Day Owl Review | Sustainable Backpack

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Updated: 3/3/2020 | Day Owl Review

About Day Owl

Day Owl is a Kickstarter funded company that offers backpacks and small accessories made for everyday life. Their commuter backpack is designed with all your daily essentials in mind.

The backpack is packed with pockets and details that make it a perfect candidate for work or play. A few examples include their water repellant neoprene compartment for wet belongings and hidden luggage strap.

The company is currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA.

Day Owl Backpack Review

We received the Day Owl backpack to review on Schimiggy.

We chose the smaller backpack in nickel grey. The color looks just as amazing in person as it does online.

day owl backpack front
Backpack (front)
grey day owl backpack back view
Backpack (back)

We loved that the packaging was 100% recyclable. The backpack came with a shaper inside to help keep its structure.

The backpack fits comfortably over my shoulders. I am 5’5″ for sizing reference.

What I really appreciated was the spacious main compartment that unzips all the way. This allowed me to easily access and see all my belongings. I did not have to dig around to find stuff.

The padded laptop of the smaller backpack fit my 13″ Macbook Pro laptop perfectly.

Below we’ll go over the notable pros and cons of the Day Owl backpack.

Pros of Day Owl Backpacks

Multiple compartments for all your belongings.

    • Large front pocket with zipper closure.
    • Hidden water bottle pocket lined with water repellant Neoprene. It’s perfect for your soaked belongings and beverages. It also keeps your water bottle from being in your way.
    • Top zipper pocket to stow your sunglasses and other small goods.
    • Side zipper pocket to store more small goods.

Eco-friendly and ethically made from durable First Mile waxed canvas, 100% recycled polyester and uses conflict-free metal YKK zippers. Each backpack diverts 25 plastic bottles from the ocean. You can feel good about what you wear on your back.

The First Mile waxed canvas is water-resistant.

Convertible style – Turn your backpack into a tote or slide it onto the handle of your suitcase.

No slack straps mean that your backpack won’t dangle or get stuck.

A cleverly placed luggage strap allows you to attach your backpack to your suitcase.

Day Owl backpacks are currently offered in 5 colors and come in two sizes:

    • Smaller | 15.5″H x 11.5″W x 5.5″D | fits 14″ laptops
    • Larger | 17.5”H x 12.5”W x 5.5”D | fits 15″ laptops

Each backpack is imprinted with a production number so that you can easily identify which backpack is yours in a sea of Day Owl bags. It also indicates the order in which the backpack was made, making your bag uniquely yours.

Leather trims and handles are made with sustainably sourced and LWG certified leather.

All backpacks come with a lifetime guarantee! If your backpack tears or gets damaged due to regular wear and tear, send it in and they’ll fix it for you at no charge.

backpack top zipper pocket for sunglasses
Top zippered compartment for sunglasses and small belongings.

Cons of Day Owl Backpacks

The Day Owl backpack is the same price for both sizes. Some people may feel that the smaller bag should be cheaper because less material was used.

Top leather handles are a bit bulky. They are well constructed but also slightly obstruct access to the main compartment.

Top handle snap button closure slides around. I’ve experienced the button sliding left to right, which slightly makes it difficult too close unless looking you’re looking directly at the backpack.

Inner pocket is very thin and deep. The pockets along the back of the main compartment were a nice feature, however, the thinner pocket was very hard to access. I could barely slide my hand into the sleeve. The sleeve is very deep so I had to empty and turn my backpack upside down to shake my belongings out.

The neoprene pocket cuts into the main compartment when in use. This leaves less room in the main compartment. If you need more space, go for the larger size backpack.

backpack top leather handles grey
Top leather handles
main compartment of day owl backpack
Main compartment with pockets

Should I Buy It? Are Day Owl Backpacks Worth It?

Each Day Owl backpack is made to wear and tear naturally. The backpacks are designed to become more vintage and distressed looking with each wear. It is guaranteed to still function as originally intended.

We also love that each backpack comes with a lifetime guarantee. If your backpack tears or becomes damaged, send it in and they’ll do their best to return your backpack to pristine condition.

If you’re looking for a gym bag, we recommend going with the larger size to fit all your gym essentials. The smaller size is better for traveling, commuting to and from work and wearing casually.

Ultimately, we recommend Day Owl backpacks based on their sustainable practices, durability, style and functionality.

day owl backpack serial production number
Backpack production number

Where to Buy Day Owl

You can purchase a Day Owl backpack directly from their webstore.

Make sure to use our link to save $25 off your first purchase on Day Owl!

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