I am basically in the same boat with you rrut, but I think I narrowed it down to the Trektop NX (from Bestop) that is due out for our models in the spring (although 4wd.com is offering it now). It doesn't use the traditional hardware of the softtops and has a different look but it gives you a "bikini" top style option when you remove the rear windows. It is also a bit more affordable as well.
My only question to someone would be why I have found people post that it is a pain to put up and down (the Trektop)? They seem to post that but really do not clearly explain why. If anyone can help with this, I would appreciate it (sorry, I hope you do not think I am hi-jacking your post, but it seemed that these questions meshed well together!)