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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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How are TigerTough Seat Covers Made?

We’re proud that TigerTough seat covers are made in the USA. Since 2017, we’ve handled the process in-house and have streamlined how we do things to make the best seat covers on the market. We wanted to show you how this is done in our Minnesota factory and highlight the incredible team that makes each cover.

We hate to disappoint, but no little elves in our factory make these seat covers. Hard-working American men and women make each cover.

When we add seat covers to our inventory

Step 1: Measure

Woman creating a TigerTough seat cover prototype.

When we need to create a seat cover for a new vehicle or piece of heavy equipment, we need to bring that vehicle or seat into the shop. (It’s not always convenient squeezing a D7 Dozer in our space, so we just take the seats when it comes to heavy equipment.)

Each seat is measured and mapped by hand by our research and development team (R&D). We don’t work off of specs–we tried it once, and it wasn’t giving the custom fit we strive for. Nothing beats having the real thing in-house.

Step 2: Make a prototype

Hands cutting a material for a prototype seat cover.
Creating a prototype of a seat cover.

Once we have accurate measurements and maps of a seat, the team creates a draft–or a sample–of the seat cover, and we try it on the seat. 

At this point, we want to ensure it’s easy to install and has a good fit. Sometimes, you just get one or the other, so it’s an art to get a balance of fit and ease of installation. 

Typically, two or three drafts are created before we’re happy with the sample and consider it a worthy prototype. 

Step 3: Try it out

After a successful sample is made, we reinstall the seat back into the vehicle or piece of heavy equipment and make sure the cover is still easy to install. There might be a couple of tweaks to strap placement or the hook and loop, but these adjustments are relatively minor.

Step 4: Digitize the pattern

A woman digitizing a seat cover pattern so it can be put into the CAD system.
Digitizing a final pattern so that it can be reproduced.

Every seat cover is digitized in our CAD program once we’ve successfully made it. That way, we don’t have to remeasure a seat every time we get an order. Can you imagine the hassle that would be?

This entire process takes about one week for a truck with front and rear seats or three days for heavy equipment with a single seat.

Where do you source these trucks and heavy equipment?

Valid question! When a new model is rolled out of the factory, we know we will need to get our hands on one to create the new seat covers. So our truck models come from these sources:

For trucks

Local dealerships 

We have great relationships with some of our local dealerships. They’ll give us a vehicle to borrow for a week while we map, measure, and make seat covers for that model. 


Manufacturers (like Toyota) will lend us a vehicle when a new model comes out so that we can get seat covers added to our inventory.


Sometimes, a local customer has a vehicle we don’t have seat covers for. So they’ll bring their vehicle in to get measured. 

For heavy equipment

It’s less important for us to have the entire piece of equipment in-house than it is for us to have the seat when it comes to heavy equipment. So here’s how we do it:


In the off-season or when a piece of heavy equipment is being serviced, customers will send us the seats from the machines so we can map and make the cover for it. 

We buy it

Yep, sometimes we buy just the seats. This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get our hands on a heavy equipment seat and map a seat cover for it. You should see the surplus of seats we have in the warehouse.

Every seat cover is made to order (unless we happen to have that one in our limited stock already). Thankfully, we’ve digitized the pattern for the seat cover in our CAD program, so we can turn to that when a new order is placed. 

Making seat covers when an order is placed

Man sitting at a C&C cutting machine

We’ve made hundreds of thousands of seat covers, but the process looks nearly identical for each one.

Step 1: The material gets cut

C&C machine cutting fabric
C&C machine cutting fabric to make a TigerTough seat cover for a customer.

We use a super cool C&C machine to cut the fabric. It compresses up to 20 sheets of material at a time and cuts them at once. 

Once upon a time, each piece was cut by hand, but the C&C machine is a lot faster, and it reduces the amount of error. The machine cuts an exact replica of the pattern every time. 

Step 2: It gets sewn

TigerTough cover being hand sewn by a woman with red hair
A person sews each TigerTough seat cover.

Every single seat cover is sewn by a human using an industrial sewing machine. There’s no machine that can sew a three-dimensional piece on its own–they just don’t exist. And that’s okay. We love knowing that someone right here in the U.S. is making seat covers for our customers. 

If a customer chooses to add a seatback pocket on their seat cover, that gets added when the cover is being sewn. 

