Ran a soft top all last winter, no problems. Heats up fine, the snow seems to slide off. I give the kids a kick by opening the top on cold snowy days! I'll pick up a hard top in the future, when the JL prices come down a bit.
2nd set of windows is a great idea !Funny comment about the yellowing !I had a TJ with softtop only for like 8 years. Never had an issue. 2 things I would recommend though:
- Buy a second set of windows all 3. use one set for summer & 1 for winter. 1 set will get pretty scratched up and yellow an look really nasty. I forgot which set that is though.
- if you are parking in a suspect area just leave your doors unlocked, this will usually prevent thievs from cutting your top to get in. The softops provide 0 security anyway so you may as well leave the doors unlocked.
The new soft top design helps with full back access. You can quickly pop off the bottom rail and then the side clips come out easy. You the flip the window on the top (leaving the top clip attached). Then quickly re-attach when done accessing the back. Of course this is not as easy as the hard top full back access but if you only need to do to it occasionally it works fine. You could not do this on the JK soft top with old zipper design.When I used a soft top in the winter, I had issues trying to zip side, rear panels on because the soft top material shrinks with the cold. How is accessing the rear, especially on a 2 door, with the new "slide out" panels in cold weather ? I went to a hard top for this reason, the soft top fabric shrank too much to use the rear cargo area easily..
Don't leave the OP guessing, what reasons? Try to give your experience and feedback to help him and others make an informed decision.I had a previous Jeep with just the soft top (NYC) which was ok but my new one I got the hard top and glad I did for the winter, it is better in the cold for several reasons.