Leather or Cloth seats (Which are better) - Mountain Buzz

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-16-2016   #1
Krynn's Avatar
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1991
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 65
Leather or Cloth seats (Which are better)

I am dreaming about getting a new kayak rig.
I frequently surf early in the morning before work. So I hang up my drysuit, pfd, and spray skirt over the seat backs. I crack the windows. But they have to stay in a humid car until after work.

Will this ruin leather seats?

If you frequently get into a car/truck with leather seats with wet swim trunks, which is better?

Thanks for any advice.

Krynn is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 03-16-2016   #2
mattman's Avatar
Tabernash, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 1,901
Trash bag over the seat, then a cheap seat cover.
We can't always agree, but we can still be civil to each other.
mattman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2016   #3
Randaddy's Avatar
Eastern Slope, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1980
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 2,466
I've seen this fry a car's electronics.
Randaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 03-17-2016   #4
k2andcannoli's Avatar
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2002
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 945
I made a wet storage "closet" in the back of my van. It's got a solar powered ventilation fan for fresh air flow and a drain in the floor. It doesn't dry things as well as putting them in direct sunlight, but it's close and more importantly it keeps my van dry and smelling fresh. Seriously boating gear freaking reaks and can ruin your resale value.

You can buy waterproof seat covers which will help with wet ass and general nasty stuff growing in your car. You could also just hang all your stuff on your roof rack to dry if you don't worry about theft.
k2andcannoli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2016   #5
Steamboat, Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 610
Is it Toyota that makes neoprene seats??
It's a good day to be a duck....
soggy_tortillas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2016   #6
Abron Cabron
abron's Avatar
Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico
Paddling Since: 1999
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 611
That was probably a Toyota with Wet Okole seatcovers: they were designed for surfers jumping in with a wetsuit on to go to a different break, or river rats running shuttle.
Car Seat Covers | Seat Covers | Custom Seat Covers | Truck Seat Covers | Automotive Seat Covers
It's a large inverstment, $400 even with a group buy from https://www.tacomaworld.com/
But it really protects your investment if you have brand spankin new seats. the seat covers fit like a glove, and I had to d/c the airbag plugs, and take my front seats out to wrestle and lace the seatcovers on. (seriously tight fit)

also weathertech floormats are totally worth it too, if we are talking about wet and muddiness. Car Mats, Floor Mats, Cargo Liners, Side Window Deflectors | WeatherTech.com
abron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2016   #7
elkhaven's Avatar
Belgrade, Montana
Paddling Since: 1991
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 2,207
Originally Posted by soggy_tortillas View Post
Is it Toyota that makes neoprene seats??
WetOkole makes neoprene seat covers. They might be nice for this application, but who wan'ts to sit on neoprene all day? I know I like to get as far from neoprene as I can when it's not necessary. I had them on my Land Cruiser and I just sweated on them. I didn't like them at all.

I have had both leather and cloth on several vehicles and feel leather is FAR superior. Easier to clean, usually lasts longer if kept conditioned and is more comfortable to sit on. Keeping it wet all day probably won't be good for it, I'd do the trash bag thing in either case actually - do you wan't your stinky river gear drainage soaking into your seats?

I guess abron beat me too it... but I totally agree with weathertec mats, I just bought a new truck that came with them and I'm totally impressed. I'll never own a rig without them now.
"If you dont do it this year, you will be one year older when you do"
-Warren Miller
elkhaven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2016   #8
Paul7's Avatar
Post Falls, Idaho
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 861
I'm an adjuster and see hundreds of cars, leather hands down lasts way better. But I wouldn't hand wet stuff on it either. Don't know what you are buying but I would come up with a different storage system.

Sent from my SM-G900V using Mountain Buzz mobile app
Paul7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2016   #9
Abron Cabron
abron's Avatar
Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico
Paddling Since: 1999
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 611
as far as the wet okoles, you can buy just front, or just back seat so the back is covered, and you dont have to sit on em. or just buy some $30 walmart covers, and they will work fine too. they are not a custom fit, but may be just fine. WO is the top of the line (for what it is, Neoprene...)
Leather is the nicest for sure, for regular use.

Honestly i could not prioritize it now, but I did all my upgrades to my truck before my daughter was born, almost six years ago. After the campershell, I havent done almost anything but mechanical upkeep since. especially with all the non mechanized hobbies.
Annnnd ironically theres an ad for the 2016 kayaks at 4CRS staring at me as I type..got that new JK Traverse Self support boat I would really like...lol. Priorities.

And speaking of campershells and different storage systems. If you are really talking about a new rig..... get a truck and shell so you can lay your stuff out in back or rig a clothesline from the roof screws. then all your stuff is locked up in back. drying and not stinking up the front.
abron is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need some help finding cloth coffee bags for a press okieboater Whitewater Kayaking 5 03-20-2011 08:42 PM
Some of your Chama seats for some of my Gates of Ladore seats? BullSCit Kayaking | Trip Planner 3 04-21-2010 07:58 AM
Which boat throws better? hockeymartin88 Kayaking | Gear Talk 1 07-05-2009 06:58 PM
Which is better, Gates of Lodore, Yampa Canyon, or Cataract? basil Whitewater Kayaking 13 06-10-2008 05:52 PM
Which is better dirt biking? Ruby Mountain or Fourmile Chad D The Eddy 0 09-07-2006 10:26 AM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:39 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.