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Granite Gear Virga 2 50-58L Backpack

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    Ultralight minimalism and trail-ready comfort.

    If packing ultralight for weekend backpacking trips is your modus operandi, you'll love the minimalist Granite Gear Virga 2 Backpack, which weighs in at just over a pound. Two ounces lighter and more comfortable than the original Virga, the Virga 2 combines a frameless suspension design with a lidless roll top, lightweight fabric, and smaller-size, 10mm webbing straps for valuable weight savings. You can load it down with up to 20 pounds of gear, and the padded shoulder straps and hip belt, along with a sternum strap and padding stay comfortably supportive and balance your load. The wrap-around compression straps secure and stabilize your gear and keep it from shifting around as you move.

    The backpack's extendable roll top offers extra room if your load starts to overflow, and once you roll it down and buckle it closed, it keeps your gear is protected without needing a bulky lid cover. A large stretch mesh front pocket and stretch side pockets hold items you'd like quick access to, and two tool loops on the back hold whatever array of tools you'd like to attach. Hang your hydration reservoir on the internal hanger, and route the drinking tube through your desired port. The backpack's durable Cordura nylon fabric with extra-durable reinforced sections will get you through many happy weekend excursions in the wild.

    • Frameless design
    • Lidless roll-top access
    • Hydration hanger with port
    • Large stretch side pockets
    • Stretch mesh front pocket
    • 1lb 2oz
    • Item #GRG000O

    Tech Specs

    Material
    cordura nylon
    Volume
    [short] 50L (3051cu in), [regular] 54L (330cu in) [long] 58L (3540cu in)
    Support/Suspension
    frameless
    Shoulder Straps
    padded
    Waist Belt
    yes, padded
    Hydration Compatible
    yes, hanger and port
    Access
    roll-top
    Pockets
    1 stretch mesh
    Compression
    yes
    Dimensions
    [short] 15 - 18in, [regular] 18 - 21in, [long] 21 - 24in
    Claimed Weight
    1lb 4oz
    Recommended Use
    ultralight backpacking, hiking & camping, alpine & expedition
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    >Rating: 2

    Weak shoulder straps

    Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Just bought this pack it looked perfect for UL. I took it on a tester day hike up Mount Katahdin Hunt Trail. I had the bag packed with 19lbs of gear. Everything was great till I got home and noticed that the shoulder strap had begun to tear away from the body of the pack at the point where it connects (bottom of the strap where its the 10mm stuff). I was carrying below the weight limit so this shouldn't have happened. Very sad and disappointed. Maybe GraniteGear should concede the 5g or whatever it would probably be to make the only weight-bearing straps (those connecting the end of the straps to the body of the bag) a little stronger.

    Just

    This happened to my pack as well after about 20 miles of use. I had about 18 pounds of gear in my pack and noticed the stitching pulling away in the same spot on both sides. Disappointed because the pack carried the weight very comfortably. I was hoping I had a defect in the stitching, but if others are having issues it seems like it is the lack of reinforcement in that area.

    This happened on my pack as well after less than 15 miles of use. My pack was fully loaded, using a ZLite as a "frame", and checked in around 16 lbs. Flat-out poor design. A simple second attachment point, with a "Y" split, would have corrected this issue entirely at negligible added weight and build complexity. I'm not sure how this made it through initial product testing.

    Update: I decided not to return the bag and instead reinforced the shoulder strap points with Kevlar thread (stitched it myself) This seemed to work but I haven’t loaded it above 15 lbs. Unfortunately on another hike I noticed the stitching was coming out at several other points along the bag specifically where the bottom attached to the back. This was very disappointing to see as I was 10 miles into the Mahoosucs and my bag basically ripped open at the bottom. Luckily I was prepared with my needle and Kevlar thread so I repaired it on trail on the spot but if I didn’t have those things I would have had literally no bag as everything would have fallen out the bottom. This is completely unacceptable. I would caution anyone against this bag, and now this company as well. Once I made it home I reinforced all the stitching in the entire bag with Kevlar and let me tell you it’s amazing now. The bag is about 10g heavier but I load it up with 35+ lbs no problem. Fortunately the fabric itself is high quality and I would like to think that wherever Granite Gear sourced it’s thread from dropped the ball and it’s not a regular thing but seriously this could have been really bad, just imagine Class 3 scrambles while literally holding all your gear in your own two hands it would have been impossible. I would give the Kevlar thread a 5 star rating though, seriously pick some up and restitch your UL gear with it, minimal weight added and massive improvement on quality, idk if cottage companies like ZPacks or Pa’lante use it but man they should

    >Rating:

    Virga 2

    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.

    >Rating: 5

    Great ultralight if using a foam pad

    Familiarity:I've used it several times

    If you're someone who uses a z lite or other foam pad, this bag is great. There isn't an internal frame, and you use the pad as the frame - either in a burrito style around your stuff, or against the back pad. Going frameless is a bit different, but done right (and without too much weight) - i find it to be as or more comfortable. I really like the design - everything has been thought out, with smaller webbing (that you can then trim if you really want to keep it light, a big ol main compartment with a roll top, and large deep pockets on the sides and back. THe side pockets are perfect for 1L smartwaters which are my go-to backpacking bottles, and the back pocket is good for jamming stuff into (I used it for squeeze water filter, map, etc.) I do wish it had lightweight hip pockets but appreciate that may not be for everyone. Will probaly sew / add some on which would make this a perfect pack for the right applications. I've used it for one extended backpacking trip and the durability has been good so far and feels much more durable than some of the "stupid light" options that require a really close eye to avoid damaging. I didn't worry about dropping wherever, abrasion, etc. Generally - this is a bit of a specialized pack that doesn't really lend itself as a do all given the frameless design and total weight capacity, but as a more specialized second pack for ultralight or shorter trips where I'm using my z-lite, it's perfect, and will be in heavy rotation alongside my framed pack

    >Rating: 4

    All you need for ultra light

    Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I use this pack mostly for backpacking but occasionally use it to carry my climbing gear to the crag. I hiked 30 miles in under 24 hours with a pack weight of just over 20 lbs and it was comfortable the entire way. I use my Therm-a-Rest Z Lite SOL pad as my frame for long hikes. I have done just a few miles with it loaded closer to 45 lbs and still have no complaints about comfort. The adjustments are easy to use and get to, even when you want to make a small change as you walk. As far as durability I was impressed. A few times the stretch mesh pocket material has snagged and so now has a few small holes, but the cordura nylon looks new still. I was quite surprised that it's almost waterproof. I haven't had the opportunity yet to drag it through a river or a tropical downpour, but I have been in moderate rain a few times and everything inside has stayed dry. The only thing I think that would make it better would be a side zipper to the main compartment. It's a big pack and when I have to fish at the bottom for gear, I wish there was a way to get at the bottom other than from the top. That's mostly from me not packing with foresight, but it would still be handy. Overall a good product. I would make the purchases again for sure!

    would be perfect if it has belt pouchs