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Sheldon Zitzmann

How to Install TigerTough Seat Covers and What to Expect

Each TigerTough custom seat cover is shipped with step-by-step color instructions on installing them on the exact vehicle they were specifically designed for. 

So if you ordered seat covers for your 2017 Toyota Tacoma, you’ll get instructions on how to install those covers in a 2017 Toyota Tacoma. Pretty nice, right?

There are covers in the seat cover world that look awful because the installation process is confusing or inadequate. It’s a common problem with seat covers. We addressed this head-on by making installation as straightforward as possible.

And in case you toss your instructions in a moment of confidence and need a few pointers along the way, you’re in luck because we record installation videos for every vehicle

Since each vehicle is different, each seat cover install will be different. 

We’ll walk you through what a typical installation looks like.

Watch the video version

Before you start 

  1. Lift and remove the headrest.
  2. Lean the seat back.
  3. Remove any straps on the underside that hold the carpet up.
  4. If you have a Ford, unclip the plastic connectors under the seat–they might feel like they’re going to break, but they will come off.

Installing the seat bottom cover

  1. Make sure you start with the correct seat cover–passenger and driver’s seats are different, so just look for the tag.
  2. Line the seams up.
  3. Push the top flap of the seat cover between the seat back and the seat bottom.
  4. Take the strings and put one between the seat and the center console and cover and one between the seat cushion and plastic on the door side. These need to go down and under the seat, not straight back and behind the seat.
  5. Tuck the cover between the cushion and the plastic trim around the seat.
  6. Go behind the seat and find the strings you ran through the sides of the seat.
  7. Run them under the seat. Look at your specific instructions to see if you need to run them behind or in front of the seat mounts. 
  8. Pull them as tight as you can.
  9. Find the Stringlock.
  10. Run the strings through each side of the Stringlock as tight as possible and clamp it (the tighter, the better!).
  11. Run the front seat flaps over any seat-adjusting bar and under the seat.
  12. Pull tight on the front and back flaps and fasten them underneath the seat.

Installing the seatback cover

  1. Make sure the airbag tag is on the door side of the seat.
  2. Slide the cover over the seat.
  3. Press the cover down around the plastic headrest mounts.
  4. Go to the back and tuck the carpet flap up into the seat cover.
  5. Push the front flaps through the seat crease and fasten them on the backside.

Lastly, installing the headrest cover

  1. Put the headrest back in, but don’t put it all the way down.
  2. Take the cover and make sure the long flap is in front.
  3. Tuck the flap to the back and secure it.
  4. You can put the headrest down now if you’d like.

How easy was it?

We’ve installed other seat covers (check out this Carhartt install we did) and must admit that ours take longer. Since our covers come in multiple pieces, you’ll get a better fit, but it will take a little while to get those pieces where you want.

We say to expect to spend up to 45 minutes per seat on installation. 

According to Hunt Tested:

“If you’re looking for a seat cover that you can throw on for the weekends and then take off during the week, this cover is likely not the best choice. While you certainly can remove and reinstall these covers, the process is involved enough that I wouldn’t want to do it frequently. To get a precision fit, you give up being able to quickly and easily take the covers on and off.”

Wrapping it up

These aren’t the easiest to install, but they’re also not rocket science. If you’ve ever stepped foot on a job site, you can install these. And we can assure you that every installation step helps give you the best-looking fit on your new seat covers. 

Every vehicle installation is going to vary a bit. But we won’t leave you in the dark. You’ll get detailed instructions, an install video, and you’re always welcome to contact us if you’re stumped. And if you want to skip the installation altogether, check out one of our 850+ dealers.

Can you put seat covers on heated seats?

Heated seats in your truck are nearly a must-have in chilly weather (just ask us, we’re from Minnesota). Some of our customers ask us: is it safe to put seat covers on heated seats? 

Let’s clear the air and get down to the facts about protecting your heated seats without losing their warming benefits.

Yes, you can put seat covers on heated seats, but with caution. The key is choosing the right type of seat cover that allows heat to pass through without causing damage to both the seat and the cover.

Material Matters

Not all seat cover materials are suitable for heated seats. Thin, breathable materials like polyester, CORDURA®, or certain blends are typically safe as they allow efficient heat transfer. Avoid materials that are too thick, foam-backed, or insulated, as they can block the heat and potentially cause damage to the heating elements. We’d also suggest avoiding faux leather or anything furry…for more reason than one.

Are seat covers safe with aftermarket seat heaters?

Thinking about boosting your ride's comfort with aftermarket seat heaters? It's worth considering how they might play along with seat covers. 

Generally, seat covers are compatible with both factory-installed and aftermarket heating systems. However, remember that aftermarket heaters can add extra bulk to your seats. Proper installation of the heaters is key – they should be smooth under the covers. You can enjoy the added warmth and protect your seats with the right approach, but if your seat heaters are too bulky under the covers, you may want to consider a thinner option.

Safety and Efficiency

When using seat covers on heated seats, consider the following:

  • Ensure the seat cover is properly fitted and doesn’t bunch up, as uneven distribution can lead to overheating in certain spots.
  • Be aware that seat covers may slightly reduce the heat intensity you feel.
  • Regularly check the seat covers and seats for any signs of heat damage.

How do TigerTough seat covers work with heated and cooled seats?

They work great if we do say so ourselves.

“The covers work great with heated seats. They'll warm up just like the factory seats, and you won't notice a difference. If you use them with cooled seats, they'll work, but you'll notice less of a breeze. That's because the factory-cooled seats are perforated, but the covers are not. The covers will still cool and let some air through because the fabric is breathable, but it'll just be less than you're used to with the factory seats.” 

-Sheldon Zitzmann, Marketing Director 

Ready?

Planning to outfit your heated seats with covers? No problem, but let's do it right. Choose materials that play nice with the heat and you're all set. It's about striking that perfect balance – enjoying the cozy warmth while keeping your seats rugged and ready. Go the right route, and your heated seats stay snug and secure, season after season.

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Best Hunting Seat Covers for Your Truck

Let’s just get this out of the way: Camo alone doesn't make a seat cover suitable for hunting

What do we mean? 

Adding camo to a standard seat cover doesn't prepare it for hunting. That’s like painting your truck like a police cruiser and saying it’s ready to patrol the streets. It's about the right features and build, not just the appearance.

So we’ll sift through the best hunting seat covers for trucks. We'll look beyond the camouflage and assess what really matters: durability, functionality, and whether they can stand up to the challenges of hunting life. Whether you’ve got a budget to stick to or you're ready to splurge, we've got you covered. By the end of this, you’ll have all the info you need to choose a seat cover that’s not just a pretty face in the woods but a real workhorse, just like you.

So, buckle up, and let’s get into it.

Carhartt 

We all love Carhartt. Their RealTree Camo Seat Covers are just their SeatSavers with a different pattern on the fabric. We can give a pretty accurate overview since we’ve had our hands on these and installed them in a vehicle.

Price: $466

Pros

You know exactly what these seat covers will feel like. They’re made of the same Carhartt duck cotton you know and love. There’s nothing unexpected or surprising about these covers.

Cons

We’ve done a lot of homework on Carhartt’s seat covers, so we’re pretty familiar with them. 

These covers don’t have a separate back and bottom, so they shimmy a lot. They’re not waterproof (which is pretty important for hunting seat cover). They’re not made exclusively in America and are not as durable as CORDURA®️.

Verdict

If you’re brand loyal and love what Carhartt stands for–go for it! But you might not be getting the most durable cover on the market, and you’ll be buying the most expensive one we’re reviewing. Over $400 to match your jacket to your seat covers seems a little extreme, but who are we to judge?

Carhartt

Cost

$466

Material

Cotton Duck

Waterproof

Airbag Safe

☑️

Camo Patterns

2

Where are they made?

U.S. and Mexico

Seatback Pockets

Warranty

Limited two-year

Return Info

30 days to return with 20% restocking fee

Saddleman

The name Saddleman conjures up the image of a cowboy emerging from a hazy fog after vanquishing villains from a nearby town, so naturally, we’re drawn to these seat covers.

Price: $228

Pros

These are made in America, which we love (and we’d expect nothing less of a cowboy). Saddleman stands by their products and offers lifetime support. This means that you can send your covers to them for repairs for the product's lifetime for a small fee. There were only six reviews, but all of those customers seem thrilled with their covers.

