Roofnest Sparrow XL

The redesigned 2020 Sparrow XL is full of industry-leading features and is the perfect tent for families or anyone who wants a little extra room. Featuring a built-in gear storage area (with included storage bag) and solar panel mounting area, 4″ more headroom, and three larger doors and window with ladder mounts on three sides.

This do-it-all roof top tent sleeps 2+ adults and let’s you store all your bedding inside the tent when travelling.



Finance with Bread

The 2020 Sparrow XL was designed with functionality, durability, and ease of use in mind. We incorporated all that we’ve learned over the last several years from our customers and from the trails and campsites we love to visit.

The biggest changes from previous models are the additional 4″ of headroom inside the tent, a built-in storage area on top with an included waterproof storage bag that attaches to the tent, an area on the shell designed specifically for attachment of a 160W flexible solar panel, new detachable pockets which can be secured to the outside of the tent for shoe storage, and numerous upgrades and improvements to the construction and materials.


Dimensions and Weights

Sparrow XL

  • Sleeps 2 adults plus 1 child
  • Interior: 6′ 10″ x 55″ on the inside – sleeps 2 adults and 1 child comfortably
  • Exterior: 58″ wide by 85″ long and 11.5″ high when closed
  • Interior height: 41″
  • Width (Left-right) between Roofnest mounting rails: 21.5″
  • Minimum distance (front-back) between your rack’s crossbars: 30″
  • The Sparrow XL weighs 145 lbs

Roof Rack Requirements

  • Crossbar rating: 140 lbs.
  • Minimum crossbar length: 40″
  • Minimum distance between bars: 30″
  • Suggested distance between bars: 36″- 42″
  • Crossbar maximum size: 4″ wide 3″ tall
  • Any shape bar will work (aero preferred)
  • This set-up will support 600 lbs. when parked

Materials and Construction

ABS-Fiberglass Shell

The Sparrow XL features an ABS outer shell reinforced with fiberglass 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 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

The Sparrow, Sparrow XL, and Sparrow EYE have 3 doors, one on the rear and one on either side. The Sparrow and Sparrow XL have a window on the front. Every door and window has both bug mesh and a canvas cover and you can unzip both for entry or exit from any side.


All Roofnests are shipped with a sturdy and lightweight 8.5′ 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 7 cm 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.


All Roofnest tents come standard with:
Add any of our accessories – like the Roofnest Down Blanket  or the Little Wing Awning   from our collection to customize your Roofnest tent. Check out our entire accessories section in our store.


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 two 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!

The Sparrow comes with:

INSTALLS EASILY ON ALL CARS, TRUCKS, AND SUVS  Our universal mounting system allows your Roofnest to be mounted quickly to any set of crossbars, similar to a bike rack or storage box.

POPS UP IN NO TIME  The gas struts pop the tent up as soon as you unbuckle and give it a nudge. Park your car and you can be comfortably resting inside your Sparrow XL in under a minute.

STORE BEDDING RIGHT IN THE TENT  There’s enough room in the Sparrow XL to store all your bedding when closed so it’s always ready and saves the space in your vehicle.

AERODYNAMIC SHAPE SAVES ON GAS  The Roofnest Sparrow XL roof top tent is low profile (just under a foot at its highest point) and aerodynamically shaped to lessen road noise and save gas.

WATERPROOF AND DURABLE  With stainless steel gas struts, an impermeable ABS‐Fiberglass top, and waterproof canvas walls, you will stay warm and dry inside your Sparrow XL and have years of carefree use.

FAST FREIGHT AND FREE SHIPPING  Ships from our warehouse and arrives within 3-7 business days from time of order. Roofnests ship for free to all contiguous states; Alaska and Hawaii for $299 (please contact us for Canadian shipping quotes!)