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Old 11-15-2008, 06:41 PM   #1
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has anyone had any experience with the smittybilt or rugged ridge neoprene seat covers? they are both the same price and i don't know what ones to get.

this is the smittybilt covers

Custom Fit Neoprene Front Seat Covers by Smittybilt and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware

this is the rugged ridge

Custom Fit Neoprene Front Seat Covers by Rugged Ridge and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware

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what i am asking is if there is a difference in the strength of the stitching? and does one set fade faster that the other? i am leaning twords the smittybilt cause they have a map pocket on the rear but if the stitching is weaker than the rugged ridge i will change my mind. in other words what set is more durable?
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Most likely the same stitching. Smittybilt and Rugid Ridge are the same people/company now.
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I've read bad things about neoprene seat covers. Most people that buy them are unhappy with them.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:41 AM   #6
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I've read bad things about neoprene seat covers. Most people that buy them are unhappy with them.
what are the bad things people say? im sure having neoprene fabric over vinal or cloth would be a better choice due to the fact that the are water proof.
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what are the bad things people say? im sure having neoprene fabric over vinal or cloth would be a better choice due to the fact that the are water proof.
The bad thing about neoprene seat covers is swamp ass. They absorb water and it's like sitting on sponge bob square pants. What I love about my neoprene is I can jump in my jeep when normally the seats would be too hot to sit on in this hot Texas weather. They don't see much water so I don't deal with swamp ass very often. Cleaning them can be a pain but they are very comfortable.
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I wouldn't sit on neopreme seat covers if they were given to me. First, neopreme is not (contrary to what some ads say) waterproof. It will soak up rain or moisture like a sponge if it's not wiped up quickly enough, and then it takes quite a while for it to dry out again. Why do you think Wet Okoles are called Wet Okoles? Okole is Hawaiian for "butt".

Then when they have a colored nylon cover, the color fades quickly and unevenly... so with much sun exposure, they start looking bad too soon. Finally, the cheaper covers like are sold by Smittybilt (imported from China) use inferior/thinner neopreme that will start stretching and looking bad before you know it.

Neopreme seat covers sound great in the ads and they look great when brand-new but their severa; significant downsides far outweigh their initial good looks.
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Iv not had any issues with mine cept for when I left my driver side window down before a 6 hour road strip. I had to lay a towel down and sit on it till the cover dried out. Other then that my black covers have not faded or stretched so I must have got lucky and bought a good set.

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What I like about the covers I use is they don't seem to get too hot or too cold. I'm sure the vinyl under the neoprene would be chilly as heck during winter tho.
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i've been happy with my rugged ridge neoprenes. mine are black and i haven't really noticed any fading after 2 years or any problems with the stitching. i have my top down a lot during the summer too so they get a decent amount of exposure to the sun. my one regret was that i bought the matching set for my rear bench, which was a waste because my rear bench now spends it's life sitting in my living room
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I have the COVERKING two tone neoprene seat covers and I love them, they fit the seat like a glove. they are comfortable as all get out, a little sweaty on the back out here in the summer but warm in the winter, the only complaint I have is the buckles are cheap and break, but can be readily fixed with some tie wraps. see thread ROLLERSKATE, for pics of covers

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