Desert Gear: Big Agnes Fish Hawk with Q-Core SL

Everything you need to plan the perfect Grand Canyon summer escape

    Photo: Courtesy Big Anges

This integrated system (44-ounce Fish Hawk bag and nesting 19-ounce pad) addresses multiple problems: my aching body after ten miles of walking; too much weight (referring to the load in my pack, not my body); a bag that slides off the pad by 3 a.m.; and the cramped foot and shoulder space of a mummy bag. The Q-Core insulated pad is a marvel of lightness and comfort. Random note: The fish hawk and the osprey are the same bird—is this my spirit animal? As tested: bag, $210; pad, $170.

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