up. For stabilization, you’ll also appreciate the sternum and waist straps. They’re simple and not heavily padded, but effective.
The Osprey DayLite is a lightweight versatile go anywhere say pack that will serve you well if you’re a commuter, traveler, or gym goer.