Features & Quality

This smaller-sized, Osprey Daylite sling bag is a minimalist option that has its strengths in comfort and an active day.

The tablet sleeve isn’t going to fit an iPad pro or even a newer Air model. But it worked well with a Kobo eReader. There’s space for this plus a 34 oz water bottle and a compact windbreaker. Don’t expect much else.

Where the Daylite excels, it does it almost better than others: comfort. Because it has a low profile and tightening straps that make the sling hug your body it’s great for biking, running and scrambling around a canyon.

Built from tough Nylon and NeoSpacer mesh material, it is claimed to resist both drizzles and abrasions.

 

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Things we like:

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    Solid construction ensuring durability
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    Roomy and well-organized main compartment so it stays clutter-free
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    Densely padded and anatomically designed shoulder pad for ultimate comfort
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    You can attach another item using a carabiner on the lash point at the strap
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    There's another small mesh pocket at the strap for a quick snatch to a small item
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    The elastic strap keeper and buckle stowed away gives it a clean look
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    Your keys are easier to find with the built-in key clip
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    Zippers with large pull tabs glide smoothly
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    Osprey's All Mighty Guarantee covers you

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe lightweight mesh front isn’t as puncture resistant as heavier options
  • check-markYou can only wear it from the right shoulder

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Osprey Daylite Sling Bag

At 6 liters, not much is going to fit in here. But the Daylite is a lightweight bag, not intended for big cargo. On the other hand, it’s really good as a crossbody sling worn on the front to compliment a backpack.

As a camera bag it does well too. Two zips in the front for quick access to gear and the front pocket for keeping your phone separately handy. It doesn’t have the protection that most camera bags offer, so it’s not going to be the professional photographer’s choice. Birders will also appreciate it with their binoculars, to prevent them from dangling about and getting knocked up.

It’s also nice that the should strap can clip onto either end of the bottom of the bag for right or left shoulders.

We tested Osprey Daylite to assess its overall value. While the size is a limiting factor that might make some people turn to a fanny pack option like Cotopaxi’s Baatan or Patagonia’s Atom Sling, Daylite’s quality is premium and the comfort for more active movements is superior.

At 6 liters, the Osprey Daylite is one fo the smaller sling bags. This is compared to the 17 liter Waterfly and 4 liter Cotopaxi Bataan.
At 6 liters, the Osprey Daylite is one fo the smaller sling bags. This is compared to the 17 liter Waterfly and 4 liter Cotopaxi Bataan.

Specs & Features

  • Materials: 210D Diamond Ripstop Nylon, YKK Zippers
  • Dimension: 14.5” x 8” x 5”
  • Capacity: 6 Liters
  • Weight: 0.5 lbs.
  • Colors: Black Star, Black, Real Red, Stone Grey/Sage

Small but Reliable Everyday Companion

Keep your essentials within reach. Stay lightweight and handsfree while going about your day with Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling.

From one of the most famous brands in the outdoor industry, Daylite has a six-liter capacity. It’s enough to accommodate small must-haves like your phone, wallet, hand sanitizer, and water bottle.

It seemed to sail through our tests well and still reigns as one of the most helpful shoulder slings for daily use.

Construction and Design

We know how durable and reliable Osprey products are, and they didn’t disappoint us with their Daylite shoulder sling. It comes with 210D Diamond Ripstop Nylon. Like the classic square grid in regular ripstop, thick fibrils interweave into the material as reinforcement. These thicker fibers form the noticeable diamond grid. This material is also known for its lightweightness, high strength-to-weight ratio, water- and tear resistance. Held together by tough and clean stitching, the Daylite shoulder sling serves you with a robust build you’ll find in other Osprey gear.

Diamond Ripstop is a durable yet lightweight material, making it a famous go-to for outdoor products.
Diamond Ripstop is a durable yet lightweight material, making it a famous go-to for outdoor products.

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The YKKs are smooth to use, coupled with large pull tabs to save you more time when accessing the compartments of the Daylite shoulder sling. It’s another adaptation of the outdoorsy Osprey vibes.

Daylite's zipper pulls are another Osprey outdoor statement.
Daylite's zipper pulls are another Osprey outdoor statement.

Want something more tactical? Red Rock Outdoor Sling Bag has 600D polyester, and an undeniable survivalist EDC look.

Without a doubt, a durable shoulder sling, Osprey Daylite has excellent overall construction. Though its design may not appease everyone, the casual/outdoor look is suitable for daily use. Bonus, you have their All Mighty Guarantee backing you up for a lifetime!

Harness System

Walk with ultimate comfort, almost like carrying nothing, when you use a Daylite shoulder sling. It’s thickly padded and anatomically designed to fit any body frame. Not only that but there’s also an extra lash point and tiny mesh pocket along the strap for extras. You can use a carabiner to attach your water bottle or keep your chapstick in the mesh pocket.

The shoulder pad provides a comfy fit and comes with a lash point and mesh pocket.
The shoulder pad provides a comfy fit and comes with a lash point and mesh pocket.

The nylon webbing is easy to adjust on the go. We also noticed the quick-release buckle is hidden, giving this Osprey shoulder sling a clean look. The elastic strap keeper is a plus since we hate excess straps dangling around, whether it’s a backpack, duffel bag, or a fanny pack.

The Daylite shoulder strap has one lash point, a small mesh pocket and a bit of padding.
The Daylite shoulder strap has one lash point, a small mesh pocket and a bit of padding.

