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What Type of Snowmobile Cover Do You Need?

By John Funk, March 7, 2023

Snowmobiles can be great fun, and snowmobiling is a recreational activity that not only promotes good mental health but also allows you to create memories with your dear ones while escaping the demands of everyday life.

A snowmobile may be a fun vehicle to own; however, for many, it is an investment. Snowmobiles don’t come cheap, so snowmobile owners are very particular about keeping them clean and protected from damaging elements when they are not in use.

Using a snowmobile cover is one of the best ways to keep your snowmobile safe when not in use. A top-quality cover can keep your snowmobile in pristine condition. However, determining what cover to buy for your sled can be confusing.

Why Do You Need a Cover For Your Snowmobile?

An effective snowmobile cover can provide superior protection to your snowmobile, thereby ensuring that its resale value depreciates much more slowly. Here is what you can expect from a good-quality snowmobile cover:

  • Protection against damage from UV rays. When your snowmobile is exposed to UV radiation for a long period of time, it can cause paint to fade and make plastic parts brittle. It can also cause damage to seats, upholstery, and the dashboard. A top-quality cover can protect your snowmobile from harmful UV rays.
  • Prevention of moisture formation. Continued exposure to snow, ice, sleet, and rain can result in premature corrosion and hasten the aging process of your snowmobile, thereby affecting its resale value. A water-resistant cover can keep corrosion at bay better and also prevent moisture formation.
  • Protection against animal damage. An uncovered snowmobile is an open invitation for rodents and birds to set up their nests, especially during the off-season when the snowmobile is not in use. A proper-fitting cover can act as a deterrent to nesting behavior and damage.
  • Prevention of dirt and dust formation. Indoor storage may be a better option than outdoor storage; however, it is not a completely safe option, either. Dirt and dust formation may not seem like a serious issue; however, they can cause damage to your snowmobile when they remain unattended for a long time. A snug-fit cover not only prevents the formation of dust but also prevents debris from seeking in underneath the cover.

What Type of Snowmobile Cover Do You Need?

  • Many snowmobile owners prefer purchasing universal covers for their snowmobiles as they are cheaper. However, universal covers tend to be either overly large or undersized.
  • An overly large cover may not stand the test of strong winds and could get blown away, leaving your snowmobile unprotected. An undersized cover can also cause scratches and other damage to your snowmobile due to a tight fit.

You need to purchase a cover that is customized to fit your snowmobile perfectly. There are various types of snowmobiles and you should buy a cover depending on the model of your snowmobile. Some of the most popular types of snowmobiles to cover include:

  • Arctic Cat Snowmobile Covers.
  • Polaris Snowmobile Covers.
  • Skidoo Snowmobile Covers.
  • Yamaha Snowmobile Covers.

Custom snowmobile covers can provide superior protection to your snowmobile and they are easy to take on and off because they fit snugly. They offer the following benefits

  • A custom snowmobile cover is specially made for your particular make and model and will protect your sled effectively. The fabric of a custom-fit snowmobile cover is cut to match your snowmobile’s dimensions and they can be easily unrolled and hooked into place without any assistance.
  • Custom snowmobile covers are tailored to your snowmobile’s specifications. A custom snowmobile cover will fit your snowmobile like a glove. It can stand up to strong winds and won’t wiggle when the wind blows.
  • Custom covers are created through computer-aided designs and computer-aided manufacturing processes. You can choose one from the extensive range of patterns, fabrics, and colors. Each fabric has different stiffness and stretch, and each pattern is modified for the type of fabric used.

Sounds great, right? However, custom snowmobile covers can be extremely expensive.

What to Look for in a Snowmobile Cover

As a snowmobile owner, you need to know the different things you should look out for when buying a snowmobile cover that is good value for money.

  • The quality of the material. A good quality water-resistant cover will not only provide great protection from dust and moisture but will also offer resistance to mold and mildew. The top layer offers protection against dust and other damaging elements, the breathable middle layer offers good water resistance while allowing the fabric to breathe and water vapor to escape, and the inner layer (interior lining) is kept soft to prevent the paint from being scratched.
  • The fit. A snowmobile cover that fits well offers better protection for your snowmobile. A loose cover will not only allow the moisture and dust in but tend to tear faster due to the flapping. With a tight cover, you will have a problem putting it on and removing it. A snug-fit cover will be easier to remove and put on and will also reduce the risk of rubbing against your snowmobile’s paint during strong winds.

The Type of Cover You Need to Choose Based on the Storage Location

The storage location is also a crucial factor that you need to consider before purchasing a cover for your snowmobile.

For Outdoor Use

  • For outdoor storage, a platinum shield, weatherproof cover is an ideal choice for protection from harmful outdoor elements. Such covers are UV resistant and are made of a sturdy, reflective polyester material that is coated with polyurethane.
  • The synthetic fabric materials of platinum shield covers are naturally resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.
  • Outdoor snowmobile covers include multiple layers of fabric that can offer superior protection against hail damage, dings, dents, water stains, and so on. You need to ensure that the outdoor snowmobile cover that you purchase is heavy-duty and durable.
  • A snowmobile cover with straps and reinforced grommets can provide great wind protection. This will not only ensure that the cover stands the test of strong winds but will also secure your snowmobile against theft and vandalism.

For Indoor Use

  • Storing your snowmobile in a garage may protect your snowmobile from extreme weather conditions and other hazardous outdoor elements; however, your snowmobile could still suffer damage as it is exposed to other risks such as dirt, dust, animal droppings, insect frass, and so on.
  • An indoor snowmobile cover should be able to protect your snowmobile against moisture ingress, while also ensuring that it includes vents to make the cover breathable so that it can prevent damp building upon the paintwork.
  • An indoor snowmobile cover should be lightweight and lined with soft stretchable fleece on the inside, while the outside should be able to repel dust and dirt, forming a protective barrier against the rest of your garage.

Why Choose Seal Skin’s Semi-Custom-Fit Snowmobile Covers?

Seal Skin offers semi-custom snowmobile covers that provide superior protection when compared to universal covers and are available at a much better price point when compared to custom-fit covers.

Our semi-custom snowmobile covers are double-stitched at the seams and are reinforcement-sewn at all major wear points to provide strong resistance against wear and tear. They also offer the same level of resistance against water as a custom snowmobile cover.

Our smartly designed snowmobile covers leave sizable gaps for ventilation, allowing moisture to escape, thereby preventing mold and mildew build-up.

You can call us at 800-915-0038 during our office hours (Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST) and we will help you find the right snowmobile cover that fits your needs and budget. We will also help you if you have any questions about our products, shipping policies, and exchange/refund policies.