Osprey Axis Daypack [Review]

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The Osprey Axis is a lightweight daypack that comes in a range of vibrant colors to help you stand out from the crowd, whether on the trails or in the city.

Smart functionality and superior comfort have partnered together to create the Axis backpack by Osprey. The main compartment has a padded laptop sleeve that fits most standard 15.4″ laptops and it includes a separate document sleeve for secure organization.

Osprey Axis Daypack

The stretchy interior woven pocket holds up to three MP3 players for when you are out and about. It features a mesh over-slotted EVA foam harness with a mesh back panel for excellent comfort and breathability. There is an Ear Bud Routing system which easily routes your earbuds through the top of the pack so wires won’t get tangled.

Dual side zip pockets can hold your water bottles and a light attachment will accommodate most blinker lights. Convenient key clip located in top slash pocket.

Osprey will repair for any reason, free of charge, any damage or defect in their product − whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If they are unable to perform a functional repair on your pack, Osprey will happily replace it.

Technical Specifications


210D nylon double ripstop, 420D nylon pack cloth.


18 liters.


0.64kg (1 lb. 8 oz)


46cm x 29cm x 22cm (18″ x 11″ x 9″)

Colors Available:

Snappy Green, Juicy Orange, Prince Purple, Black

Laptop Compartment Dimensions:

36.3cm x 24.9cm x 3.3cm (14.3″ x 9.8″ x 1.3″)

What Could be Improved?

The shoulder straps often find a way to lengthen without assistance. Perhaps a better locking system would work well in this case.

The side pockets could be a little larger to accommodate wider water bottles too.

Final Say

Overall this is a fantastic daypack for the price. You can’t go wrong with Ospreys' lifetime warranty. I also love the idea of a bright orange pack for greater visibility on hikes. 

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Michael Glass

Michael is the founder of Backpacker Travel. He also runs walking tours in San Francisco and is a freelance travel writer. Michael is extremely passionate about travel and loves to explore festivals around the world.

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4 comments on “Osprey Axis Daypack [Review]”

  1. I had one for 5 years and I am looking for a replacement. If it is still available I will buy two.
    New models without zipped side pockets do not interest me.
    Regards, Mirus.

    1. I've been using mine since January 2014, almost everyday. It's also travalled to South East Asia, I used it as an additional day bag while backpacking.. today's Osprey axis models don't seem the same but might give it a go...

  2. I have been on a frustrating search for the perfect day pack. Starting at the end of September, I will be travelling through Europe. I wanted a day pack that is small but big enough to fit my tablet and all the stuff I may need to travel with during the day. This pack would be my carry on luggage also.

    The frustrations in my search included packs that were way too big or there was no tablet spot. As a Canadian, I could find some possibilities on line but then would find out that the company did not ship to Canada or the shipping and handling, and then cost of customs would make the cost of the pack be unreasonable. And there is something to be said for actually being able to pick up the pack, search through the pack, and try the pack on in person.

    I follow @getbackpacking on Twitter and read a tweet “What pack do you use?” and followed the link. There were a couple of packs that were reviewed. One day pack was only available in the States. The other brand was Osprey. I started doing for online research and found a few places in my area that sold this brand.

    So I was able to head to the store and check out the day pack. The Osprey Axis is an 18L pack. The gentleman assisting me in the store said that was about the smallest size pack that one would be able to find.

    The Osprey Axis is lightweight and comes in a variety of colours. It has one main zipper compartment. It is large and will fit quite a lot of items. At the back of the main compartment there are two slots at the back where a laptop, tablet, travel papers, or notebook will fit. There is a small mesh compartment at the back where you can fit a phone or iPod. You can attach your headphones and tread them through the top of the pack for easy access. At the top front of the main compartment there is zipper mesh area where you can put items that you want to access easily.

    The top front of the pack has another zipper compartment. Within it there is a key clip, and little slots where you can put pens and other small items. There is a small zip compartment on either side of the pack. A small sized water bottle would fit nicely in these compartments. There is an elastic that zig zags across the front of the pack. You could put a larger sized water bottle here and adjust the elastic.

    The pack has straps that clip around your check and your waist. They are both adjustable for your comfort. The shoulder straps are comfortable and the back is made of a breathable fabric. A safety feature is the built in whistle that is located on the chest clip.

    Osprey has The All Mighty Guarantee. Osprey will repair what it can or replace if it cannot repair.

    So far, I am really pleased with my Axis day pack. It seems to be high quality and brings a happy end to my long and frustrating search.

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