Step 3: Inspection

Completed TigerTough seat covers that are folded and ready to be packaged
Freshly inspected seat covers that are ready to be packaged.

Every cover gets inspected up against the physical sample we made earlier. If a cover doesn’t pass inspection, it will either get fixed or scrapped. We don’t let anything leave our hands that we’re not proud of. And we never sell second-quality or imperfect inventory.

Step 4 (optional): Embroidery

Woman at an embroidery machine
Custom embroidery going on seat covers.

If a customer wants one or a thousand seat covers embroidered, that happens after the cover is sewn. Embroidery is one of the coolest things to watch. Each design has about 15,000-45,000 stitches, and each machine can do about 1000 stitches per minute. Each stitch is programmed for texture and color. Like we said, it’s a really cool process. 

The seat gets inspected again after embroidery.

Step 5: Package and ship it

TigerTough packages awaiting shipment.
Covers ready to be shipped.

When a cover is good to go, it gets packaged with instructions specific to that exact vehicle or piece of heavy equipment. So, if you ordered seat covers for a 2016 Ford F-150, you’ll receive instructions on how to install the covers in a 2016 Ford F-150. 

After packaging, the cover is sent off to its new home, which will protect a seat for the rest of its days. 

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8 Tips for Increasing Resale Value When Selling Your Heavy Equipment

We all know the drill: you check the engine, kick the tires (best of luck if you’re doing this with tracks), and if the price sounds right, you seal the deal. 

But when it comes to offloading your heavy equipment, there's much more to consider than just finding the person with the deepest pockets. Just like restoring an old car or tuning up a beloved guitar, boosting the resale value of your machine should be a badge of honor. It's a craft, a passion that transforms the task into an art form. 

Let’s get into the details of increasing that resale value when it’s time to sell.

1. Regular maintenance is a no-brainer

Heavy equipment isn't just a chunk of metal; it's an investment and the backbone of your operations. Treating these machines like an afterthought? That's like ignoring the lifeline of your business.  

Let’s dive in to grasp why routine care is the secret sauce to keeping these beasts running at their best.

Changing the oil 

Heavy machinery, just like small cars, needs its oil–it’s the bloodline that keeps the engine purring and the gears shifting smoothly.

We're all about that resale value, right? A well-maintained engine, proven with consistent oil changes, boosts the confidence of potential buyers. They'll be more willing to fork over more dollars if they know you've treated your equipment like the precious gem it is.

So, next time you try kicking that oil change down the road, remember: this isn't just a chore left for Grandma and her trusty sedan. It's the heartbeat of your heavy equipment. Show it some love, keep it running like a champ, and watch as it rewards you in performance and value.

The power of a maintenance log 

You know those folks who always seem prepared, the ones who have every tool they might need and know every bolt of their machinery by heart? That's what a maintenance log does for your heavy equipment. This isn't about just scribbling down notes; it's laying down the history of your machine's health and performance.

Clear, honest records build trust. When folks see that log, they'll know you're straight-shooting and that machine has been cared for. Without a log? They might just see an old piece of gear. But with it, they'll recognize a battle-hardened buddy that's stood by your side.

Logs also help spot problems before they sneak up on you, preventing those nasty surprises. And here's the kicker: a solid maintenance log doesn't just keep your machine running; it boosts its value big time. So, remember: machines might be mute, but their logs speak volumes. Keep them detailed and show the world your dedication.

2. Keeping that paint job shiny and new:

A worn-out, rusty exterior can quickly create an image of negligence or poor maintenance habits—even if that's far from the truth. Think of it as having food in your teeth on a first date; it's distracting and might overshadow all the good stuff you bring.

In the world of heavy machinery, first impressions are crucial. A gleaming exterior says a lot about your equipment. It conveys professionalism, attention to detail, and pride in one's work.

Consider a protective coating

But keeping that paint job pristine isn't just about aesthetics. It’s also about protection. Protective coatings act like a shield, warding off threats like rust, corrosion, and the usual wear and tear from the elements. These coatings extend the life of the paint, ensuring that the vibrant colors and sheen remain intact for longer periods.

A few reasons to consider one:

  • Longevity: The longer your equipment looks new, the longer it can maintain a higher resale value.
  • Protection: It's not just about looks. Protective coatings can prevent minor damages from escalating into significant repair issues.
  • Cost-Effective: Investing in an excellent protective coating can save you from frequent repaint jobs, ultimately saving you money in the long run.
  • Enhanced Image: Let's face it, a machine that looks well-taken care of tends to command more respect and trust, both in its efficiency and in the crew that operates it.

