Not like they are creating a whole new design. The tops look like the standard top.
As to material, I am wondering what Chris uses now?
As I mentioned, mine has fallen apart from very little use, and didnt fit well at all.
The back window area was so loose, I had to stuff towels between the body and the window to keep it in the channel. If I didnt it was about 2" too long.
I had ordered mine a year in advance, told Chris I was going on a month long trip and was assured it would arrive before I left. It actually arrived the day after I planned to leave, then didnt fit. So there was allot of air gaps etc.
Waiting a year, it arriving late, then not fitting was rather disappointing, especially for the price paid. I have the gutter kit.
I liked the color though.
RN says they make it out of Stay fast. But the same company makes Stay fast, Twill Fast and Sonneland.
They make a cool acoustic top material that would really benefit our trucks. There is a audio link to hear the differences in material.
I am also rethinking the gutter kit as while yes it holds the top tighter, (though mine has sagged massively in between them) I dont like it when the top is off. I painted them black, but that piece of metal over my head... It would be nice if someone created a 2 part version so you could remove the curved metal. Mine never leaked with the standard plastic top though, until it ripped. Im not so fond of the look of the metal frame when the top is off and windows out, though I have a way to remove that quickly.
I can understand why RN would have someone else make the tops. Who except a few really die hard enthusiasts would wait a year for a top, or a part or ? Especially when its a major part. They have to fill orders, thats how they make money.
Hopefully Chris can salvage mine somehow, add larger side windows that zip and roll up, fix the fraying material, replace the rusted buckles and tighten the sagging. Him being so behind on new ones, I can only imagine if and when he could get around to mine.