According to a recent poll we ran on Facebook, 75% of us invest in seatcovers for their rig. So when I ran into Josh from Razorback 4X4 and he offered to send me some seatcovers to test, I jumped at the opportunity because I’ve got young kids, and they are like mini cyclones.
Razorback 4X4 is the direct to market brand of one of the biggest suppliers of OEM carseat covers to Australia. They sell a few models of covers, ranging from a quality Neoprene cover, to Canvas covers, and also a Premium Cover too.
I was sent both the canvas and neoprene covers to review, but I also asked for a set of second row covers to help keep the rear of the car protected from my kids. The team at Razorback hadn’t actually produced a second row seat cover for the Everest yet, but they said they were willing to measure it up and produce a prototype for me to test and provide feedback before they finalise the design for production, so while I’ll provide candid feedback on the rear, this is still a prototype.
Both the neoprene and the Canvas seat covers attach and work the same way. Each cover is broken into 2 parts – the backrest cover, and the cushion cover, and together they give you full cover of the seat.
The cushion is held in place by two Velcro straps which from under the front of the seat through to the back, and connect with matching Velcro straps which work their way between the cushion and the backrest to connect with them. Then, there is another set of velcro straps which runs underneath the seat but from left to right to hold the side in place.
The backrest slides over the back of the seat once the headrest has been removed. There is more flex in the neoprene version, which allows for a close fit, whereas the Canvas version has a zipper along one side to help fitting the cover. Again, there are two velcro straps, which run between the backrest and the cushion to attach at the rear of the backrest.
The covers also come with a matching headrest cover.
Install of the covers isn’t difficult, but it is time consuming to get right. Expect it to take about 10-15 minutes per seat if you really want to fit the covers properly.
The key difference I noticed was that the Canvas covers are thinner, and the canvas is a bit stiffer, so while they fit well for a canvas seat cover, they are not quite as comfortable as the neoprene covers, which fit more snugly, and being a little softer are a touch more comfortable.
The prototype rear covers actually fit very well. Like the front seats, they are made of two parts, and overall I was happy with the fit. Being prototypes, the way the backrest attached was a bit tight, meaning that at times I’d find the velcro had come apart and the covers lifted in the rear slightly. Additionally, the velcro straps were longer than they really need to be for the rear, but again, given they are a first round prototype I’m confident that the final set these guys send me will fit that little bit better and be that bit more refined. The good news is that so far they have done a great job at preventing the kids from wrecking or marking the rear interior, despite their best efforts.
While the Canvas seat covers are really tough, my personal preference over the two is the Neoprene ones because they fit that bit better, and with the neoprene material, are a bit more comfortable to sit on every day. Having said that, if this was my weekend truck, or I was headed away on a long range trip where I’d be bringing lots of dirt and mud into the truck, the canvas would be perfect. Both so far look good and are fit for purpose – at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference!
Front seats (pair)
Canvas – $329.00
Neoprene – $299.00
Rear seats – $299.00 Neoprene, $329.00 Canvas
If you are thinking about a new set of seatcovers, we’ve managed to score a discount code for 20% off the RRP of Razorback seat covers. Simply choose the set(s) that match your vehicle, and then enter the discount code Club4X4 at the checkout. You can check them out at www.razorback4x4.com.au, or visit them on Facebook
Note: Club 4X4 has no commercial relationship with Razorback – we were simply able to convince them to offer a discount to readers of our newsletter…