While the inner workings of your machinery are vital, it's clear that the exterior should be noticed. Think of it as a two-fold strategy: It’s not just keeping your equipment looking dapper; it’s about ensuring longevity, preserving value, and exuding professionalism at every step.

3. Upgrade old parts

In a world that's constantly evolving with technology and innovation, staying up-to-date isn't just about keeping up with the Joneses; it's about ensuring that your heavy machinery functions optimally and remains relevant in the market. Here's why updating those aging parts is not just a smart choice but a necessary one.

Replacing worn-out components

Upgrading old, worn-out parts is more than just giving your machinery a facelift. Think safety and efficiency: newer components, built with the latest tech, can ramp up performance, from fuel economy to reduced maintenance. 

This isn't like holding onto a vintage baseball card; in the world of heavy machinery, top-notch performance, and reliability reign supreme. By swapping out the old with the new, you're extending the machine's working life and making it a hot ticket item for potential buyers. In a game where top-tier is the goal, you don’t want to be left behind because of outdated parts. Stay ahead, upgrade, and ensure your machine is always market-ready.

Document upgrades

Whenever you make upgrades, you’ll want to document that too. It offers potential buyers a clear roadmap of the machine's history and the enhancements made.

Since many upgraded parts come with warranties, documenting them ensures you can use these benefits if needed. Check to see if the warranty is transferable to any new owners.

Upgrading old parts is a strategic move that ensures safety, efficiency, and relevancy in an ever-evolving market. Paired with meticulous documentation, these upgrades can significantly elevate the machinery's value and appeal, making it a prime choice for potential buyers.

4. Record all repairs, part replacements, warranty info, and maintenance

We’ve said this a ton already, but that’s because it will be a huge selling factor for your heavy equipment. Trust is good, but the paperwork is proof. And our future buyer's peace of mind is worth can drive a sale.

In the world of heavy machinery, a well-documented record is almost as important as the machinery itself. Every repair, part replacement, and routine maintenance session talks about the machine's history and overall care. Think of it as a machine's health diary. 

And if you had a warranty on the equipment, call and see if it's still valid and transferable. If it is, make that info available to potential buyers.

This way, anyone looking to buy knows exactly what they're getting into — no tricks, no gimmicks. That trusty logbook proves you've taken good care of your equipment, and in the end, that's gonna put more dollars in your pocket when it's time to sell.

5. Put seat covers on your equipment ASAP

Okay, you knew we were going to throw this one in here. You probably saw it coming a mile away, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

You wouldn't head out into a rainstorm without a proper jacket, right? The same principle applies to the seats of your heavy machinery. They face a daily storm of dirt, sweat, wear, and the occasional coffee spill. Protecting them isn't just about aesthetics (okay, but there’s some of that)—it's about smart, long-term investment. Heck, even if you don’t pick our seat covers, there are other options out there.

Let's go over why seat covers are the jacket your equipment needs.

1. The daily grind

Every day on the job site brings its own set of challenges. Whether hopping on and off the machine with dirt-caked work boots, the rough materials of utility belts, or the accidental drop of a heavy tool—your seat is right there in the line of fire. Without a protective barrier, even the sturdiest seats can start showing signs of wear and tear in no time.

2. Upholding the resale value

We all know that first impressions count. When you decide to sell your equipment, potential buyers will judge it based on appearance. A brand new seat speaks volumes about how the entire machine was treated. It suggests careful handling and regular maintenance. In a nutshell, a pristine seat can significantly boost resale value.

3. Maintenance costs

While the initial investment in a high-quality seat cover might seem like an extra expense, it can save you heaps in the long run. Reupholstering or replacing a seat can cost around $1,000. Preventative measures, like a durable seat cover, can steer you clear of these costs.

4. Comfort and morale

Let's not forget about the opeartor! A seat cover can add an extra layer of comfort. Over time, this can greatly affect the operator's overall job satisfaction. We're talking fewer aches and pains and a happier team member. Plus, when you get into the cab of an excavator and the seat is still in good condition, that just makes the whole experience better.

heavy equipment with a seat cover on and then off.

