Rated5out of5byAT JayhawkfromGreat Pack for TravelI bought the Daylite so that my wife and I would each have one with outside water bottle pockets. (I also have the earlier version, which does not have the water bottle pockets but which was designed to attach to my Osprey Crescent for use as a summit pack.)
We find the Daylite perfect for "adventure travel" such as on small boat cruises where one reaches shore via zodiacs. It is also handy in cities because it is relatively compact. It packs flat in a suitcase for travel or can be used as a carryon. It holds a sufficient amount for a half-day hike, including camera and rain gear. The straps are not cushy and after a full half-day one can feel definitely feel the effect of carrying a heavier weight, such as a DSLR with a zoom lens. Thicker straps or a true hip belt would compromise packability, however.
The Daylite is probably too small and lightweight for other than a minimalist day hike. It is also not waterproof, so if carrying cameras or other electronic gear you'll need to put them in a dry bag for "wet landings" or rainy weather.
I haven't tried this version with my Crescent so I can't comment on its use as a supplemental or summit pack for backpacking. Also, we haven't used a hydration bladder; we carry half-liter water bottles.
In sum the pack gets five stars for the ways we use it.
Date published: 2013-01-31
Rated5out of5byReviewOutdoorGearfromGreat pack - VIDEO REVIEWLove the pack, took it on several multi-day hikes with my Osprey Aether! Was great addition of space, and an awesome day hiker from basecamp! Even fits my 3 liter hydration reservoir. WATCH MY YOUTUBE REVIEW!!!
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated4out of5bypsychemikefromVery good pack.I use the Osprey Pack every ride (4-5 times a week). Great for carrying two bottles of extra fluid, snacks and extra clothing.
Date published: 2012-11-01
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