I use it all the time in CO/NE winters and dirt roads. Plus soft tops dont do well in hail storms either, so that takes away my storm chasingI don’t see an issue with the soft tops. Having seen 2 in person, they felt good and heavy cloth. They are more versatile than the hard top. As far as the connections, when was the last time you used a rear wiper? My Mazda CX-5 doesn’t even have wiper fluid for the back window. It would be nice if it was there but honestly it’s not a big deal.