An old stalwart among frameless backpacks, the Virga has remarkable fit and comfort, but it has a few quirks as well.
By Will Rietveld
The Granite Gear Virga, introduced about 10 years ago, has become a stalwart among frameless backpacks. It's a fairly Spartan pack, and retains a plain webbing hipbelt when other pack manufacturers have added a padded hipbelt. But it has Granite Gear's DNA - a great fit, comfortable shoulder straps, and a load lifter design that really works. How does the veteran Virga compare with newer cutting edge frameless backpacks?
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Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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