A Guide to Different Seat Materials

At GSM Performance, we get asked many questions about seats every day, one of the most common being “which is the best material for me?”.

There are three main types of material to choose from when looking for a new seat for your vehicle: spacer fabric, velour, and vinyl.


Spacer Fabric:

This advanced material is manufactured from multiple layers of fabric to create the most breathable & lightweight material in the industry. The enhanced breathability of this material allows for greater temperature regulation, keeping you cooler & fresher for longer. Spacer fabric is also highly durable as it is highly flexible & resistant to compression, making it ideal for needed to endure extensive periods of activity.

All Cobra seats come manufactured with spacer fabric as standard to provide the best experience possible for their user. The Cobra Monaco Pro Bucket Seat is FIA approved, featuring full steel construction with solid back & base for intrusion protection. This seat is as protective as it is comfortable & should not be overlooked.



Velour fabric is a cushioning textile similar to velvet. Generally manufactured from cotton, however, other materials can be used, velour material combines the flexibility of knitted fabrics with the premium-quality essence of velvet. This luxurious material ensures that the utmost comfort can be provided due to its ergonomic design.

The Recaro Speed Reclining Sport Seat combines sporting design and optimum lateral hold for drivers with sporting ambitions who desire second-to-none levels of comfort.



Vinyl material is a fully waterproof and highly durable synthetic leather which is easy to maintain. Despite its premium representation, vinyl seats are an affordable price, allowing anyone to own a top-of-the-range product. These seats are ideal for off-road or water-based activity due to their hard-wearing nature.

The Corbeau Boss Evo II Reclining Sport Seat is a retro-styled recliner constructed using the very best modern technology. This seat is a must-have for any off-road or water based vehicle.



In our showroom, we have a vast range of over seats on display for testing, so if you wish to try them out then please contact us to book an appointment at a time that suits you with our specialist advisers.

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