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MSRP: $300.00
Average Price: $143.54
Manufacturer: Smittybilt
Yes: 25 / No: 3

OD Green w/hydration pack


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Dirty Backroads

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Dirty Backroads's Reviews

08-01-2015, 10:47 PM
Price: $100.00
Pros: Appearance/ Storage
Cons: bungee cords are poor quality/ not the best fit
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I already have a set of excellent seat covers by Covercraft on my Jeep. If I'd bought the Smittybilt G.E.A.R. covers for use as a seat cover only I'd be very disappointed. They don't make great seat covers. They do cover up the middle portion of the seats but don't fit tightly. I bought them because I liked the way they look and for the additional storage.

I've had stuff scattered about my Jeep's interior and was looking to organize things better. Now I have a place to put my assorted stuff ranging from my reading and sunglasses, flashlight, tools, towels, my extra hat and suntan lotion, etc, etc. Plus it all looks cool in the bags on the rear of the seat. I'm just hoping no one steals them but I guess that's the risk you run with anything when you own a Jeep and why I have a low deductible on my insurance policy.

These seats are supposedly designated for a Jeep. I bought them from Quadratec and they say JEEP G.E.A.R. seats so I woudn't call them "universal" but I don't know specifically WHAT Jeep it's made for. It's not specifically for a 2003-06 TJ though. I got it to fit and look good in spite of the fact that it's a bit "off" in spots.

For example, they have this velco strap that goes over the headrest. Good idea but why didn't they make it longer? Just another 6" of material would've made it useable. They even say that for higher backed seats you can "tuck it in" but it won't fit nearly as well. Fortunately I had a strap of nylon with velcro ends and was able to put one end around the loop and attach it to the back end of the headrest so it almost looks as if it's made for it.

The strap underneath has the cover is supposed to loop through the seat and back and attach to a velcro patch on the back of the cover. I wouldn't have been able to use this because I put this G.E.A.R cover over my Covercraft seat cover and wasn't willing to cut into my cover to slot the strap under the seatback.. but even so, the strap was way too far forward and too short to do what it was supposed to do, so I don't know what Jeep seat this was made for. Smaller ones I guess.

As far as installation went, it wasn't that bad. The trick is to get the cover lined up on the seatback first. The straps can be adjusted both in front and back so you can position the loop where you want it and tighten both ends. It actually worked quite well. I made it so the cover was tight. It doesn't contour to the seat back so if you are looking for a custom fit, forget it. It just sort of hangs there.

Once I got the seatback cover adjusted I was able to tie down the lower seat cover easily enough. The trick is to figure out where the bungees go. The bungees are pretty poor quality. One of the hooks broke off immediately but fortunately I have a series of small bungee straps that I was able to attach to the piece of the hook that was still attached and managed to connect everything tightly. Everything seems to work and fit pretty well, I'm just how well those bungee hooks will hold up. I figure if I have to replace with my own bungee hooks I will.

The seat material and bags are nice quality though. They match the black parts of my Jeep perfectly. The bags attach easily enough to the back as well as to the front and sides of the seats. There are 7 different sized bags. One bag is a bit bizarre in that it opens to the side..why didn't they just have it open on top? I just stuffed my towels in that one. The others are pretty functional. I have yet to fill them all.

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with it. I don't know how well it will hold up over time. The cover is a bit looser than I'd like on the lower seat and I'm wondering how long those bungee hooks will last. $100 is a bit steep for one seat cover. I think for the price and quality of this cover you should at least get 2 covers.

If you are looking for a seat cover that fits like a glove and for protection I'd look elsewhere. If you want something that will provide extra storage and add a bit of style to your Jeep then I'd recommend the Smittybilt G.E.A.R. seat cover.

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john02tj's Reviews
05-09-2015, 12:11 AM
Price: $100.00
Pros: Strong, adds storage, tacticle look
Cons: fit is not the best
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Theese things are great very good looking and useful!

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TimeWellWasted's Reviews
03-30-2014, 12:13 PM
Price: $200.00
Pros: Quadrtech...$200 for Front and Rear w/ free tailgate cover. Lots O' Storage
Cons: Pain in the Ass to install, doesn't fit well unless you have removable head rest
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Was a little disappointed. Since my seats are bucket, and have a built in headrest, it was almost impossible to install. And one of the adjustment straps on the top outside is set to go right over the seat tilt lever.

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XxoSPARKSoxX's Reviews
03-17-2014, 10:02 PM
Price: $325.00
Pros: Very high "COOL" factor in digital camo pattern. Lots of storage.
Cons: MADE IN CHINA A little baggy on my 90 YJ seats.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Very cool in the digital camo pattern.

