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Coverking Ballistic Nylon Seat Cover Review & Water Test

 Wanted The Toughest Jeep Seat Covers, But These Fell Short…
My Jeep’s interior sees a lot of action and I needed tough seat covers. I already pulled my carpet and lined my tub, so protecting the seats was next. I had neoprene seat covers for 5 years and they were never a waterless solution-merely protected the seats from the sun and grime. I wanted a waterproof solution to give me peace of mind with regards to my seats. That led me to Coverking’s Ballistic Nylon Seat Covers. They’re advertised as “bullet proof jackets for your seats” and feature a “waterproof inner coating.” They come in 4 colors for the JK and are priced in the range of competitor’s seat covers.First Impression
The seat covers are lightweight and have a very clean look to them. The fabric feels thin and the construction is a little sloppy. The covers fit the seats so snug that some seams are pulling apart. I wasn’t able to fully zip up the rear seat cover and will have to come up with something to cover the gap. They give the interior a sharp and crisp look. The holes for the headrests aren’t big enough to fit the headrest height adjusters through.Testing
First I dumped 3 gallons of water onto the rear seats. A small amount of water seeped through the stitching past the waterproof lining and got onto the seats. Otherwise it wicked right off. The seats were acceptably dry. Next I sprayed the front seats with a hose for about 45 seconds. Under the covers, the seats were beginning to saturate with water. Unlike the rear seats, which had just surface wetness, the front seat’s foam was taking on water. The seats were feeling penetrated and squishy.Conclusion
I’ve had these seat covers for a month and they’re already showing signs of wear. The driver’s side bottom cover is fading and getting snagged from getting in and out of the Jeep. The rear seat covers snag easily when my dog walks on them (the covers are advertised as an excellent choice for pet owners). The snug fit and what feels like rushed construction means the seams will wear prematurely. I didn’t expect that much water to get by the covers. The product description built them up as if they were impermeable, like they could withstand a downpour. I wouldn’t trust them in anything worse than a light drizzle. For the money I expected higher quality seat covers that at least felt tough and offered better water protection. I say these are great for dressing up the look of your Jeep, protecting from mud and casual wear, but don’t expect them to hold up with continual off-road use.
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