5. Easy cleaning

Mud, grease, or that sandwich that decided to explode? No worries! A good seat cover makes clean-up easier. Instead of a lengthy scrubbing session, you could look at a simple wipe-down.

6. Representing brand image

Your equipment isn't just a tool—it represents your brand, commitment to quality and professionalism. Protecting its seats showcases a level of meticulous care and attention to detail. It's a subtle message to clients, partners, and competitors that you're serious about your work.

"Bought this Seat cover for my New JD 50 excavator which was my first new machine, and wanted to protect it. I must say the seat cover is the best I have seen and used in any equipment I have operated. Best aftermarket purchase I have made for my machine."

- Bow


Seat covers might seem small, but they pack a punch in terms of benefits and cost a fraction of what a new seat would. They're the unsung heroes, taking on the daily challenges of the construction world to ensure your equipment remains in prime condition, inside and out.

6. Expert inspections are worth their weight in gold

While you might know your equipment like the back of your hand, prospective buyers or partners don't. They're about to make a significant investment and want to ensure they make the right choice. This is where the invaluable role of expert inspections comes into play.

Why getting a professional to give your equipment the green light increases buyer confidence:

  • Objective assessment: While you might offer the best descriptions and assurances, a third-party, especially an expert, brings an unbiased lens. Their evaluation is based purely on the equipment's condition and performance, free from emotional or investment bias.
  • Spotting hidden issues: Even with regular maintenance, there might be underlying issues that aren't immediately apparent. Professionals identify these problems, ensuring the equipment is in top shape or pointing out areas needing attention.
  • Boosted credibility: In the buyer's eyes, going the extra mile to get an expert evaluation showcases responsibility. It demonstrates that you're committed to transparency and ensures the equipment's quality.

The power of a stamp of approval:

  • Reinforcing claims: You can sing praises about your equipment all day, but an expert's confirmation is concrete evidence to back up those claims.
  • Increasing resale value: Expert-verified machinery often fetches a higher price in the market. The stamp of approval can sometimes make a tangible difference in the valuation.
  • Peace of mind for both parties: While you're confident in your equipment's condition, an expert's nod gives you and the buyer peace of mind. It reaffirms your beliefs and soothes any reservations the buyer might have.
  • Building trust: Being willing to bring in an expert to inspect the machinery shows prospective buyers that you have nothing to hide. It establishes a foundation of trust, which can be crucial in facilitating smoother transactions.

While there's an undeniable value in personal assurance and regular maintenance logs, an expert's stamp of approval can elevate your equipment's standing in the market. It's like having a trusted mechanic vouch for a used car—it just makes the whole deal sweeter for everyone involved.

7. Offer a training session with the sale:

You might draw the line here, but passing on heavy machinery is more than just tossing over some keys. Every machine's got its unique heartbeat, its quirks, and those "learned the hard way" lessons. 

You've put in the hours, learned its strengths, and discovered those sneaky little nuances that aren’t in any manual. Giving the new owner a crash course isn't just a nice gesture; it's about safety, efficiency, and a bit of that blue-collar camaraderie. It’s ensuring they get the job done right and safely while also passing on the know-how to keep that machinery running smoothly for the long haul. After all, the best lessons aren’t found in a book but from one hardworking hand to another.

8. Keep it clean

Machines are dirty. That’s why we love them. They tackle challenging terrains, bear massive weight, and endure the harsh realities of a construction site. However, it's essential to separate the workhorse from the mud it's trotted through when it's showtime. 

Here’s what a dirty machine can do:

  • First Impressions Matter: Just as we judge a book by its cover, the exterior cleanliness of a machine is often the first point of evaluation for potential buyers. A mud-caked dozer might hint at neglect, even if it runs perfectly.
  • Spotting Issues: Excessive dirt and grime can obscure actual problems or damages. Rust spots, leaks, or wear and tear might hide under layers of dirt. Presenting a clean machine ensures transparency and assures the buyer that there aren't underlying issues hiding.
  • Reflects Maintenance Habits: While dirt is okay after a day's work, a clean post-operation machine suggests meticulous care and routine maintenance. It gives a glimpse into the machine's overall treatment during its lifespan.

