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WeatherTech vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

WeatherTech is famous in the world of vehicle interior protection. (We admit, that world is pretty tiny, but their presence in it is robust.) They've been in business for decades, are made in America, and offer a decent warranty. What's not to love?

We want to compare WeatherTech with TigerTough seat covers and share our in-the-trenches experience so that you can make an informed decision. We’ll be looking at this as objectively as possible by pointing out the facts, but we’ll be comparing the features and performance with TigerTough.

If you don’t want to read this all, the bottom line is, WeatherTech Seat Protectors are disappointing. Yep, we went there. We know they’re a great company, but their seat covers have many common problems seat covers can face. You can read our WeatherTech Seat Protector review if you'd like more in-depth information.

We ordered charcoal Seat Protectors to cover a 2023 Ford F150. We’ll start with the construction, then go into the individual parts, performance, and pricing.

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Installation

Installation was a breeze on the WeatherTech Seat Protectors. It took us under three minutes to get one cover installed. If you’ve ever put a bib on a kid, you’ll be a pro at these. Two straps connect behind the seat, one under the seat, and a stretchy strap around the headrest posts.

TigerTough takes longer. You’ll have to install all three pieces; getting a secure fit takes time.

Design and fit

WeatherTech’s Seat Protectors have a one-piece design and only lay on the front of the seat, and the back is wide open. Think hospital gown.

They offer six variations of their seat cover to fit thousands of makes and models of vehicles. 

TigerTough seat covers come in three pieces and wrap the entire seat, more like coveralls. We customize seat covers to snugly fit thousands of trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Headrest

Side-by-side comparison of TigerTough and WeatherTech seat covers on the headrest portion.
WeatherTech Seat Protectors don't cover the headrest.

Well, this section is weird since WeatherTech doesn’t cover headrests. 

They have a strap that goes around the bars of the headrest, but they don’t cover the portion where your head will be. So, all the oils, dirt, grease, etc., will transfer from your head onto your headrest. 

But ironically, you can’t install WeatherTech Seat Protectors unless you have a headrest, or the cover won’t be secure on your seat.

TigerTough’s seat covers have a separate headrest portion that secures with hook and loop so that your headrest remains unscathed.

Seatback

Appearance

Side-by-side comparison of TigerTough custom embroidery of an American flag and a WeatherTech standard logo tag with a dog.
TigerTough offers custom embroidery, and WeatherTech comes with a standard logo patch.

The front of the seat back (we know that sounds weird), the part where you rest your back, is where WeatherTech has a standard dog logo patch. Some reviewers didn’t love this logo (we suspect they’re cat people), but it’s harmless.

At TigerTough, you can have a blank seat cover or custom embroidery starting at $19 per seat. This is all about looks, so let’s move on to function.

Function

TigerTough covers the entire back of the seat with an option to add a pocket, and WeatherTech's Seat Cover is backless.

WeatherTech’s Seat Protectors cover the front of the upright portion of your seat, but they are bare on the backside. See what we mean about the hospital gown?

Two hook and loop straps connect on the back, but they dangle and feel awkward. It would be nice if there were a way to secure the extra length of unnecessary straps. 

You can purchase an additional seat back protector from WeatherTech for $55 each if protecting the back of the seat is important to you. (We’re looking at you, parents.)

TigerTough seat covers wrap around the seat for complete protection and to keep the covers secure. We use the same material on the front as we do on the back. If you'd like to add seat back pockets, that's an option too.

Seat crease 

TigerTough seat covers come in multiple pieces. WeatherTech Seat Protectors are one piece.

Since WeatherTech Seat Protectors are one piece, there’s no great way to make a clean crease in the seat. On the plus side, it will catch your crumbs and debris. On a back seat with kids, we could see the benefit of having a crumb-catcher.

The TigerTough seat cover comes in three pieces, so the seat bottom and back are separate, giving you a clean crease.

This is as functional as it is aesthetic. A good fit will keep the seat cover in place, but if you want it to look one way or the other, that’s your preference. 

Seat bottom

weathertech vs tigertough side seat panel
TigerTough seat covers tuck into the plastic trim. The WeatherTech option hangs over the edge, covering the seat controls on our Ford F150.

