Razorback 4X4 Seatcover Review

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. 

Neoprene seatcover – comes with a 2 year warranty

Canvas seatcover – comes with a 3 year warranty

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.

The rear seatcovers in neoprene. The fit was good, although a bit too tight which meant the fixings undo every now and then on the backrest part of the cover.

Style

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.

A look at the neoprene cushion cover. You can see the attachment straps… Note that the neoprene has a nice backing and is thicker that the canvas, making it a bit more comfortable
The neoprene backrest cover. You can see the straps that squeeze between the backrest and the cushion to attach. The other difference vs the canvas ones is that the pocket on this version is just an opening which allows you to access the seat pocket.
The canvas cushion cover is similar, but thinner material which has little stretch in it.
Similar design to the Neoprene, but with an inbuilt pocket instead
the inbuilt pocket in the canvas version

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.

The headrest cover fits very well

Install

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.

Fitting isn’t difficult, but it is fiddly, for example, getting the straps down the side of the seat and then moving the cover into place takes a bit of time…

Differences

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.

Rear covers

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.

Thoughts

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!

Cost

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…

Aiden

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  1. Seat covers i have purchased in the past…both neoprene and canvas….have torn at the driver’s side stitching on the seat and upright. They use a lighter material here and so with rugged 4×4 use they tear along the stitching. I suppose it’s too early for you to judge these?

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      Hi Jim,
      Yep – too early to be 100% sure. Those spots are natural to wear the most due to friction entering/exiting the vehicle. SO far these ones look pretty good, but I’ll do another article after we can get out and about again with how they wear longer term.

      Aiden

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      Hi Rod,
      The business is Australian owned, but I believe that given the scale these guys produce on for OEM, I think they are made overseas. They produce a lot of OEM branded car seat covers, who have very stringent demands of quality.

      Hope this helps.

      Aiden

  2. I am wondering what the Neoprene covers would be like on a long trip e.g across the Nullabor in the middle of summer without airconditioning to cool down the vehicle? As I don’t use my air conditioner but open windows instead for fresh air, will the covers become unbearable to sit on in the heat? (sweaty I mean).

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      Gday Lyndon, I reckon anything you sit on out there will get sweaty! I think it comes down to a personal preference in the end. I’ll no doubt be doing that trip later in the year so I’ll be sure to comment on my experience then!

      Aiden

  3. I’ve got the neoprene in my Hilux front and rear with the console – they’ve been in a little over a year and still look great! Very happy

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