One nice thing about the long Spiderwebshade is it has 2 grommet holes that can be utilized for flap fighting efforts if needed. The first summer I had my shade, I ran a couple of long bungee ball cords through those grommets and then through the holes in the roll bar. The second time I installed the shade, I didn't have any flapping, so maybe it's just a matter of how snugly it gets installed. Some folks have mentioned stuffing something in between the roll bar and shade like a folded towel.
More positives for the long Spiderwebshade:
1. If you have kids in the back like I do, fewer worries about sun sneaking in around the edges.
2. It's amazing at keeping the temperature relatively comfortable. We have pretty warm summers here in SC. When running topless but with doors, I leave the Jeep in the parking lot all day with the windows rolled up and it'll be noticeably cooler inside the Jeep than outside.
Regardless of what shade you decide to go with, keep an eye out on the classified forums here, as a gently used one will save you a lot of $$.
One last thing. Some folks complain about losing some of the open air feel of going topless when using a shade. Sometimes I leave the kiddos covered in the back, but disconnect the front and use a couple of the same bungee ball cords to achieve a sort of 'sunrider mode' with the shade.
I'm looking to get one before Spring arrives. I'm trying to decide on the Spiderweb Shade, Alien, or Rugged Ridge Eclipse. I have a JKU and 2 kiddos in back, 2 yrs and 7 months...want to be sure I have good protection for them.
The RR one seems to have a larger mesh, letting in more sun, but its hard to tell from Pictures. Thoughts?
I have the Bartact shade and absolutely love it. Southern Arizona sun is brutal and it keeps me from getting burnt. Zero flapping at 85MPH. The shade sits on top of the roll bars so tall people can ride without having the shade in their head. Extremely well made too. Easy install. The only thing I messed up on the first removal was not folding the Velcro tie-downs back into themselves. When I went to unfold it for nekkid time it was all wadded up in a Velcro mess. I can't say enough about how happy I am with it.
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