The Offroad Heros Soft Top
appealed to me as it would allow me to have just one weatherproof top that I could easily remove the rear window and side windows, and then just have a safari top. Ideal for driving to the around town, to the trail, and then having a safari top for the trail and not have to mess around switching tops.
I had tried the Bestop safari top, with duster and windjammer, and although the safari top and duster were great, the windjammer left a lot to be desired. The window was too small and it left foot wide gaps at the sides. So after spending over $400 on Bestop products, I still didn't have a very usable product for me, although I did use that setup for the most part of last year as nothing else was available.
The ORH top arrived in one box, and although there was no damage from shipping, I could see how it could happen. I have spoken to ORH and this will not be an issue in the future.
The install would have been very easy, apart from my RockHard sport cage fouled on the soft top header brackets. I worked around this and it didn't rake too long to find a fix that would work.
The material seems to be good quality, and the top is generally welll made. There were a few loose ends in the stitching here and there, while not a problem, they looked unsightly. I used a lighter to melt the thread back and tidy it up.
Despite my doubts about how well the door frames would seal against the doors, they work very well. The door frames are essentially 3/8" steel rods formed into shape, and for such a simple solution work very well.
There is a very solid bar for the front header and another similar bar at the rear of the main top to keep it flat and tensioned via two straps.
It takes a few minutes to get the windows flat and smooth, but that wasn't helped by the cold weather. A few hours in the sun would make the task much easier.
The rear window fits to the tail gate via velcro, and I can't say this appealed to me, it works, but I'd like to have seen another solution. That said, a solution like the factory soft top rail is going to add to the relatively low cost of this product.
Wind noise is not as bad as I anticipated, not quite as quiet as the factory soft top, but not that much louder either. Very surprisingly it doesn't flap around, helped in part by the angled header which keeps the top high. Even with a window open it didn't flap. I could get it to flap a very small amount with all four windows open, but not by much. With the windows closed and positive pressure the top balloons a little, but that is a not a bad thing.
With a crosswind I noticed that the rear straps hummed a little, but the usual trick of putting in a twist solved that. It's been raining here for the last few days, albeit only lightly, and there are no signs of water intrusion at all.
Due to the very large tinted windows, visibility is excellent, the best I've seen on any top for the JK. For passing, a quick glance over the shoulder really opens up the blind spot area. Even with a decent sized tire blocking the rear view, visibility is still pretty good.
I personally really like the design and think it gives the Unlimited a better stance and helps remove the stretched Jeep look. For me the ability to easily switch from a weatherproof top to a safari top is the deal winner.
Overall, I am happy with the product, like the look, and plan to get a lot of use out of. It is well made, although not quite as well finished in places as Bestop products, ie: the stitching, but for the price, I think it is pretty good value for money. If you want a top that is as quiet as the factory offerings, then this may not be for you, but if you are used to safari tops and want flexibility then this may well be the perfect all weather solution, I know I have no plans to use my factory soft top again.
Unfortunately due to the weather the last few days I haven't had a chance to take any good pics, but these will give you the idea.