In Reply to: How good is the BMW Mesh Roll Hoop Windscreen? posted by Marc on February 28, 2001 at 02:12:08:
It blocks out just enough wind and turbulence to let you still feel like you’re in a convertible while offering a "sense" of privacy even on bright days. At night it keeps bright headlights from blinding you. Zip down one side in a flash and you have access to the rear compartment or you can pull the top up. Or zip both sides down and it virtually disappears without taking up any space and remains ready to go up with ease. And it does all this without adding any special upkeep (except for one poor soul who tried to toss it in the washer and dryer, still curious what they did about the integral 30" fiberglass rod), without adding any marked weight, without adding any reportedly blinding reflective glare to drivers behind you that other products do, and without adding any flying debris or sharp edges in case of an accident.
NO alternative design can make ANY of these claims let alone all of them(well, actually they can make them, they just don't stick). An individual or two claim to find the screen's effect, not unlike any screen, visually challenging in a dark, moonless, streetlight-less night. But then those conditions challenge rear vision anyway. As stated previously, you can zip it down in a flash if it really bugs you. Besides what the hell is anyone trying to see back there anyway?
Here's a cool thing though, if you want crystal clear rear vision at night, just flip the night time switch back to daytime on your rearview mirror. The screen keeps headlights in check for all but the very tall and you’ll see better than with the mirror in night time mode without a screen.
The BMW windscreen also adds some protection from rear sunlight baking your Z's interior.
Alternative solutions may be ok for those without hoops if they are willing to accept the negatives of these non-DOT approved products, but for those with hoops, the reasons to purchase any alternative product appear weak.
But then again, how many Chia pets and Ginsu knives have been sold?
Personally, I find similar tactics of faked testimonials among the occasional honest one on this board for some alternative products just as tasteless, regardless of how nice the "inventor" is or if they are an MB participant.
Now, there are some who disagree with the above points, and dispute requires little license so come on in and viva la differance. However, refutation requires substance. It all comes down to a personal choice. Hopefully we can manage that without getting too personal ;o)