Is there any good reason to spend the extra money on a sailcloth top?
I know they are recommended as better tops and I can believe it, that they are a little more quiet and thicker, but let me explain first before you answer.
I live in Phoenix, AZ, and you wouldn't think a place that gets this hot in the summer can also get as chilly in the morning as it does in the winter, so it's not year around top down driving in comfort. It's often too hot or too cold. Anyway, my Jeep is not my daily driver so I don't have to drive it unless I want to. I also don't drive it that often with the top up (less than 10% of the total time), I just don't like the top up, and prefer it down. I do if I want to take it out in the winter, but I don't put the top up in the summer when I take it out.
Basically, I rarely drive it with the top up, so some extra noise isn't a big deal really. I also have and frequently use a cab cover so that I don't have to put the top and down that much, but can keep cats and other crap out of the Jeep. I want a top for driving in the rain if I choose to, or if I go to northern AZ, and play around in the snow a few times a year.
With that said, it almost seems a waste to get a really good top, when there are cheap choices like the Sierra Offroad for $199, or even the Quadratop for $309. I have found a Bestop Sailcloth top for under $500, but I'm not sure for me it's worth it. I also bought a standard Bestop replace a top after I first got my Jeep 5.5 years ago, and I didn't think it was all that great. The rear window zipper and window got all jammed up about 1.5 years ago, and I had to destroy the zipper section on the top to get the window out, hence the reason I'm looking for a new top.
If you were me, what would you do?