BESTOP TREKTOP NX GLIDE SOFT TOP

NX Glide Soft Top

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WORDS AND PHO­TOS BY PERRY MACK

There comes a point in ev­ery Jeeper's life when it be­comes nec­es­sary to buy or re­place the soft top on your Jeep. There are numer­ous choices de­pend­ing on the fea­tures you need or want, and what your bud­get will al­low.

Last is­sue we re­viewed the Rampage Trail­view Frame­less Soft Top and fell in love with the easy in­stall and the abil­ity to open the sun­roof with one-hand from in­side the Jeep. This is­sue we got our hands on a Bestop Trektop NX Glide. While both tops are fast­back styles with re­mov­able tinted win­dows that change your roof into a sa­fari top, the NX Glide is the first fully con­vert­ible fast­back roof!

The Glide por­tion of the name refers to their zip­per­less win­dow in­stall, where in­stead of zip­pers the win­dows slide into and out of place on tracks. The ad­van­tage is that switch­ing from a fully en­closed roof to a sa­fari top only takes a minute, and the glides seem to have a more wa­ter­tight seal than zip­pers.

The fit and fin­ish of the top is ab­so­lutely stel­lar. Bestop builds the fac­tory tops for Jeep, so they have the tech­nol­ogy and ma­chin­ery to build tops that look as good as fac­tory, be­cause they are the fac­tory.

The NX Glide is avail­able in two fab­rics. The 30 oz black twill which comes with 40 mm 30% tinted win­dows, and the slightly more af­ford­able black di­a­mond, with 30 mm win­dows. The black twill has a layer of neo­prene sand­wiched be­tween the outer layer and in­ner lin­ing for bet­ter sound ab­sorp­tion. This ex­tra in­su­lat­ing layer also keeps your Jeep warmer in winter and cooler in sum­mer. The twill is a rich-look­ing, deep black fab­ric with a great in­te­rior fin­ish, which is why it is also used by com­pa­nies such as As­ton Martin and Jaguar. But don’t let the soft fab­ric-like feel fool you — Bestop backs this fab­ric up with a lim­ited life­time war­ranty.

There are handy zip­pered mesh pock­ets in the roof above the driver and pas­sen­ger seats — just keep in mind that when you flip the sun­roof panel back, to pro­vide both front and rear seats with the sun­roof ex­pe­ri­ence, you can’t ac­cess the pock­ets.

We took to the high­way to test Bestop’s noise claims and we can ver­ify that this is a

quiet soft top. There’s also no ex­ces­sive flut­ter while driv­ing down the high­way with the sun­roof open.

Faced with an­other hot, sunny Cana­dian sum­mer day for the in­stall and re­view, we tested NX Glide’s wa­ter­tight seals with our mon­soon sim­u­la­tor (also know as a touch­less car­wash). With wa­ter blast­ing at the roof and sides from all an­gles, we were pleas­antly sur­prised to find the in­te­rior nice and dry.

It’s a no-cut, no-drill installation that takes one per­son un­der 4 hours, watch the Bestop in­stall video first (I did the night be­fore). I had the com­plete in­stall done in 3.5 hours by my­self.

When you are look­ing to pur­chase this roof be aware that there are sev­eral Trektop soft tops, and a few dif­fer­ent Trektop NX mod­els. To get the fully con­vert­ible, fully zip­per­less ver­sion we’re talk­ing about here, make sure it is a Trektop NX Glide.

In­struc­tions are clear with di­a­grams, which are clearer than the grainy pho­tos that some man­u­fac­tur­ers use. The in­stall video on YouTube is also es­pe­cially good; https://www.youtube.com/ w at ch?v=uEj Kt_ HP rAM, and you should watch this at least once the night be­fore as it has at least an hour's worth of time-sav­ing tips.

Watch our video re­view of the fea­tures here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IShqun0vfWU

Also check out our video re­view with in­stall, road test, ‘mon­soon test’ at our YouTube chan­nel; https://www.youtube.com/chan­nel/ UCII5v G30ij 3fkmm7 n1Jv5nw

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