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Old 10-31-2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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Best Waterproof seat covers available??

I just purchase my first Jeep(2001 Sahara)....Waterproof seat covers will be a must...There seem to be so many different types/brands out there.

Anyone know of or own some they could recommend and where to buy?

Thank you in advance to all!

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Old 10-31-2011, 03:35 PM   #2
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its been my experience that most seat covers waterproof neoprene or not will just hold moisture in. Find some vinyl seats if you truly want waterproof.

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its been my experience that most seat covers waterproof neoprene or not will just hold moisture in. Find some vinyl seats if you truly want waterproof.
Gotcha... Thanks for the info. Will do!
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:24 AM   #4
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Check out Bestops seat covers. I have them and could not be happier
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its been my experience that most seat covers waterproof neoprene or not will just hold moisture in. Find some vinyl seats if you truly want waterproof.
this is because neoprene is not water proof at all.
it is nothing but a sponge that absorbs the water.
people think that because scuba divers use neoprene wet suits, that they are water proof, this is not the case. a wet suit is designed to insulate the water trapped in the suit, and keep you warm, not dry.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:22 PM   #6
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i personally love my neoprene seats they are amazing IMO. they are easy to clean. you can get any stain out of them. (my friend spilt his energy drink that was red on himself one day. got all over him and my seats. my seats look good a new. his clothes are in the garbage.) i like them alot plus with the "soaking" effect your not sitting in a puddle of water because it was soaked up
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I have mossy oak cammo seat covers.. bunch of pockets and all. Very usefull and completley water proof
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i personally love my neoprene seats they are amazing IMO. they are easy to clean. you can get any stain out of them. (my friend spilt his energy drink that was red on himself one day. got all over him and my seats. my seats look good a new. his clothes are in the garbage.) i like them alot plus with the "soaking" effect your not sitting in a puddle of water because it was soaked up
yes, but they are not water proof, and with them acting like a sponge, you will get mold growing in your seat. and trust me when i tell you that is one of the nastiest things you can have happen in a vehicle.
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Let them air out. Whenever I get mine wet the sit out side for a day or so
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:09 PM   #10
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:19 PM   #11
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x329875348579567-4 on Bestop vinyl if you want waterproof...
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Carrying a towel or two can save you as well.




oh but otherwise go with vinyl. Or go to a place that will shrink wrap your seats.
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Neoprene = Swamp ass!
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Lol yep

Iggees are water proof
Are they ? I was told they were then was told they are just resistant. Eh I gave up
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Iirc, Iggees are available in several different fabrics.. Some being synthetic leather (i.e. Vinyl) which would be water proof. Others maybe only resistant.
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What about the best fit out there??
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Iggees for fit. Bestop is close second I believe...
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:59 PM   #18
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Hey,

We have been manufacturing neoprene seat covers for over a decade and I may be able to clear up some concerns. There are a lot of misconceptions concerning the "wet suit" material.

The fabric is the same "double lined neoprene" on seat covers and wet suits. This means that the neoprene rubber is laminated to a stretchy nylon fabric to give it added durability and to allow it to be stitched together. However, this is where the similarity ends.

First, lets dispel a common myth about wet suits by making it clear that it's not the water that enters a wet suit that keeps you warm. Yes, the body heat does warms up the water which seeps inside and this water stays close to the body so it insulates but, indeed, a wet suit would be warmer if no water entered it at all. But then it would be a dry suit; an entirely different & costly piece of equipment.

For the seat cover comparison, pls note that a wet suit is intended for use IN the water to keep the person inside warm (not dry). The purpose of the seat cover is to keep the seats dry in rain. So, in making them, we apply a solution that repels the water. It is applied to the surface fabric so no water enters the rubber center.

The seats, and seat covers, will stay dry under normal conditions (i.e.- rain & mud). If water is left to "pool" for a long time then this barrier will be compromised & the seats will get wet. The amount of water that gets to the seats depends on how much water was "pooled" & for how long.

I have seen Jeep seats completely ruined in just one month in the FL Keys with the top off during a rainy summer. The neoprene seat covers are not intended for this purpose. However, in the same example, the Jeep would have been fine if the owner had been around to wipe the water off the seats on a daily basis.

The benefit of the wet suit material over the synthetic leather &/or vinyl is that the material "breathes". This allows some air to move underneath so you don't end up stuck to the seats by way of sweat. The neoprene is also much cooler to the touch when exposed to the sun & warmer during the winter.

As for the stink aka... "Swamp ass", this is generally caused by the cheap foam padding that a lot of companies use for backing. They claim it makes it more comfi but it is really just a cheap trick to make them look thicker. They claim a 3mm neoprene but no consumer ever measures the thickness so they can cut the production cost by using only half of the expensive neoprene material while the cheap is the "sponge" that soaks up the sweat, dirt and grime. It quickly deteriorates and turns brown and crumbles. We have two models. Our SeatMaker brand has no foam padding and is a higher price ($399 per full set) and the Desert Dry brand has padding but it is a dark "closed cell" material so it doesn't absorb. We also offer removable seat panels in a variety of colors & styles. These "DePans" are a new invention that we just rolled out. They can be used with or without seat covers to spice it up a bit for under $50.

Anyway, there are certainly pros & cons to everything. I just wanted to let you know both sides so you can make an informed buying decision. I am an approved vendor on this forum and offer a 10% discount to members. In addition to our new product, I have some seat cover samples in my office. I may have a spice/black set for your TJ and would be happy to give you a great price. Send me PM if interested (everyone is welcome) or let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

All the best!
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