Sparrow X

Roofnest Sparrow X

We are offering FREE SHIPPING when you purchase a Sparrow X on backorder. Use the code “sparrowxfreeship” when you check out to get free shipping ($249 value). We expect to have these back in stock by mid-September!

The Sparrow X extends the capabilities of our most popular tent with 100 lbs of carrying capacity. Now you don’t have to give up roof storage options to have a bedroom on top of your car!



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Shipping is a flat $249 to anywhere in the lower 48 states or $399 to Alaska or Hawaii (Canadian customers, please contact us for inexpensive shipping options)! Please see our Installation and Shipping page for more information.

Sparrow X Rack Capacity

The rack on the Sparrow X has two steel rails (on the left and right) with two adjustable and removable steel crossbars connecting the rails. You can attach a different set of crossbars to the steel rails or you can add bike carriers, ski racks, kayak racks, etc to the stock crossbars.

The carrying capacity of the rack on the Sparrow X is rated to 100 lbs when the tent is closed. To open the tent we recommend no more than 50 lbs on top of the tent. The struts that raise the upper shell and hold it up can lift more than the weight of just the upper shell but loading too much onto the X’s rack will prevent the struts from lifting and holding up the upper shell. You may have to experiment with the gear or toys that you are carrying on the rack to ensure proper operation of the struts – if you load too much, the upper shell will not raise up on its own or stay fully open.


Eagle (Large)

  • Sleeps 2 adults plus 1 child
  • Interior: 53″ wide by 82″ long
  • Exterior: 55″ wide by 84″ long and 11.5″ high when closed
  • 37″ tall on inside
  • Width (left-right) between Roofnest mounting rails: 21.5″
  • Minimum distance (front-back) between your rack’s crossbars: 33″


  • Sleeps 2 adults
  • Interior: 46″ wide by 80″ long
  • Exterior: 47″ wide by 82″ long
  • Sparrow is 10.5″ tall (when closed)
  • 36″ tall on inside
  • Width (left-right) between Roofnest mounting rails: 21.5″
  • Minimum distance (front-back) between your rack’s crossbars: 30″

Sparrow EYE and Sparrow X

  • Sleeps 2 adults
  • Interior: 46″ wide by 80″ long
  • Exterior: 47″ wide by 82″ long
  • Sparrow EYE is 12″ tall, and Sparrow X is 16″ tall (when closed)
  • 36″ tall on inside
  • Width (left-right) between Roofnest mounting rails: 24.5″
  • Minimum distance (front-back) between your rack’s crossbars: 30″

Weights and Roof Racks

The basic Eagle (large) dry weight is 135 lbs

The basic Sparrow (small) dry weight is 115 lbs

The Sparrow X dry weight is 135 lbs

The Sparrow EYE dry weight is 120 lbs

The Eagle EYE dry weight is 135 lbs

Many customers want to know – “will this work with my vehicle?”. The simple answer is YES! Most vehicle roof racks are rated to carry over 125 lbs as a Dynamic Load. When you’re driving and the Roofnest is closed, most roof racks can easily support the load of the Roofnest whether your speeding down the highway or driving around town.

When you’re parked, the load on your roof rack is a Static Load. The forces on your roof rack are completely different than a dynamic load and a rack’s ability to support Static Loads is many times greater than Dynamic ones(some estimates are as high as 10 times as much).

There is a lengthy but complete discussion of the dynamic weight rating vs static weight rating of your car or truck’s roof rack here: Roof Loading and Roof Top Tents

These kind of roof top tents have been in use in Australia and Europe for more than a decade and campers put them on all kinds of vehicles and racks without damaging their car or the Roofnest. Just make sure that your roof rack can support the weight of the Roofnest when empty and you shouldn’t have any problems.

Materials and Construction

Fiberglass Shell

The outer shell is a reinforced structural fiberglass with an aerodynamic design that decreases road noise and improves gas mileage. The inside of the fiberglass shell is coated with a soft foam to further reduce interior noise and give the inside a soft “feel”. The lower shell has an aluminum plate glued and bolted into the base to provide stability and rigidity.

Wall Material

The wall material is a polyurethane-coated polyester and cotton blend with a waterproof rating of 3000mm (for comparison a typical waterproof rating on a backpacking tent is 1000mm). The fabric is much thicker and tougher than a typical backpacking tent – more like a heavy-duty wall tent. The material provides additional warmth and is quieter during a wind storm due to it’s weight.

Doors and Windows

All Roofnests have two mesh windows at the front and back with canvas zip closures. In the basic model (Eagle and Sparrow), there is a doorway with a mesh screen and zip closure on either side – the canvas doorway can be turned into a small shade awning with the included poles. The Sparrow X has doorways on either side with mesh and canvas and has a shade awning on one side only. The Sparrow and Eagle EYE but have a mesh window on either side with a zippered canvas closure as well and one, large doorway at the rear of the tent (the mesh windows in the EYE models can be unzipped as well in case entry from either side is a must).


All Roofnests are shipped with a sturdy and lightweight 8′ telescoping ladder for access. The ladder collapses and comes with its own heavy duty storage bag. The ladder can be attached to the edge of the Roofnest for additional safety if desired.

Built-in Mattress

Every Roofnest comes with a built-in, custom-shaped 6cm foam mattress. What a dream to sleep on! This is not your typical camping mattress, it feels like a real bed. If you’ve had difficulty sleeping while camping those problems are going to be a distant memory after a few nights in a Roofnest.

Build Quality

Roofnests are made in China in a factory with over 20 years of experience building outdoor products. Manufacturing in China has come a long way and I’m very pleased with the workmanship and professionalism of the Roofnest factory. I’m confident in the materials and build quality of all our roof top tents and I know you’ll be happy with your purchase.


The Roofnest Limited Warranty

When you buy a Roofnest roof top tent we want you to have an excellent experience purchasing, installing, and using your roof top tent. We provide a one year warranty to the original purchaser against manufacturer defects covering workmanship, parts, and materials which fail under normal use.

During this initial period Roofnest will correct the issue through repair or replacement at no cost. After the first year, we will repair and/or replace parts, materials, etc on a case-by-case basis for failures due to normal use. Roofnest does not cover problems due to user error, neglect, or acts of God. We will, however, work with you to get replacement parts and help with repair wherever possible.

If you ever encounter an issue with your Roofnest after the warranty period is over you can count on excellent customer support. We can get spare parts (struts, awning poles, zippers, etc), help suggest fixes, and generally work with you to keep your Roofnest in top shape for years to come!