Recently put on a soft topper in place of a hard shell.
There are a couple reasons why I switched:
1. Versatility. I like being able to put the top all the way down or take it off completely by myself to load tall items.
2. Weight Savings. My truck is a bit chunky so I decided that this was one area I could drop some weight.
3. I can open up the side of the soft topper to access my fire extinguisher, first aid kit or hi lift jack without having to open up the swingout and drop the tailgate.