Cons

Saddleman doesn’t say what their covers are made from (beyond polyester), so you can’t determine their durability. They’re also not waterproof. And like the Carhartt, they don’t have separate pieces, so the fit won’t be as secure as it could be.

Verdict

We’re not sold either way on these. Since they’re American-made and at the bottom of the price point, they’re probably worth trying.

Saddleman

Cost

$228

Material

Polyester

Waterproof

Airbag Safe

☑️

Camo Patterns

11

Where are they made?

U.S.

Seatback Pockets

Warranty

Limited two-year

Return Info

30 days with restocking fee

Northwest Seat Covers

We weren’t super familiar with Northwest, so we were intrigued when it popped up in our Search. Northwest has been making seat covers since 1997, and we enjoyed reviewing what they offer.

Although they don’t specifically state it, these are made in Canada. We contacted their customer service team, and they confirmed that the covers are made in Vancouver, BC.

Price: $395

Pros

Northwest uses 600-Denier fabric for their hunting seat covers. Knowing the fabric's denier is so helpful because it will tell you how strong it is. 600 is decent, but we’d prefer to see something in the 800-1000 range.

Northwest also provides a two-year warranty that’s more generous than most–they’ll fix or replace a seat cover that experiences wear due to normal use. And bonus: they have videos showing that their seat covers are airbag compatible. 

Cons

Ok…we were on #teamnorthwest until we read the website section that says you need to CUT YOUR OWN HOLES in the seat cover for things like headrest posts and latch holes. That’s a big no-no for seat covers because it compromises the seat cover's integrity. 

Verdict

As Grandpa always said: never buy a seat cover you need to stab.

Northwest is a pretty expensive seat cover, but their fit does look good. We also love their generous warranty, but we’re not sure we’d recommend them without knowing a little more.

Northwest

Cost

$395

Material

600-Denier Polyester

Waterproof

☑️

Airbag Safe

☑️

Camo Patterns

4

Where are they made?

Canada

Seatback Pockets

Warranty

Generous two-year

Return Info

20% restocking fee

Sportsman Camo Covers

Sportsman Seat Covers

We’re always happy to find another U.S.-based seat cover company using CORDURA®️. Sportsman has been in business since 1999, making their covers in good ole Mississippi.

Price: $295

Pros

As mentioned, we love that these are made in America. We also appreciate that they’re made from CORDURA®️. These covers look great! 

Cons

Even though these are CORDURA®️, they’re only made with 500-denier. That’s not the best it could be. Sportsman also says that their seat covers are padded and quilted. While padding might be great, it degrades over time and can make the seat cover baggy. Quilting looks great, but every seam makes the seat cover less durable. 

And if you go with a solid color from Sportsman, know that they are nonrefundable and nonreturnable. 

Verdict

It’s hard for us not to like this company. They’re doing great things. We’d love to see a better return policy and a stronger denier without padding and quilting…but then they’d just be a Mississippi version of TigerTough. Since their price point is lower than most, we’d give them a try.

Sportsman

Cost

$295

Material

500-Denier CORDURA

Waterproof

☑️

Airbag Safe

☑️

Camo Patterns

11

Where are they made?

U.S.

Seatback Pockets

Warranty

Unknown time manufacturer's warranty

Return Info

90 days and $10 restocking fees. Solid colors are nonrefundable.

Kryptek by Coverking

The Kryptek seat covers are made by Coverking, but specifically for hunters. According to a Coverking customer service rep, these are the same covers as Coverkings’s Neosupreme covers. Since Kryptek’s website info is…cryptic…we’ll use the Coverking’s site info.

Price: $320

Pros

The design on the Kryptek seat covers is unique, and there’s a variety of colors to choose from. They also include a back seat pocket on their covers, typically an additional fee. 

Cons

You’re paying $100+ more for the Kryptek pattern on your seats. (Coverking’s Neosupreme covers cost around $220 when this was published.)

Since these are not made of neoprene, they’re not totally waterproof.

Verdict

If you can get them on sale, go for it. Otherwise, we suggest going with the Coverking version in color you can live with. It might not be camo, but it’s literally the same otherwise.

Kryptek by Coverking

Cost

$320

Material

Unknown

Waterproof

Airbag Safe

☑️

Camo Patterns

10

Where are they made?

U.S. and Mexico

Seatback Pockets

☑️

Warranty

Limited two-year

Return Info

30 days with a 15% restocking fee

ShearComfort

We’re also no strangers to ShearComfort. We did a side-by-side comparison of the 1000-Denier ShearComfort vs. TigerTough. The ShearComfort Realtree Camo seat covers are super similar in specs to Northwest’s seat covers: 600-Denier, DWR top coat, PU undercoat, etc. We asked, and although they are similar, ShearComfort and Northwest each make their own covers. There’s no manufacturing overlap that we could find.

Price: $395

Pros

They are pretty easy to install, and they come with a seatback pocket. These look great in the stock photos, but we haven’t had our hand on these particular covers. However, reviewers love them.

Cons

ShearComfort uses different fabrics on the front of the seat covers than the backs. When we asked customer service about this, they said their solid camo seat covers use the same material around the whole seat. So if you don’t want varying materials, order the solid camo versions. The one thing we don’t love is that these are close to $400 for a set. 

Verdict

We don’t love ‘em or hate ‘em. If you end up buying them, let us know what you think. We’d love to hear you out.

ShearComfort

Cost

$395

Material

600-Denier Polyester

Waterproof

☑️

Airbag Safe

☑️

Camo Patterns

4

Where are they made?

North America

Seatback Pockets

☑️

Warranty

Limited two-year

Return Info

30 days

Marathon Seat Covers

Marathon camo covers

Why are we nervous writing about Marathon seat covers? Because Marathon is an intimidating brand and a division of Covercraft. They’ve got a heck of a reputation, are made in Montana, and people love them. 

Price: $270

Pros

They’re made in America (can you tell that we’re into that?), and from CORDURA®️. They’re a small company of around 30 people, so you feel good supporting them. They also have a 4-year limited warranty on seat covers. Limited means that the warranty is at Marathon’s discretion. However, this is still the longest warranty we’ve seen.

Cons

We had to search for something negative to say about Marathon, but if we had to be one thing, they don’t offer returns. Once the fabric is cut, it’s yours. They will possibly accept returns with a 50% restocking fee.

Verdict

If we didn’t work for TigerTough, we’d buy these. That return policy is intense, though, so be prepared to keep them.

Marathon

Cost

$270

Material

CORDURA (unknown denier)

Waterproof

☑️

Airbag Safe

☑️

Camo Patterns

14

Where are they made?

U.S.

Seatback Pockets

Warranty

Limited four-year

Return Info

50% restocking fee

TigerTough

TigerTough camo seat covers

We’re based in Minnesota and all of our seat covers are made on U.S. soil by American men and women. We strive to make seat covers the blue-collar world can be proud of. Since we focus on trucks and heavy equipment, we design every seat cover to withstand major abuse.

Price: $299

Pros

Our camo seat covers are made of 900-denier polyester and can withstand tools, pets, and spills. We offer an unconditional two-year warranty–it doesn’t matter how you ruin them. We’ll repair or replace them. 

Cons

The camo version of our seat covers isn’t made of CORDURA®️ like our solid-color options. So they’ll still be durable as heck and offer the same great warranty. 

Verdict

Not the cheapest seat covers, but still on the lower end of the pricing scale. We offer the best warranty out of all these hunting covers–that’s not an opinion, it’s just fact. If you’d like a third-party review, check out what HuntTested had to say about TigerTough.

TigerTough

Cost

$299

Material

900-Denier Polyester

Waterproof

☑️

Airbag Safe

☑️

Camo Patterns

5

Where are they made?

U.S.

Seatback Pockets

Optional

Warranty

Unconditional two-year

Return Info

30 days, no restock fee

Summary

In the hunt for the perfect seat covers, remember, they're not all built for the same game. The ideal choice for your hunting adventures should tick these boxes:

  • Totally waterproof for those unexpected elements
  • Easy to clean after a day in the wild
  • Supported by a robust warranty and a fair return policy
  • Proudly crafted in the USA

Don't get trapped with seat covers that can't keep up with your hunting lifestyle. You need resilient, cost-effective options to endure years of outdoor excursions, ultimately saving you money in the long run. And for those who hunt with a four-legged friend, be sure to check out our review of the best backseat bench covers for dogs – they're a game-changer.

