Cold and snowy here in Alaska. I would never consider leaving the soft top on for the winter.
I will not claim the hard top is any warmer, quieter, or resistant to damage.
However, trying to make it through the winter without a rear defroster and wiper would just suck!!! So much dirt accumulates on the back window so fast - I clean it off with glass cleaner and a squeegee every day, just so I can see. I think having a soft window back there would be an absolute nightmare. No thanks. Not under any circumstances.
On a side note - in the winter, I leave winter gear in my car (warm coat, gloves, socks, boots, etc.). I would be concerned about having it ripped off if I were using the soft top. The hard top in the winter gives some extra security for this stuff.
Last edited by waterboarder; 06-12-2008 at 07:34 PM.