What are the Pros and Cons of a Half-Windshield?
Choosing a windshield for your UTV may be a little tricky and depends on some factors. Today, we’ll talk about half-windshields and their pros and cons, so sit tight and continue reading.
There are several types of UTV windshields, including no windshield, half-windshield, and full-windshield. You can also choose to get a flip-up windshield that allows you to flip it up or down, depending on the terrain in which you’ll be riding. Come along for the ride.
Pros of Half-WindshieldsUTV owners choose a half-windshield when they want to feel some wind in their faces. Some other reasons to choose this type of windshield includes:
- A small lip along the top edge of the windshield allows direct air up and over the cab and passengers, which works great in decreasing airflow through the cab.
- Half-windshields have a tint to them, eliminating some glare without obstructing your vision.
- A half-windshield is great for summer riding when the weather is milder.
- For hill-riding, a half-windshield won’t blind you with sun-glare when going up a hill.
- Less dust kicks up on the windshield.
- It doesn’t get as dirty as a full windshield.
- Snow won’t build up in the cab and result in colder conditions.
- They are also cheaper than the full-sized windshields.
Cons of Half-windshieldsFor UTV owners in harsh winter climates, half-windshields may have downsides. The cons of this type of windshield include:
- Dust swirling up and into the cab
- Snow and mud that gets kicked up and can blind the driver and passengers
- Feel a little colder in the cab
Whether you choose a half-windshield or not, the strength of the glass is just as important. Here are some of the different glass options to consider.
Unlike regular polycarbonate glass, hard-coated poly is the strongest out of the four materials for windshields. It’s a little less clear but is scratch-resistant and a good choice for UTVs, particularly when riding on tough terrain where rocks and branches pose a risk of shattering a windshield.
This material is still durable, but is the least clear and is less scratch-resistant than the hard-coated poly. Still, it’s not quite as expensive and protects from debris being kicked up.
With acrylic, you’re going to get a weaker strength, and it’s least scratch-resistant; however, it is the clearest material. It’s also less expensive than both polycarbonate and hard-coated polycarbonate, so it may work well if you don’t plan on riding over rough terrain.
This material is the weakest in strength, but is the highest in scratch-resistance and is clear glass. It’s important to weigh this option with your off-roading style and the type of UTV you own.