Found: Roofnest Sparrow Adventure rooftop tent adds cross bars, brings all the toys

2021 roofnest sparrow adventure rooftop tent with cross bars for roof racks shown with SUP board attached

Rooftop tents are usually a tradeoff between adding sleeping space or adding cargo, bikes, kayaks, SUP boards, or whatever. The new Roofnest Sparrow Adventure rooftop tent solves for that in two ways – integrated crossbars, and a clever cargo recess to hold extra gear on top.

With two standard crossbars built into the top, you can transport up to 100lbs of gear when closed, and open it up for use with up to 40lbs of stuff still on top. Here’s all the specs…

Roofnest Sparrow Adventure specs & details

2021 roofnest sparrow adventure rooftop tent with cross bars for roof racks shown opened up with mountain bikes on top

Available in two sizes (standard and XL), the Sparrow Adventure sleeps 2-3 people and fits on just about any vehicle with a roof rack. It builds on their original Sparrow tent by adding two standard crossbars with towers, letting you stick anything on top of it that you’d normally mount to your vehicles stock or aftermarket cross bars.

That means two bikes, a kayak, SUP or surfboards, maybe even a small cargo box. By the numbers, here’s how it measures up:

  • Standard: 85″ x 50″ x 12″
  • XL: 85″ x 56″ x 12″
  • 3″ foam mattress
  • 40″ max headroom
  • Rated to hold 650lbs inside
  • 280g breathable, water-resistant poly/cotton canvas sides
  • 4 zip-open doors with 2 prop-open awnings
  • 130lbs standard / 150lbs XL
  • $3,295 standard / $3,495 XL

2021 roofnest sparrow adventure rooftop tent with cross bars for roof racks shown opened up with four windows and doors

Both sizes come with a collapsible 8.5′ ladder, a ground mat, and an anti-condensation mat under the mattress. There’s even integrated LED lighting inside the tent!

2021 roofnest sparrow adventure rooftop tent with cross bars for roof racks shown from top

It’s what’s on top that sets the Sparrow Adventure apart. There’s the crossbars, sure. But there’s also a recessed storage cubby on the back half, and it comes with a storage bag that fits neatly into that space. Got dirty clothes or gear you don’t want inside your vehicle? Just throw it in the sack, strap it on top, and you’re good to go.

2021 roofnest sparrow adventure rooftop tent with cross bars for roof racks shown on top of a pickup truck

Up front, the mostly flat space is perfect for mounting a flexible solar panel to it to add power to your vehicle. The standard Sparrow Adventure fits a regular 100-watt panel, and the XL fits up to a 160-watt panel (sold separately, from third parties…we like the Renogy Flexible Solar Panels)

roofnest sparrow adventure with roof bike racks on top of the tent shell

The outer case is a tough, fiberglass-reinforced ASA/ABS hardshell that’s weatherproof and rock solid. All Roofnest rooftop tents deliver free anywhere in the lower 48 United States. Available now direct from Roofnest.

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I'm a serial traveller and road trip lover who's crisscrossed the US so many times I've lost count. I've owned cars, SUVs, wagons, vans and a 37' class A toy hauler RV, and I've customized them all! I love the open road and getting off the beaten path to find new adventures, mainly traveling with Kristi and the kids to explore the world on our own two feet (and, usually, two to four wheels)!

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