And here’s what a little cleaning can offer:

  • Boosts Aesthetic Appeal: Let's be honest; a sparkling machine just looks better. It's more inviting, appears newer, and exudes professionalism.
  • Highlights Quality: When a machine is clean, it's easier to showcase its features, the quality of its parts, and any upgrades or modifications. Essentially, cleaning lets the machinery's quality shine through.
  • Potential Buyers Appreciate the Effort: It might seem like a small gesture, but cleaning your equipment before a sale presentation sends a clear message: you value and respect the buyer's time and consideration. It shows that you're serious about the sale and have put in the effort to present the machine in its best light.

The construction site is a playground for these mechanical beasts, but when it’s time to sell, it's essential to scrub away the playground memories. Cleanliness, in this context, isn't just about aesthetics; it's a reflection of care, attention to detail, and professionalism. It solidifies trust, reaffirms value, and can significantly influence a potential buyer's decision.

It's about more than profit

When it comes to heavy equipment, resale value isn't just about counting pennies and dimes—it's a reflection of the blood, sweat, and respect you've poured into that machinery. 

By taking care of your gear, you're not just boosting its worth, but also passing on a legacy of dedication and hard work to the next proud owner. And hey, while you're thinking about giving your machine that extra TLC, why not start with the seat it rides on? After all, taking pride in your machine means making sure the next person in line feels the same way.

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Dogs + TigerTough: How Do The Seat Covers Hold Up?

We’re dog people. I mean, we’re Americans, after all. At TigerTough, we have dogs who ride along in our trucks just like our customers do, so wondering if our seat covers are durable enough to withstand dogs is a valid concern.

If you’re bringing your pets along for the ride, first, you want to protect your seats. You paid good money for your vehicle and want to keep that resale value. We get that. So you need seat covers. Second, you want those covers to withstand what your pet dishes out.

Our covers aren’t made for dogs. And we don’t have any pet hammocks you see slung in the back seat of a Subaru near you. We make our covers for hardworking men and women, so let’s see how TigerTough holds up to pets.

Made for Messes

Dogs are gross. They run through mud, jump in swamps, and roll in...stuff. You need seat covers durable enough to handle the messiest scenario your dog finds itself in.

Rottweiler looking dog in the driver's seat of a truck with camo TigerTough seat covers.
Customer's dog in a truck with TigerTough car seat covers.

Waterproof material

Our covers are made from 1000-Denier CORDURA®. We’ve literally dumped tar on our seat covers and poured five gallons of coffee on them, and the seats underneath came out unscathed. So if your pooch soils your seat and you’ve got a TigerTough seat cover on it, don’t sweat. The seat under it will be fine.

“Tough as f###ing nails, my dog puked on them and didn’t even faze them. If they ever wear out, I’ll buy [them] again.”



How well does dog hair clean up?

Sadly, our seat covers don’t repel dog hair. We’re actually not sure of any covers on the market that do. 

But we’re happy to report that dog hair easily vacuums up off the seat covers. We tested three tools to remove dog hair from the seat covers a standard vacuum cleaner, a Lily Brush, and a Furz-Off Stone. Out of all of them, the vacuum performed the best, and the fur came right off. You won’t need special tools.

Worst case scenario, you can easily remove the seat covers and toss them in the washing machine for ultimate cleanup.

“The best thing about these for me is their resistance to dog hair and ease of cleaning when they get dirty. I've got two large labs that wreck everything they touch. [A] damp cloth and good to go. Dog hair doesn't porcupine quill into the fabric. It vacuums right up. One dog has coarse hair, and the other soft. So well worth the money. So much better than the Carhartt I've used for the last 20 years.”

- Mark



We have yet to find a dog who can dig or chew its way through one of our seat covers. We can’t say it won’t happen, but until (if) it does, we’re considering them scratch-proof. No matter how much your dog digs, it won’t be able to dig through the cover. Heck, if a screwdriver can’t stab through a cover, we don’t think your dog has a chance of destroying these.

“We bought these well over a year ago mainly for our three dogs, and they look just like the day we put them on, so easy to clean too. We love them."

- Dennis
black lab sitting in the driver's seat in a truck that has tigertough seat covers
Customer's dog in a truck that has TigerTough seat covers.


If your dog uses a dog seatbelt or harness, you can still clip it in. All connection points and seatbelts are still accessible with TigerTough. 

Disclaimer: We’ve only tested our seat covers for human safety, not dog safety, so be sure to read any instructions that come with your dog's car seatbelt before using it with TigerTough seat covers.

