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Old 12-21-2019, 09:01 AM
Ferdara Ferdara is offline
 
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Wink LEATHER vs ULTRALEATHER/Synthetic - Seat Choice

Classic Aero RV-7/9 Slider -Aviator Seats- (LEATHER vs ULTRALEATHER/Synthetic) Pros & Cons of both. Price is just about the same.

- Ease of upkeep?
- Durability?
- Breathability?
- Ability to dry if gets wet (opening canopy etc)?
- Heat after sitting in the summer sun?
- Cold after sitting in the winter shade?
- Look (We know real leather smells better)?


Getting ready to order in a few days and would appreciate your review of what you may have/use or what you would like to have and why.
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Old 12-21-2019, 09:50 AM
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I can’t comment on leather but in 300 hrs on the synthetic, I cannot see any wear or discoloration at all. They are very comfortable and I have not felt hot (even in SoCal). Good luck with your choice.
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Old 12-21-2019, 09:55 AM
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From what I was told, leather was more durable but heavier and more $
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Old 12-21-2019, 10:22 AM
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Default LEATHER vs ULTRALEATHER/Synthetic - Seat Choice

Give Classic Aero a call and ask for their leather and ultraleather samples. You'll need it to pick your colors anyway. I was going to choose ultraleather, but found it much thinner than leather. In the end I chose leather, but not flying yet.
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Old 12-21-2019, 01:23 PM
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I can’t comment on leather but in 300 hrs on the synthetic, I cannot see any wear or discoloration at all. They are very comfortable and I have not felt hot (even in SoCal). Good luck with your choice.
Thanks, I have UltraLeather in my Airstream Camper and love it. It is easy to keep up and very durable, I am leaning towards this now. I like the "have not felt hot".
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Old 12-21-2019, 01:24 PM
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From what I was told, leather was more durable but heavier and more $
Leather is only about 1 lbs more than UltraLeather. I believe they only use real Leather on the seats, all the panels are a matched type of vinyl or UltraLeather.
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Old 12-21-2019, 01:27 PM
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Give Classic Aero a call and ask for their leather and ultraleather samples. You'll need it to pick your colors anyway. I was going to choose ultraleather, but found it much thinner than leather. In the end I chose leather, but not flying yet.
Thanks, I do have the samples and made a choice of color, just trying do decide on Leather vs UltraLeather. We have UltraLeather in our Airstream Camper and love it, and Leather in the car. Big concern is in more direct sunlight how will the heat be. My design is black on the perimeter and a very light grey on the interior of the seat.
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I went with Ultraleather and it is very comfortable and durable.
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Old 12-21-2019, 05:55 PM
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Heck, I'd choose neither of those two, and opt for sheepskin.

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Old 12-22-2019, 04:01 AM
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I have the ultraleather in my RV-7A and now wish that I had gone with the leather. The ultraleather is deteriorating at the top of both seat backs and has an open cut in at least one place. I talked to Classic Aero and they said I would have to send the seatbacks to them to have the fabric replaced. It would be too much downtime for me so I decided to live with it. I'm not too happy after spending over $4000 for the whole interior. I have been flying the aircraft for 8 years.

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