WeatherTech has a skirt that goes around the base of the seat. This covered the seat controls on the 2023 F-150 we tried it on. No attachments run under the seat to secure this, so the cover tends to shift as you get in and out of your vehicle.

In comparison, TigerTough seat covers are meant to tuck into the plastic trim of the seat and secure under the seat with straps for a snug fit.

Airbag safety

TigerTough seat covers are independently tested to be airbag-compatible. WeatherTech Seat Protectors are not.

This isn’t an area to gloss over, and it’s the reason we wouldn’t put WeatherTech Seat Protectors in our own vehicles. Having airbag-compatible seat covers is necessary for your and your passengers' safety.

WeatherTech says not to install their Seat Protectors if the securing straps cover the side seat airbags.

💡 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. So if you’re considering WeatherTech Seat Protectors, look to see if the securing straps will cover any side airbags. If they do, find a better option.

Price

This area is perplexing. Each WeatherTech Seat Protector for a captain or bucket seat is $150 each. So protecting your front seats would be $300. Adding back protection to fully cover your front seats with WeatherTech would cost over $400. And you still don’t have your headrests protected.

To fully cover your two front seats with TigerTough, it will be $297 (we used a 2023 Ford F150 for spec). Plus, your headrests are covered.

WeatherTech: $410 (no headrest protection)
TigerTough: $297

Overview

Even if we didn’t work for TigerTough, the facts all point to WeatherTech being inferior. They don’t cover as much, aren’t a custom fit, cost more money, and there’s a good chance they’ll prevent your airbag from deploying.

Even their customers have a hard time justifying the cost of these seat covers when you look at recent reviews:

"WeatherTech should stick to floor liners. Their advertising for this product is very misleading. Be advised the seat cover does not cover the back of the seat and head rest. They are simply velcro strapped in the back to hold it on. And they don't fit, just flapping around. They really look cheap, but cost a lot. They requested my vehicle make and model so the cover would be custom fit. Wrong! They don't fit and are downright ugly! You will be sorry if you buy it. Needless to say, I returned it."

George S., Arizona
May 24, 2023

WeatherTech Seat Protector reviewer

 

There are many seat covers on the market, so if TigerTough isn’t right for you, there’s probably an option that’s safer and more affordable than WeatherTech.

WeatherTech Seat Protector
and Seat Back Protector
WeatherTech Seat Protector (without backs) TigerTough Seat Cover
Price $410 $300 $297
Stars 3.2 3.2 4.9
Warranty Limited Lifetime Limited Lifetime Unconditional two years
Material Polycotton twill fabric Polycotton twill fabric 1000 Denier CORDURA®️
Fit Universal Universal Perfect Fit
Waterproof Water-resistant Water-resistant Waterproof
Colors/Patterns 4 4 8
Airbag Safe ☑️
Made in the USA ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
Installation Time per Seat 5 minutes 3 minutes 9 minutes
Specs based on a 2023 Ford F150 regular cab. No add-ons are included in price comparisons.
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Ruff Tuff vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

Over at Ruff Tuff, they take pride in their work just like we do at TigerTough. They're family-owned and have been in the custom seat cover game since 1976, crafting their products right here in the USA. They stand by creating high-quality seat covers with precise patterns and durable fabrics, ensuring each cover fits snugly and lasts long.

They’ve got a variety of different seat cover lines, but we ordered a set of their Dura EZ-Care covers for 2023 Ford F-150 to compare them with TigerTough seat covers.

Let’s see how they do.

The Delivery

Ruff Tuff Packaging

These arrived in a branded big ole brown box. Inside, we found the seat covers protected with plastic, something that looked like a plastic tongue depressor, and super detailed instructions. There are lots of words on those instructions and not many photos, but we’re okay with reading. 

A really cool thing they do is put a QR code on the seat cover tag so that you can easily get to the installation instructions and videos.

Ruff Tuff QR code landing page screenshot

TigerTough Packaging

When your TigerTough seat covers arrive, they come in a branded poly mailer. We don’t get fancy with boxes when shipping is cheaper and easier with polymailers. You’ll also get a set of 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 for a smooth installation process.

Design and material of the seat cover

Ruff Tuff Design and Material

We contacted Ruff Tuff’s customer service, and they say their Dura EZ-Care material is made of “a 600 Denier polyester blend canvas material.” It’s a sturdy fabric and feels really durable. The site says they’re water-resistant and great for kids and pets. There’s a foam backing on the portions you’d come in contact with, like the seat back and bottom.

