[QUOTE=Mean Max;9317982]Mesh bikini for the win! I've had 2 so far & it's by far my favorite top!
The mesh provides a level of shade, without restricting your view.
ahah view of what........ when im driveing i tend to spend most of the time looking at the road ... i guess if you roll a lot it would be nice to see what your going to land on .you could just put some swimsuite mag pics on your solid one that would improve the view far more then the mesh. just messin with you
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I've got both, (by Bestop) and the only difference is the solid one blocks out a little more sun. My mesh top isn't see through, and water doesn't come through. If it rains over night, i have to dump the water out because it will sag enough to hit my head. I don't usually use either tho. mainly throw it on to keep the sun off while it's sitting still.
I agree with Mean Max, the silence of crusing down the highway with a mesh top is great. (I have both solid & mesh bikini tops.) The solid bikini hasn't been pulled out since the purchase of the mesh (we got it from either Quadratec or 4WD can't remember).
The only down side (with mesh) is if caught in a rain shower have a ball cap handy to help keep the rain out of your eyes. The solid top just whips the rain under the top and covers the windshield so a squeegee will works better.
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I have had both types. I love the mesh much better. the solid top always caught air and would pull out of the front channel. The Mesh has never had a problem, Let's enough sun in to keep you warm, yet also cools you off when driving. I was afraid of what would happen when rained, but the Mesh actually keeps the rain out, the holes are pretty small. I am sure a downpour would get through, but I normaally do not have the Jeep out if I know it is going to be really bad.
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I have solid on both jeeps now after having mesh on the new one. Florida heat mixed with sudden down pours made having a solid top much more practical. The above poster was right about the noise level - more quiet with the mesh but after being at the beach for a couple of hours I find myself needing real shade.
The mesh looks cool but I think the only benefit is the slight UV reduction. My damn Scottish lineage requires me to have some sort of sun protection and for that reason, the traditional bikini will top my CJ.
I'm with Trex, from one Scott'sman to another, to much sun is not a good thing!!
The first time you get caught in the rain you will figure out the solid material is the better idea...
Actually, as long as you are moving over about 25 mph, the wind pushes the water off before it has a chance to come through the mesh. I got caught in a heavy downpour, and found that out, and was very glad. I had the doors off, and the tires stuck out past the stock flares, so they threw water at me from the sides. I might as well have completely topless, but I didn't get wet from above.
If you can't keep rolling fairly fast, yes you will get wet (and cold).
To me, that is all part of the fun.
I like the idea of having both choices though. They are so easy to install, that way you can swap them depending on the season, or trip.
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It looks as if your geographical location dictates your choice (somewhat) of mesh vs. solid. I have the solid strapless bikini. I supplement that with soft 1/2 doors and if there's a chance of showers, bring the door tops along, tucked behind the back seat.
Also, haven't heard anyone mention that any of these bikini choices hit my head 100% of the time. I'm 6'3", with a long torso (trunk). I really don't like the top rubbing the top of my head. Anyone else have this issue??
BTW, I've owned many convertibles including my Jeep. Any topless car @ over 25 mph (top down in the rain) will keep the occupants dry. It's those F&*@ red lights that will get ya.
...Also, haven't heard anyone mention that any of these bikini choices hit my head 100% of the time. I'm 6'3", with a long torso (trunk). I really don't like the top rubbing the top of my head. Anyone else have this issue??...
what seats do you have? I'm 6'4", and don't have that problem