When it is cold outside, I find myself choosing shorter hikes, and shorter hikes mean I don’t have to lug around my sixty-five liter pack. For these quick trips, I grab my Osprey Daylite Daypack.
- Lightweight, weighing in at one pound.
- Perfect size for a day hike. Personally, I hate those middle-size packs (the ones around thirty/forty liters) because they are not big enough for a backpacking trip but they are too large for a day hike. That’s why this pack is ideal.
- It has a foam backpanel and then mesh over that so my back is comfortable and cool.
- There’s a basic design here, which I love. Companies are starting to do away with the ‘extras’ (extra pockets with extra zippers, extra straps, etc) because all of these additions equal weight. This pack has a basic design — two zippers, two buckles — which means it is light.
- Fits my three-liter hydration bladder perfectly.
- Great multi-use pack: Because it is light and small, I often use it for purposes beyond hiking, such as my carry-on for flights.
- I’ll be honest, the need for a daypack may be in the past due to companies designing large packs with removable top lids that can be converted into daypacks. Because of this — if you are serious about getting into camping and/or backpacking — I’d go straight for a large pack because it may come with a removable lid. By purchasing the large pack first, you may automatically get your daypack too, which means you will end up saving on money.
- This pack’s side mesh pockets for drinks needs to be deeper. My drinks fall out often when I set the pack down or make drastic movements.
- The small front pocket is very small. It can essentially fit my cellphone and a couple other tiny bits but that’s it.
- Rating: out of Five Vistas
I feel a daypack should have two functions: One, be able to carry a minimal amount of gear and two, be able to carry drinks easily. Because this pack scores low on carrying drinks in the sidepockets, it holds down the overall rating.
- Tips when tracking down your own daypack
- Remember, if you want to get into backpacking, check out larger packs and see if they have a removable top lid before purchasing a little day pack!
- Short and sweet: Be sure the pack’s liter-size suits you. Test it out and if you don’t like it, take it back. Don’t grab those medium-sized packs for day hikes because all you’ll find it that it is extra weight and has unused space.
- Determine what your priority is for a daypack — If it is having space to put layers you shed, be sure you have room to do that. If it is storing drinks to hydrate yourself, be sure there is space for a hydration bladder and side pockets that are large enough to secure drinks.