Dog-Friendly Seat Covers

We don’t make our seat covers with dogs in mind. Our covers fit like a glove on your captain/bucket seats and bench seats. We don't make pet hammocks or cargo liners (but if you are looking for cargo liners, we recommend Canvasback.) We make our seat covers for people first, but our covers are great for pets too

If our covers can withstand concrete, coffee, gypsum, chainsaws, and weed-eaters, they can withstand the wear and tear of dogs and whatever other animals you happen to have riding shotgun.

But suppose your dog manages to dig with the ferocity of a first-time excavator operator and actually causes some damage. In that case, we have a two-year unconditional warranty and will happily replace those covers. And yes, we mean unconditional.

“Absolutely fantastic product! Holds up great to a German Shepard Service Dog getting into and out of the truck multiple times a day now for months with no signs of wear. Cleans easily, including the famous “German Shedder” glitter! My wife loves it. She can access the storage compartments in the back seats with no problems and loves the fact that this seat cover even allows her to raise the one section of the back seat allowing the dog to get in and out easier. No other seat cover does that, well none that we found! It is just the best!”

- David

We've seen our seat covers in action with a range of dogs—hunting dogs, pets, police K9s, and service dogs. Not a single negative review about TigerTough seat covers for dogs has come our way. Even though our seat covers aren’t designed for dogs, they've proven to be as dog-friendly as the best of them.

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Top TigerTough Questions

Some of us need to read a million reviews and exhaust all the options before pulling the trigger to buy a product. If you're that kind of person, we totally get it. You want all the info before you make the decision. 

Here are some top questions we get from customers before they order:

What color should I get?

When picking your color, consider the color of the dirt and dust that you usually deal with. Is it light? Is it dark? Black will hide more of the darker oil and grease. Gray is best for light-colored dust like drywall dust. 

If you're not concerned about dirt, then first of all, we're jealous, but secondly, choose whatever color you'd like! We don't have anything flashy, but we'll have a color in our nearly indestructible CORDURA that goes well with your interior. We have: black, gray, tan, western viper, urban viper, snow conceal, and drt.

Here are the patterns we have available:

Camouflage patterns available for TigerTough seat covers

Keep in mind that some seat covers (heavy trucks, transit vans, law enforcement vehicles, etc.) don't come in the camouflage options right now.

Are they safe with heated/cooled seats?

Yes, they are! They are perfectly safe to use with heated/cooled seats. You won’t notice much of a difference with the heated seats. With the cooled seats, the cover will restrict most of the airflow.

Are they safe with my airbags?

Yes! If your airbag deploys (and we hope it doesn’t ), the cover will not restrict it. A lab-tested tearaway will cover any airbags. 

We are proud to say our seat covers are safe with airbags.

How waterproof is waterproof?

Pretty waterproof. Water can’t get through the fabric, but a seam is perforated. All seams are perforated since sewing needles need to poke through the fabric to stitch the thread.

Look, you’re not gonna want to use them as a bucket if you can help it, but spills and liquid won’t penetrate the cover (remember it can get around the edges, though). We still recommend cleaning up liquid as quickly as possible.

There's a reason your mom always kept napkins in the car. It was to prepare you for this moment in life.

How long until I get them?

Our lead time varies. Check the product description or the top bar on the website to see when orders are shipping. Want to see if your item is in stock? Contact us to find out.

How long do they take to install?

If you’ve never installed a set of our covers before, we guesstimate about 30-45 minutes to put on a front bucket set. Make sure and watch the install video and read our installation expectations, and it will go as smoothly as possible for you!

But if you've ever stepped foot onto a job site, we have full confidence you can install a seat cover in your vehicle.

What’s the warranty?

All of our covers have at least a two-year unconditional warranty (HEAVY has lifetime warranty). Unconditional means… unconditional. The warranty only applies to the original owner, covering all physical damage to the cover, no matter how it happened. (If your covers are stained, that just means that they’re doing their job! Although stains can be minimized by cleaning up spills right away.)

How's TigerTough compare to WeatherTech or Carhartt?

Oh, we love this question! We have all sorts of respect for WeatherTech and Carhartt. And we want all of our customers to be informed, so we reviewed how WeatherTech compares to TigerTough and how Carhartt compares. It all comes down to what you want out of your seat covers.

