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Old 11-01-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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Ultraleather Question

OK i've searched through several threads and haven't found what I am looking for. We are still reasearching what do we really want in our airstream.

I have a question of ultraleather vs. fabric.

Many faux leather furniture products gets hot - and I sweat from it. How does the ultraleather handle extended periods of sitting. Do you sweat like on other fake leather products? Heck even some real leather can make me sweat if sitting for extended periods. OK what do I mean for extended periods? What if you are on a trip and rain settles in for a whole day or more. You decide to read/play games/whatever for most of the day. If I sat for a long period reading or such would my back and legs sweat a lot from ultraleather?

forget ambient temp and other factors, just concerned about a body's reaction to the ultraleather.

Thanks for any insight anyone can give.

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Old 11-01-2011, 01:50 PM   #2
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We're sitting on it right now, dry 85 degrees in Tucson. No problem with sweating, but probably different with humidity.

Much, much more comfortable than the standard fabric in our 2007 Safari. Soft and truly luxurious comfort. As with most vinyls I would expect some stretching with time that may not have that "new" look over time.

An excellent upgrade in appearance, especially with the Flying Cloud (mica) interior, and comfort. Well worth the cost.

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Old 11-01-2011, 01:59 PM   #3
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We have ultraleather in the Interstate---driver and copilot seats, as well as the benches in the rear.

We have not experienced problems with sweating, and I sweat easily in hot and/or humid temperatures.

What we really, really like with this material is that it is so easy to clean. We had fabric upholstery in our last RV. Keeping fabric clean, with a dog, spills and all the dust that comes with traveling, is a nightmare.

This is a dream to keep clean, and always looks good.

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Old 11-01-2011, 03:33 PM   #4
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It all depends on your temperature, clothing and body chemistry. Generally however the less clothing and the lighter clothing you're wearing the more you'll tend to stick to any leather-like surface. It's about skin to skin contact basically - and of course under the right circumstances... that's HOT!

Most modern leather substitutes have lots of tiny pinholes and a texture that breaks the skin to skin contact. They are much cooler than older ones. I fondly remember an old naughahide(sp?) chair that I'd never sit in wearing shorts because of the "union" it created with the skin on the back of my legs. Most modern "leather" chairs actually have leather on the parts that touch your body and ultra-leather on the back - it's hard to tell the difference even when you're looking at both side by side.

Ultra leather is durable and pretty easy care. If you're concerned about feeling hot, keep a small cotton throw blanket nearby and sit/recline on top of it. One very real advantage of leather or leather substitute - sliding in and out of a dinette. Corduroy pants and fabric = almost velcro!

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Old 11-01-2011, 04:13 PM   #5
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We recovered out sofa 2 years ago and haven't noticed any excessive heat build up (hot butt). It does seem to be cooler in cold weather.

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Old 11-01-2011, 04:24 PM   #6
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Hi from GA. . . we replaced the terribly stained fabric (original) sofa in our 05 Safari with an Ultra leather one from the Mothership. Ridiculously expensive (they gave us a price in an email) but we love it & have had no issues with sweating,etc. Of course our summer trip was to YENP,Boise, and out there, so not too much big heat maybe. Like to hear what you decide, regards, Craig
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:08 PM   #7
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very comfortable

We've purchased a 74" Jack knife sofa five years ago made of ultra leather. This last summer in very extreme heat and humidity on the NC coast we had no issues with it. in regards to human elements. We didn't stick from the humidity, and it remained very comfortable. well worth the money. Very easy to clean. The disadvantage, it is hard to let anyone else sit on it as you just want to stretch out on it.

We like it so much we are in the process of having made a 42" dinette set that wraps in the front of the Airstream made of ultraleather and moving the sofa to the road side, while making the curbside 52" - 56" so it an be used as a chaise lounge.
All of our products we have ordered through Bradd and Hall out of Elkhart Ind who sells the Flexsteel RV furniture. B&H at times will have some great close out prices on items made of ultra leather.

Shop around as there are some good sites that may have what you are looking for on a close out. Good luck.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:57 PM   #8
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While I believe that the ultraleather is costly compared to its value, I have not noted any problems with comfort. It is comparable to genuine leather in this regard, in my experience.
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Old 11-06-2011, 05:56 AM   #9
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Thanks for the replies. It helps a lot.
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:14 AM   #10
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Having used our for 2 years in Texas, we have been very happy with the ultra leather. It is easy to keep clean and comfortable for long periods. It seems to have some stretch so that when you get up it looks all wrinkly but returns to normal after a short time. I like it much better than the leather car seats.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:32 AM   #11
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Better Than Leather?

Softer and more supple.
Extremely tough and durable. Dog claws don't scratch it as they do real leather.
Easy to clean.
Very comfortable in very hot and very cold temperatures.
We are pleasantly surprised and impressed.
I was disappointed to find we didn't get real leather.
Now I am happy we didn't.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:36 AM   #12
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Anne-Marie and I have been full time travelers in our Airstream for 2 ½ years, and we have the ultraleather cover on our couch. Our solution to sweating when sitting on this fabric is to use small throw blankets, and this preserves the ultraleather, and the blankets are easy to clean when they get soiled. If we had a fabric on the couch, I’m sure it would be soiled and look worn by now.

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Old 11-06-2011, 09:54 AM   #13
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This whole thread is grossing me out. `

I will never sit on ultraleather again, now that I know how many people have sweated on it. I'm thinking even worse things may have happen.

We did not get ultraleather for a different reason. I am sure our cats would have done it irreparable damage, even if they weren't trying to.


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Old 11-06-2011, 01:50 PM   #14
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Land sakes alive!....I hope they don't allow ultraleather on any rentals.

There would be enough DNA samples smeared around for another season of the Maury Povich least!


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