My choice was between the FR3 and the 270S. The FR3 won on most accounts (50% more storage, liked layout better, Ö). I would have purchased one, but the red line was the membrane roof. That is a no-no with me! The 270 was also 2 feet shorter. The 2' extra would have been limiting on most of my excursions. There is no 1 right answer, each must chose what is right for them.