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Living High – An In-Depth Review of the Roofnest Sparrow

I am Sean, a Pacific North West native whose passions run as deep as the Columbia River gorge. My love for the mountains, trails, and the call of the wild drives my endless pursuit of the next peak, the next hidden stream, and the next serene sunrise. If you’re anything like me, your heart beats for those moments of unparalleled adventure. And your home away from home? For me, it’s my Roofnest Sparrow, perched high atop my trusty Crosstrek. This review is for anyone considering a rooftop tent, seeking to experience the open road and nature’s beauty in a whole new way.

Design and Setup

The Roofnest Sparrow’s design is a minimalistic marvel. It’s incredibly aerodynamic, reducing drag and fuel consumption on those long drives through the Cascades. It’s also low profile (just 11 inches tall when closed), so it doesn’t interfere with my mountaineering gear. A dream to set up, the Sparrow is a one-person job that can be achieved in just a few minutes, saving valuable time for hiking or a crackling fire.

Comfort and Capacity

Cocooned inside the Sparrow, you’ll find an astonishing level of comfort. It’s spacious enough for two adults, making it a perfect nest for sharing campfire stories or watching the Aurora Borealis dance across the night sky. The built-in foam mattress offers surprising comfort after a long day on the trails.

Durability and Weather Resistance

Living in the PNW, weather resistance is a crucial factor in outdoor gear, and the Roofnest Sparrow delivers. With a hard shell made from ABS plastic and a tent body of waterproof 280g polyurethane-coated polyester and cotton blend, it has withstood countless downpours and morning mists without a single leak. Its robust construction ensures this rooftop dwelling will last season after season.


The Sparrow’s genius extends beyond its design and comfort. It’s a storage maven, with ample room to keep bedding or other gear while traveling. Plus, with the option of attaching solar panels, it provides the perfect blend of off-grid living and modern convenience.

Price and Value

While the Sparrow may seem like a hefty investment, I can assure you, its value far exceeds the initial cost. It offers a unique blend of quality, durability, convenience, and comfort that few products on the market can match.

Final Thoughts

The Roofnest Sparrow has transformed my adventures in the wilderness. It’s my haven at the end of an arduous day, my sanctuary amidst nature’s grandeur. For those considering a rooftop tent, the Sparrow comes with my highest recommendation. After all, when you’re out exploring the majestic beauty of the PNW or any other part of this wide, wonderful world, isn’t it fitting that your sleeping quarters should be just as remarkable?

Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5/5)

Life in the wild is unpredictable, but with my Roofnest Sparrow, I can be sure of at least one thing: come rain, wind, or starlight, I’ve got a sturdy, comfortable, and convenient nest waiting for me, ready to lift me above the mundane and into the extraordinary.