So, as you scout the options for truck seat covers, tailor your choice to fit your hunting needs and budget. Make a choice that’s not just good for now but one that stands as your reliable partner in every hunting journey. 

 

Carhartt Saddleman Northwest Sportsman Kryptek by Coverking ShearComfort Marathon TigerTough
Cost $466 $22 $395 $295 $320 $395 $270 $299
Material Cotton Duck Polyester 600-Denier Polyester 500-Denier Polyester Unknown 600-Denier Polyester CORDURA (unknown denier) 900-Denier Polyester
Waterproof ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
Airbag Safe ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
Camo Patterns 2 11 4 11 10 4 14 5
Where are they made? U.S. and Mexico U.S. Canada U.S. U.S. and Mexico North America U.S. U.S.
Seatback Pockets ☑️ ☑️ Optional
Warranty Limited two-year Limited two-year Generous two-year Unknown Limited two-year Limited two-year Limited four-year Unconditional two-year
Return Info 30 days with 20% restock fee 30 days with restock fee 20% restock fee 90 days and $10 restock fee (solid colors are nonrefundable) 30 days with 15% restock fee 30 days 50% restock fee 30 days
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Fia vs. TigerTough Seat Covers Review

Fia is a popular seat cover company we find ourselves compared to, so it was worth an in-person look.

They’re a Canadian company founded over 40 years ago, so they know their stuff and have been in the market far longer than we have.

Fia has a variety of covers, from faux leather to saddle blanket style. We went with the SP80, the most comparable to TigerTough. 

We ordered a 2023 Ford F-150 set to compare them with TigerTough seat covers.

Let’s see how they do.

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Packaging

Packaging might not be top of mind when you're picking out seat covers, but it's still something we like to cover. It's more than just a box or a bag — it's a reflection of the brand itself.

Fia Packaging

Fia covers arrived in purple branded box, but we noticed that the box doesn’t really match their orange website. Not a big deal. Maybe they’re going through a rebrand, and we got old packaging stock.

Their covers were packaged with a black-and-white generic instruction sheet labeling a three-step installation process.

TigerTough Packaging

When your TigerTough seat covers arrive, they come neatly packaged in a branded poly mailer with full-color instructions tailored to your vehicle's make and model. Say you've got a 2019 Nissan Frontier — you'll receive a set of guidelines crafted precisely for fitting TigerTough covers to your Frontier's seats, ensuring a smooth installation process.

Design, material and fit of the seat cover

Fia Design, Material, and Fit

These covers are made of 100% polyester. But like Shear Comfort, Fia uses different materials for the seat bottoms and sides. The sides and headrest are made of a much thinner, stretchy polyester. This difference in quality can affect the longevity of the seat cover.

Fia doesn’t label the denier of their polyester, so we can’t give details on that.

There’s some decorative stitching on the seat back, which we don’t suggest because it makes the seat cover weaker.

TigerTough Design, Material and Fit

TigerTough seat covers come in three pieces and wrap the entire seat, much like Fia, but we use 1000-Denier CORDURA on the entire seat for consistent quality.

Our covers are made from 1000-Denier CORDURA and are proven to withstand intense abuse. We don’t have any decorative stitching, except for embroidery, but because that’s in an area with minimal wear, it doesn’t weaken the seat cover like decorative stitching.

Installation

Fia Installation

It took us approximately 9 minutes to install a Fia cover. We rated these as fairly easy to install. The instructions weren’t awesome, but we made do.

Fia seat cover instructions

TigerTough Installation

Installing TigerTough seat covers clocked in at just 9 minutes for a full seat setup too. Granted, we're pretty savvy with our products, so it might take a newcomer a bit longer, but not by much.

We try to go the extra mile by providing detailed instructions and step-by-step installation videos tailored for each specific vehicle model to ensure you get it right the first time.

Here's the lowdown on how TigerTough seat covers fit into place:

  • The cover for the seat bottom extends under the entire seat, firmly securing itself with robust hook & loop fasteners.
  • Our unique StringLock system encircles the base of the seat bottom, pulling everything snugly together under the seat just like a drawstring, making sure the cover stays put without any slip or slide.

Check out our full installation expectations to learn more.

Headrest

Both seat covers come equipped with headrest protection — a definite plus! Covering the headrest is as essential as the seat itself for full coverage. That said, we noted that Fia's headrest cover is crafted from a thinner fabric. This might not offer the barrier you need on a dusty job site. Instead of acting as a solid shield, Fia's cover might behave more like a filter, allowing finer particles to pass through rather than providing a robust defense.

Fia and TigerTough side by side

Seat back

Fia Seat Back

Fia’s seat backs have their heavy-duty polyester on the front and light polyester on the back and side. They do not offer a seatback pocket option or any custom embroidery. 

TigerTough Seat Back

Our seat covers fit snuggly to the back. It’s fits like a glove. If you’d like to add a seatback pocket or custom embroidery, you can do that for an additional fee. 

Comparing the backs of TigerTough and Fia seat covers

Seat crease and bottom

Since both seat covers are made from multiple pieces, they both have clean-looking creases that fit the seats well.

Fia and TigerTough seat covers showing the crease in the seats.

They also both tuck into the plastic trim of the seat bottom. We wish Fia had a way to secure the portion that tucks into the plastic trim, though, because this will pull out as you slide in the vehicle.

Fia only has their heavy-duty polyester on the bottom and outside of the seat bottom, though. They use their lighter-weight polyester on the other areas of the seat bottom.

TigerTough and Fia seat covers showing how they both tuck into the plastic trim

Airbag safety

A bit of a history rundown: Post-2014, virtually all cars come equipped with side airbags, a mandate driven by federal safety regulations. These airbags, often integrated into the seats, have been life-savers even before becoming standard. To put it in perspective, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that from 1996 to 2012, side and curtain airbags saved over 2,000 lives. Back then, only 42% of cars had them – a number that's substantially higher today.

We understand the importance of safety in every vehicle, whether it's your work truck or an entire fleet under your watch.

Fia vs TigerTough seat covers air bag compliant portion

Fia Airbag Compatibility

There are several ways to do airbag compatibility, but no matter how it’s done, the airbag just needs to be able to deploy in the event of a collision. 

Fia does a flap technique. There’s a cutout covered by a thin fabric flap. We have no doubts that this would function as needed, but the flap is so floppy that we don’t know if it would actually stay tucked into the cutout. 

TigerTough Airbag Compatibility 

Our seat covers are designed with a clear tearaway seam that spans the length of the seat, ensuring they don't hinder airbag deployment during an accident. Tested by independent safety experts, our covers are confirmed to be compatible with airbags. While we hope it never comes to that, you can trust that our seat covers are safety-approved.

Warranty and Returns

Fia Warranty and Returns

Fia offers a limited two-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects under normal use. 

And if you’re not happy with your purchase, you have 30 days to return your Fia products. Pretty fair, we’d say. 

TigerTough Warranty and Returns

Our vehicle seat covers have a two-year, unconditional warranty. If something happens to your TigerTough seat covers, we’ll replace or repair them. How they got damaged doesn’t matter; we’ll happily make it right.

If, for some reason, you don’t like your TigerTough seat covers, we’ll accept returns within 30 days of you receiving them. You just need to be sure they’re in like-new condition still.

Price

Seat covers can range from $50 to hundreds of dollars. For comparison, we used a 2023 Ford F-150 for spec. 

How much does Fia cost?

We ordered a set of their SP87-34 seat covers for $160. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for seat covers.

How much does TigerTough cost?

To fully cover your two front seats with TigerTough, it will cost around $277.

Overview

It all comes down to what you want out of a seat cover and what your budget allows.

There are two things we’d love to see from Fia: a fully-wrapped seat cover that uses the same material all around, and reviews on their website.

If you want something rugged and meant to withstand hard use, like construction equipment or excited farm dogs, we’d encourage you to try TigerTough. You can’t destroy them (and even if you manage to, we’ll replace them in the first two years.)

