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The 2022 Seat Cover Material Guide

As an auto enthusiast, you understand that seat covers aren’t just a fun accessory to spruce up your interiors. They can offer solid protection for your seats’ upholstery, helping you keep that material attractive and pristine for years to come. Our short guide covers what you need to know about car seat cover material: durability, benefits and recommendations for every season.

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Material for Seat Covers

No two materials in car seat covers are alike. We’re not just necessarily talking about quality, however. Material properties are important to consider when selecting your covers. A quick rundown lists some commonly available material options:

  • Canvas, duck weave and tweed
  • Leather and leatherette
  • Neoprene and neosupreme
  • Sheepskin, made from hollow wool fibers
  • Microsuede, polyester fabric with short brushed fibers
  • Velour, a super-soft cotton fabric

There are specialty materials such as saddle blanket, with synthetic petroleum-based fibers that are durable and comfortable. Spacer mesh uses several layers of durable, breathable knit fabric to minimize moisture. Some covers designed specifically for vehicles with pets are crafted from polyester or PVC, ideal for protecting against messes or scratchy toenails. There’s also ballistic nylon, a rugged material with a smooth surface that resists scuffs, stains and water.

Seat Cover Material Descriptions

Camo Seat Covers

Available in a variety of durable materials, as well as various camouflage patterns, including RealTree, Mossy Oak, Kryptek and more. Camo seat covers are available in ballistic, neoprene, neosupreme and canvas materials. Continue reading as we highlight their individual characteristics below.

Ballistic nylon

Ballistic nylon is a rugged fabric that’s resistant to water, stains, and scuffs with a smooth, shiny surface. Cordura-ballistic fabric is designed with the same benefits but offers a more canvas-like finish, similar to jeans.

Seat Cover Material Comparison Guide

You don’t need to be an engineer or scientist to pick out car covers. But before you decide on car or truck seat cover materials, you should know a little about each one’s properties and benefits. Canvas, duck weave and tweed are all cotton blends. Leather, and its synthetic version leatherette, has a supple texture plus durability. Neoprene and its cousin neosupreme are both synthetic materials that offer moisture protection. They’re both soft to the touch and look similar. However, neoprene is a synthetic rubber. Neosupreme combines neoprene and polyester to create a more affordable alternative.

How To Choose a Seat Cover

The key to buying seat covers is choosing the best seat cover material for your lifestyle and driving conditions. Looking at each fabric’s traits and benefits can guide you. If you mostly need to protect your seats from water damage, for instance, neoprene or neosupreme are both great options. Drivers concerned about breathability may want to consider mesh, microsuede or sheepskin. For those focused on using natural fibers, duck weave or tweed are solid choices.

Seat Covers for Every Weather

Your lifestyle is a vital factor in choosing the best truck seat covers, but don’t forget about weather conditions. Again, you want to look at each material type’s advantages and properties. Leather may not be kind on your skin when temperatures soar, but mesh pulls away moisture and keeps you cooler. With its lightweight and breathable wool fibers, sheepskin performs equally well in both summer and winter. No matter what you need, count on AT to offer a broad selection with competitive prices and world-class customer service.