Seat-Covers : Do you use them? Who makes a good quality one?

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After 16 years, I finally had to break-down and get a new (to me) vehicle. Found a 2014 F-150 with only 32K mi on it. Pulled the trigger.

I have two smaller dogs and I'm concerned about their fur and scent getting impregnating into the seats and transferring into my gear.

I've usually just washed inside as the season approaches, and then I don't let them in my vehicle until I've reached my objective.


My thought process here was that putting on seat covers *now*... would make it such that when the season approaches I would just have to remove the covers and then just wash them, and put them back on.


First, does that thinking sound solid? Or would I still have to also wash the seats themselves anyway?

For those of you who have gone the route of Seat Covers:
Who makes a good one?
What are some tips you found during installation?
Do folds form in the fabric over time from the fabric stretching?
Are they comfortable during the long drives out to hunting locations? Do they make your seat hotter/sweatier?
Did you pre-treat them with anything before install? What would you recommend?
 

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Buy those wet okia or whatever they are are called.... I hear nothing but good things about them
 

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I have Wet Okole in my hunting truck. They are a mixed bag. Great fit, good looking, very comfortable, but very expensive. A real PITA to take off for cleaning, but all good-fitting covers are going to be a hassle to install and remove, The biggest issue I have with them is that they don't wear well. I'm on my second set, because the first set wore through to the black neoprene with only hunting season use. When I went back to Wet Okole to complain, they told me that the covers need to be protected from sun and wear. WTF? I bought the covers to protect the seats, and they are telling me to protect the covers! So my second set is in the truck and I keep towels over the bottom cushions and XXL T-shirts over the seat backs so that I don't have to buy new seat covers. Kinda defeats the purpose.

My old beater, which used to be my hunting truck, has had the same set of cordura covers in it for 20 years. Can't bust 'em, can't wear 'em out. They are wrinkled and stained and the attachment straps have come loose, and they look like hell, but the cordura is bullet proof. Also a PITA to remove for cleaning, so I just don't clean them. It is a beater, after all. The seat covers will outlast the truck.

Costco used to and probably still does sell cordura (and neoprene) covers from CoverKing (I think). Last time I looked they had custom fit cover sets for most popular vehicles in a variety of colors, at pretty decent prices. That is probably the smart way to go.
 

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:23 PM
Posted 23 March 2018 - 05:22 PM

I'm not going to lie, you're a little nutty so I was expecting this to be a goat rodeo and I'd get a good laugh out of it.
 

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Had Marathon Seat Covers on last two trucks. Been happy with them.
 

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Legit questions, it's what these forums are for... que no? I need some for my truck so I will "subscribe" to this thread.
 

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Hrmm... maybe instead I should finally bother to break-down and "break" the hides I've tanned and fashion them into seat covers! That way all my gear will smell like deer instead! #NoseCamo! HA!
 

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Smelling like teacup chihuahua would be an improvement actually. Ever seen one of those kill a deer?
 

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My 01 F250 came with seat covers, leather.... Haven't put anything over that since I've drove it off the lot.
 

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TheGDog said:
Hrmm... maybe instead I should finally bother to break-down and "break" the hides I've tanned and fashion them into seat covers! That way all my gear will smell like deer instead! #NoseCamo! HA!
Not a bad idea. A whole lot of work however. Can't wait to see the pics.
 

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It would just be me laying them upon the seat surface. I only have 2 hides. (Gave one to my brother in AZ for his place in the Desert.)

RE: our 4.94 Lbs Chihuahua. Unfortunately... poor little thing... she's started having issues with urinating/leaking when she's asleep :(
They're both 12yo+ now so we're going to start getting to the age where this kind of stuff is not entirely out of the ordinary.

Hrmm, ya never know though. I sat there in the Leafy Camo this one time and filmed a Mama and Doe wake-up as I returned to my sit, and get up and investigate where I pee'd. They eventually walked past me at 17yds! Was soo freaking cool. Just sitting on a Tripod stool, backed up into a Scrub Oak, backed up into where the hillside meets the flat, but with the Leafy Camo on, and holding still. Filmed 14min of footage!

But yeah... I also watched another Doe... walk around a Scrub Oak, where I had a "target holder" sitting around that corner (it was a gate-like thing I made for keeping my one dog on the side of the house when we'd entertain sometimes.). When that Doe walked around that Scrub Oak... and caught a whiff of my baby girl (Rat Terrier) on that thing... man she bolted back out of there like the Devil himself was chasing her! And it dawned on me later... what smells like a dog in their world? Coyotes! Never forgot that lesson.
 

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popx5, thanks for that rufftuff link. That red and black (presumably faux) crocodile seat-cover looks ultra-pimp!
 

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BTW... any of you guys use those hanging organizers that mount on the backs of the two front seats?
 

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Here's the deal. The Wet Okole are awesome, almost. They fit great. They clean easy. They are cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. But, they don't wear well. If you get the two-tone color combo, like black and camo, the camo insert is just added over the black neopreme. It tears and wears out quickly. The black neopreme base lasted about three years before tearing in the high traffic areas, like where my asss slips into the drivers seat. And, very expensive.

I just ordered some neopreme covers from Costco. After a year, no sign of wear. They are not as tight fitting as the Wet Okole, but nobody would know that except me.

I would go with that neopreme every time. Very comfortable and easy to clean. You don't need to remove them to clean them. Just wipe down with soap and water. They dry fast.
 

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One Track said:
Here's the deal. The Wet Okole are awesome, almost. They fit great. They clean easy. They are cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. But, they don't wear well. If you get the two-tone color combo, like black and camo, the camo insert is just added over the black neopreme. It tears and wears out quickly. The black neopreme base lasted about three years before tearing in the high traffic areas, like where my asss slips into the drivers seat. And, very expensive.

I just ordered some neopreme covers from Costco. After a year, no sign of wear. They are not as tight fitting as the Wet Okole, but nobody would know that except me.

I would go with that neopreme every time. Very comfortable and easy to clean. You don't need to remove them to clean them. Just wipe down with soap and water. They dry fast.
I put tenacious tape over where I slide into the drivers side on the wet okole and that made a huge difference. I am on the 4th year I think, but the drivers side could use replacing the butt piece. Another piece of tenacious tape is going on today actually.
 
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