M Granite Gear Virga Review
by Alan Dixon
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Article Summary:The Granite Gear Virga Backpack combines an innovative compression system with a well-padded harness to create a frameless pack capable of comfortably carrying 25 pounds. When packed properly, the compression system, harness design, and load lifter straps work well together - an impressive feat for a frameless pack. The Granite Gear Virga’s suspension system is built on shoulder straps that are more comfortable than those used in most ultralight frameless backpacks, and a light webbing hipbelt. The Granite Gear Virga is made with more rugged fabrics than many packs in its weight class, and thus, is suitable for backpacking, off-trail scrambling, and even alpine climbing. This comprehensive review highlights the following features of the Granite Gear Virga Backpack: specifications, features (frame and suspension analysis, usability features, and load volume flexibility), field performance (pack load carrying capacity, durability), value, and recommendations for improvement.
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