Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Review

The Osprey Daylite Sling is ideal for quick excursions—on the trail or in the city—though it gets uncomfortable to carry on longer treks.

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling in Detroit
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling in Detroit

Our Verdict

7.3 /10

Form

73/100

Design

67/100

Value

80/100

Pros

  • Great internal organization
  • Strap and back panel padding is soft and comfortable
  • Fits a good amount of stuff

Cons

  • Shoulder strap can only be worn on the right shoulder
  • Tends to bounce around on the back
  • Gets uncomfortable on long stretches

Technical Details

99 %

Carry-On Compliance (Beta)

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22 %

Like the Look

Polled on Instagram

  • Capacity

    6l

  • Weight (lb)

    0.5 lb (0.2 kg)

  • Dimensions

    14.5 in x 8 in x 5 in (36.8 x 20.3 x 12.7 cm)

  • Notable Materials

    Nylon, Packcloth, YKK Zippers

  • Manufacturing Country

    Vietnam

  • Warranty Information

    All Mighty Guarantee

Full Review

Osprey advertises the Daylite Sling is ideal for most occasions—school, grocery shopping, farmers’ markets, festivals, beaches, hikes, and so on.

Being the thorough gear testers that we are, we decided to test as many of those claims as possible in two weeks. We’ve taken the Daylite Sling to beaches, trails, shopping districts, grocery stores (one of which was similar enough to a farmers’ market) and would’ve taken it to school if any of us were students. We plan to hit even more locales as we continue testing.

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling in Detroit
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling in Detroit

While it shined on a trip to Acadia National Park—no surprise as Osprey made its name in the outdoor realm—it’s been pretty good everywhere else too. Being able to conveniently “sling” the bag forward for easy access has been particularly handy, especially when shopping.

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Access
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Access

That said—it’s not ideal any time you need to wear it for more than a few hours.

So let’s check it out.

Materials & Aesthetic

The Osprey Daylite Sling fits right in with the other packs in the Osprey Daylite Series. It has a similar look with the same hardy zipper pulls, front logo, and sleek exterior. At the time of this review, it’s available in eight colorways. While we’re usually partial to black, we went for the fun “Sagebrush Blue” this time because you gotta mix things up every once and a while (and because we’ve been testing this sling mostly in the great outdoors where it’s less important to blend in with the crowd).

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Logo
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Logo

It definitely has an outdoorsy aesthetic so we wouldn’t recommend wearing it to any nice restaurant (and, yes, we’re speaking from experience).

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Material
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Material

You’re probably not surprised this sling is durable with top-notch craftsmanship—this bag is from Osprey, after all. The exterior is made from 210D Nylon Diamond Ripstop, which is a strong, lightweight fabric that stops rips in its tracks.

There’s comfortable padding on the back panel and shoulder strap—more on that in a minute—made from NeoSpacer™mesh. And the zippers and buckle are from a reliable brand, YKK.

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Buckle
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Buckle

We like how the buckle is tucked away as it keeps things looking sleek. That sleekness is further helped by the elastic strap keeper that ensures you never have to deal with an unruly dangling strap (#danglefreeexperience).

External Components

The strap and back panel on the Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling have a nice, comfortable layer of padding that’s been much appreciated. That said, we’ve tested it on very hot, very humid days and it’s gotten a little sweaty. We’re not sure there’s a sling bag out there where this wouldn’t happen—but it’s important to note. Especially because—unlike other sling bags—you can’t adjust how you carry it.

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Back Padding
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Back Padding

The strap is only able to sit on the right shoulder and will sling forward on the left side of your body. We would love to see a future iteration in which it’s possible to be worn on either shoulder. Not only because it’d be helpful to lefties, but because the sling gets uncomfortable on long excursions with the weight dumping into one shoulder.

There’s also a loop to attach some accessories. We’ve attached a water bottle with a carabiner. While you can fit a water bottle inside of the sling, it’ll take up a good amount of space, so we’ve liked carrying it externally.

