Review Details

Virga 2

Virga 2

Product Review (submitted on October 9, 2015):
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.

Comfort

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.

Durability

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.

Functionality

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.