Gear Test: Granite Gear Virga3 55L Backpack

We’re out there going on adventures with the Granite Gear Virga3 55L Backpack, putting this ultralight backpack to the test.

Highlights of the Granite Gear Virga3 55L Backpack

Initial Thoughts on the Granite Gear Virga3 55L Backpack

The Granite Gear Virga3 55L backpack is a stellar ultralight backpack. I’ve always loved Granite Gear for the simplicity and reliability of the brand’s backpacks. When I see somebody with Granite Gear, I think of them as somebody interested in functionality over all else.

This backpack is no exception. The frameless suspension offers a smooth experience for multiday trips but functions great as a daypack for smaller hikes. It can hold 55 liters, or 25 pounds. The Virga3 feels more compact than expected, but can be expansive when needed. It’s also super light at 1.68 pounds and can be even lighter if you want to remove the waist belt.

Pros Cons
  • The adjustable torso height and removable belt make it a great do-it-all pack.
  • While the hip belt is removable, the pack loses nedded stability when it’s taken off. You’ll only want to do so when replacing or cleaning it.
  • Robic nylon makes this ultralight pack much tougher than you would expect. It held up well to off-trail hiking in the woods.

See the women's Granite Gear Virga3 55L Backpack

See the men's Granite Gear Virga3 55L Backpack

What do you think of the Granite Gear Virga3 55L Backpack? Have you tested it yourself? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

Charles Miller

Charles Miller is a writer, digital marketer, and outdoor enthusiast. He's led trips in Tennessee and worked at outdoor education places in Utah and North Carolina. He's originally from San Antonio, but currently lives in Salt Lake City for the hiking, climbing, mountain biking, fly fishing, and skiing. He is a perpetual optimist who loves thinking about the role of public lands in America and the writings of Wendell Berry. Review Policy: We do not accept payments or gifts from brands and vendors, and strive to provide unbiased, independent advice. Brands typically provide review samples which we return, and in some cases we purchase the item so we can keep using it long after the review.

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