From a practical/daily use the high-top shells are 10x more useful then a standard top. I've had both styles on several trucks over the years and used for pretty much everything and the high-tops win out. Our current 97 GMC has been used for huntings, camping, moving, daily driving and now hauls company inventory and still is the most useful. Good luck.
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I did have a window in my SnugTop HighRise(?) suddenly explode on a rough road once.....So the consensus is.. ugly-not-cool-for-old-men. In other words, form over function. I meet all of those conditions (ugly not cool old man with a huge garage) so it sounds like the high topper is the one for me. I was hoping the answer would not be that the shells cannot withstand off road conditions or the glass breaks everytime you go over a rock.
It's not difficult to increase security by backing the glass with wire mesh screens or bars and still keep the ability to see out and open for ventilation.And, FWIW......get the side windows. While people will go back and forth about security being able to see traffic and trees when backing up trumps the slim chance of someone breaking into your topper.