They have decorative stitching along the back, which looks nice, but it’s something we don’t suggest because it makes the seat cover weaker. If you’re going for looks over durability, then have at it!

TigerTough Design and Material

We craft each cover in three separate parts for a complete fit, similar to Ruff Tuff's method, yet we stay true to using 1000-Denier CORDURA throughout for unmatched durability.

The fabric of our seat covers is rigorously tested to handle the harshest conditions. We avoid any fancy stitching that might compromise durability, opting only for embroidery in low-wear zones, which won’t affect the cover's integrity.

Installation

Ruff Tuff Installation

We spent about 10 minutes installing the Ruff Tuff seat cover. And the tongue depressor stick it came with was really handy! In fact, we’ll keep it around to install future covers and save some fingers in the process. That’s a genius addition to the shipping box.

Here’s how their seat covers are attached:

    • The seat back fits snuggly and velcros to the seat itself
    • The seat bottom has straps that run under the front and back that fasten under the seat
    • There’s also a string that runs from side to side that you tie underneath the seat

Ruff Tuff buckles

TigerTough Installation

Getting TigerTough seat covers on your seats can be a pain. It takes us about 9 minutes for a complete installation, and we’ve been doing this for a while. Though we've got the process down, even those new to our covers should find it a straightforward task with just a tad more time.

We offer in-depth guides and installation videos customized for each vehicle model.  

Here's 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 (that’s the generic term for Velcro).
  • 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

TigerTough and Ruff Tuff seat covers side by side

Ruff Tuff doesn’t include headrest covers as a standard feature. We didn’t realize this when ordering–whoops, so we can’t review this portion of the seat cover. But we will say that we believe headrest covers should be standard. If your vehicle’s interior needs seat covers, it’s in need of headrest covers, too.

Headrest covers are an additional $68 in the Ruff Tuff Dura EZ-Care option.

Seatback

The backs of TigerTough and Ruff Tuff seat covers with optional pockets

Ruff Tuff Seatback

The seatback cover fits really well, with detailed stitching and foam backing. We typically don’t recommend foam in a seat cover because it degrades over time and can leave the cover baggy. It won't affect function, but it will affect fit.

PSA about foam: Just like the cushioning in your work boots, foam starts out supportive and snug, but over time, it compresses and loses its oomph. When that happens, those boots don't fit the same, and you don't get the same support. It's the same deal with foam in seat covers.

Ruff Tuff has seatback pocket options available, which we love.

TigerTough Seatback

Our seat covers hug the back of your seats tightly for a glove-like fit. For customization, you can add a seatback pocket and embroidery. 

Seat crease and bottom

TigerTough and Ruff Tuff seat cover bottoms

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

They also tuck into the seat bottom's plastic trim, allowing access to the seat controls. You might think this is a standard in seat covers, but we’ve met some that cover up your controls.

Airbag safety

Since 2014, vehicles have required side airbags, thanks to federal regulations. These lifesavers are often tucked right into your seat. And they've been pulling their weight for a long while, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tallying up over 2,000 lives saved by side airbags from '96 to '12. Back then, less than half the vehicles on the road had 'em, but now? They're pretty much everywhere.

Any seat cover company worth its salt knows how crucial safety is, whether it's just your own work truck or a whole fleet you're running.

Airbag safety with Ruff Tuff and TigerTough seat covers

Ruff Tuff Airbag Compatibility

Ruff Tuff’s approach to airbag safety is interesting. The version we received has the entire side seam come apart with velcro. So, in the event of a collision, the airbag will deploy and break through the velcro-secured side. They have another version with simply a cutout for the airbag to deploy. The version you get is based on your vehicle.

TigerTough Airbag Compatibility 

Every TigerTough cover's got a tearaway seam right down the side—so if your airbags need to bust out, they can do their job with no problem. Independent labs have tested our covers to ensure they’ll do what they need to do in a collision. Here's to hoping you'll never need it, but you're good to go if you do.

Warranty and Returns

Ruff Tuff Warranty and Returns

Ruff Tuff offers a limited one-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects under normal use. Pretty standard, but not impressive.

