Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Backpacks made for minimalists.(Final)

Byline: Stories by Stephen Regenold For the Journal * llustration by Carol Cooperrider Of the Journal

GEAR JUNKIE

Weight-obsessed backpackers have been known to cut sleeping pads in half and trim matchsticks to take a few ounces off their load. Any superfluous matter down to T-shirt tags and extra underwear are ditched in this minimalists' cult.

Granite Gear's new Virga 3200 backpack was made for these people.

This pack weighs just 1.25 pounds yet has the comfort, capacity and durability to accommodate multiday trips.

The Virga's design wastes nothing, paring features such as zippers, excessive padding and a frame. What's left is a nylon shell that gains support and rigidity from your sleeping pad. …

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