Loose some space over a regular shell. That and I don't like the looks of them. Soft top on a LC40=good...on a pickup=bad.What's the consensus on Softoppers? I think I have asked this before, but can't remember. Now I'm debating this again. I sometimes have to haul things that would not fit inside a shell (even high rise). I wish there were an uber light shell available. So maybe 25% of the time, I'd need the topper off. Rest, it would stay on the truck. I just hate the hassle of taking the shell on and off, and I really don't even have room to store it. (no, @Clutch, trailer idea is a no go! Again, storage. )
I'm not fond of the looks of the Softopper, but it would do what I'd need. Security is not an issue. I'd get rid of the stupid vinyl windows and replace them with solid canvas inserts (they sell this separately).
Someone mold me an 80lb carbon fiber shell. Don't need windows, keep the weight down. Don't need to stow anything up top, so no need for brute reinforcements.
Telling ya man, trailer! They practically load themselves. Once you get one you'll never go back.
How hard is it taking off the shell? I have a pully system rigged up in the carport off the garage. Takes me maybe 10-15 minutes....but I have a trailer so really never use it, used more for my Snugtop storage, which I should sell it, but I know the moment I do I'll regret it.