post #1 of Old 03-10-2012, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Cloth vs Leather

Have you sat in both? Which one is more comfortable for long trips?

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post #2 of Old 03-11-2012, 09:30 AM
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Everyone has a different opinion. Clothe is probably more comfortable, but I've always found it impossible to keep clean. I just love leather and the comfort is fine for me.
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post #3 of Old 03-11-2012, 09:52 AM
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I would have preferred the cloth, but I could not get the options I wanted without the leather (18" tires, 430N, backup camera, etc). This is my 1st vehicle with leather. I would agree from a comfort level, the cloth is better. However, I drive many 2011-12 GC's in our company fleet, and the cloth does not appear to hold up very well - showing wear, stains, etc after 15-25K miles. Where the GC's with leather interiors are holding up well. Only time will tell if I made the right decision.
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post #4 of Old 03-11-2012, 11:45 AM
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I'd never buy another car with cloth seats. They just don't hold up.

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post #5 of Old 03-11-2012, 11:53 AM
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A lot is a matter of the material used. I had a '90 Bonneville with grey cloth seats and at 15 years and 124,000 miles it still looked close to new. Guess seat covers may be the answer, I like sheepskin. Works with cloth or leather but have also been considering a set of Katzkins. Will see when the 100 days of summer arrive.

Suspect the difference might be entry/exit. With the Bonne I just swung in and sat down but was also very easy to swing the tilt wheel up and down. The WK2 takes climbing and sliding which may wear the seats faster. Side step helps but is very narrow. Thinking about unscrewing (3 screws) the step surface and having some PSP cut about an inch wider. Might be something for a vendor to supply for those with a shoe size larger than a 5.


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I like to leave the windows open on hot days and my back sweats when sitting in leather, like in my Mustang rag top. But my Overland has cooled seats, yet to be tried, and it may not be so bad then.
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I preferr leather due to cleanliness,but I wonder how real it the leather in the Jeeps is it 100% any pleather mixture.

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post #8 of Old 03-11-2012, 02:13 PM
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My only complaint with leather is that I usually get kinda sweaty after a while since it doesn't breath. Since you can now get cooled leather, there doesn't seem to be any drawbacks!

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It is kinda funny, leather is usually a premium but to make it livable you need YA option.


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post #10 of Old 03-11-2012, 03:35 PM
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Perforated leather helps the sweating issue, whether you have seat cooling or not.

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A lot is a matter of the material used. I had a '90 Bonneville with grey cloth seats and at 15 years and 124,000 miles it still looked close to new. Guess seat covers may be the answer, I like sheepskin. Works with cloth or leather but have also been considering a set of Katzkins. Will see when the 100 days of summer arrive.
Sheepskin seat covers? Ugh.

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I preferr leather due to cleanliness,but I wonder how real it the leather in the Jeeps is it 100% any pleather mixture.
It depends on what trim Jeep you have. On my Laredo X there is definately vinyl on the sides of the seats, only the center seating area is leather. On the Limiteds the leather is nicer with the Napa leather, and obviously on the Overland even nicer.

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post #11 of Old 03-12-2012, 10:34 AM
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Leather all the way. It holds up better, easier to clean, and it just looks/is more luxurious. I've never had issues in the hot CA summers with black leather seats, get some good cermaic tint and it will help keep the heat out. The ventilated/perforated seats do make a workd of difference though vs. just regular leather. We'll see how well they hold up though.

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I had cloth in my 2006 wk, I couldn't stand it, just breathing on it would leave water stains. Went for the leather in my wk2 and love it.
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I have been looking at a 2014 Laredo. It has the black cloth seats. Those of you that mentioned staining, was that with the lighter cloth seats or also with the black? I also wonder how the cloth will hold up over time.
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I'm a uhhh, profuse sweater, but I greatly prefer leather (not the cooled ones either).

Our last seven vehicles have had heated leather seats and they were all comfortable to me.

Of course ymmv as it's a taste thing.
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post #15 of Old 05-17-2013, 07:05 AM
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My black cloth has held up to some serious abuse from me. I got the Jeep last March and it has 24K miles. I have done a good amount of offroading. I have spilled stuff on them. Just a lot of wear and tear and they look great. I have had them cleaned a couple times, also.
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