We’re quite fond of the here at TopSpeed, especially when enjoyed with the doors and top removed. The open-air driving experience is second to none – even can’t match the feeling of Jeeping with your foot resting on the open door sills. However, all the fun starts melting away around 12 p.m. on a hot summer’s day when sweat starts clouding vision and a farmer’s tan starts to bake in.
That’s where the SpiderWebShade comes in handy. Its premium line, called TrailMesh, is made from a high-quality mesh material that blocks UV rays while letting light and air through. It’s easily installed with the company’s SpiderBalls – a little bungee cable with a plastic ball holding the two ends together – that attach through grommet holes in the shade. What’s more, the SpiderWebShade fits under the s hardtop and softtop, so there’s no need to remove it.
SpiderWebShade makes several versions that fit nearly every version of Wrangler on the market. For those who want even more shade, the company makes shades for the side and rear of the Wrangler, offering nearly complete coverage around the rear bench seat and cargo area.
The prevalence of aftermarket products for has exploded over the last few years thanks to the JK’s popularity, but few of them seem so simple and straightforward. It keeps passengers happy and free from crazy tan lines, plus adds a level of protection for the kiddos in the back seat from flying debris. Best of all, the shades are extremely easy to install, making it a quick driveway job before hitting the trails – no hand tools or mechanical expertise required.
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Why it matters
The SpiderWebShade makes open-top Jeeping a lot more enjoyable. The company says its TrailMesh product line keeps passengers 27 percent cooler by blocking 90 percent of UV rays. TrailMesh is said to be pet, mildew, and fade resistant, and comes with a five-year limited warranty. The TrailMesh is offered in 10 color options and can be customized with logos. Of course, the SpiderWedShade is not weatherproof, so don’t expect to keep dry in a rainstorm.
Prices start at $49.99 for the TJKini – a shade for the first row of the Wrangler TJ – and grow to $269.99 for the ShadeCage that covers the roof and rear cargo area of the Wrangler JK Unlimited.
Read our full review on the Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition here.