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Roofnest Sparrow

Rated 4.9 out of 5
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The Sparrow is our most popular size and is the best tent for small to medium sized cars. Perfect for weekend getaways, the Sparrow turns any car into a camper and you can store your bedding right in the tent.
Style: Pop-Up
Sleeps: 2
Best For: All Vehicles
Cargo Crossbars: No
Store Thick Bedding: Yes
Weight: 130 lbs
Interior Dimensions: 83"L x 49″W
Exterior Dimensions: 85"L x 50″W
Construction: Fiberglass-reinforced ASA/ABS
Included With Tent: 8.5' ladder, anti-condensation mat, detachable pocket, 4'x4' ground mat

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  • Sleeps: 2
  • Interior: 83"L x 49″W
  • Exterior: 85"L x 50″W
  • Height: 11″ when closed
  • Max Headroom: 40" when open
  • Width left-right between Roofnest mounting rails: 21.5″
  • Minimum distance front-back between rack crossbars: 28"
  • Weight: 130 lbs
  • Included With Tent: 8.5' ladder, anti-condensation mat, detachable pocket, 4'x4' ground mat

ABS-Fiberglass Shell

All our tents feature an ABS outer shell reinforced with fiberglass and molded into an aerodynamic design that decreases road noise and improves gas mileage. The inside of the shell is coated with an insulation layer and attractive quilted fabric to insulate, reduce noise, and give the inside a soft feel. The lower shell is composed of the same materials with a special shape to increase rigidity and stability. Each Roofnest is rated to support up to 650 lbs.

Wall Material

The wall material is a 280gram 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 quiet during heavy winds due to its weight.

Doors and Windows

The Sparrow has a doorway with both mesh and canvas on both sides and on the rear of the tent. Each doorway can be turned into a shade awning with the included awning poles. The front side of the tent hosts a window with both mesh and canvas layers. The tent can be entered from all 4 sides. The 3 doorways have ladder brackets under them to keep the included ladder stable.


All Roofnests are shipped with a sturdy and lightweight 8.5′ telescoping ladder that can be secured to the ladder brackets under all 3 doorways (sides and rear). The ladder collapses and comes with its own storage bag.

Built-in Mattress

Every Roofnest comes with a built-in, custom-shaped 7cm foam mattress. This isn’t your typical camping mattress. It’s so comfortable, it feels like a real bed. Say goodbye to a poor night’s sleep while camping, and say hello to getting in a good snooze with a Roofnest.

Product Reviews

Nate Amado
March 16, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings

Living Overland Full-time

We've been living the Overland Life full-time for the past several weeks in the Sparrow and we love it! With it mounted on top of our 2016 Jeep Renegade we're able to sleep in the most remote of places! The sunrises, the landscape views, and the starry nights have been incredible. See for yourself @nate.goes.nomadic
Michelle Barringer
March 16, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings

Our next adventure is every weekend!!!

We purchased a RoofNest Sparrow after much research. We are so grateful we settled on the Sparrow. We have a Subaru Crosstrek which isn’t a large vehicle and the slim design and arrow dynamic design are a great fit for our car. We are so appreciative of the ease of set up and tear down, it literally takes a few minutes!! We are able to leave our bedding in the tent, which gives us the whole inside of our vehicle for camping and off-road gear!! Living in the Pacific Northwest the waterproof tent is a must and it’s wonderful not needing to add a rain guard!! All in all we have been so happy with our choice in roof top tents and we can’t wait for our next adventure!!!
January 24, 2019
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings

My Sparrow and the Roofnest team

I purchased the Sparrow for my Subaru Outback and since have logged a couple of months worth of adventure travel which included deep snow, lots of rain and ice, crazy dessert winds and freezing nights as well as tons of gorgeous days. I love the simplicity of the setup and breakdown, the ventilation when needed and the space the nest provides me (traveling mostly solo, occasionally with a friend). The nest is solid and performs excellent in adverse conditions and is a great shelter. I am most impressed by the personalized service and follow up form the Roofnest team when it comes to questions. Example, when I purchased my nest it was bundled with a refrigerator. The fridge had some issues, and Roofnest immediately replaced it with a new one without any hassle. I strongly recommend the company and it's product and service. 5-star all the way around!
August 26, 2018
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings

Sparrow's ease and convenience are top notch

I love my Roofnest, what freedom to carry a reliable tent atop my 2016 Hybrid Rav4. Easy to pop up even in the dark, no messy tent issues in the rain. At 5'4", I struggled with the set-up and tear down of the Yakima SkyRise rooftop tent, and I'm grateful for the ease of use and comfort that the Roofnest provides. Roll into a campsite late at night after a long day of driving and be asleep in minutes. The foam mattress provided is comfortable alone, and the interior of my Sparrow is plenty spacious for me to want to lay around, relax and read on my activity rest days. I was between the Sparrow and the Sparrow Eye, but I'm super glad I went with the bigger one. The Sparrow Eye would be perfect for a smaller car. I didn't have any issues with weight or drag going 75mph. Great product, great price, great customer service (Thanks Tim!), highly recommend.
January 7, 2018
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings

Sleeping better than ever in my Sparrow

My Sparrow is literally the most comfortable and handsome Roof Top Tent that I’ve owned! Thank you Roof Nest for an excellent product and for making my adventures that much more comfortable and worry free!

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