This version of Daylite only works when worn from the right shoulder. It’s a bit of a hassle if you’re right-handed. But! Osprey now has an ambidextrous upgrade, which would be more convenient.

You might also be interested in a hybrid shoulder sling with a convertible strap, i.e., it can transform from a sling bag to a backpack. Some of the best 2-in-1s we tested are Roma Leather Convertible and KL928 Casual Sling Bag.

All in all, Osprey Daylite is nice to carry even for longer hours. The thick padding and easy adjustments make it one of the most reliable but straightforward sling bags.

Not impressed? Click here for more sling bag designs and variations.

Storage

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling provides you with six liters of storage. It’s enough room for a quick hike with your dog, going to the gym, or for work and everyday purposes.

Main Compartment

You’ll be welcomed by a well-organized space when you open the main compartment. It’s one of the valuable features we love about this shoulder sling from Osprey. If you value staying clutter-free, you’ll like Daylite.

Inside, there’s a built-in sleeve at the back section, running as big as the bag. You can place your phone, wallet, and IDs. We wish that this was a zipped pocket for additional security. On the other side of this shoulder sling, you can utilize a couple of equally-sized mesh pockets for charger and USB cords, small fruit bars, and mints. There’s also a key clip, so there is no need to sift through everything looking for your keys.

A small tablet sleeve just fits a 7 inch tablet or eReader like the Kobo Forma.
A small tablet sleeve just fits a 7 inch tablet or eReader like the Kobo Forma.

The remaining space inside Daylite can accommodate a large water bottle. You and your fur baby can stay hydrated during short hikes and walks in the park while using this shoulder sling. Although Osprey is an outdoorsy brand, it could’ve been better if there was a dedicated mesh side pocket outside for water bottles like WATERFLY Sling Bag and OutdoorMaster Sling Bag have.

Front Compartment

The front compartment has mesh face fabric. It helps with visibility to see its content without opening it up. But it’s also a pitfall for this shoulder sling since it can entice wrong hands, so remember not to put essential items here. Avoid pens and pointed things that can puncture through and cause a hole. We’re not that fond of this design, and we prefer safer and more solid front pockets like what we experienced with Leaper Messenger and Maxpedition Sitka Sling.

The outside pocket is an improvemnent from earlier Daylite Sling Bags.
The outside pocket is an improvemnent from earlier Daylite Sling Bags.

Overall, you can load up your essentials for your hike or commute to work using Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling with six liters. The internal organization and construction were the primary selling points for us. And we also love how the main compartment is spacious and can fit more than we expected.

But if you need a shoulder sling with more room, Mounteenoo Sling Bag can fit a laptop. Other models like TOPNICE Sling Bag also have a zipped pocket with an RFID blocker.

If Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling didn’t tick your boxes, one of these sling bags will. 

Summary

This shoulder sling model from Osprey is a minimalistic functional option for anyone searching for a quality bag. It’s another statement of the brand’s dedication to the great outdoors, jamming it with robust construction and dependable performance.

We also like the just-right amount of organization in the main compartment. However, a zipped inner pocket would be a valuable add-on for some security.

For roughly $100, Daylite is a bit of a ripoff. But the shoulder sling serves with a straightforward design. It’s not perfect, but if you want a build you can rely on, you won’t regret making it your choice.

Disagree with us? You can check out our main guide for the best sling bags for other models. 

Buy this sling bag if:

  • You’re an avid Osprey fan
  • Want to stay lightweight and handsfree throughout your journey
  • Looking for a fanny pack alternative
  • Want to get the most value for your money

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Things we like:

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    Solid construction ensuring durability
  • check-mark
    Roomy and well-organized main compartment so it stays clutter-free
  • check-mark
    Densely padded and anatomically designed shoulder pad for ultimate comfort
  • check-mark
    You can attach another item using a carabiner on the lash point at the strap
  • check-mark
    There's another small mesh pocket at the strap for a quick snatch to a small item
  • check-mark
    The elastic strap keeper and buckle stowed away gives it a clean look
  • check-mark
    Your keys are easier to find with the built-in key clip
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    Zippers with large pull tabs glide smoothly
  • check-mark
    Osprey's All Mighty Guarantee covers you

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe lightweight mesh front isn’t as puncture resistant as heavier options
  • check-markYou can only wear it from the right shoulder

Specs & Features

  • Materials: 210D Diamond Ripstop Nylon, YKK Zippers
  • Dimension: 14.5” x 8” x 5”
  • Capacity: 6 Liters
  • Weight: 0.5 lbs.
  • Colors: Black Star, Black, Real Red, Stone Grey/Sage

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Osprey Daylite

What is a sling bag used for?

Use your shoulder sling as a carry-on everywhere you go. You stay handsfree, lightweight, and keep shoulder, neck, and back pain at bay. It can work as a daypack while your luggage stays in your room. It’s also suitable as your go-to for work and errands.

Which are the best sling bags?

To save you time and effort, here are our best picks:

Features & Quality: Osprey Daylite

Does What It Promises: KAVU Rope

Tactical, Reasonable: Red Rock Outdoor

Premium Camera Sling: Peak Design Everyday

Style & Quality: TIMBUK2 Catapult

You can also check out our complete list for more sling bags.

Are sling bags still in?

It never went out of style.

Along with its sibling fanny packs, sling bags are one of the most practical options for everyday use. Lots of designs and variations flooded the market over the years, making them not only useful but stylish as well. You’ll even find famous people rocking them along with their OOTDs.

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