Looks great.

Did I mention they were MADE IN CHINA?

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txAg09's Reviews
10-07-2013, 04:56 AM
Price: $500.00
Pros: Storage
Cons: Pricey
Recommended? Yes

Comments: These covers are great if you have a need to store a large amount of items and are short on space, like most of us are in Wranglers.

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4x4JeepGirl's Reviews
09-27-2013, 11:44 PM
Price: $99.00
Pros: Looks good. Extra storage.
Cons: Fits kinda funny on an '02 TJ
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Aside from the odd fitting, these covers are great. The MOLLE system on the back make it so you can put the pouches where ever you like and it even has some webbing on the sides and front of the seat. The Webbing on the right side of the drivers seat is kinda useless, as it's wedged between the side of the seat and the cup holder on a TJ, but all in all it works.

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czechsky's Reviews
03-02-2013, 07:12 AM
Price: $1.00
Pros: G.E.A.R. Overhead - many pockets/bags for storage. The metal frame of it give you an optional place to secure a CB.
Cons: Minor- impedes cabin space/line of vision of you are tall.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Worthwhile product. Stiching is strong. You can use what you want of the several mole bags that are provided.


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Jpuff's Reviews

02-08-2013, 09:37 AM
Price: $200.00
Pros: Great concept, great idea for storage, cool look
Cons: Is not an universal fit. Poorly made. Durable material but the construction is poorly executed. Terrible fit (if you want to call it that) for the 03'-06' TJ.
Recommended? No

Comments: The G.E.A.R. seatcovers is a really great idea. It adds that military/rugged look to your jeep and is a great concept. However, once you purchase them and see them in person, it's a different story. I have an 03'-06' TJ and if I didn't know any better, I bought the wrong model seat cover. But it's a 'universal' seat cover which is code for loosely made to poorly cover all models. All seats are not the same, and maybe if Smittybuilt specifically designed it for each model I'd reconsider.

Problems with the universal fit for the 03'-06':

-The top velcro strap does not go over the headrest, you have to tuck it into the top of the seat cover to hide the strap. You can feel the bulge of the strap as well. Or you could just cut it off. But the srap is useless.

- The top portion of the seat cover does not cover the entire upper seat. It either leaves the headrest exposed, or if you use the top velcrow strap on the headrest, you'll have to cut off bottom portion, leaving the bottom portion of the top seat partially exposed. Either way it leaves full coverage something to be desired

-The top side velcro strap covers up the lever to fold up and slide the seat forward.

-I know the bottom portion is not suppose to cover the entire seat...however, it does not fit the bottom half. It's like a fat guy in a little coat. It is too small for the seat and does not strech properly and fitting over the enitre bottom half. Also, the bungee cord is cheap and does not conect very well under the seat. Might snap on you.

In addition, the pictures are deceptive. It appears there are not only all the packs on the back but also packs for storage on the lower portion of the front seat. This is misleading. There are only the 7 that you see on the back. They took some of the ones on the back (along with the the american flag patch) and put them on the front for the picture.

If you own a 97'-02', it's possible that you wont run into these problems. The pictures, afterall, are all modeled on those years' seats. So I'd say its at your own descresion. I would only buy these seat covers if you get a really really good deal on them. Never buy them at full price. Also, if you don't mind moding them to fit. So if you can get them for cheap and don't mind spending some time on them beefing them up, go for it! But if you're not careful you could blow a lot of money on these things and be very disappointed. That's why I returned mine

The only thing that is worth keeping is the tailgate cover... I'd buy just that if you are looking for descent storage. It's good on room and it's pretty low profile, hidden in the they don't scream steal me! I have that and I'm pretty well satisfied with it so far. I keep my recovery equipment in it along with a hanful of my mostly used tools. They also come with a shoulder sling strap so they can be used outside of the Jeep.


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SandyBottoms's Reviews
09-02-2012, 09:28 PM
Price: $200.00
Pros: Tons of storage, sturdy material, looks rugged.
Cons: Doesn't cover entire seat, tough to get them adjusted to fit properly
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Awesome seat covers if your looking for tough material and added storage. But there are improvements that can be made and pretty by any means.


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CloakedLJ's Reviews
07-25-2012, 02:45 PM
Price: $99.00
Pros: Adds extra user customizable storage space via the M.O.L.L.E system
Cons: hard to install, straps on pouches can fail.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Seat covers are not a universal fit as the maker states. The covers by design fit the older TJ seats much better then the newer ones. I had to remove both seats to get them on and modify the attachment to get them to work.

