Granite Gear Virga 2 54 Litre Rucksack

54 Litres / No Frame
Weighs 524g
Code: SS14324
  • £139.99
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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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  • 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
  • Cordura High Tenacity Nylon (100D and 210D)
  • 100D Ripstop Body
  • 210D Nylon Cordura Reinforcements
  • Stretch Fabric
  • Torso Sizes: short, regular, long
  • Weight: Short 500g, Reg 524g, Long 550g
  • Capacity: 54 liters
  • Suspension: Frameless
  • Load Capacity: 9kg
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Review Summary - 3 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
October 10, 2021 | John Atkin
Best yet

Ordered this when I had got my baseweight down to close to 10 lbs and had created a 6 litre gap in the top of my 60 litre framed sack. As close to perfection as I aspire to and much cheaper than contemporary frameless sacks.

Ultralight Outdoor Gear Limited
July 1, 2021 | Jakub Čejka
pretty durable

Have been using this pack for 4 and a half years now. Comparing to the only other UL backpack I ever had (a Terra Nova Laser whose zipper fell apart within weeks) this one is pretty durable even after it was placed on sharp lava rocks repeatedly. Though I admit I quite dislike its look (the colour combination; the untidy-like roll top instead of the lid) it serves me really well. I guess I could give 5 stars, but I just hate that the side pockets are designed with holes in the bottom - repeatedly forgot about them and lost some small gear :( Clearly, they are functional for some users, but no use of them for me, so I wish there was a "no hole in the pocket" design option available. I guess there are two main disadvantages of ultralight backpacks - the fact they often stick to ones back full-length (so it gets soaked in sweat) and their fragility. The latter one seems absent in this pack which I have been handling relatively roughly and it still is free from any tears, all seams hold together, no sign of its heavy use except the dirt all over. Remember you need a foam mat (or similar object to make up for the non-existent padding of the back).

Ultralight Outdoor Gear Limited