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Old 06-11-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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Spiderweb Shade Vs. Bestop Bikini

Alright folks, I was skeptical at first about the spiderweb shades, so I bought a new cable style bikini. Then, I thought I would try the shade, and I have to say it is amazing. So my question is to you, what are some pros you can think of for keeping the bestop bikini? I'm considering putting it up for sale. Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-11-2013, 10:16 AM   #2
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I can't speak to the bikini top but I did just get a Spiderweb shade and love it. It won't protect you from rain but it provides great shade and I like the fact that I can leave it on when I put the hardtop back on.

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Old 06-11-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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I've got both. Was running just the bikini top for the past 6 weeks and installed the spiderwebshade last week. I'll say the spiderwebshade is actually cooler. The Bikini top just absorbs and radiates all that IR energy down on you whereas the SWS lets any heat in the jeep just rise up and out.
But yeah, if it's raining you'll get wet for sure w/ just the SWS.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:37 AM   #4
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I guess I'm in the minority on the spider web shade. I like it when it is really hot, but I feel too much like the top is not really off. Mine sits in the garage most of the year. But still- I would get it over the bikini especially if you already have a soft top. I suppose I am glad I have it because when it gets really hot it is a nice option- it's just a little more of a pain to put on and off than I thought (door surrounds in the way).

I never really got the point of a bikini. I haven't owned one. If I take out the windows on the soft top and put it up, it basically acts like a bikini. The only difference is the coverage extends further back over the cargo area and you have the two strips that come down and hook into the corner. I suppose if you only have a hard top the bikini might be a good option rather than a full soft top...but IMO if you have a soft top it just pointless.
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Love my JKini. When I don't want to use it I just roll it up and secure it next to the soundbar. Doesn't flap around at all. When I need it, just unroll it and take 5 minutes to reattach the spiderballs. Piece of cake.
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Alright folks, I was skeptical at first about the spiderweb shades, so I bought a new cable style bikini. Then, I thought I would try the shade, and I have to say it is amazing. So my question is to you, what are some pros you can think of for keeping the bestop bikini? I'm considering putting it up for sale. Thanks in advance!
If you want to be protected from anything other than the sun like rain, then you'll want the bikini top. The shade will only give you protection from the sun and maybe some rain if you're driving.

If it were me personally, I would keep the bikini top because I run topless all summer long. So, I need protection from the elements since I also don't have a garage. IF you keep the top on the Jeep and only use the sunshade when the top is off then I would sell the bikini and use that money for other mods!

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Old 06-11-2013, 11:17 AM   #7
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I have three "tops" - Hard top, bestop bikini, and spiderwebshade. I have only had the Jeep for a little over a month but I have run all three long enough to figure out how I am going to run them throughout the year.

- Hardtop is going on during winter (In DFW its between Nov 1 and April 1 or thereabouts)
- Im going to run spiderwebshade the rest of the time and use the bikini top when there is rain the forecast. Typically april/may is our "wet" season.

Dallas summers get pretty damn hot, else I wouldn't run anything. I considered selling the bikini after getting the shade, but I am going to keep it for next wet season.

Edit: I forgot to add that I don't have any kind of full soft-top. If I did I would imagine not needing the bikini at all. However, I don't see myself ever buying one. The bikini works well enough for my purposes.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:21 AM   #8
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I just got the SpiderShade and ran it for the first time last night. It definitely helps when its in the 90's and you're sitting at a stoplight.

I can see what people say about not really feeling like the top is off though. Its a piece of cake to put on.
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I love my spiderwebshade. I never have to take it off even when I put my top back on.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:06 PM   #10
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Cool thanks guys. I do have a full soft top as well, and devised quick ways of putting that on. at First it was a pain to attach the spiderballs with the surrounds in place, but you can configure it to not have to put the balls through the opening. I like the coverage fact of the cable bikini, but I only would run it with the doors off, as well as to protect my head from burning. I think I will just sell the bikini, hopefully recooping my 220 bone investment.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:21 PM   #11
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Got the spiderwebshade, hard top and premium soft top. Hard top for winter or long trips, spiderwebshade on all the time with softop up or down.
I was going to get the safari cable top but now I think I will run what I got.
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I also have a hard top, premium top, and SWS for my JKU.

