Smittybilt G.E.A.R. seat cover
 


Background:

I needed more places to store items that I need easy access to without having to open the tailgate and access the back cargo area. I was also tired of the small items cluttering up the passenger seat and drink holder area on trips where I don't have a passenger. My center console is already full, so I clearly needed more storage space.

I've had an eye on these seat cover since the first came out, but hadn't set my mind on them. After getting a better view of them on a few forums in March '08, I decided I'd try one. I jumped at the chance to get one when I saw a month old posting on a forum and found out the owner still had it, new in the box, so I bought it.

The logic here is install a seat cover on the passenger seat, which allows easy acces to the bags and pouches from the driver's seat by just reaching around the back of the passenger seat while I'm in the driver's seat.

I do plan on adding a hydration system. There's a MOLLE pouch hydration system (pouch and bladder included) , which will allow easy access to water without having to fumble with a water bottle and lid while on a trip. Just grab the hose and have a few sips of water. The hydration pouch has PALS webbing on it, so once it's on the seat cover, I can stack another pouch or pocket on it.


The First step was unpack everything and lay it out for a photo shoot.

In most of the photos I have my 2D cell Maglite present so you can get a good visual on the size of everything.

Here's the back portion of the seat cover. It is full of PALS webbing to attach bags to.

 

Here's the front section of the seat cover.

Each strap on the front portion of the seat cover has a buckle on it, which is secure by velcro and is full adjustable.

If after placing the seat cover in position, you find that the strap on the back of the seat cover hangs over too far and gets in the way of the PALS webbing, you can adjust the front buckle and slip the buckle right up against the seat cover and the strap on the front tucks in behind and all you see is the buckle. This concept will make sense in a later photo.

Each strap on the front section is adjustable, which I didn't realize until I was done installing the cover. In some cases, the back strap has a lot of excess free strap left that gets in the way of the PALS webbing on the back. That can be cured by the adjutment on the front. Peel back the velcro on any of the side straps on the front piece, then slide the the black clip/buckle piece up against the seat cover, then tuck the strap in and secure it behind the cover where it's then totally hidden.

Seat bottom. There's a flap for each side as well as the front, each which has two rows of PALS webbing for attaching more pouches
   
Front flap close-up, also has bungie with two hooks
   

Here's a close up of the back, showing the lower half

   
Back, top half. US Flag attaches with velcro

 

There's that &*^#$ flashlight again!!

These are the big bags.

Lower left bag has a inner liner and drawstring closure. I haven't decided what this bag will work well for.

Upper left - utility pouch with a zipper on top and PALS webbing on front so you can stack bags.

Upper right - This pocket is installed vertically so the flap opens to the side.

   

Small pouches

1. Multi tool holder

2. This pouch is kind of small to be of much use unless you have the need to carry grenades or flash bangs, since that's what this pouch is made for.

3. Shotgun shell holder - has two rows of elastic bands (see pi below)

4. This pouch has a zipper compartment on the flap, a pocket under the flap and a zipper on top

   

#2 has a zipper on top.

This is a very useful pouch and I will probably add more, which can be purchased here.

   

#3, with its row of elastic bands inside to hold whatvever your imagination can dream up. This is a good pouch to attach to the side of the seat.

It's designed as a shotshelll hold.

The pouch looks bad in this photo because it's smashed flat from being in a box.

It would make a nice place to hold a tire guage, tire deflators and other small items, attached to the side of the seat

   
#4. Top flap closure is adjustable with the compression strap
   
Side view of #4
   

#1, I placed my Leatherman Supertool in it

#2, Well, no grenades or flashbangs for me. Don't know what I will put in it yet

   
#4 ended up being a good place for my Dash Cam DC power cord / charger
   
The pouch under the flap on #4 ended up with 4 MiniDV tapes for my Dash Cam.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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