Despite the high price, the nest falcon is worth splurging if you are going to camp often and want a quick and easy setup. Rooftop camping offers some advantages over traditional tent camping, mainly, it's off the ground and further away from insects, wildlife, and rocky or damp landscapes. A roof top tent takes camping to a whole new level. Roofnest's Falcon is one of the best, but you'll pay for the privilege.
Although the roof is perfect for car camping, it may not be for everyone. Families with children who have to urinate a lot, people with (large) dogs, or people who cannot climb and descend a ladder should opt for a normal tent. There's also a warning to have to remove the tent during the week when you're not camping, but that's your choice whether you decide to remove it or not. Roofnest's line of tents (they make two others, in addition to the Falcon and Falcon XL) are presented as premium products, and they certainly look and feel good, from the sturdy exterior to the thick layer of waterproof canvas and the surprisingly comfortable memory foam mattress.
Roofnest's impressive RTT lineup includes Falcon, Condor and Sparrow (along with Sandpiper and Eagle, which are not currently listed on their website). Luckily for me, I was able to experience the Roofnest Falcon hard aluminum tent in the wilderness of southern Utah and northern Arizona. Many passers-by came to search for Roofnest on their phones, and some even came across Roofnest's active and passionate Facebook user group. There has been a major resurgence in camps over the past few years with the introduction of new names in the industry such as iKamper and Roofnest, founded by Tim Nickles, a Boulder, CO resident.
The roof sparrow scores highly in this category due to its fast 60-second setup time. I was excited and a little skeptical to see this new way of camping, but overall, the Roofnest didn't disappoint. Roofnest claims it's capable of withstanding storms and cold climates alike; of course, my night in it was clear in mild July, where temperatures barely dropped below 70, so I'll have to take his word for it. As part of the Roofnest Sparrow Review, here is a detailed description of each Sparrow component.
The girls also really enjoyed camping (and playing) at Roofnest, and they had a lot of fun showing off. So, while the Roofnest is designed to “get away from it all”, many of the amenities that make the Telluride such an impressive road machine were rendered useless by the same device that took us on this road trip in the first place. Roofnest Sparrow's interior space is 83 long and 49 wide, for a total of 28.2 square feet.