The teams from Cordura, Northwest and their Authorized Fabric Mill worked together to develop a New Version of the Award Winning CORDURA® NYCO Fabric. The popularity of Carhartt Seat Covers with its basic cotton canvas style fabric, inspired the Northwest Team to introduce an improved performance version of the generic cotton duck weave material.
Having previously worked with CORDURA to create an advanced version of the Classic 500 Denier Nylon fabric, we were confident that we could achieve the same excellent results for a dynamically improved cotton canvas seat cover fabric.
We established a performance benchmark by physically testing and documenting performance results. With that, we were able to determine the strengths and weaknesses of a regular cotton duck fabric with a DWR top-coating and PU under-coating. Here are two major improvements that enhanced comfort as well a waterproof seat cover performance
The competitor's cotton duck fabric was bumpy and roughly textured.
It would not be very comfortable to sit on for longer periods of time, especially if you're wearing shorts.
We selected a compressed basket weave design that offered a nice soft feel, was comfortable to sit on and promoted top surface air circulation. Imagine your favourite pair of denim jeans, this is the type of fabric that would be super comfortable for a road trip or weekend getaway.
Cotton Duck customer reviews express a lot of dissatisfaction with the Install, Fit and Production Time.
The longer term test would be how well the seat covers wear over time.
Working with the Fabric Team at Cordura, we knew that their expertise would be invaluable in providing solutions that guaranteed that our Pro-Gard seat covers installed easily and fit really well. To do so, we incorporated a special dynamic yarn that reduced installation time by 20% and enhanced the appearance of the seat covers after a successful install experience.
Production time has never been an issue with Northwest Seat Covers.
In fact, Northwest is an Industry Leader in turning orders around in 3-4 business days and shipping via UPS + Tracking.
To guarantee peace of mind for all Pro-Gard seat cover purchases, we insisted on using Cordura's Advanced 6.6 Nylon Technology to offer a seat cover that is 300% stronger than simple cotton - it doesn't get much better than that!
The competitor's cotton duck fabric was mildly effective at providing some water resistance, but failed to offer high performance waterproof protection. The cotton duck fabric was exposed to moderate rain and we even spilled a can of pop on the fabric; within seconds both the rain water and soft drink were starting to penetrate the fabric and soak completely through the cotton duck fabric.
Northwest Seat Covers has its headquarters in the pacific northwest, where it rains a lot. We discovered early in the company's history that high quality waterproof seat covers could be a big hit if we had a technologically advanced fabric from Cordua and incorporated the best waterproof technology that we could find.
The competitor's fabric appears to be a 10oz basic cotton duck canvas with a water resistant protective spray on top of the fabric.
As anyone who has ever bought a ski jacket can tell you, once the top coating of water repellant protection rubs off - you lose the water resistance.
Northwest seat cover customers receive Premium Value when they purchase our Pro-Gard™ Seat Covers.
Pro-Gard seat covers feature 3X waterproof protection and are 300% stronger than cotton canvas seat covers. This ensures your original seats are protected from spilled liquids and will perform at the highest level - CORDURA® USA!
Pro-Gard™ Seat Covers were designed to be an alternative to Carhartt Seat Covers.
To successfully do that we enlisted the expertise of the folks at Cordura and their knowledge supplying large global brands such as The North Face®, Eddie Bauer®, Dickies Pro™ and the U.S. Military etc. The performance results for waterproof seat covers, abrasion, comfort, fit and ease of install will provide customers looking for real cotton duck canvas seat covers with another choice. Treat yourself or someone you know to a great set of waterproof seat covers that are guaranteed to perform at military levels!
When we first consider a fabric we always look at the Wyzenbeek test results.
This is also known as the double rub test. This is a durability test that was developed by 20th century inventor Andrew Wyzenbeek. A piece of automotive fabric is placed on top of a half-cylinder covered in a #8 cotton duck fabric. The half-cylinder then rocks back and forth simulating, in this case, the action of someone sliding into his car seat and sliding out. This is one double rub.
The second factor we look at is UV light protection. After many test samples, we decided to include a grade 3.5 UV light protective coating (200 hrs). The fabric will still fade over time but, at a much slower rate. Grade 1 coatings leave fabric feeling very natural but, with almost no protection, the color black would turn to brown in one year. Grade 5 coating does a very good job for protection but, makes the fabric quite stiff. Outdoor furniture is often receive grade 4.0 – 5.0 coatings.
The third consideration is flammability. Our fabrics are FR coating and depending on the style of fabric they’ll pass either the FMVSS302 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) or CPAI 84 Sections 5 and 6.
The fourth aspect we take into consideration is a fabric’s ability to provide waterproof protection. Most of our fabrics offer high water repellency or are waterproof. Just as with outerwear, at some point due to normal use, the effectiveness of a fabric’s ability to repel water will diminish. You can restore the fabric by either spraying Scotchgard on our O.E fabrics or a DWR (Durable Water Repellant) on any of our others.
Technology has really changed what we can do with fabrics. A good example of that is the family of camouflage fabrics we offer. Realtree, Mossy Oak, and Fishouflage all require as many as 10 screens to produce the camo seat cover patterns we all love.
Our fabrics really shine in HD because of the quality of the image when using heat transfer paper and the fact that we use durable 600 denier polyester fabrics.