Its purely cosmetic for me. I don’t do any serious off reading. I only want a non-spare tire bumper so that I can put stuff in the back without the pain in the ass of having to swing the spare away. I also would like to have one without a receiver for a hitch. That really limits my choices. I kind of like the Fishbone one with the step also.
A couple years ago I was (accidentally?) lucky enough to get maybe the first one ever. I wish I remembered what they referred to it as and exactly why but it had been installed on at least one Jeep, maybe to verify that it was made to spec and fit right.
Because it was "used" they couldn't sell it at the roughly $275 price at the time. At $120 I figured I couldn't go wrong so I bought it.
When I picked it up I was disappointed to find out that not much of anything is built by them and their building is pretty much a warehouse for their products made in china.
I'm also amazed at the huge chunks of black textured powder coat that is peeling off. There are a couple different chunks that are probably 2 or 3 square inches each. I'm not sure if that is how the current ones will end up but you never know china.