|08-05-2010, 12:13 PM
Pros: Excellent construction overall.
Very easy to put on and adjust.
Exceptional fit and finish.
Compact storage size.
Includes storage sack.
Sheds water like a greased duck.
Cool provision for rear-view mirrors.
Cons: None so far.
Comments: First inspection: This is a hell of a good product. Good stitching, heavyweight material, and solid hardware. It's well-made and it has a "finished" look.
Installation: No instructions came with it, but you have to have the brain of a toaster to not be able to put this cover on in about a minute and a half. It literally unrolls, and - when thrown across the top of the Jeep - slides right into place. There are eight 1.5" nylon web straps that secure underneath the body and tension the cover as loosely or tightly over the Jeep as you wish. The hardware is top-notch and works well. It's very quick to put on and tighten down. Fits like a glove. There are velco-flap provisions at your mirror locations that will allow you to either fit the cover on around the mirrors, or to securely enclose the area without the mirrors at all...almost like the flap of a pocket. It's a smart system, and it fits well. There is also a tie down strap that runs to the hood-mounted footman loop, but unless you're dealing with snow or ice, I can't see that you'd need it...the cover fits exceptionally well without it. It can be hard for one person to take off, but it's not unreasonable. Water pretty much beads up and slides right off of it, so you won't really get wet when you roll it back up.
Use: Rain can go f*** itself.
Storage: The cover in packed-up form is basically 10" in diameter and about 18" long. You can pack it into the provided storage sack - which is also very well made - even tighter, but there's no real point...you're just going to take it back out. I've found that it doesn't take up much room in the Jeep at all.
Other: I've been treating the fabric like a tent...if it gets put up wet, I dry it out as soon as possible. No problems so far.
Customer Service: I had it on my doorstep about five days from when it was ordered. Also, it came with a free hat...and it's a good free hat, as well...so, bonus. My one complaint would be that I sent a request to the company for a tracking number on the package...and I didn't hear back from them. Granted, the cover showed up two days later, but a response would have been nice. However, I'll overlook this due to my positive experiences otherwise.
Final Words: The day I got the cover, I went out to pick up a few things at the local building supply store. The weather looked ominous, so I threw the cover on the Jeep (1.5 minute install time) before I came in. About ten minutes later, me and two other Jeep drivers were standing in the doorway, watching their Jeeps get soaked. You could see the water bouncing off the Rain Gear cover on mine. One of them looked at me, said "Man...you suck" and walked back into the store. The other driver hung around long enough to get the details on where to order one. 'Nuff said.