We also reviewed the best seat covers for work trucks so that you can find the seat covers that work for you—even if they're not TigerTough.

Do they hold up to dogs?

Yes! Our seat covers are scratch-proof and mess-proof. They'll withstand whatever your dog dreams of doing to them. Although we don't make our covers with dogs in mind, our customers love how our durable our covers are when it comes to their dogs.

Are they actually made in the U.S.A.?

Heck yeah, they are! Once upon a time, we tried making covers in Mexico. Although they were fine in quality and comparable to the ones made on U.S. soil, we decided to make all of our seat covers under the stars and stripes of Old Glory.

Do you make seat covers for my minivan?

Sorry, but we don't. It's not that we don't love minivan drivers, but we specialize in making seat covers that support blue-collar industries. And we want to be good at what we do, so we focus on trucks and heavy equipment to make the best seat covers for our customers.

If you need more info...

If you have more questions, just contact us. We're regular people who love what we do, so we're happy to talk about seat covers all day long.


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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.

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WeatherTech Seat Protector Review

It might seem weird that we're reviewing seat covers that aren't ours.

We already compared WeatherTech Seat Protectors with TigerTough seat covers. But we wanted to give these a separate review. After all, if we want to make the best seat covers in America, we better know what other seat cover companies are doing well.

We know WeatherTech makes incredible floormats. They’ve been in the business since 1989 and are well-known in the industry for their floor protection. A few of us at TigerTough even rock their mats in our trucks.

But when we were researching our Best Work Truck Seat Covers article, WeatherTech Seat Protectors were mentioned as an option for work trucks. Since we love their floormats, we had high expectations for their seat covers. So we ordered a single cover to fit a 2023 F150 XLT passenger seat to try our best to give an unbiased review.

Let’s see how it holds up.

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Ordering and shipping

WeatherTech wastes no time in shipping. We received our order in just two days!

WeatherTech and TigerTough shipping packages
WeatherTech shipping package vs. a TigerTough shipping package

The seat cover arrived in a plain brown box. This doesn’t affect our review, but we know their floormats come in a branded box, and it’d be cool to see that same thought put into shipping their covers.

Inside the box was the cover, wrapped in protective plastic, an invoice, and the installation instructions. No swag or fanfare. It was just a straightforward package. 

Design and appearance

The weird thing is, WeatherTech does an excellent job of showcasing their Seat Protectors on the rear bench seats of vehicles in their stock photos, but you need to dig a little to find the covers shown on a bucket or captain seat.

WeatherTech Seat Protector on a Ford F150 bucket seat
WeatherTech Seat Protector installed

But once we installed the set we ordered on our Ford F150, we had that a-ha moment about why WeatherTech didn’t put their bucket seat covers in the spotlight.

It turns out they only offer six different fits for their seat covers–this fit is far from custom, despite searching for a specific vehicle when ordering. It reminds us of those weighted vests the dentist makes you wear before taking x-rays. 

This is a one-piece seat cover, so you won’t get an attractive fit.

The lack of a headrest cover doesn’t help the appearance of an apron, so when you open the door, you can immediately tell this is a seat cover. Also, any grime from your head will still transfer to the headrest. That won’t help with resale value.


It’s crucial to point out that WeatherTech advises you not to install their seat covers on seats with side airbags. A standard consumer probably doesn’t realize that these airbags were being placed in vehicles starting in the 1990s. As of 1997, a mandate was put in place that all passenger-side seats contain airbags.  

WeatherTech airbag warning on instructions
WeatherTech warns not to install their Seat Protectors if the side impact airbag is compromised

That means you shouldn’t put WeatherTech Seat Protectors on any passenger seat of a vehicle made after 1998. They could work on airbagless rear captain seats if your vehicle has those, but they wouldn't work on the seats of the Ford F150 we tried them on.

WeatherTech Seat Protectors have a strap that covers the side impact airbag
A side strap covers the side impact airbag tearaway seam

Let’s just skip right past that red flag and move on to the control panels. 

WeatherTech seat cover skirt covering the control panel on the passenger's seat on a Ford F150
The skirt of the Seat Protector covers the control panel on a Ford F150

The front skirt of the Seat Protectors went over the side control panels of our Ford F150 passenger seat. So if we needed to adjust the seat, we’d have to pick up that fabric curtain to access the controls. That’s not a deal-breaker, but it's inconvenient.

