The Virga 2 is a smaller version of the Squall 2, which received a 2005 Backpacking Light Lightitude award for superior innovation and performance in lightweight gear. Updated for 2005, it is now rated as a 1+ person tent. Headroom has been increased 3 inches and width increased 6 inches, providing enough room for one person plus gear or two people who like to snuggle. The most obvious change is the addition of an 18-inch carbon fiber strut to the front, which flattens the front peak. There are now two seams on top of the tent. The result is more headroom, usable volume, and pitch options.
By Will Rietveld
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.