Maybe after reading this comparison, neither of these brands appeal to you. Then you should definitely check out the best seat covers for work trucks and find something that meets your needs and budget.

Fia TigerTough
Cost $160 $277
Stars N/A 4.9
Warranty Limited 2 years Unconditional 2 years
Material Polyester 1000-Denier CORDURA
Fit Custom Perfect Fit
Waterproof ☑️ ☑️
Airbag Safe ☑️ ☑️
Colors/Patterns 3 8
Made in the USA Canada ☑️
Seatback Pockets No Optional
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What is CORDURA Fabric?

CORDURA® sets the standard for fabric durability, known for its unmatched resilience against abrasions, tears, and scuffs. This robust woven fabric is made of nylon material and is favored for high-stakes applications from military gear to adventure equipment. 

It’s the Hercules of fabrics.

CORDURA® seat covers embody this strength, designed to withstand rigorous daily use, unforgiving weather, and incidental spills, ensuring your seats are well-protected for years.

The History of CORDURA®

CORDURA® fabric isn't just durable; it's a legacy in the making. Crafted over half a century ago and trademarked by DuPont, CORDURA® began its journey, toughening up tires and military attire. Fast forward to the 1970s: that’s when CORDURA® really showed its mettle, becoming the fabric of choice for military apparel because of its unparalleled resistance to wear and tear.

It didn’t stop there. CORDURA® broke through military confines, transforming the consumer market with its rugged essence, revolutionizing everything from outdoor equipment to durable luggage. Remember lugging around a Jansport or Eastpak backpack in the 80s or 90s? That was made out of CORDURA®.

Celebrated for its enduring nature and reliability, CORDURA® continues to evolve, meeting the challenges of a world that demands strength and longevity.

What Makes CORDURA® Unique?

When it comes to fabrics that need to endure, CORDURA® stands out from the crowd. But what exactly sets it apart? The answer lies in its composition and the varying deniers it offers.

What is CORDURA® Made Of?

At its core, CORDURA® is a type of nylon made by spinning together fibers of various lengths to create an exceptionally sturdy yarn. However, it's not just any nylon. CORDURA®'s fibers are specially engineered and treated in many steps that enhance their natural durability. The result is a fabric that boasts resistance to abrasions, tears, and scuffs far beyond that of ordinary nylon.

Understanding Denier

Denier refers to the weight of the yarn used in the fabric. Specifically, it indicates the weight in grams of a 9,000-meter length of the yarn. The higher the denier, the thicker, sturdier, and more durable the fabric. This makes the denier a crucial factor when selecting a fabric for specific applications — the right denier for the right job ensures both efficiency and longevity.

The Spectrum of CORDURA® Deniers

CORDURA®'s versatility is reflected in its range of deniers, each suited to different tasks:

  • Lightweight Applications (30 to 210 denier): Used for clothing and light bags where flexibility and breathability are needed alongside durability.
  • Intermediate Applications (500 denier): Strikes a balance between strength and weight, ideal for more demanding travel gear and backpacks.
  • Heavy-Duty Applications (1000 denier and above): The choice for situations where maximum durability is non-negotiable, such as in seat covers for heavy machinery, military gear, and workwear.

Focusing on 1000 Denier for Seat Covers

This high-denier powerhouse doesn't just cover your seats; it armors them. Choosing CORDURA® means choosing unbeatable resilience and a commitment to long-lasting protection, keeping your seats in top form against the toughest challenges.

Key Benefits of CORDURA® for Seat Covers

  1. Exceptional Abrasion Resistance: The tightly woven fabric of CORDURA® stands up to continuous rubbing and friction without showing signs of wear. This is particularly crucial for seat covers, which are subject to constant use and movement.
  1. Enhanced Longevity: CORDURA® is synonymous with longevity. Seat covers crafted from this material are less likely to need replacement, which means less waste and more savings over time.
  1. Adaptability: CORDURA®'s versatility allows it to be treated for additional properties, such as water resistance.

CORDURA® in the Real World

CORDURA®'s reputation for toughness is built on real-world grit—it's the fabric that's been put through its paces in the most grueling conditions imaginable. It's the go-to material for professionals who need performance they can count on, day in and day out, no matter the job site's demands.

CORDURA® Across Industries

Military: In the military, gear failure is not an option. CORDURA® is extensively used to create equipment that soldiers rely on, from bulletproof vests to heavy-duty rucksacks, due to its high tensile strength and exceptional durability.

Outdoor Gear: Adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts turn to CORDURA® for backpacks, camping gear, and apparel that can endure the elements and rugged terrain without faltering.

Workwear: The fabric's resistance to abrasions and tears makes it ideal for workwear in industries like construction and forestry, where clothing and gear face constant abuse.

Caring for Your CORDURA® Seat Covers

Like any other high-performance equipment, CORDURA® seat covers require proper maintenance to ensure they continue functioning at their best. However, taking care of them is not as daunting as one might think. Here are some straightforward tips and dispelled myths to help you maintain your CORDURA® seat covers effectively.

Maintenance Tips for Longevity

  • Simple soap and water are often enough to clean CORDURA® seat covers. For tougher stains, a soft brush and mild fabric cleaner will do the trick.
  • Steer clear of bleach and other abrasive cleaners, as they can degrade the fabric's protective coatings over time.

Choosing the Right CORDURA® Seat Covers for Your Vehicle

Selecting the perfect CORDURA® seat cover for your vehicle doesn't have to be a challenge. With the right information and key points in mind, you can make an informed choice that provides maximum protection and longevity.

  • Understanding the make, model, and year of your vehicle is crucial. CORDURA® seat covers come in designs tailored to specific vehicle layouts, ensuring every contour is covered.
  • Different deniers of CORDURA® cater to varying degrees of wear. Determine the conditions your vehicle's interior faces and choose a denier that stands up to those challenges.
  • Many vehicles have unique features, such as side airbags or integrated seatbelts. Ensure the CORDURA® seat covers you choose accommodate these specifications.
  • Full coverage is key. Opt for seat covers that cover the entire seat, reducing the risk of unprotected areas that can accumulate wear.
  • Look for additional protective features such as water resistance, UV protection, antimicrobial options, and reinforcement in high-stress areas.

Why does TigerTough use CORDURA®?

By now, you’ve seen how tough it is. We make seat covers for work trucks, semi-trucks, and heavy equipment, so our covers need to be able to stand up to the same harsh conditions as you do.

It’s also made in the U.S., like our seat covers, which is important to us as a company.

“1000 Denier is the perfect blend of strength and workability. It's tough enough to be almost indestructible, but it's still flexible enough to be easy to work with. Any heavier gets stiff, and any lighter loses strength. It's highly customizable. It can be dyed and printed with a range of colors, and we can add a ton of different technologies to it to make it waterproof, antimicrobial, etc.”

Sheldon Zitzmann, Marketing Director

Compare CORDURA vs. Carhartt

Curious to see how CORDURA® seat covers measure up to Carhartt? Take a look at the lab results, where a third-party laboratory independently tests each material. 

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Wet Okole vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

People love their Wet Okole seat covers. There’s a loyal fanbase raving about these American-made, waterproof seat covers.

What's their claim? Seat covers that don't swelter in the summer or freeze in winter, waterproofed, and a fit that's tighter than a new pair of gloves.

They're a competitor we recognize. They're dedicated to enhancing vehicle interiors and protecting them from daily wear and tear. Wet Okole has a rabid following, and at TigerTough, we appreciate good competition.

But we need to take a quick pause to tell you that when we googled what Wet Okole means, we found out that in Hawaiian, it means wet butt. Nope, we didn’t make that up. 

Anyway, we ordered a set for a 2023 Ford F-150 to compare them with TigerTough seat covers.

Let’s do this.

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Packaging

Now, we know this isn’t a factor people consider when ordering seat covers. But it’s still important to note since packaging can give you a glimpse of how a company treats their customers.

Wet Okole Packaging

Wet Okole covers arrived in the largest box we’ve ever received for a single set of seat covers. These covers are bulky on their own, so the box is understandable. It was branded well and came with information about the company and color instructions. 

