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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: 

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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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By Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

Ashley's stories have been featured online on USA Today, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, and Yahoo! Travel, as well as other publications.

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