Logically, with a reduction of exposure to UV rays, we would expect there to be a long-term improvement in avoiding skin cancer. But let’s be honest. We would not eat half the things we do if we were so worried about long-term. Having come to terms with the blatant honesty of this fact, lets discuss the protection offered in the here and now.
If you take your pet Fido on the trail, you have greatly improved the chances of Fido not being heaved out and flying through the air not so gracefully. Conversely, the side shades will help to keep things out of the back where say you have your kids that you probably value to some degree - although with time their value goes down as their annoying teen-age years go up. But while their value is high, you have this added protection.
And finally, security. Let’s face it, there is no security in a Jeep when you have your top off. That leaves us to the age old practice of camouflage. With the SideShades installed, the visibility in to the back of your Jeep is greatly minimized. This means that your belongings become less of a theft of opportunity. Of course a snooping thief will still steal your belongings, but not advertising your belongings to the passing world will help.