You and/or anyone else is welcome to disagree with the following, but it's my strongly held personal belief that if you roll hard enough to bring any kind of front hoop into play to save any portion of your rig, there will be a very high probability that the rig will be damaged enough to be undriveable anyway. So what difference does it make and why carry the extra weight around that you don't need?
If weight isn't a concern, then our philosophy is lost on you. That's not meant in a bad way, but there is an experience driven set of ideals for the way we design and build stuff and we work very hard at making certain that we stay as true to them as is possible.
The philosophy of less weight is not lost completely and nobody is twisting anyone's arm to buy said additional weight. By adding a radiator/winch hoop to a light weight bumper/winch mount, we are still decreasing the overall weight of the total package. Sure, not as much as leaving it off all together but now we have perceived benefits (could be real, see below) and less total weight.
I have never been a fan of stubbies, especially when I see at least 1 deer per day on the side of the road at about this time of the year. A good looking hoop will protect all that I worry about, the grill and radiator. I couldn't care less if the fenders or windshield go (fenders are more expensive then tubes, and there is no deductible glass insurance).
I would welcome additional protection up front for the very reason stated above (similar to Rokmen Merc GT tube work). Currently, my "rig" spends 95% of it's life on-road. Eventually, it may become more of a trail rig but who does not enjoy cruising around top down/doors off when weather permits?
Smartly designed tube work could be the difference between continuing on down the road after hitting a deer and waiting around for a tow truck.
The bumper functions well (looks good too) as it is. Optional tube work would be icing on the cake.