Granite Gear Virga
3.7 out of 5 based on 3 user reviews.
|A great overnight, ultralight weekend pack. I have known people who have used this pack on the PCT and AT, but I think that is a bit of a stretch. The pack sinches down pretty well to accommadoate various load sizes, and you can attach a good many articles to the outside looped through the various sinching straps. The two external pockets (curdora) are voluminous and accommodates a lot of stuff you may need without having to get into the main compartment. The pack balances well, and despite my complaints, has served as my main pack for the past couple of years (I am shopping around as we speak for slightly more volume and more comfort). It is very light.|
|I wish the external pockets were angled, as gaining access to water bottles is impossible without help or taking off the pack entirely. The hipbelt is an afterthought, consisting of a strap (no padding) and a buckle. It offers NO support on the hips, and dictates that you rest the entire weight on your shoulders. This means if you carry over, I have found, 25 lbs, your shoulders, no matter your build (I am 6'+ and weigh in the 220's with a swimmer's build) will hurt after a few miles. This is an ultralight pack, and should be used only by those who adhere to those standards. Do not overload it, and it takes awhile to get used to packing it for comfort. My recommendations are that you put a 3/4 foam pad in first to act as a back cushion and frame. Next place your sleeping bag, in a compression sack, in the bottom to act as a floor/framing unit, place two medium stuff sacks side by side for support and organization (there are no other ways to organize in this pack), and then place your "need to get to quickly" items on the top. I usually place a garbage bag in last to act as some sort of moisture deterrant and then attach my self-inflating sleeping pad to the top to further deter moisture from getting in (there is no lid). My usual pack weight for 2-5 days is 30 to 35 pounds with some slight discomfort and nerve pinching if I am not careful because of the lack of hip support.|
|Has been a solid medium size, light weight pack.|
|Lack of padding on the back is a pain if you're aren't using a a sleeping pad.|
|The Gergory Z Series looks pretty nice if you've got the coin.|
|not very abrasion resistant|