Unfortunately, their covers aren’t returnable (except for their Flex OPS line). So make sure you really want these covers before you confirm the order. Because once you get them, they’re yours for life. 

TigerTough Warranty and Returns

Our vehicle seat covers have a two-year, unconditional warranty. And we mean that. If they somehow get damaged in whatever it is that you do in your vehicle, we’ll replace or repair them. We stand by our covers. 

If 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.

Price

This is why you’re ultimately reading this, right? Seat covers can have a crazy range in prices. So, for comparison, we used a 2023 Ford F-150 for spec. 

How much does Ruff Tuff cost?

We ordered a set of their Dura EZ-Care seat covers for $367. But don’t forget–we didn’t get headrest covers with our order, so we’d have to spend another $68 on those. 

For full-coverage with Ruff Tuff, you’re looking at about $435. We also had to pay $25 for shipping. We won’t add that to the total price of these seat covers, but that’s something to consider.

How much does TigerTough cost?

To fully cover your two front seats with TigerTough, it will cost around $297. And we give you free shipping on any $100+ order within the 48 contiguous states.

Overview

It all comes down to what you want and what your budget allows. For what it’s worth, we think you’ll get everything you need from TigerTough at a pretty good savings compared to Ruff Tuff. We’d say that even if ToughTough wasn’t signing our paychecks.

Ruff Tuff is a great option that will work hard for you. We wish they came with headrest covers, and maybe had a better way to fasten the string underneath the seats. But they’ll absolutely get the job done.

If you want something rugged and meant to withstand hard use, like construction environments or excited farm dogs, we’d encourage you to try TigerTough. Because hey, if you order them and hate ‘em, they’re returnable. And bonus: 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 really work for you. That’s cool, but you should definitely check out the best seat covers for work trucks and find something that meets your needs.

 

Ruff Tuff TigerTough
Cost $435* $297
Stars 4.3 4.9
Turnaround Time ~ 2 weeks ~ 2 weeks
Warranty Limited 1 year Unconditional 2 years
Material 600 Denier Poly-Canvas Blend 1000 Denier CORDURA®️
Waterproof Water-resistant ☑️
Airbag Safe ☑️ ☑️
Colors/Patterns 7 8
Airbag Safe ☑️ ☑️
Made in the USA ☑️ ☑️
Seatback Pockets Optional Optional

*Price based on purchasing with headrest covers. 

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Best Work Truck Seat Covers of 2024

 When we researched top seat covers for work trucks, we didn’t just pick the ones at the top of Google. We asked blue collar men and women what kinds of covers they’ve tried in their trucks, and this is the list they came up with:

Covercraft Endura PrecisionFit
Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers
Wet Okole
Marathon
Canvasback
ShearComfort CORDURA®
VERTEX OFF-ROAD
TigerTough

Since we’re comparing covers for work trucks, we used a 2023 Ford F150 regular cab for pricing and research. Let’s get right into highlighting these seat-savers.

Covercraft Endura PrecisionFit

Covercraft Endura PrecisionFit seat covers in black
Covercraft Endura PrecisionFit seat covers. Source: Covercraft

It’s nearly impossible to Google truck seat covers without Covercraft popping up. We give them credit. They’ve been in the business for over 50 years and have a great product with a stellar reputation. 

They make seat covers and covers for cars, boats, RVs, airplanes, and patio furniture. First, let's take a look at the Endura PrecisionFit

Price: $514

Pros

The Endura PrecisionFit is a great seat cover that’s waterproof, airbag-safe, and accommodates heated and cooled seats. We love that these covers hug factory seats perfectly. You can order them knowing they’ll fit your vehicle’s seats. 

Cons

The fabric for the Endura PrecisionFit is vague. According to the description, it’s a canvas-nylon-polyester blend. But what does that mean? We contacted customer service to learn more, and they didn’t elaborate beyond the product description. It’s tough to know how durable their covers are without knowing more about the fabric. 

Another thing we don’t love is that although they have a three-year warranty, it’s a limited warranty. It’s uncertain what they will and won’t cover.

Verdict

This is a great seat cover, and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed. But it’s at the top of the price range for a set of bucket seat covers for a 2023 Ford F150 Regular Cab. If you can get them on sale, they might be a worthwhile investment, but we can’t say for how long without knowing more about their material.

Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers

Covercraft Carhartt car seat covers
Covercraft Carhartt Seat Savers. Source: Covercraft

Everyone loves Carhartt. We get it. The brand has been around since 1889 even though Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers are newer to the market, so let's look at how these cover stand up to some others.

Price: $422

Pros

They're Carhartt; their reputation is undeniable. They've got that classic look of your grandpa's favorite jacket; overall, we feel nostalgic about them.

Cons

If colors are your thing, these aren't the ones for you. With two color options, your choices are slim. Another con of these covers is that they're not waterproof. They're water resistant but won't hold up the same as others in this list. Also, the two-piece design and the way the covers are fastened on the seat make it really easy for them to slide around. Since these are the most expensive option, we expect more from them.

Verdict

As much as we like Carhartt, we'd opt for Covercraft's Endura PrecisionFit before the Carhartt SeatSavers. We don't doubt the durability of Carhartt, but we feel you could get more bang for your buck with other options.

Read Covercraft Carhartt vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

Wet Okole

Wet Okole seat covers in gray and black
Wet Okole seat covers. Source: Wet Okole

Okay, we know what you’re thinking…this is about work truck seat covers, and most of us aren’t driving around Baywatch trucks. Yep, this is a wet suit in seat cover form. We didn’t think it would be a fair comparison either, but after hearing from multiple people in the construction industry who love their Wet Okole seat covers, we decided to give these a fair shake.

Since they’re made from wetsuit neoprene and bonded with nylon, they’re waterproof and totally safe on vehicle seats. 

Ashley DeCurtis, VP of Sales for BuildWitt, bought a used Nissan Xterra and considered the leather seats' condition, “I didn’t want to make it worse,” she says. What attracted her to Wet Okole was that the covers were pliable and waterproof, “they’re great for anything in wet environments.” 

What ultimately sold her was the complete customization from colors to piping to embroidered headrests. Wet Okole has dozens of add-ons, like seatback pockets, front lower pockets, lumbar support, carbon fiber seat heaters, and sunglass pouches.

DeCurtis is no stranger to the blue collar world, being a former police officer and now speaking to contractors daily in her role at BuildWitt, so she knows what kind of abuse work trucks see. Although she’s had the seat covers in her Xterra for four years; she questions whether they’d withstand the use they’d see in a work truck.

However, Brent Fox, a contractor in the Nashville area, can speak to the durability. "I had Wet Okole in the truck I just retired. Rode on them for 12 years and, at some point, sent them back for a refurb. They were a great product and easy company to work with."

Price: $374

Pros

These seat covers will protect the seats in your work truck. And like a wetsuit, you can clean them with wetsuit shampoo. They’re also self-extinguishing when it comes to flammability, should you find yourself dealing with flames inside your truck. The covers are considered airbag safe because they won’t go over the side of the seat with the airbag. You’ll have to weigh whether or not that’ll work for you.

Cons

We don’t love that only a 90-day warranty is available. They also don’t accept returns if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase.

Verdict

Despite our initial head tilt, these seat covers got great reviews. We love the custom fit and how easily they clean up. But at $374 a pair, they’re not the cheapest seat cover we've seen. The very limited warranty makes us a little reluctant to endorse them fully.

Read Wet Okole vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

Marathon

Marathon Seat Cover

We'll just come out and say it: Marathon makes a darn good seat cover. They're another U.S. company helping protect American seats. 

We don't personally know anyone who uses them and the most recent review we saw was from 2022. But this is what John has to say:

Absolutely love the seat covers. They are super tight and can be difficult to get on, but once they are on they are on. I've been rough on my seat covers and they are holding up great. I'll add these to my other trucks for sure.

Their covers are made from 1000-denier CORDURA. The cool thing is, you can add all sorts of extras like map pockets, gear pockets, gun loops, bow holders, etc. The downside of that is that they don't include headrest covers as standard, you'll need to pay for those.

Price: $315 (with headrest covers)

Pros

We love that they're made in America, come in a variety of colors, made from durable CORDURA, and you can really customize them for your needs.

Cons

You have to pay a little more for the headrest covers. Even with that, these are still on the affordable end of the seat cover pricing spectrum. They also have a turnaround time of 5-6 weeks. That's not abnormal for custom covers, but patience is still required. And returns are not accepted. 

