By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.
I am a runner and a cyclist. All of our cars have leather seats. After I exercise, I hate to get into the car & stick to the seats! If you have cloth seats, your sweat can end up making the seat smell. Or you can buy a car seat cover that can not only protect your car seat from sweat, dirt and all the odors associated with an active lifestyle but it can be thrown in the washer when it gets dirty and only used when the need arises. I have an EliteSport™ SeatShield™ and I keep mine folded in my car when not being used so it’s conveniently available after I’ve been working out in the spring, summer and fall.
The SeatShield™ is a high tech, multi-layered seat cover that can be slipped over your car seat in seconds and can be easily stored when not needed. Unlike a towel, the SeatShield stays in place. There are three different types of SeatShields: the AllSport™ UltraSport™ and the Elite Sport™. All are made out of a tri-laminate material which contains a waterproof/breathable middle layer. The AllSport™ top layer is made of a synthetic non-woven microfiber that becomes soft with use. The top layer for the UltraSport™ is a velour microfiber that is very soft and durable which allows the SeatShield to fit better on the leather seats. Because the UltraSport has a mesh bottom layer it works well on leather or cloth seats. The new Elite Sport™ has the same top material as the Ultrasport but the Elite Sport™ has a special undercoating that provides a very grippy surface made especially for leather seats. In addition, it keeps the leather seats cool in the summertime. All the Seat Shields have a top surface that wicks away the moisture from you so it can evaporate quickly.
All Seat Shields are odor-resistance containing a permanent anti-microbial treatment to kill odor causing bacteria. However, if you sweat a lot after your workouts you might want to purchase the UltraSport™ or the EliteSport™ because they remain waterproof not matter how much moisture is expelled from a heavy amount of perspiration.
All SeatShields fits any car with a headrest including SUV’s and trucks with a 60/40 bench. The AllSport sells for $19.95, the UltraSport sells for $29.95 and the EliteShield™ sells for $39.95 (www.SeatShield.com or 1-888-643-8976). The AllSport comes in only light gray and weighs about 4 ounces. The UltraSport and EliteSport™ comes in two colors: light gray and beige. They weigh approximately 12 ounces.
Allsport Seat Shield
Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N., is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition. The former publisher of Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine and radio show host of Health News You Can Use, Barbara has over 30 years of experience in promoting healthy lifestyles to consumers. Barbara worked as Nutrition Consultant to the Navy SEALs (8 years) and the University of Louisville Athletic Department (10 years). Barbara has private practice, DayByDay Nutrition, www.DayByDayNutrition.com, where she counsels clients on weight loss, cholesterol management, performance nutrition and an array of other medical issues. Visit Barbara’s new website which is an on-line health & wellness magazine, www.KentuckianaHealthWellness.com. Barbara writes nutrition and health columns for www.LiveStrong.com as well as a weekly nutrition column for the Southeast Outlook. She also designs and presents employee wellness programs to small and large businesses. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker and a mother and grandmother to 13 grandchildren.