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Old 08-21-2019, 01:42 PM
JwWright57 JwWright57 is offline
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Default Leather or Fabric seats?

hi all - i'm going through my order for the interior bits and am undecided about leather vs fabric seats.

What did you pick? Any feedback would be great. (definitely getting the Confor-foam Upgrade)
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:09 PM
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Default Sheepskin

Sheepskin is great! Very comfortable on long flights
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:15 PM
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Thumbs up Sheepskin

definitely sheep skin. I love mine.
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:28 PM
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Where do you order sheepskin seats, or are they just sheepskin covers over the seats?
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:29 PM
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mine are covers. honestly, I cant remember were I got them. Through spruce maybe??
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:34 PM
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Fake leather (ultraleather) holds up better, easier to clean, and doesn't get as hot or develop those little wrinkles leather tends to. The only thing that it's missing is that genuine leather smell, which is nice
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Old 08-21-2019, 03:14 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Definitely sheepskin.

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Old 08-21-2019, 04:10 PM
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Leather covers/cushions from Oregon aero, 10 years old and still look like new, couldn't be happier with them.
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Old 08-21-2019, 08:16 PM
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Default Sheepskin for me

I've never understood why more people don't choose sheepskin. They are never hot nor cold, they wick away the sweat and are very durable. Mine are sheepskin upholstery not covers.

After 14 years of use they have faded a bit over time due to the sun but not terribly noticeable. I think after 14 years of use the foam cushions could probably stand to be firmed up. My original supplier retired, so I just ordered some new seats (foam and sheepskin upholstery) from Flightline Interiors in Wisconsin (ask for Abby). The folks at Oregon Aero also offer sheepskin. There are probably others but these are the two I spoke with.

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Old 08-21-2019, 08:41 PM
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I got the cloth covered seats from Flightline with the comfor foam. I just flew to Oshkosh and back with my older brother and put about 40 hours in the seats over the week and felt very comfortable on the whole run, both in hot and cold (over the Sierras) temps. I am very satisfied with my seats and would choose the cloth again.
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