GoLite Virga 2009

The GoLite Virga multi-activity jacket weighs 230g (L); Alchemy 2.5 layer is extremely waterproof and very breathable fabric; two mesh hip pockets; external stormflap over main zip; hood with peak; longish body. But no hood adjustment; hood cannot be rolled away; fabric does not control condensation as well as higher-priced options; pocket access is not ideal when wearing rucksack hipbelts or climbing harness; no reflective material.

Verdict: The GoLite Virga multi-activity jacket is lightweight with a low price, but features limit usefulness


First published in Trail magazine November 2009