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Osprey’s Daylite Sling: The Perfect Pack for Day Hiking


On active trips, I always struggle to find a packable daypack or a bag that can do double duty as a personal item. Whether it’s lack of pockets, no place for a water bottle, or the size is just too small, I haven’t been able to remedy this packing problem … until now. The Osprey Daylite Sling is the ideal day bag for an active trip and won’t take up too much space in your carry-on. It can even double as a bag insert.

Osprey Daylite Sling Review: 

Price and Where to Buy: $40 on Amazon, currently on sale for $21, and Osprey’s website.

How the Osprey Daylite Sling Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. This pack solves a common problem for travelers who go on frequent day hikes or excursions. Its organizational pockets fit a camera, light layer or scarf, water bottle (either clipped or inside), as well as daily essentials. Plus the strap’s mesh material doesn’t cause you to overheat, even in humid climates.
  • Value: 10/10. At only $40, this bag is a steal. Most technical daypacks from a trusted brand go for well over $50.
  • Portability & Durability: 10/10. The smartly designed bag won’t add weight to your luggage and is made from sturdy material.
  • Cool Factor: 9/10. While it’s not quite a fanny pack, the Daylite sling does have an outdoorsy style, which doesn’t bother me. It fits in more on the trail than in the city, but can also be a secure option for travelers in either environment since it can be worn in the front.

Final Verdict: The Osprey Daylite Sling is the ideal bag for day hiking or for an active vacation. It’s comfortable due to the anatomically-shaped shoulder strap and the pockets couldn’t be more easily accessible.

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