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Strap Loop
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Strap Loop

Now, this sling wears slightly looser than it looks. You can tighten the strap, but it’ll still bounce around as you walk—especially if you’re traversing uneven terrain (cobblestone streets, winding staircases—travel always seems to involve winding staircases—and trails).

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Strap Adjuster
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Strap Adjuster

On a similar note, the Daylite Sling is not ideal for bike commuting. At least if your bike commute includes hills of any kind. As you peddle, the sling slips forward to either the side of your body or your chest—depending on whether or not you try to shove it back in place at any point. If your travels involve biking, we recommend starting the journey with the Daylite Sling on your chest. It’ll save you from crying out in frustration (not that we’re speaking from experience, of course).

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Across The Chest
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Across The Chest

You can technically always wear this sling on your chest, although it’s obvious it wasn’t built for it. It’s similar to how you can technically wear a backpack on your chest. It works—and sometimes it’s necessary—but you won’t exactly look hip.

Inside The Sling Bag

At 6L, this sling is a great size for smaller hikes and day trips. Plus, as per usual with sling bags, the Osprey Daylite Sling packs well. It lays flat and weighs only ½ lb. It’s also compact enough to slide beneath the seat in front of you on planes without cutting into that precious legroom.

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Front Mesh Pocket
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Front Mesh Pocket

The front mesh compartment is a good spot to stash items you’ll want to grab quickly—just ensure you’re not keeping anything pointy in this pocket as the mesh isn’t the hardiest of fabrics. We’ve found snacks fit here perfectly, but it’s also a good spot for your phone or wallet.

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Main Compartment
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Main Compartment

The main compartment has a sleeve and two mesh pockets, as well as a key leash. We think it’s an ideal amount of organization for a bag of this size. It lets you organize your stuff, but doesn’t eat into the open space of the compartment. We’ve kept sunscreen and a trail map in the sleeve and some ibuprofen, a smartphone, a reusable straw, and a wallet in the mesh pockets. And our keys, of course.

This compartment can hold a good amount of stuff—great for a small camera or an extra layer or two. On our beach excursions, we’ve been able to fit two bathing suits and two microfiber towels, as well as a small lunch. To be frank, though, it would’ve been handier to have a beach tote or backpack instead. (On top of the aforementioned beach-day essentials, a book doesn’t fit. And what’s a beach day without a book?)

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Inside Mesh Pockets
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Inside Mesh Pockets

There’s also a small mesh pocket on the strap itself. We haven’t found it terribly useful—it’s too small for basically any phone. But chapstick will slide right in, so if you’re a person with chronically dry lips then you’ll love this pocket. Small snacks will fit here as well.

Durability & Testing

All in all, we’ve enjoyed testing the Osprey Daylite Sling. Although, on longer hikes or day trips we usually end up wishing for a full-on daypack instead. Despite the padding on the strap of the Daylite Sling, it gets uncomfortable after a few hours (especially since its full weight dumps into your right shoulder). That said, it’s great for those smaller excursions when you need to carry more than your pockets allow, but not enough to justify a backpack.

Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling in Detroit
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling in Detroit

We haven’t had any durability issues with this sling since we started testing it a few weeks ago. It’s held up nicely against inclement weather, sweat, and being shoved full with a mountain of stuff.

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • The shoulder strap is very well padded and comfortable.
  • Good choice of colors available
  • Plenty of organization inside the sling.
2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Excellent

Still holding up nicely

Overall

If you’re looking for a durable sling bag that will fit right in on the peaks of mountains as well as in the city, then take a look at the Osprey Daylite Sling. It’s made of quality materials that should last you a long while. We like the simple interior organization and the fact you can fit a lot of stuff inside the main compartment. But the shoulder strap can only be worn on the right shoulder and gets uncomfortable to carry on long excursions.

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By Taylor Wyllie
Created October 7, 2019 • Updated October 7, 2019