Were you aware that neopreme seat covers soak up water and are hard as hell to dry off? Sweat collects in them too and they can stink until you spray them with Lysol. I personally won't touch neopreme seat covers... I have way too much experience with neopreme to ever use them for seat covers.
I guess it depends on what conditions you wheel in and if you leave your top down alot . I think neoprene is excellent for keeping water from soaking into the cloth and foam of the stock seats for the occasional rain shower your jeep can get caught in . Neoprene can also be pulled off and hosed down to get all the mud and muck cleaned off after a wheeling trip. As for the drying I always just hang dry my life vests and wetsuits and my ice fishing gloves all made of neoprene.
Originally posted by mcgawb neoprene will not keep the water from getting to your seats...
any diver can tell you the difference between a wet suit and a dry suit...
and if not cleaned properly it will either
stink - you didn't clean it
rot - you didn't clean it with the right stuff
there are people that love the wet okole/neoprene seats...and those that hate em.
me? i will spend the money on a set of $30 seat covers that I can throw away and replace whenever I feel like it...
I am a diver. The reason you get wet in a wet suit is because it doesn't seal at the openings like the neck and the wrist. I believe the surface of the covers would hold a bit of water but not the hole thing like a regular seat cover. Neoprene does need to be taken care of or the will not last long. I would like to see a set in person myself.
I've been a scuba instructor for three years, and have spent many hours in neoprene from the age of 14. Neoprene will hold water quite well - why else do we have to hang them up to dry after diving? But the chance of water seeping through the neoprene to the seat underneath is slim. I imagine it would take a real drencher to to that. I would be worried about them starting to stink after getting wet, but there are plenty of enzyme cleaners out there that do a great job.
My problem with the neoprene seat covers is heat. I know how hot a wetsuit can get - I don't really want to sit on one all the time when I'm driving my jeep. But to each his/her own.
'01 TJ Sport Metallic Silver
Stock 5 spd. I6 with a D44 rear
I have had my OKeles over a year now
I can't vouch for water proofing, since my top
is rarely off(a court order from my lovely EX,
because of my 2 kids,sigh)
They are easy to clean in the washer, using the
cleaner OKele sells, then just hang em out a bit.
they've held up tom ky kids crap as well as my