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Old 03-12-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Fabric or Neoprene Seat Covers?

I want new seat covers and debating both. I'm thinking Fabric, this time. Please give me your input! Thanks.

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Old 03-12-2012, 04:07 PM   #2
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I would like to know too. Especially, if synthetic seat covers create static. I hate getting shocked all the time.

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Old 03-12-2012, 04:12 PM   #3
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I have Neoprene Wet Okole for the front and back - they are touted as being virtually waterproof and since my top is off 90% of the time I figured that was the way to go. They can also be purchased with an option to be heated which I really liked and bought that also. So waterproof for the summer and heated for the winter!
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The very last material I would use or recommend for seat covers is neoprene. Despite how neoprene seat covers are sometimes touted as waterproof, neoprene is definitely not waterproof. It is water resistant but moisture will soak into neoprene if not wiped up right away and then it will take days to dry out.

Neoprene wetsuits work by trapping water and any scuba diver will attest just how long a wetsuit takes to dry out after use.

Personally, I'd go with either vinyl like from Bestop which is truly waterproof or a treated fabric which will be highly water resistant.

Not to mention the colored nylons used on neoprene seat covers fade before long if exposed to the sun very much. Black turns purple, red turns pink, etc.
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I used the Smitty neoprene ones on my black Jeep. They easy to clean after muddin with the doors off or if gettin caught in the rain. Buy UV protectant spray from a boat shop and they wont fade. Had mine for years and never changed colors. Goin with the Okole ones for the new Jeep.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:11 PM   #6
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Iv got the smitybilt gear seat covers there realy cool but there not like regular seat covers but I keep all my stuff in them... One thing that I don't like is that there is no room for people in the back seat after you have them on there
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:18 PM   #7
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I would go with fabric. I am currently have coverking neoprene seat covers for front and back seats. The neoprene is starting to fade due to the sun and smells like rubber. I regret for getting them. Yes, it does look nice though.
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The very last material I would use or recommend for seat covers is neoprene. Despite how neoprene seat covers are sometimes touted as waterproof, neoprene is definitely not waterproof. It is water resistant but moisture will soak into neoprene if not wiped up right away and then it will take days to dry out.

Neoprene wetsuits work by trapping water and any scuba diver will attest just how long a wetsuit takes to dry out after use.

Personally, I'd go with either vinyl like from Bestop which is truly waterproof or a treated fabric which will be highly water resistant.

Not to mention the colored nylons used on neoprene seat covers fade before long if exposed to the sun very much. Black turns purple, red turns pink, etc.

As I recall the neoprene seats are actually neoprene/water barrier/neoprene, sandwiched together. According to Wet Okole's website this is what they have to say regarding cleaning the seats. They basically tell you to hose them off in the vehicle.

" Since Wet Okole Hawaii seat covers are waterproof, just wash the seat covers right on the vehicle. No hassles of taking the seat covers on or off. Combine water with your wet suit shampoo. Use a lint-free cloth and wash your seat covers thoroughly. Rinse your seat covers with fresh water and towel dry."
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I have Smittybilt/Sweatybutt neoprene. They were black, now they're purple. A few securing straps have come off. I don't think the Chinese people in the sewing factory know how to tie a knot.
Don't like them.
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Fabric will be my choice. Currently, my "black" neoprene covers are purple/maroon looking @ this point. I don't recommend! Thanks for all your input!
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Been looking into this for awhile now. Personally, if I had the cash I'd go probably go with Iggee , but most likely I'll buy a set of Bestop. All the feedback I've read from owners neoprene is that they fade quickly & can develope a smell.
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As I recall the neoprene seats are actually neoprene/water barrier/neoprene, sandwiched together. According to Wet Okole's website this is what they have to say regarding cleaning the seats. They basically tell you to hose them off in the vehicle.

" Since Wet Okole Hawaii seat covers are waterproof, just wash the seat covers right on the vehicle. No hassles of taking the seat covers on or off. Combine water with your wet suit shampoo. Use a lint-free cloth and wash your seat covers thoroughly. Rinse your seat covers with fresh water and towel dry."
See what happens to those Wet Okole or other brands of neoprene seat covers when moisture/water sits on them long enough. It soaks right in and will give you a "wet okole" (Hawaiian for wet butt) unless you sit on a towel. Even if there is some form of barrier in the middle of two layers of neoprene as you say, and I doubt that since not even Wet Okole's website mentions that, that would only protect the seat underneath from getting wet from water, perpiration, etc. soaking in... not your butt that has to sit on the neoprene.

What amazes me is that Wet Okole's seat covers cost more than some seats... and they are laughing all the way to the bank.
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I'd go with fabric, but I will say that I have neoprene in my 07 Sport Trac. They are about 5 years old, and I love them. I take them off and throw them in the washer, then the dryer and put them back on. No fading, but they are gray/with dark gray inserts and inside. Got them to protect the leather from the kids. If I do get neoprene, they will be gray to minimize fading.

Edit: Not saying that it is good for them to go in the washer and dryer, just that it has worked for me.
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I've had to wear various knee braces since a motorcycle accident in 1989, so if I never seen neoprene again it'll be too soon

is Inferno Girl still making covers?
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I've had to wear various knee braces since a motorcycle accident in 1989, so if I never seen neoprene again it'll be too soon

is Inferno Girl still making covers?
No!
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:52 PM   #16
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Looks like this point has already been made - but let me second it: Have neoprene, they don't fit right (imho), they're purple now, and they absorb whatever you throw on them. I'm going back to the vinyl Bestop seat covers. They're the most durable and don't absorb liquids.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:20 PM   #17
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It's nice to know those neoprene seat covers discolor because my jeep sits in the sun all day and three months out of the year the top is off constantly ....
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Anyone know anything about actual jeep seats discoloring.... Not just stock seats but aftermarket seats to like mastercraft, and corberu seats... I like the coberu but iv heard they discolor in the sun just like the seat covers
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:56 PM   #19
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i have the bestop vinyl seat covers, they are very easy to clean. ive had them for almost a year and they still look brand new.

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