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This perennial frameless favorite of ultralight backpackers gets a serious update and a reduction in weight! As in redesigned shoulder straps, a true “roll top” closure to keep out the elements, a mesh pocket in front and a padded hip belt. There are also some weight saving tweaks―10mm rather than 1” webbing that keep the weight below the original version even with the added features! The end result―a more comfortable Virga that still defines ultralight and weighs 2 ounces less than its predecessor.
- Fixed Padded Belt
- 10mm Webbing Straps
- Tool Loops
- Hydration Ports
- Internal Hydration Hanger
- Large Stretch Side Pockets
- Stretch Mesh Front Pocket
- Rolltop Closure
- Extended Overflow
- Padded Rolling Stay
- Frameless Suspension
- High Tenacity CORDURA® Brand Fabric Nylon (100D and 210D)
A Thru Hikers Best Friend! Review by Packing It Out
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This pack has held all of my possessions on two different occasions. Once during a 100 mile backpacking trip on the Superior Hiking Trail and again on a recent 2,200 mile journey along the Appalachian Trail. I’ve walked over 150 days with this pack on and feel it’s been broken in well. There are three things I look for in a pack, four if you’re counting weight. They are comfort, durability, and functionality. Below I will discuss what I’ve experienced using the Virga 2 the last 5 months.
Granite Gear lists the upper weight limit for this pack at 20lbs. I found this weight limit to be accurate. 20lbs or less is ideal but the pack will perform with up to 30lbs if necessary. Most of the time using this pack I carried between 16- 24 lbs. Adding my sleeping pad along the inside of the pack really helped stiffen it up making it even more comfortable. Some care should be taken when loading so that hard objects (i.e. cook-pot) aren’t pressed against the back of the pack. This could lead to some discomfort. For someone going ultra-light who still wants to retain a respectable level of comfort, this is your pack.
Not only was Granite Gear able to keep the weight down they pretty much guaranteed a durable product by using Cordura fabrics. I’m not particularly rough with my equipment but even after thousands of miles of use this pack looks like new. One small tear developed in the front pocket from user error. I was stuffing my tent stakes in and poked a little hole in the fabric. Other than that the whole pack is in excellent condition.
There is a reason so many thru-hikers choose to use Granite Gear packs. They possess this ability to make a pack that becomes almost a part of you. This pack was clearly tested by thru hikers. The Virga 2 is simple but functional. Having the 3 large capacity pockets on the outside of the pack made everything day that much better. I love being able to have a warm hat, gloves, a snack, and my water bottle in only one pocket and other daily necessities in the other 2 pockets . While the roll top closure can make it hard to get to things at the bottom of your pack. A little pre planning before you load the pack easily fixes that issue.
Overall this is a absolutely fantastic pack. If you are looking for a lightweight durable pack that is functional and comfortable the Virga 2 is your pack.
(Posted on 10/9/15)
Great Pack for the Price!!! Review by Matthew
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This is a great pack for the person who is weight conscious and wants to hike light and fast. For the price this beats out so many of the other packs and still has plenty of room for a 3 season kit. The only downfall of this pack if there are no hip belt pocket, but Granite Gear has one available on their site. Overall this is my go-to pack and I take it out every time. (Posted on 5/14/15)
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|Best Use||Ultralight Multi-Day Backpacking||Ultralight Multi-Day Backpacking||Ultralight Multi-Day Backpacking|
|Volume (Liters)||50 Liters||54 Liters||58 Liters|
|Volume (Cubes)||3051 Cubes||3300 Cubes||3540 Cubes|
|Weight (Kilograms)||.51 kg||.54 kg||.57 kg|
|Weight (Pounds)||1 lbs. 2 oz.||1 lbs. 3 oz.||1 lbs. 4 oz.|
|Fits Torso||15 - 18 inches||18 - 21 inches||21 - 24 inches|
|Fits Waist/Hips||26 - 42 inches||26 - 42 inches||26 - 42 inches|
|Fabrics||Cordura® 100D & 210D Nylon||Cordura® 100D & 210D Nylon||Cordura® 100D & 210D Nylon|
|Pack Access||Roll Top||Roll Top||Roll Top|
|Number of Exterior Pockets||3 Stretch Pockets||3 Stretch Pockets||3 Stretch Pockets|
What torso length should I get?
To find your torso length, measure the distance between your seventh cervical vertebra and the shelf of your hipbones. Do this by standing up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Tilt your head forward and place your hands on your hips, thumbs to the back. With a flexible tape, have someone measure from the most prominent vertebra at the base of your neck to an imaginary line drawn between your thumbs. This will be your torso length.
Virga Torso Lengths
Short Torso 15” to 18”
Regular Torso 18” to 21”
Long Torso 21” to 24”
NOTE: Virga torso lengths are not adjustable on the pack body.
What size hipbelt?
The Virga has a fixed belt that is adjustable from 26"-42"
What size shoulder strap?
Virga packs have fixed shoulder straps that cannot be swapped out for other sizes.