But the back of the seat is a different story.

Back of the WeatherTech Seat Protector
Back of the Seat Protector

The back of the seat isn't covered by anything beyond the hook and loop straps that secure the Seat Protector. This might not be a big deal if you don't have passengers in the second row. But either way, it's not going to give you a secure fit.

Despite claiming their seat covers are semi-custom, having six varieties for thousands of different vehicles won’t give you a custom fit.

Manfred from Connecticut was disappointed with how they fit his 2018 Ford F150:

“I found the quality of the material good. The elastic to hold the fabric up against the seat was not very strong and unable to tighten, allowing the back to sag. The ‘grippy’ material on the bottom does not work well with leather seats allowing the bottom to slide forward. It is almost impossible to access the seat belts. There is no way to secure the bottom to the seat allowing the cover to ride up.

“All in all, for a cover that you advertise as a ‘custom’ fit, it is very poorly designed. I have been using the cover for two weeks. For the price and ‘custom’ fit, I expected much better.”


According to their site, the seat covers are “made from a polycotton twill fabric featuring a water-repellent finish, and an extra layer of nylon lining.” 

We’re always fans of anything that will protect your seats from spills. Waterproof would be better, but we won’t be upset over water-repellent. Just get to those messes quickly before any liquid seeps into your seats. 

But the non-slip backing is questionable. Reviews say that it doesn’t work on leather. Dave tried them on his 2014 Ford F150 with leather interior:

“Purchased cover for backseat. So disappointed. Does not stay in place on the leather seats. Keeps folding up. The whole thing is cheap what we got. I'm sorry....but not good. Seats were full of mud on our trip. A blanket would have served better.”

That grippy material on the back is similar to a foam shelf liner. No, we’re not being snarky; that’s what it’s like.

Backing on a WeatherTech Seat Protector
Backing on a WeatherTech Seat Protector resembles non-slip shelf liner


Installation was quick. We were able to install it in under three minutes. There’s a strap that goes behind the seat and one that goes under. There’s an additional clip that goes around the headrest. Note that if you don’t have headrests, you won’t be able to install this seat cover. 

We’re happy to report that a novice could install these. 


We didn’t do any of our torture tests with these seats, so we suggest checking out the reviews on the WeatherTech site from people who’ve used these covers in action. They’ll be able to tell you how these have held up in the long run. 

Spoiler alert: Only 50{ae0574aa737e27cdcdf098405fadeaa71ea873d1f4860543ab45463e81129474} of customers would recommend the covers. 


Here’s where we can give WeatherTech some points. They offer a limited lifetime warranty on their Seat Protectors.

If anything goes wrong with the cover that you couldn’t prevent, WeatherTech will help you out.


The WeatherTech Seat Protectors cost around $300 for a pair of bucket seats. That’s not cheap. And when you consider that the covers don’t protect the back of the seats or the headrest, and you’d have to pay an extra $55 per seat for a seat back protector, you’re looking at over $400 to fully cover your front bucket seats. 

If you have $400 to spend on a pair of seat covers, there are other brands we think you’ll be happier with.


We wanted to like these but just couldn’t.

On rear bench seats, these could work well for pets or equipment. (Especially if you don’t need the middle seat because center seatbelts won’t be accessible.) If you’re not hauling around humans, this could be a good option, and the humanless options seem to be what positive reviewers are using these for.

But even then, WeatherTech reviewers give the Seat Protectors 3.2 stars out of 5. That’s a 64{ae0574aa737e27cdcdf098405fadeaa71ea873d1f4860543ab45463e81129474}, and if we were still in high school, they’d be getting a D. Not something we’d brag about. 

Let’s face it; seat covers aren’t WeatherTech’s bread and butter. They’re known for floormats and other vehicle accessories. So although we love WeatherTech, we wouldn’t recommend their seat covers, and we’re not just saying that as a seat cover company; we’re saying this based on research, testing, and verified customer reviews.

Mike from Pennsylvania gets how we feel:

“I gotten many items from Weathertech over the years. All top grade. But the front seat protector I just purchased is awful. Looks bad, doesn’t fit well, uses Velcro attachments. Just awful. I have it two weeks. Constantly had to refit and re-adjust Velcro. I gave up and took it off. $150 bucks for an absolute failure. Stick to floor liners. Those work great.”

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