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llempart's Reviews
04-12-2012, 08:13 PM
Price: $100.00
Pros: Great for holding your flashlight or other items.
Cons: Cheaply made.
Recommended? No

Comments: Had these for a year. All the stitching is coming out from the seat covers.


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Nmusto211's Reviews
02-19-2012, 05:33 PM
Price: $100.00
Pros: Looks great, adds some storage room
Cons: Front seat cover can take away some leg room for rear passengers.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Front seat cover and tailgate cover look great and are easy to install, gives me some useful storage space.

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Nealadouglas's Reviews
01-22-2012, 06:33 PM
Price: $230.00
Pros: Function well...lots of storage...look great...easy to clean
Cons: Need a better fit for jk seats
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Looks like they would fit tj seats perfectly. ..Need to make a better fit for jk seats...still happy with them

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plunn84's Reviews
01-19-2012, 08:42 AM
Price: $100.00
Pros: MOLLE for your seats! These covers have lasted over 2 years so far with minor fading.
Cons: They're only really intended for use on a Wrangler-sided seat so there is quite a bit of extra velcro on every strap (only in a Cherokee) The elastic rope that held the bottom to the seat is fine but is, once again, not meant for a Cherokee-style seat; one of the straps broke after a year and a half.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: What can I say... They look cool, they are VERY functional and they have lasted a very long time as far as seat covers are concerned. One of the pouches is even the perfect size to hold a 12oz canned beverage of the passenger's choosing (if you don't need to strap it in) or a smaller camera.

You *will* be the envy of anyone who happens to get a close-up view of the back of your seats, I know I have.

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mattyfly42's Reviews

10-30-2011, 01:37 AM
Price: $110.00
Pros: Look cool and lots of storage.
Cons: doesn't fit yj seats faded due to sun exposure velcro straps broke snaps dont snap pockets
Recommended? No

Comments: Does not fit yj seats. Also got the digicam and it turned pink from sun exposure. And all the velcro straps have broken off. Very poorly made. Called smittybuilt and no reply. Did not hold up to moderate climate weather and exposure. And it is very difficult to snap the pockets on. it seems some of the snaps dont fit.

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parcours's Reviews
05-07-2011, 09:43 PM
Price: $120.00
Pros: Gives added storage which is always good in a TJ.
Cons: Doesn't cover the entire seat.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Add's the needed storage space.


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cthompson8846's Reviews
09-28-2010, 11:50 AM
Price: $30.00
Pros: a lot of extra storage
Cons: scream steal me, to the not so honest.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: A good looking addition to your jeep, and providing a good place for things that you dont want rolling around, ie. cameras, binoculars, GPS.

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Goatfeather's Reviews
08-30-2010, 03:05 AM
Price: $100.00
Pros: looks are awesome. I get a lot of compliments on them. Overload on storage as they are based on the Army M.O.L.E. (Molly) pack design. Tuff durable nylon rip stop fabric. I thought that there might be a problem with them soaking up the water when it rains (i hardly keep the doors on) but water just rolls off. Now if you dont wipe the water off your backside will get wet. The velcro straps hold the covers in place and are adjustable to fit your size of seats.
Cons: I have only 2 cons. The first is trivial but a quick fix. I didnt like the way the seat flap just sliud arouind. When getting into the jeep it would bunch up and move around. So what I did was get a small bungee cord and looped it around the crease of the seat and connected it to the underside of the seat. This holds it in place. Also it comes with a bungee cord that hold the side flaps down that you connect under the seat. These break with the moving of the seat and not very well thought out. What I did was get some bailing wire and used that to hold them fast to the underside. Now they dont break or move around.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great looking and durable. Tell everyone to get them that ask. My wife doesnt like them because they dont COVER the whole seat. They are more like a bikini, she says they just cover the important parts. I love them and they give the Jeep a more outdoor rugged look on the inside. Also there is tons of storage that you can configure however you want, in the form of snap on velcro bags. The design it self is based on the Army M.O.L.E. ruck sacks they use.


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rkeough's Reviews
06-08-2010, 10:18 PM
Price: $95.00
Pros: Lots of pockets for stuff.
Cons: Attachment straps don't secure very well.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Needed something to store my widgets and gadgets, rain gear, etc. These fit the bill.


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kmac2007's Reviews
10-11-2009, 01:55 PM
Price: $150.00
Pros: looks cool
Cons: seat fitment
Recommended? Yes

Comments: army digital

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