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Not sure if you're planning on using an exacto knife and a CPU fan, but you may want to call a bunch of local upholstery shops and get quotes...
 

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Your thread resulted in an Amazon search and I found the following:

https://www.amazon.com/Zone-Tech-Cooling-Seat-Cushion/dp/B01EJUHDLA/ref=sr_1_4?rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1485133274&sr=8-4&keywords=cooling+seat&refinements=p_76:2661625011

I'm going to give it a try this summer. Maybe it'll save on EV range since you have air circulating around your arse/back and you can get away with lower HVAC settings (higher temp, lower fan speed. Says it draws 48W so comparable to our heated seats...
Pretty Cool. Thanks for the link.
 

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Wa...was that a pun? Well played! Don't forget, if you happen to get it earlier cause, Cali is warmer than WA, don't forget to let us know how it looks in your Volt!
 

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Resurrecting about a 9 month old thread here... But a topic that really should be explored more for us.
I do actually have the Zone Tech cooling seat and have almost nothing positive to say about it. If you are sitting with your back flat against it, you will get absolutely no air flow to your back. If you sit with technically proper posture, where your lumbar is curved, you will feel a tiny bit of air on your lower back.
You do still feel the air on the bottom, but it still isn't much.

The tiny fan it has inside of it frequently gets blocked by your pants, which then renders it useless. If the cover isn't positioned right, it also causes the fan to grind to almost a halt as well.

I've been looking in to one from SharperImage that has notably larger holes which could actually have air flow going through it.
Sharper Image Cooling Seat

I've also been toying with the idea of creating my own cooling seat cover, but it would be about two inches thick, which may not work for the taller crowd.
 

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I agree, once you're planted in the seat it doesn't cool much. My butt still gets some air but my back hardly gets any unless I take some of my back weight off the back cushion. I think the body weight is crushing the air channels such that not much air flows through. I still like it over just plain cloth seats. I've been meaning to get a beaded cushion like below where lots of holes and stiff beads provide air flow and support:

https://www.amazon.com/Zento-Deals-Premium-Quality-Comfort/dp/B0182IAVEG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1505104576&sr=8-4&keywords=beaded+car+seat
 

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Katskins Degreez can add an OEM style Cooled seats and I am seriously looking at having it installed in my car.
You should definitely do so and let us know how well it works.
At a price tag of a grand a seat, I'm definitely hesitant to try it, but if it works... I'll do it.
 

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Katskins Degreez can add an OEM style Cooled seats and I am seriously looking at having it installed in my car.
grand a seat,,your butt better be cooled real well for that much.
 

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try sheepskin covers

I was looking for a solution to warm to hot leather seats for my 2016 BMW 228i ragtop and ultimately tried a sheepskin cover (http://www.rmsheepskin.com/ I too was dubious of the claims it would make the seat cooler in the summer.

Much to my surprise the sheepskin does keep my backside cooler when it's warm to hot compared to the passenger seat that I still need to get a cover for.
 

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Got to test it out today.

Fit and finish? Very nice. Slips over the back of the seat and then velcros around and stays put nicely.
Controls are a bit of a pain, as you're pretty much sitting on them. You also have to manually turn it on each time you start the car.

Comfort? The seat has thick foam railing inside of it to keep you elevated off of the air vents. They take a little bit to get used to, but are comfortable once you do.

As for the airflow... I'm not impressed. It's better than the cheaper ones I've had previously, but was hoping for a good bit more air. You can just barely feel it on your back, and is only really effective once the car has sufficiently cooled down. It's powered by a single 5 inch fan and is rather quiet, but the cost for it being quiet is a lack of power. I'll be looking in to a different fan for the system.

Is it worth $50? I'd say it's a good start to a feature we should already have. It just really needs either a stronger fan, or larger vent holes to truly be effective.
 
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