Granite Gear Virga

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0


Weight .54 kg / 1 lb 3 oz
Capacity 52 L / 3200 cu in



These are great! I like a frameless rucksack (use…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: What is behind me does not matter.


These are great!


  • Customer service
  • Warranty
  • Overall function
  • Simplicity
  • Washable
  • Washable
  • Washable

I like a frameless rucksack (use foam pad for structure).  I consumed several of these packs thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail. They performed very well and are washable without any dis-assembly.  

Note to Granite Gear: Your straps are better than most packs I have seen...  I want more padding and width in the straps (just a little). Also, most importantly, please reinforce the upper strap stitching with additional fabric patch and bar tack stitching or some other suitable fix. 


This is a great ultralight weight pack for the money.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: Online sale.


This is a great ultralight weight pack for the money. Although it lacks a few features that I would like, it is a great pack for the money.


  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Inexpensive


  • Lacks storage features such as hip pockets and a mesh back pocket

I have for sometime wanted to try out a frameless pack, so when I found the Virga for a pretty good deal I snatched it up. So far I have been impressed with this pack.

I have used it on a 3-day trip and have to say I am impressed with its performance.  My pack for the 3 day trip weighed in at around 25 lbs, and the Virga carried this load very comfortable. The straps on the pack are very nice and provide a lot of comfort. This pack does not have a padded hip belt and this feature is not missed, I do however with there was some storage pockets on the hip belt.

The Virga has ample storage for a 3-5 day trip. The main body is 50L but the pack also has a very large extension collar that probably adds at least another 10L. The Virga has a great compression system that allows the user to carry all differenct size loads. However I do wish Granite Gear would have added some type of large mesh storage area that is used by many other manufactures.  

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

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CLOSEOUTS Designed for the ultralight enthusiast, Granite Gearand#39;s Virga backpack substitutes an extra-long spindrift collar for a lid. The frameless design has a side compression straps, thickly padded shoulder straps and is made of durable Corduraand#174; nylon. Available Colors: SULPHUR/INDIGO, GREEN/BROWN.

- Sierra Trading Post

This is the pack for the person who lives and breathes ultralight. Titanium tool spoons, Sil nylon tarps, you know who you are! You've spent a considerable sum getting your pack weight down to 20 pounds. The nylon shell gains support and rigidity from your sleeping pad simply drop in a rolled pad and let it uncoil to push against the bag, and pack your gear inside the roll. The Granite Gear Virga has fixed (not interchangeable) nicely padded shoulder straps and a 1.5 webbing hip belt that adjusts to fit most hips. The Virga had the highest score in BACKPACKER'S Superlight Smackdown, August 2003.


Free Shipping. Granite Gear Virga Backpack DECENT FEATURES of the Granite Gear Virga Backpack Side compression Tool loops Hydration port and internal sleeve Large stretch side pockets Extended overflow Extended crossover straps Cordura fabrics The SPECS of the Granite Gear Virga Backpack Weight: 1 lb 3 oz / 0.54 kg Volume: 3200 cubic inches / 52 liter Fits Torso: 18 - 21in. / 46 - 53 cm OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean.

- Moosejaw

The Virga Backpack from Granite Gear is a frameless pack that is designed just for the backpacker who shaves off ounces from their toothbrush, sleeps under the stars in an emergency blanket and walks the trail with the most ultralight gear. The Virga has no suspension system, instead use your sleeping pad to create support and rigidity. To eliminate extra buckles, the Virga has fixed (not adjustable) shoulder straps and an unpadded 1.5" webbing hipbelt. With Granite Gear's uber lightweight packs, 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. Granite Gear Company History Granite Gear Videos var invodoJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://secure." : "http://external."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + invodoJsHost + "' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E"));

- RockCreek

Granite Gear Virga


The Granite Gear Virga is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 22, 2014 at Sierra Trading Post.

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