The SWS rules, and when coupled with a soft top, makes a bikini top kind of pointless IMO, at least on a 4 door. The only benefit I see in a bikini top is the ability to use the full cargo area without having to deal with the window bar.

My absolute favorite way to ride on a hot day is in sunrider mode with all of the rear windows out while using the SWS.....especially with a Tuffy rear trunk enclosure.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:06 PM   #13
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I have three "tops" - Hard top, bestop bikini, and spiderwebshade. I have only had the Jeep for a little over a month but I have run all three long enough to figure out how I am going to run them throughout the year.

- Hardtop is going on during winter (In DFW its between Nov 1 and April 1 or thereabouts)
- Im going to run spiderwebshade the rest of the time and use the bikini top when there is rain the forecast. Typically april/may is our "wet" season.

Dallas summers get pretty damn hot, else I wouldn't run anything. I considered selling the bikini after getting the shade, but I am going to keep it for next wet season.

Edit: I forgot to add that I don't have any kind of full soft-top. If I did I would imagine not needing the bikini at all. However, I don't see myself ever buying one. The bikini works well enough for my purposes.
This is exactly what I'm doing. I don't have door surrounds, so with more than drizzle, I get standing water in the jeep with my bikini....so I've got a $3 tarp and $3 worth of bungee cords from Harbor Freight that I can throw on the jeep in about 90 seconds and it keeps things pretty dry as long as it's not sideways raining.
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For those that have bought the spiderweb shade what is the difference between the trailmesh and the ultramesh? I've got a 2013 2dr JK hardtop. I'm going to buy one of these type of tops for my first mod. Is there another site other than all things jeep that carry them?
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For those that have bought the spiderweb shade what is the difference between the trailmesh and the ultramesh? I've got a 2013 2dr JK hardtop. I'm going to buy one of these type of tops for my first mod. Is there another site other than all things jeep that carry them?
Check out Krawler Offroad. Jason will get you set up with a Spider Shade.

I bought the Trailmesh Spider Shade and love it. Its supposed to cut more of the UV. I think the Ultramesh is lighter.
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Had a Spiderweb Shade and Hardtop, eventually switched a Trektop NX. In 95*+ weather, the Spiderweb Shade pretty much does nothing, you just need a solid top in that kind of heat. If I lived somewhere where it was cooler, I might have kept the Spiderweb Shade. I also don't really care about going topless but the Spiderweb Shade still felt like a solid top to me.

The Jeep is doorless/Trektop NX in safari mode about 50% of the year so if I get caught out in the rain, I have some protection vs none with a mesh top.

Found Spiderweb Shade's CS a bit lacking too. I was pulling the velcro off the Freedom panel screw hole, pull the grommet straight out. Sent them an email about it and they said they knew about the problem and to send a picture. Sent them a picture plus another couple emails, never received another reply. Should've called, but oh well.
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I for one will not be leaving the shade on when i change to the hardtop, im a bit taller and that thing hits my head when the front left and right balls arent attached.
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For those that have bought the spiderweb shade what is the difference between the trailmesh and the ultramesh? I've got a 2013 2dr JK hardtop. I'm going to buy one of these type of tops for my first mod. Is there another site other than all things jeep that carry them?
The Trailmesh is a sturdier product and carries a 5 yr warranty vs. the 1 yr warranty with the Ultramesh. Also it appears there's more stretch to the Ultramesh vs. the Trailmesh, so it allows a bit more light through.
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I don't have a JK but the Bestop Safari Top I have for my TJ works perfectly. I've never tried the spider shade but with the Safari Top you can survive a light rain shower or if you get door surrounds and a deck cover in addition then you can survive a full storm.

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Old 06-12-2013, 09:21 AM   #21
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I will agree on the deck cover, one of the better investments. right now I am running the shade with one. I did discover one problem with the shade tho...parked under a tree yesterday, lets just say the shade makes a great strainer.

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