One of the few packs of backpacking capacity without any kind of frame. If you use a closed cell foam mat you can line the pack with it then put the rest of your gear inside the tube.
This arrangement makes a quite sturdy carry so long as the total weight isn't too high.
Granite Gear says:
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.
The concept of our Ultralight packs was to eliminate everything that adds weight without adding to the comfort. The lid was the first thing to go. Next came the zippers. What’s left is a top loader with an extended spindrift collar that can be rolled down for waterproofness, and a unique cross strapping system for load security. Weight is further reduced by using lightweight fabrics in the pack body. Durability is accomplished by engineering the compression strap to tie into a heavier arch panel in front.
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Granite Gear's Virga is a backpacking size pack without a frame, this gives you complete flexibility over how you use it - stiffness can be added by using your sleeping mat or other gear. Its never going to transfer weight to the hips like an internal frame pack, especially as the hipbelt is quite poor, but at 500grams if your load is light enough it could just be the best option.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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