TigerTough Packaging

TigerTough seat covers ship in a branded poly mailer with full-color instructions specific to your exact vehicle. So, if you ordered covers for a 2018 Toyota Tacoma, you’ll get instructions on installing TigerTough seat covers on a 2018 Toyota Tacoma.

Design and fit of the seat cover

Wet Okole Design and Fit

Wet Okole’s seat covers have nylon-covered neoprene laminated on a half-inch of foam. It’s a thick cover and looks great installed.

The covers come in multiple pieces (we love that!) for the best fit. And thankfully, Wet Okole labels which seat cover goes on the driver’s seat. (They don’t label the passenger seat cover.) Does this matter? Absolutely. You need to make sure you have the correct covers on so that the airbag can deploy in the event of a collision.

And bonus: the set we received also included a center console cover.

We like the way the Wet Okole looks. It’s very attractive. However, it’s stiff with that ½” foam backing. If you press on the seat back, you’ll notice gapping between the cover and the seat. This is because the foam isn’t pliable. And after a while, that foam breaks down, and the cover won't fit as nicely.

wet okole backing
Foam backing on a Wet Okole seat cover.

Wet Okole also does a lot of decorative stitching in the seat back. This looks nice, but it makes the fabric weaker.  

TigerTough Design and Fit

TigerTough seat covers come in three pieces and wrap the entire seat, much like Wet Okole, but they are installed differently, which we’ll get into later. 

Our covers are made from 1000-Denier CORDURA® and are proven to withstand intense abuse. There’s no foam backing on our covers, so it hugs the seat. We also don’t have any decorative stitching, except for embroidery, but because that’s in an area with minimal wear, it doesn’t weaken the seat cover like decorative stitching.

"We design for strength first and looks second."

Sheldon Zitzmann, TigerTough Marketing Director

 

Installation

Wet Okole Installation

It took us approximately 17 minutes to install a Wet Okole cover. We rated these as medium difficulty. The instructions were pretty poor, but because we know seat covers, we knew what to do.

However, we had issues getting one of the straps through. The instructions said that you’d need to possibly remove the plastic molding on your seat to get the strap through. We didn’t want to do that on our boss’ truck, so it took a little longer for us to install.

Wet Okole Instructions

Here’s how their seat covers are attached:

  • One strap running from side to side
  • Two straps running underneath from front to back
  • One loop around the seatbelt plug

TigerTough Installation

TigerTough took us 9 minutes to install on a seat. Yeah, we know our seat covers, so this probably took us a little faster than most people.

We try to be as specific with our instructions as possible and offer installation videos for every vehicle. 

Here’s how TigerTough seat covers are attached:

  • The seat bottom runs all the way along the underside of the seat, attaching to itself with heavy-duty hook & loop.
  • We have our Stringlock that runs around the perimeter of the seat bottom and cinches it like a drawstring around and underneath the seat to ensure it doesn’t shift.

Check out our full installation expectations to learn more.

Headrest

Both seat covers have headrest covers, so that’s a win! They also both tuck into the headrest mounts nicely. There’s not much more to say about that other than if you’re covering your seat, you need to cover the headrest. 

Seat back

Both brands have a custom look for the seat back. They also both have options for custom embroidery and seat back pockets.

Wet Okole Seat Back

We’ve touched on this earlier, but the back of the Wet Okole seat covers have decorative stitching, which looks very attractive but isn’t great for durability. You'll also see the gapping here when you press on the seat cover.

TigerTough Seat Back

Our seat covers fit snuggly to the back without any gapping or unnecessary seems.

Seat Crease and Bottom

Since both seat covers are made from multiple pieces, they have clean-looking creases that fit the seats well.

They also both tuck into the plastic trim of the seat allowing access to the seat controls. We like the way TigerTough’s fit more snuggly on the bottom half, but if we removed the plastic trim to install the Wet Okole covers as they suggested, we might like that fit more than we do as is.

wet okole and TigerTough seat bottoms

Airbag safety

Quick history lesson: most cars made after 2014 will have side airbags due to federal regulation, many deploying from the seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that between 1996 and 2012, 2,252 lives were saved by side and curtain airbags–before regulations were even put into place. At that time, only 42% of vehicles on the road were equipped with side airbags. That percentage is much higher now.

We know you take safety seriously, whether it’s in your personal vehicle or if you’re managing a fleet

Wet Okole Airbag Compatibility

We don’t love the way Wet Okole does airbag compatibility with their covers. They have a slit on the side of their seats for the airbag to deploy. But, the slit isn’t as long as the tearaway seam on the factory seat, so we have concerns that an airbag could get stuck during deployment. However, Wet Okole says their seat covers are tested, so we’ll take their word for it.

TigerTough Airbag Compatibility 

Our seat covers have a visible tearaway seam that goes the entire seat length. Our covers have been independently tested to ensure that an airbag will deploy in the event of a collision. We hope you never have to find out, but rest assured that our seat covers are deemed safe with airbags.

Wet Okole and TigerTough are both airbag safe.

Waterproofness 

Not all waterproofness (that’s a real word) works the same. This one is best shown in the video, but we’ll break it down here too.

Are Wet Okole seat covers waterproof?

Yes, they are, but they also soak up the water like a little sponge. The seat underneath stays dry. However, if you spill something, your cover will remain wet for a while. You’ll want to blot the seat cover and keep the windows open if you can so that they’ll dry out.

Otherwise, Wet Okole will live up to their name and leave you with a wet butt.

Are TigerTough seats waterproof?

They are, and they’re also hydrophobic. Does that mean they’re scared of water? Pretty much. They can’t even absorb liquid. 

In the video, you’ll see that the water poured on the TigerTough seat cover beads up and rolls off. So yeah, your floor may get wet if you spill on your seats, but you can wipe up your seat cover and sit about it without worrying about wet pants. Do you want the portion of the video where we do that? Maybe as a gif?

Warranty and Returns

Wet Okole Warranty and Returns

This is one of our biggest disappointments with this brand. They have a 90-day limited warranty, and it only covers manufacturer defects. In terms of returns, they don’t accept returns if you aren’t happy with your purchase. So you get what you get. 

TigerTough Warranty and Returns

Our vehicle seat covers have a two-year, unconditional warranty. If something happens to your TigerTough seat covers, we’ll replace or repair them. It doesn’t matter how they got damaged; we’ll happily make it right.

If, for some reason, you don’t like your TigerTough seat covers, we’ll accept returns within 30 days of you receiving them. You just need to be sure they’re in like-new condition still.

Price

Seat covers can range from $50 to hundreds of dollars. For comparison, we used a 2023 Ford F-150 covers. 

How much does Wet Okole cost?

We ordered a set of their standard bucket seats for $314. This is a fair price for seat covers since they can get pretty expensive if you pay for something custom.

How much does TigerTough cost?

To cover your two front seats with TigerTough, it will cost around $277.

Overview

We like Wet Okole. Not enough to quit our jobs and go work for them, but they have a decent seat cover. But if we were sitting down with you over a beer, we’d probably say that we expected more from Wet Okole based on their cult following, but we don’t doubt that the covers will protect your seats for years.

It all comes down to preference in the end. Both covers are made in America and have great reviews.

If you want fun colors and that beach vibe, Wet Okole would be a great option. We still don’t love their warranty or return policy, though.

If you want something rugged and meant to withstand hard use, like construction equipment or excited farm dogs, we’d encourage you to try TigerTough. After all, if you don’t like our seat covers, you can return them.

Maybe after reading this comparison, neither of these brands appeal to you. Then you should definitely check out the best seat covers for work trucks and find something that meets your needs.

Wet Okole TigerTough
Cost $314 $277
Stars N/A 4.9
Warranty 90 days Unconditional 2 years
Material Neoprene 1000 Denier CORDURA®️
Fit Custom Perfect Fit
Waterproof Waterproof Waterproof
Airbag Safe Yes Yes
Colors/Patterns 40+ 8
Made in the USA ☑️ ☑️
Seatback Pockets Optional Optional
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Durability Lab Results: Carhartt Cotton Duck vs. TigerTough CORDURA

Durability isn't just a nice-to-have in a seat cover; it's an essential. Whether you're in the construction business, managing a fleet of delivery vehicles, or just an everyday driver who values the longevity of your truck's interior, the quality of your seat cover material plays an important role in protection. But here's the deal: not all seat covers are created equal. 

