Good Bag - Water Bottles Stay in fine
Really good value, good quality bag. After reading other reviews, I was worried about the side pockets. They are really deep, and elasticated at the top, so a water bottle stays in well. I guess if you were to take it out on a cycle where the bag might be nearer the horizontal, it would be worth clipping the water bottle on with one of the compression straps (easily done)
Firstly, the bag does not stand up and that is very annoying anywhere I go. The quality of the material is good and the pockets and zips are really practical. Inside thought the laptop bag is very high, so unless you have a wide laptop I am not sure why a day pack needs to be so high/long. It has also has the effect that it sits really high on my neck and that gets uncomfortable over time. No matter how I adjusted the straps I just couldn't get it any lower on my back. I tried to get a refund but that was denied, so won't be buying here again.
It's a good all-round bag
I found it comfy for day-hikes, cycling, excellent for travelling, fits nicely under the seat on planes, a nice pocket for laptop/ipad, lots of room in the main compartment but tidy enough so you don't cart around lots of extra crap.
Great bag for running/commuting
I run around 2 miles with a 15.6" laptop and a change of clothes (including shoes). It all fits in this bag and the straps make the weight feel fine to carry. When I'm not carrying so much stuff the compression straps make the whole bag shrink down so you don't feel like you're carrying a massive bag full of nothing. Would definitely recommend for commuters on the run.
Good bag but... I would also change a few things
I recently bought this bag, mostly for work as I decided I could do with more pockets than my previous bag. The side pockets are now tall enough for water bottles (e.g. camelback) which is great, and the various pockets and sections mean I can organise all my stuff better than I could in my previous bag which just had one big section.
Two things that would make it even better. 1) having the side pockets more like the Talon/Tempest range where you can tighten them if needed. That would be really handy. 2) inside the main section a small "security" pocket would be handy, though not essential I suppose - like there is on the Talon 11 .
Otherwise, I like it and can see it being very handy for work.
I really enjoy using the Daylite Plus, and it is one of the most comfortable backpacks I have ever used. Organisation system is spot on, but i would change two things about it, first of which being the bottle holders on the sides. I feel my bottles will tumble out of them, maybe if it would be tighter it wouldn't be a problem, but right now it really bothers me. Second is the balance of the bag. I need to lean it against something when I put it down, now, this may not be a deal breaker for most, but for me it is very bothersome, the bag won't stand on its own, and for someone who uses the bag in everyday scenarios, as well as hiking and dog walking, I would really appreciate a solution to this.
Regardless, I am very unlikely to change it to another contender, and I would recommend it regardless.
Brilliant backpack, good for daily use
I am very happy with this backpack, I use it every day, it has far more capacity than I expected, like the Tardis. When my wife borrowed it she commented that she forgot she was wearing it even though it had quite a heavy load. A pity that I can't fit a bike helmet and rear light to it, which I can on the Momentum. The side pockets are now big enough for a medium-sized water bottle. Like another reviewer I would prefer this backpack to be able to stand upright.
best daypack ive ever owned, you dont sweat and it can carry heavy loads with comfort. Briiant support straps too
Good lightweight daypack, but the side pockets are useless - water bottles keep falling off
It is a good lightweight daypack, but the side pockets are absolutely useless: they are too short and too loose, so most water bottles keep falling off. I will, in fact, be selling the backpack on ebay for this very reason. It is beyond me how the designers at Osprey could have possibly missed this! A quick google search will reveal this is a common complaint in most online reviews - my bad for not digging them up before buying. The back system is better than a totally flat back but only provides minimal ventilation; ventilation comes from the cutouts in the foam, but the back is not otherwise kept far from the pack. Something like the Airridge system provides much better ventilation, without the curvature of trampoline systems.
I hope the new Daylite Travel has better side pockets for water bottles but I haven't seen it yet.
(This review was left for a previous version of this product)
Great day pack
This is the first Osprey pack I have purchased. It won't be the last. It's great. I always put a dry bag in the main sack and bin everything in there. The small zippy pouch gets a 2 litre dry bag for my pipe, baccy and a small first aid kit. Gets used all day every day on weekend hikes and weekdays for commuting to work. Just the right size. Well done Osprey, a well thought out piece of kit. Now to save up for a bigger bag for longer expeditions.