hello all. i'm new to the forum. i replaced my first 2006 outback with a new 2017. love it!!!
anyway, i did some research for mats. my criteria was that i was concerned about looks, fit and durability in that order. since i get up to snow about 4-8 trips per season, my main concern was to handle daily use plus camping and a lot of sand, since i surf. there are a lot of videos on husky, weathertech and maxpider, that cover the same info... so i just had to order some mats to compare and figure out for my own needs.
i figure husky and weathertech are pretty similar in fit and durability. the reason i chose husky is because they have a little pattern over the hump in rear seats. i thought the pattern looks more functional and weathertech's plain finish looked cheap. i also read somewhere that the husky's were a little more rubbery which i like.
as far as driver and passenger goes, i was looking for aesthetics, on top of fit and durability. both the husky and weathertechs are so similar, for me it was about choosing texture and feel. i could have gone either way. what i didn't like was the stamped plastic sheet ends/border. it just looks very raw. that is part of the reason i went with the maxpiders.
THEY ARE AWESOME!!! they look finished on ends and have a 3 layer construction with a supposed "sound" buffer. i probably won't notice, but yes, the new outbacks are very quite compared to older models, so i would like to preserve that. the texture is AMAZING and really compliments the rest of the outback's interior finishes. it looks like it is was designed with the interiors.
BUT, i am a little concerned about durability. they are more rubbery than plastic, compared to husky and weathertech, but they feel pretty sturdy. for me, i'm more concerned with lasting 5+ years to protect the floors and make for easy cleaning AND looking great. i'm pretty confident these will do it, otherwise i would have stuck with all husky or weathertech. honestly, i don't need a lifetime warranty for my floor mats and would rather replace with something 'new' looking in an older car. we'll see. i'll try to post after some sand use. that will be the big test. hope this help some folks