So, how do you cut through the marketing jargon and truly measure the toughness of a seat cover?

Well, in our case, we shipped off two seat covers to an independent textile testing lab.

So here’s the in-depth, third-party laboratory comparison between TigerTough's 1000-Denier CORDURA®️ and Carhartt's renowned Cotton Duck. No biases—just raw data.

In this report, we'll lay out the results of tests conducted on these materials, shedding light on their abrasion resistance, puncture resistance, and tear resistance. 

If you don’t want to read this entire report, we’ll just tell you now that TigerTough surpasses Carhartt in all three categories. But if you want the details, by all means, keep reading.

Testing isn’t the most exciting thing, and we could get hyper-nerdy about this, but we hope that by the end, you'll have a clearer picture of which material stands tall when faced with the daily wear and tear of rugged use.

The Importance of Third-Party Testing

Here's why third-party testing is an indispensable part of the product development and marketing process:

  • Objective Assessment
  • Credibility Boost 
  • Consistent Standards
  • Unbiased Feedback
  • Leveling the Playing Field

We've already compared Carhartt vs. TigerTough side-by-side, but we wanted to see which one would be more durable. Since we don't have that kind of equipment, we worked with an independent lab.

The Lab of Choice: TexTest

TexTest stands as a pinnacle in fabric testing, with over 30 years of distinguished experience. Recognized for assisting brands in certifying product specifications, TexTest ensures compliance with government regulations and adherence to elite industry standards.

Their credibility is fortified by an ISO 9001 quality management system, guaranteeing consistent and accurate results. This rigorous standardization accelerates the market entry for businesses, relying on TexTest's dependable evaluations.

Furthermore, TexTest's comprehensive array of advanced lab equipment offers an expansive suite of testing services. Their commitment to innovation is evident through active memberships in ASTM, AATCC, AFMA, and IFAI, ensuring they remain at the vanguard of testing methodologies.

Not only are they ANAB accredited, but they're also an officially approved testing lab. That's the expertise and assurance needed for an independent testing facility.

Materials Under Test

The material used in seat covers is pivotal in determining longevity, durability, and overall performance. 

TigerTough 1000-Denier CORDURA®️ (Black)

Derived from a blend of nylon and other synthetic fibers, CORDURA®️ is renowned for its resilience and durability. The term "1000-Denier" refers to the fabric's density, with "denier" as a fiber thickness measurement unit. A higher denier indicates a thicker, more robust fabric.

Carhartt Cotton Duck (Brown)

"Duck" in fabric terminology refers to a heavy, plain-woven cotton fabric. The term "duck" comes from the Dutch word for cloth, "doek." Carhartt's variant, known for its ruggedness, is unapologetically sturdy and has been a staple in workwear for decades.

The Testing Parameters

When assessing the quality and durability of fabric materials, especially those designed for rugged use like seat covers, there are specific benchmarks and tests that experts rely on. These tests are designed to simulate the kind of wear and tear these materials might face in real-world conditions. For our evaluation of CORDURA®️ and Carhartt Cotton Duck, we focused on three main testing parameters:

  1. Wyzenbeek Abrasion Test (ASTM D4157): This test evaluates how well a fabric can resist wear from repeated rubbing. Think of it as simulating the repeated action of sliding in and out of a seat or the consistent contact of a seatbelt against the material.
  1. Puncture Resistance (ASTM D751 Flat Tip Probe): Here, we gauge how the material stands up against punctures from sharp objects. This is vital for those unexpected moments when a sharp tool or object ends up on the seat.
  1. Tear Resistance (Trapezoid Method ASTM D 4533): This test determines the material's ability to resist tearing, especially critical for situations where there's a strain on the fabric, such as when something gets caught on it.

But before we dive deeper into these tests, let's clarify two terms we'll reference quite a bit: 'warp' and 'filling.'

Warp Yarns: These yarns run lengthwise in a fabric parallel to the edge. They are typically more robust and tightly wound than filling yarns.

Filling Yarns (or Weft Yarns): These yarns run perpendicular to the warp, going across the width of the fabric. They interlace with the warp yarns to form the fabric's structure.

Understanding these terms isn't necessary, but these influence the fabric's strength and durability in different directions.

Wyzenbeek Abrasion Test (ASTM D4157)

In the fabric industry, one of the most trusted methods to measure a material's resistance to wear and tear is the Wyzenbeek Abrasion Test. 

The Wyzenbeek Test simulates the action of everyday wear and tear on fabrics. A piece of the fabric is stretched over a frame, and then a specific kind of abrasive, such as a wire screen or a standardized piece of cotton duck, is rubbed against it. The number of cycles, or double rubs, it takes for the fabric to show noticeable wear or breakdown provides a measurable and consistent standard of durability. The more cycles a fabric can withstand before showing wear, the more durable it is.

TigerTough Results

Warp: 1,700,000+ cycles before wear
Filling: 1,700,000+ cycles before wear

Carhartt Results

Warp: 1,670,000 cycles before wearing completely through
Filling: 1,670,000 cycles before wearing completely through

Comparative Analysis

While both materials showcased exceptional durability, the TigerTough 1000-Denier CORDURA®️ demonstrated a particularly impressive performance. Remarkably, it maxed out the test at 1,700,000 cycles in warp and filling directions. This means that the test's limit was reached, so we don't even know how much further TigerTough could have gone.

Carhartt Cotton Duck, on the other hand, exhibited strong durability, reaching 1,670,000 cycles in both testing directions. While commendable, the distinction is clear: TigerTough's CORDURA®️ not only surpassed Carhartt but showcased the potential for even greater resilience that couldn't be quantified in this test, suggesting it provides an even longer-lasting seat cover in real-world scenarios.

Wyzenbeek abrasion test results showing that TigerTough CORDURA is stronger.

Puncture Resistance (ASTM D751 Flat Tip Probe)

Puncture resistance is a crucial parameter when considering the strength and longevity of fabrics, especially in contexts where they may be exposed to sharp objects or sudden impacts. It's the measure of a fabric's ability to withstand penetration, a key determinant in its ability to protect underlying surfaces and, by extension, maintain its integrity over time. Whether it's for seat covers exposed to tools, equipment, or any accidental contact with sharp items, this test provides a snapshot of how well a fabric might hold up against potential damage.

Puncture resistance is necessary. A seat cover might look great and feel comfortable, but its utility is greatly diminished if it easily gives way to things like a screwdriver or dog claws.

TigerTough Results

The results varied depending on the direction of the probe, with scores of 120, 114, and 136, resulting in an average of 120 lbf.

Carhartt Results 

The Carhartt fabric tested at 48, 40, and 36 in different directions, averaging 41 lbf.

Comparative Analysis

TigerTough's 1000-Denier CORDURA®️ exhibited an outstanding performance in the puncture resistance test. On average, TigerTough was approximately 193% stronger than Carhartt. This substantial difference underscores TigerTough's enhanced ability to withstand punctures, providing superior seat protection. Carhartt's performance, while still commendable, was significantly outshined by TigerTough in this regard, highlighting the enhanced protective qualities the latter offers.

Tear Resistance (Trapezoid Method ASTM D 4533)

Tear resistance is one of the essential indicators of fabric durability, especially when subjected to rigorous use. Tear resistance gauges a fabric’s capacity to prevent a small rip or cut from becoming a gaping wound in your seat cover.

Significance in Industrial and Rugged Environments

In industrial or rugged environments, fabrics often encounter various stresses, from snagging on equipment to being caught between sharp or heavy objects. A seat cover's integrity isn't just about withstanding the initial damage but also ensuring that minor damage doesn't escalate into major, irreparable harm. A high tear resistance means that even if the fabric does get nicked or slightly cut, the damage is localized and doesn't spread, thereby maintaining the overall integrity of the seat cover.

TigerTough Results

Warp: The fabric exhibited a tear strength of 103 lbs.
Filling: Recorded a tear strength of 96 lbs.

Carhartt Results

Warp: Demonstrated a tear strength of 20 lbs.
Filling: Registered a tear strength of 20 lbs.

