JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Its been about a month now and we've taken the Trektop NX Pro on the streets, highways, some local trails, AND through the Mojave Trail to see just how tough and versatile it really is. If the goal for Bestop is to make a softtop that has all the perks that softtops offer, but create something so awesome that it also can replace your hardtop too...then this thing better be able to take some abuse, right?
The story begins installing the Trektop Pro on our 2011 expedition JKU. We figured most folks will never do more than some beautiful sight seeing, trail driving anyway, so hitting the trails for a day should do the trick. (Honestly, it took me a good day or so after the install to get past how awesome the top made our Jeep look, before I could even consider potentially ruining it). It looks SO GOOD!
Ok, enough of the look...after the city life for a couple days we hit the trails!
After about 4 hours on the trail we quickly realized that we are barking up the wrong tree here. Regular Jeep use was an easy accomplishment for Bestop. The top was barely even dirty, and after a soft water hosing off, the top look new again.
Yeah, we definitely needed more...
So, the Trektop Pro is off our "light duty" Jeep and on to the big guy, and let me point out how INCREDIBLE the zipperLESS features are! I can't believe how much of a difference it makes for installing and uninstalling. I'm not sure how, but BESTOP...PLEASE find a way to get that kind of feature into all the tops. Getting back to business...we had a brand new Rubicon that was just itching for some fun!
Day one of the Mojave Trail was a fun one. Beautiful desert landscape, trails a bit torn up from the flash flooding of recent storms, perfect! Things were shaping up to be exactly what we needed.
Some of the first noticeable features about the Trektop Pro were things like the lack of noise. The multi-layered black twill fabric with sound deadening characteristics really works, even with the windows down. Very different from other softtops out there. We also loved the rear window sliders, that helped keep the air flowing (often the regular style softtops keep things pretty warm inside the cab) The rear wiper with a washer was a hit too! Perfect for getting the mud off the glass so we can actually see out the back window, and remember...that's from a soft top folks!
Easily the best feature to us though was the flip back sunrider feature. It was so nice to soak in the sun and fresh air of the autumn desert. Then with a flip of the top and 10 seconds of our time, things lock down to keep the weather, mud or whatever out when hitting it pretty hard. (There is an additional sunscreen that can be added that looks cool, but we didn't have to try). Now, we did remove the sides at times to get that open air feel, but I have to admit...although it's an easy couple nuts and the rear window is removed, we were to chicken to try it without a way to keep the glass safe. Maybe next time!
The majority of day two on the trail was full of mud and water, and we LOVED every minute of it. That sunrider feature we were talking about earlier was so great as we went in and out of the mud runs along the trail. The Trektop Pro managed to keep all the the mud and water out when closed up, but honestly...I was thinking for as trashed as it looked, it would never be the same. Wrong! A little warm soapy water and it's the cleanest part of our Jeep again!
Ok, let's talk turkey! (I love saying stupid sayings like that). Anyway, as far as a softtop goes, the Bestop Trektop Pro is easily the best on the market, and I really mean easily. Can the Trektop Pro really replace a hardtop in durability and function? Absolutely!! I know I won't be putting a hardtop on now. Of course there is the potential for rips and tears, but as far as we go...we ran it through branches and scrubs without a scratch. All in all, the years that Bestop put into bringing this dream top to market was not wasted. This top is amazing! Get the best of both worlds I'm tops with the Bestop Trektop Pro.
The Best of Past Jeep Life Articles