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Big Agnes Roxy Ann 15 Review

Price:  $280 List | $249.95 at REI
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Pros:  Comfortable, good features
Cons:  Heavy, bulky, not warm enough for 15F
Bottom line:  A comfy bag but not that warm.
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EN Comfort Rating (F):  15 (Not EN rated)
Women specific features:  1oz more down fill
Total Weight (oz):  44 oz
Manufacturer:   Big Agnes

Our Verdict

The Roxy Ann is a very comfortable and roomy bag made from quality materials, but she is not a true 15-degree bag. We really wanted to like this bag, and in a lot of areas thought that the Roxy Ann was great, but we spent a few very cold nights out with Roxy Ann, and she did not keep us warm. On warmer nights she is wonderful and we had some great nights' sleep. We enjoy her soft materials and cozy lofty down. Unfortunately, the bag is heavy for what it is, probably due to the large pad sleeve. This is a down bag that is most comparable to other mid-price-range down bags like the Marmot Angel Fire. Both have hydrophobic down and both are in the $250 price range. The Roxy Ann is about three ounces heavier than the Cosmic, probably due to the pad sleeves on the bottom of the bag.

Color Updates
The Roxy Ann is available in some new colors, like the purple shown above. Big Agnes confirmed that tech specs of this bag have remained constant.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Jessica Haist

Last Updated:
Friday
August 12, 2016

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This is one of Big Agnes' System Bags, and it has a sleeve on the bottom to attach a sleeping pad. We spent some cold nights out with Roxy Ann, and she did not keep us as warm as we would like. She is very comfortable and cozy on warmer nights, and we like the quality materials.

Performance Comparison


We had a lot of room to move around in the Roxy Ann.
We had a lot of room to move around in the Roxy Ann.

Warmth


We really put this bag to the test this spring in some harsh conditions. The Roxy Ann is rated to 15F, but is not EN tested. We slept out in 25F weather for a few nights in the Roxy Ann and did a lot of shivering. Part of the problem is in the interface of the bag with a sleeping pad. It has no insulation on the ground-side, and we used its pad sleeve with our 3.9 R-rated Therm-A-Rest Neo Air XLite - Women's pad. This combination made us cold. Because the Roxy Ann is so roomy and the pad stretched out the top of the bag, it created more dead air that we needed to heat up, and we couldn't pull the bag closer to us to snuggle in. After our first night out in these temps, we ended up not putting our sleeping pad in the sleeve and that helped. Regardless, we still had to stuff every piece of extra clothing we were not wearing (although we were wearing our down jacket and long underwear already) into the bag to try to stay warm. We think this bag would be better described with a 32 degree rating.

The Roxy Ann uses DownTek hydrophobic down that makes it more resistant to moisture and will, in theory, keep the down's loft longer, and thus keep you warm when wet. We think this is a relatively versatile bag, but it is still too heavy for extended backpacking trips, and not warm enough to stretch it to the limits of the three seasons it is meant for.

We tested the Roxy Ann 15 in some extreme weather conditions and pushed it to its maximum comfort level in the cold and were a bit disappointed in how it performed.
We tested the Roxy Ann 15 in some extreme weather conditions and pushed it to its maximum comfort level in the cold and were a bit disappointed in how it performed.

Weight


We are disappointed in how heavy this sleeping bag is, weighing in at 2 lbs, 14.7oz. We think having the fill on only the top of the bag is very clever and a great way to save weight, but this bag seems to get a lot of extra weight from its pad sleeve. The sleeve is very large and made from heavy, bulky material. We think a lot of weight could be saved by using a lighter weight material and having a sleeve that is not the entire length of the bag, like on the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 - Women's. If you're a person that goes on car camping trips more often, this contender would be easy to throw in the backseat and weight would not be an issue.

We are disappointed in how heavy the Roxy Ann is and suspect it is because of its heavy  full length sleeping pad sleeve.
We are disappointed in how heavy the Roxy Ann is and suspect it is because of its heavy, full length sleeping pad sleeve.

Comfort


The Big Agnes Roxy Ann is extremely comfortable. It is a roomy semi-rectangular shape that allows the occupant to move around at will. The shell material is soft, and the bag's 650 fill power down lofts up nicely. This bag is surprisingly long — its regular size fits someone up to 5'10" in length, and its petite size fits up to someone 5'6"; this is somewhat irregular for a women's bag. Typically a regular size will fit someone up to 5'6" or 5'8", so the sizing is something to consider when purchasing this bag.

Packed Size


This bag comes with a nice mesh storage sack as well as a medium sized stuff sack. The Roxy Ann can compress down smaller if you purchase a compression sack, but it is not as small as the Rab Neutrino 400 - Women's because of the bulky pad sleeve materials.

Features


We like the idea behind Big Agnes's quilt-like design with the loft only on top, but think the pad sleeve could use some tweaking to help with weight and warmth. We also like the small exterior storage pocket although we prefer interior stow pockets, and enjoy its quality materials.

The Big Agnes Roxy Ann has a lot of great features including its small stash pocket.
The Big Agnes Roxy Ann has a lot of great features including its small stash pocket.

Best Application


This bag is great for 2-3 season camping trips, especially for someone who wants lots of room to move around. We would take it on short backpacking trips and other camping trips where weight is less of a concern.

Value


We think the Roxy Ann is decent value for its $270 price tag. It is made from high-quality materials and is a definite step up from the Kelty Cosmic Down 20 - Women's. It is a much better value than the Backcountry Bed, although it is not quite as warm. If you are interested in a more traditional mummy-style sleeping bag that is warmer and almost exactly same price, we recommend the REI Joule, although we would probably choose the Angel Fire or the Mountain Hardwear Heratio that are at the same price point over the Roxy Ann as well.

We spent a few very cold nights out in the Roxy Ann wearing all of our clothes and were still cold in 25F temperatures.
We spent a few very cold nights out in the Roxy Ann wearing all of our clothes and were still cold in 25F temperatures.

Conclusion


A decent value for the money, the Roxy Ann is a great choice for someone who wants to camp in warmer weather and move around freely in her sleeping bag. We felt (literally) that the 15-degree rating is false and this bag would do better around 32F.

Jessica Haist

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