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Old 08-26-2020, 03:07 AM
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Default UltraLeather for seats?

A question for anyone flying with Classic Aero Designs seats made with their Ultraleather option? We're about to order a Classic Aero interior & we'd like to use Ultraleather since it is much lighter than leather, but are concerned about the product's "breathability" & durability. In other words ... do you end up sticking to the seats on a hot day or busy flight!

Thanks for any info.
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Old 08-26-2020, 05:49 AM
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I wore out a set of cloth seats in my RV. I replaced them with Sheepskin. Sheepskin is the most comfortable any seat will get. Sheepskin is what they use in the front of most airliners. Sheepskin is NOT hot after sitting in the sun all day at a fly-in or cold in the hangar on the coldest day of the year during a winter morning.
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Old 08-26-2020, 06:07 AM
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A few months ago I signed off an interior install in a Cherokee that was custom made with Ultraleather and I was highly impressed with the material. Super nice stuff.
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Old 08-26-2020, 06:22 AM
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I upholstered the seats in my 6 and my 10 with Ultraleather. I find them very breathable and comfortable. Definitely better than leather in the hot sun, but certainly not as breathable as cloth (I have cloth inserts on the 6 for soaking up sweat). I find the UL to be very durable and comfortable. I have no regrets going this way and saved a good amount over leather.

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Old 08-26-2020, 06:39 AM
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My Classic Aero Ultraleather seats show virtually no wear after 350 hrs/3 yrs. One of the seat heaters failed after about 100 hrs, and replaced at no charge.

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Old 08-26-2020, 07:01 AM
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Ultraleather here, looks new, 300+ hours.
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Old 08-26-2020, 07:02 AM
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I have the Classic Aero Ultraleather seats. Bought them because my buddies Classic Aero Leather seats were hard to keep clean. As to the breathability, I have a small hand towel that I keep on the seat to protect them as I step my shoes on them when entering. It stays there during flight. It probably helps with the hot seat, breathability, etc. Keep in mind, on a hot day, the seat will make you sweat, Ultraleather or real leather.
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Old 08-26-2020, 08:18 AM
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Real leather smells better but that's about the only benefit over Ultra. The Ulta is thinner material and resists permanent creases, cooler, easier to maintain, etc.

But that real leather smell .. nice
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Old 08-26-2020, 10:48 AM
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Real leather smells better but that's about the only benefit over Ultra.

But that real leather smell .. nice
I will bet you can buy that in a spray bottle 😁
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Old 08-26-2020, 11:08 AM
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I upholstered my own cushions with "eBay" Ultraleather in 2012. The mystery material turned out to be superior to leather in every respect: softer, cooler, no smell, no cracking, minimal creasing, cleans easily. Go for it.
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