Comparative Analysis

The numbers speak for themselves. TigerTough's 1000-Denier CORDURA®️ exhibits remarkable tear resistance, significantly outperforming the Carhartt Cotton Duck. Depending on the direction of the tear, TigerTough's fabric is between 380% to 415% more resilient in tear strength than Carhartt's.

Summary of Results

Wyzenbeek Abrasion Test (ASTM D4157):

TigerTough: Reached over 1,700,000 cycles, which is the test's maximum limit, implying its true potential remains undetermined.

Carhartt: Scored 1,670,000 cycles.

Statistical Insight: Despite the numbers being close, it's important to highlight that TigerTough's fabric hit the test's ceiling, hinting at even greater durability. On the other hand, Carhartt's fabric, while commendable, did not max out the test. This can translate to noticeable differences in fabric longevity and wear in real-world scenarios.

Puncture Resistance (ASTM D751 Flat Tip Probe)

TigerTough: Registered a puncture strength of 120 lbf.

Carhartt: Recorded 41 lbf.

TigerTough's fabric showcased a puncture resistance 193% stronger than Carhartt's. This means a significantly better defense against accidental stabs from tools, sharp objects, excited dogs, or other potential hazards.

Tear Resistance (Trapezoid Method ASTM D 4533)

TigerTough: In the warp direction, the strength was 103 lbs, and 96 lbs in the filling direction.

Carhartt: Tear strengths stood at 20 lbs for warp and 20 lbs for filling.

Statistical Insight: TigerTough's fabric is between 380% to 415% stronger in terms of tear resistance than Carhartt's, depending on the tear direction. This difference can mean a minor fabric stretch and a full-blown tear for industries or scenarios with rugged use.

Overall Analytical Impression

All data shows that TigerTough's 1000-Denier CORDURA®️ as the superior fabric in every metric tested. 

Every percentage point of difference could signify additional weeks or even months of product life, fewer replacements, increased savings, and an overall enhanced user experience. In a world where durability and functionality are paramount, these test results offer clear guidance on which fabric stands out as the better choice.

Whether you choose TigerTough or another seat cover brand, we want you to be fully equipped with the information so that you can make the best investment for your vehicle.

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Covercraft Carhartt vs. WeatherTech Seat Covers

Both brands have earned their stripes, commanding respect in the market for their quality and durability. But brand reputation is just one piece of the puzzle when hunting for the right seat cover.

Your vehicle’s interior faces daily challenges, from accidental spills to the wear and tear of regular use. And while both Carhartt and WeatherTech promise top-tier protection, the real question is: which one truly delivers on that promise? 

We've ordered both covers and tried them on a 2023 Ford F-150, and we’ll give you a head-to-head comparison to help you make an informed decision for your ride.

Installation

Installation might seem straightforward with seat covers, but it's more than just fitting a piece of fabric onto a seat. It's about ensuring the cover stays in place, doesn't interfere with the vehicle's functions, and looks aesthetically pleasing. Carhartt and WeatherTech have different installation methods, and we’ll take a detailed look into both processes.

Covercraft Carhartt Installation

You know Carhartt. Their seat covers promise the same rugged quality as their workwear. 

The aesthetic is instantly recognizable, appealing to fans of the Carhartt brand. However, a slight hiccup emerges in differentiating the driver's seat cover from the passenger's, especially since these covers are airbag-safe, making correct installation crucial.

Installation is straightforward, with simple instructions typical of most seat cover brands (but not typical of TigerTough…just sayin’). The covers are one piece, excluding the headrest, which means less hassle in assembling multiple parts. However, this singular design can be tricky in ensuring a snug fit, especially over prolonged use.

WeatherTech Installation

WeatherTech is no newbie in the vehicle protection arena. Installation of their Seat Protectors promises speed, with our trial run clocking it at under three minutes for a single cover. Their one-piece design is reminiscent of a bib, using two straps behind the seat, one beneath, and a stretchy band around the headrest posts for a relatively secure fit. Simplicity is WeatherTech's motto here.

However, this simplistic approach has its drawbacks. The one-piece design exposes the back of the seat (cue a hospital gown analogy). The lack of snug fit will also lead to the cover shifting with regular movement in and out of the vehicle.

Design and Fit

Design and fit aren't just about making your truck’s interior look good. It's about protection and durability. Covercraft Carhartt and WeatherTech each have strengths and potential areas of improvement.

Covercraft Carhartt

Carhartt's design leans heavily into its brand identity—rugged, durable, and ready for work. The SeatSaver Custom Seat Covers, made of their signature "heavy-duty, firm-hand Carhartt® Duck Weave fabric," are an extension of this brand. This 100% cotton fabric feels familiar to anyone who's donned a Carhartt jacket or hat.

However, this commitment to tradition can be a double-edged sword. The material does wear out (we’ve seen it). A seat cover sees far more friction than a jacket, so it won’t last as long.

Each Carhartt cover is customized to your vehicle's specific make and model, making it a custom fit.

The seat covers are constructed as a single piece (aside from the headrest) unlike TigerTough seat covers. While this can simplify the design, it can compromise the fit. Over time, as users slide in and out of their vehicles, the SeatSavers might shimmy and shift, detracting from the snug fit you’d hope for.

“Will not stay in place. Have to fix the cover every time I get out, very frustrating for the price.”

- Timothy C.

 

WeatherTech

WeatherTech's design philosophy seems centered around simplicity. Their Seat Protectors adopt a minimalist, one-piece design approach. 

However, the emphasis on simplicity also leads to compromises. The seat protectors only cover the front, exposing the back—a curious choice that might not appeal to those looking for full protection like a TigerTough seat cover. And the lack of a custom fit for specific vehicles means the covers won’t offer a snug, glove-like fit. This might lead to the seat covers shifting more than users like, especially with frequent use.

“Heavy duty, but not enough places to secure them so they don't slide up. Don't really fit right. Pretty expensive for the fit! As long I keep pulling them down the should protect from dirt etc.”

- Jericho

 

Headrest Protection

The headrest cover, while sometimes overlooked, plays a vital role. Protecting the headrest ensures not only the longevity of the material but also the cleanliness and appearance of your vehicle's interior. 

Covercraft Carhartt and WeatherTech take different approaches to headrest protection, and understanding these can greatly influence one's buying decision.

Covercraft Carhartt: Integrating the Iconic Fabric

Covercraft Carhartt headrest
Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers headrest cover

Carhartt continues its commitment to its signature Duck Weave fabric, even regarding the headrest. The headrest portion is a separate piece (like TigerTough) and offers a consistent look throughout the seat. This ensures that the iconic rugged appearance is uniform, making the interior look cohesive.

Functionally, the headrest cover protects against dirt, wear, and the elements. However, as it's designed as a separate piece, there might be concerns regarding its fit and potential to shift over time, especially if not secured properly.

WeatherTech: The Minimalist Approach

Weathertech seat protector not covering the headrest
WeatherTech Seat Protectors don't cover the headrest.

WeatherTech's approach to the headrest is noticeably different. Their Seat Protectors do not cover the headrest, opting for a strap around the headrest bars. While this minimalist design ensures quick installation and removal, it leaves the headrest vulnerable to dirt, sweat, and other potential stains.

From an aesthetic standpoint, the lack of coverage can be seen as a design inconsistency, especially when the rest of the seat is protected. Functionally, for drivers in blue-collar jobs, the unprotected headrest might wear out or discolor faster than the rest of the seat.

Seat Back

Often, the back of the seat is a neglected aspect of protection. It’s not as visible as the seat front, but it's just as important when it comes to shielding against wear, tear, and potential damage. Let’s just say Carhartt and WeatherTech have different approaches to covering the seat back.

Covercraft Carhartt: Full Coverage with Character

Carhartt seat cover with Carhartt logo
Carhartt SeatSavers seat cover

Appearance

The Carhartt Duck Weave fabric extends to the back, ensuring a seamless look throughout the seat. Its rugged texture and signature style adds a touch of workmanship to the vehicle's interior, even in areas not immediately visible.

Fit

The Carhartt design snugly wraps around the seat back, with the material's firmness ensuring it stays in place. This tight fit minimizes the material's chances of sagging or becoming baggy.

