Leather seats preferred in my opinion. But...everyone's right on this thread - they're hot & make your nether-region sweat in the summer. We bought these & have been very happy. They fit right over the seat and are machine washable. We use them in summer when we're exercising, swimming (especially ocean with salty swim trunks), for the dog, transporting wet or dirty stuff like Home Depot, and for long road trips. When we're done using them, we throw 'em under the seat. Highly recommend the towel version:Do your black leather seats get really hot when you have your top down with the jeep sitting in the sun? Trying to figure out if I really want the leather or would be better off with cloth seats... With my JK I have cloth seats and they are not too hot when the jeep is sitting with the top down in the hot sun, but the center console gets really hot.
I special ordered my JLUR mainly because I couldn't find one with all the options I wanted that didn't have leather. As hot as that center console gets topless, I cant imagine dealing with leather seats in this cool Texas summer every year. I am very happy with my Rubicon Cloth seats, especially going topless!
The padding difference might due to base Sport trim vs Rubicon trim, not necessarily cloth vs leather.Just to share my experience. I have base sport with cloth seats. Seats are comfy easy to clean but they were black and I have dogs with light short fur which was very hard to get read of. I had a chance to get full set of rubicon tan leather seats for a great price. Turns out the difference is not just cloth vs leather, it feels like leather seats have better padding and generally noticeably more comfortable. Plus tan seats dont get hot under the sun.