Review & Install Video
Hi, I'm Dave from extremeterrain.com. And this is my review and installation video for the Rugged Ridge Neoprene Front Seat Vests. It's going to fit 2007 and up JKs, and I give it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty to install meter. In fact, it's not an installation. You're just popping them on the front seats. Should take you about 15 minutes or so. And we'll show you how to do that coming up in just a minute.
These seat vests, I feel, are gonna be great for anybody who needs to cover up any damage to their seats that may have occurred when you're off-roading, going to the beach or playing with the pets or kids and they get back into the Jeep, or if you wanna prevent any damage for the future as well. It's a great way to kind of stop anything that may have started as far as wear and tear goes. These have a great look about them. They are vests and they do have some nice features like storage in the back and even storage for a water bottle on the side. What's always nice about those is that, if you need more space in your cabin, this could also be a nice solution for that as well.
I know that a lot of you watching this video may have already stopped because these are constructed out of Neoprene. For some reason, folks are very one-sided sometimes when it comes to using Neoprene, liking it or even hating it especially when it comes to seat covers. Myself, I actually like it. I think it's more durable and I think it cleans a lot easier than some of the other fabrics that's out there. You just have to give yourself a little extra time to allow it to dry. But with a seat vest, this is going to have some nice fitment to it. In fact, when you put it on, you're gonna notice that it has a little more thickness in the seat and on the back area. Plus, those pockets that are built into the back and the water bottle accessory are really nice conveniences if you would like to have those on there.
Putting these vest on the front and passenger seat of your JK couldn't be any easier, which is why I give it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty to install rating meter. And it should take around 15 minutes or so. I have a feeling the 14 minutes of that time is gonna be taken up on the first one that you install, because once you learn how to do it, you'll see how fast it goes on the second one. But here are the steps to make it happen. And, again, no tools required.
You're gonna pop the head rest off and I recommend that you tilt the seat forward, the one that you're working on. Then you want to slip the vest over the back of your seat and then you're gonna secure that with the buckles and then the hook and loop fastener that's on there. You gonna basically repeat the process when it comes to the seat portion. So, slip it on, adjust with the hook and loop fasteners. And with the buckles, I recommend, for all of them, don't install too tightly. Try it out, sit on it, see if it's comfortable and once it gets to a place where you don't feel like you're slipping around, that's when you know that you have it set. At this point, too, you could take a look and see if you want to leave the water bottle accessory on or to take it off. It's up to you. It uses a zipper, so if you decide to take it off, you could just pop it into the glove box or leave it in place to be able to secure your water bottle. And, of course, don't forget about the storage on the back that will hopefully clear up some of the clutter inside of your cabin.
These seat vests fall at just around the $150 mark. And I understand that if you're trying to save a few dollars, that you're not going for the full seat cover. These are gonna give you some good protection and everything that you would be looking at for a seat protector in all of the key areas. But, for me, personally, I would go ahead and spend a little more money just a little bit more and get the full seat covers. But that's my preference. You're the one that's gonna decide on what's best for you and your rig.
So, if you're looking to save a few dollars and not invest in full seat covers, these seat vests are a nice choice. If you're picking them up to cover up some unsightly tears or scratches that you may have already acquired on your JK, or most of us are probably looking at these to prevent any future damage and to protect our seats from any water damage as well. The nice thing about these is that, from pets, dogs, cats whatever it is, kids who are getting in and out of your Wrangler, this is going to help prevent those minor tears. And if they get them really dirty, you can take them off, take them out the yard, hose them down and just give yourself some time to let them dry out fully before putting them back inside of your Wrangler.
I'm Dave, and that's my installation and review of the Rugged Ridge Neoprene Front Seat Covers for 2007 and up JKs, and you can check them out on extremeterrain.com.