Extra Features

  • Logo: Carhartt’s iconic patch sits between the shoulder blades, a subtle brand reminder.
  • Storage Pocket: A standard feature on their covers, the seat back pocket offers added functionality and storage, a win for those who like to keep things organized.
Seatback pocket on a Carhartt seat cover
Seatback pocket on a Carhartt seat cover

WeatherTech: Simplified Protection

WeatherTech Seat Protector
WeatherTech Seat Protector

Appearance

The Seat Protectors by WeatherTech sport a more minimalistic design. If you’re into bibs, you’ll be into these.

Fit

The design leaves the back exposed, resembling a shield rather than a full cover. This design choice might raise eyebrows among those who prefer complete coverage, but it allows quicker installation. But it also makes for a sloppy fit.

WeatherTech Seat Protectors leave the back of the seat exposed.

“When the dog is on the seat, the cover moves around every time she changes position. It should not be my job to re-engineer a WeatherTech product to make it work. I have always been pleased with WT products until now.”

- Doug S.

 

Extra Features:

  • Open Back: The lack of a full back cover is a drawback, but this can benefit those who need quick access to pockets or features on the original seat.
  • Optional Back Protector: For an additional $60, WeatherTech offers an additional seat back protector, acknowledging that a segment of their audience might prefer the extra layer of defense.

Seat Crease and Bottom

Let’s look closer at how Covercraft Carhartt and WeatherTech tackle the seat crease – that intersection where the seat bottom meets the back.

Covercraft Carhartt: Not the Neatest Crease

Seat Crease

Carhatt SeatSaver seat crease
Seat crease on the Carhartt SeatSaver
  • Carhartt’s one-piece design offers continuity at the crease. This translates to a smooth transition from the seat back to the bottom.
  • However, the single-piece construction means the crease may shift over time, especially as occupants slide in and out of the seat.

Seat Bottom

Carhartt SeatSaver seat bottom
The Carhartt SeatSavers allow access to all seat controls.
  • Crafted with their signature Duck Weave fabric, the Carhartt seat bottom boasts both durability and a rustic aesthetic.
  • The design ensures that access to seat controls remains unobstructed, with the cover contouring neatly around the edge of the seat.
  • Multiple contact points ensure the seat bottom remains anchored, resisting movement and providing a firm seating experience.

WeatherTech: One-Piece Flaws

Seat Crease

Seat crease on a WeatherTech Seat Protector
Seat crease on a WeatherTech Seat Protector
  • With WeatherTech’s single-piece Seat Protectors, the seat crease design emphasizes functionality. Its design can act as a catcher for crumbs and debris – a practical touch for those with kids or frequent eaters on the go.
  • But, much like Carhartt, this single-piece approach may lead to the cover shifting over time, compromising the initial neat appearance.

Seat Bottom

WeatherTech Seat Protector covering the seat controls on a Ford F-150
The WeatherTech Seat Protectors cover the seat controls
  • WeatherTech’s focus on functional design shines through with its skirt-like approach to the seat bottom, wrapping around its base.
  • This skirt design may drape over some seat controls, potentially causing slight accessibility issues for some vehicle models.
  • The absence of anchoring points under the seat means the seat cover might shift slightly during use, which may be a point of consideration for some users.

Airbag Compatibility

⚠️ Spoiler alert: Not all seat covers are airbag-compatible.

Covercraft Carhartt: Safety at Forefront

  • Carhartt's seat covers have been meticulously designed to work seamlessly with side seat airbags, ensuring unhindered deployment when needed.
  • Proper installation is paramount. Even with the best designs, incorrect fitting can pose risks. Adhering to the provided guidelines is crucial.

WeatherTech: A Questionable Oversight

WeatherTech Seat Protector with straps covering the side airbag
WeatherTech Seat Protectors cover the side airbag.
  • WeatherTech, despite its reputation in vehicle protection, has a glaring oversight in their Seat Protector design concerning side airbag safety.
  • Their installation instructions say not to put the covers on vehicles with side airbags. Since most new vehicles have these airbags, the WeatherTech Seat Protectors shouldn’t be installed.
  • Their securing straps can potentially cover side seat airbags, making them a hazardous choice for most modern vehicles, especially those post-2014 where side airbags are prevalent.
  • This design flaw isn't a tiny hiccup; it's a major safety concern. There’s no room for nonchalance when it comes to life-saving features.
Instructions from WeatherTech Seat Protectors
WeatherTech Seat Protector instructions

The Non-Negotiable Nature of Airbag Safety

The data doesn’t lie. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's findings underline the significance of side airbags in saving lives. So any seat cover that doesn't prioritize this essential safety feature should considered cautiously.

When choosing between brands, remember that safety isn't negotiable. Whether you lean toward Covercraft’s Carhartt or any other brand, ensuring the seat covers comply with the vehicle's safety features and are installed as directed is vital.

Price

Let's check out both brands' price points and analyze their value.

Covercraft Carhartt: A Premium Offering

Price Point

  • Priced at $428 (as of our last check for a 2023 Ford F150 model), Carhartt SeatSavers position themselves in the market's premium segment.

Value Proposition

  • The fabric's resilience, iconic Carhartt branding, and tailored fit justify the steeper price for many. As an integral safety feature, airbag compatibility adds to its value.
  • Their periodic sales and coupon codes offer some relief, making them more accessible during promotional periods.

WeatherTech: Surprisingly Steep for the Offering

Price Point

  • To cover the front and back of bucket seats (not the sides, as those are still exposed), WeatherTech Seat Protectors carry a price of $420. ($150 per seat protector and $60 for each seat back protector.) And your headrests are still naked in this scenario.

Value Proposition

  • At face value, WeatherTech demands a premium price. Given the safety concerns around airbag compatibility and the less-than-perfect fit, the value for the price could be better.
  • Their "universal" design philosophy might cut costs in production, but it might not always align with consumers' expectations for a tailored fit.

Price Overview

With Carhartt at $428 for a custom fit and WeatherTech at $410 for a universal fit, there's not enough cost savings for us to justify buying WeatherTech.

Customer Feedback and Reviews

Covercraft Carhartt seat covers earned a notable 4.5-star rating with over 2,000 reviews, showcasing their appeal and reliability. Many drivers admire the robustness and look of their signature Carhartt fabric.

On the other hand, WeatherTech's Seat Protectors aren’t as loved, averaging a 3.2-star rating. Customers often mention fit issues, coverage gaps, and concerns regarding airbag safety. While WeatherTech has mastered other vehicle protection, their seat protectors differ from their top-tier product.

Conclusion

Wrapping up our in-depth comparison of Covercraft Carhartt and WeatherTech seat protectors, here's a snapshot of what each brand brings to the table:

Covercraft Carhartt

  • Brand Legacy: Carhartt leverages its iconic Duck Weave fabric and its established reputation in durable workwear.
  • Design Philosophies: The seat covers offer a familiar feel, though there are areas, such as seat fit, where improvement is needed,
  • Price Point: Retailing at around $428 for their SeatSavers, Carhartt combines brand trust with a slightly premium price.

WeatherTech

  • Brand Strength: A well-established name in vehicle protection, WeatherTech is known for precision and craftsmanship.
  • Safety Concerns: The potential risk to airbag deployment is a major concern that users need to be wary of.
  • Design and Fit: Despite a more streamlined design, there are compromises, especially around seat crease and headrest protection.
  • Price Consideration: Priced at approximately $420 for complete front seat protection (including additional seat back protectors), WeatherTech's offering seems less compelling, especially when factoring in the safety reservations and lack of headrest cover.

No pressure, but when it comes to seat covers, your choices play an important role in determining your car's interior's safety, aesthetics, resale value, and durability. If you were to ask us, we’d choose Covercraft’s Carhartt over WeatherTech’s Seat Protector. When selecting seat covers, it's crucial to weigh aesthetics, comfort, safety, and functionality.

CoverCraft Carhartt SeatSavers WeatherTech Seat Protectors + Seat Back Protectors
Cost $428.00 $410.00
Star Rating 4.5 3.2
Warranty 3 year limited Limited Lifetime
Material Duck weave fabric Polycotton twill fabric
Fit Custom Semi-custom
Waterproof Water resistant Water resistant
Airbag Safe ☑️
Colors/Patterns 2 4
Made in the U.S. U.S. and Mexico ☑️
Seatback Pockets Yes
All specs based on a 2023 Ford F-150.
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