Verdict

As we say, if we didn't work for TigerTough, we'd probably buy these. Just know that you can't return them, so if you hate them when you get them, they're still yours.

Canvasback

Canvasback Universal Fit seat covers. Source: Canvasback

We won’t lie; we hadn’t heard of this brand until Ambre Schaffer, Marketing Director at Aggtrans, pointed them out. These seat covers are a one-size-fits-most style, so consider that when ordering. You won’t be getting a custom fit for your seats.

Canvasback seems to be best known for their cargo liners. Liners are custom fit for your vehicle’s cargo space and attach with hook and loop.

Ambre confirms the durability and easy installation, “[the cargo liner] is custom fit to your specific vehicle and velcros right in place. They've been installed for three years without budging or showing any signs of wear. If I needed to remove them, they'd pull right up.

"In addition to carrying around all of my photography/videography gear and field gear for construction, I'm a search and rescue handler with a k9. We're usually covered in mud and debris.” 

With a review like that, we had to include this option.

Price: $150

Pros

Durable cargo liners customized to fit most vehicles. Despite not having custom-fit seat covers, the covers are at the bottom of our price range at $140 for a pair of bucket seat covers. On top of all this, Canvasback is woman-owned, and we think that’s pretty cool.

Cons

We’d love to see customized seat covers from Canvasback and a warranty longer than six months.

Verdict

We probably wouldn’t put these in a work truck to protect the seats, but we like the cargo liner options. If you’ve got a dog or use your cargo space a good deal, we’d suggest looking into Canvasback. Plus, we can’t help but love that they’re made in Minnesota.

ShearComfort CORDURA® 

ShearComfort CORDURA® seat covers in black and gra
ShearComfort CORDURA® seat covers. Source: ShearComfort

Like TigerTough, these covers are made from CORDURA®. It’s a slightly different kind though. ShearComfort uses a heavy duty 500 Denier CORDURA® fabric, which isn’t as durable as the 1000 Denier CORDURA® we use. But this is still going to be a durable seat cover.

Price: $405

Pros

These airbag-safe seat covers are waterproof, durable, and guaranteed to fit perfectly. There’s a lot to love about them, and they’d perform well in a work truck.

Cons

We don't love that ShearComfort doesn't use CORDURA® on the entire seat cover. They only use it on the portions you'd touch when sitting in the seat. The rest is made of a thin, stretchy material which will give out over time. On top of that, their retail price is a little steep. 

Verdict

They’re tough and built for hard work. They have great reviews from their customers. ShearComfort is a good option for your work truck, but not the best.

Read ShearComfort CORDURA® 1000 Denier Xtra-Duty vs. TigerTough Seat Covers

VERTEX OFF-ROAD

VERTEX OFF-ROAD is a newer company, started in 2021, and they specialize in truck seat covers. They consider themselves "American craftsman and enthusiasts committed to building top-quality products that help you upgrade and protect your truck for everywhere the road ahead takes you.

Well, what's not to love about that? Let's look at their 1000-Denier CORDURA® Canvas seat covers.

Price: $400

Pros

We love that they're using CORDURA® nylon canvas for this particular cover. They also automatically include a center console cover and pockets for the seatbacks. They also have a lifetime warranty and seem pretty flexible, but it does exclude everyday wear and tear. 

This is the first time we've run across another brand that uses a string to cinch around the seat for a secure fit. It's just too bad they don't use StringLock.

Cons

The only two things we don't love about their covers is that they have foam-backed seat covers and they use additional stitching. 

  • Foam breaks down over time, and the cover won't fit as nicely after that.
  • Decorative stitching looks nice, but it creates additional weak points in the cover.

They also have a pretty limited vehicle line that they cover. This isn't an issue if you own one of those trucks, but could be annoying otherwise.

Verdict

This seems like a great cover. We're still waiting to hear about where they're made, so stay tuned for that, but these are going to be a durable option for your truck. And given that they come with a center console cover and seatback pockets, the price is fair for what you get.

TigerTough

TigerTough seat covers in gray
TigerTough seat covers

TigerTough seat covers are designed for hardworking men and women. They’re extremely tough (hence the name), so tough, in fact, we’ve extended our seat cover line to heavy equipment because we’re that confident they can withstand what you throw at them.

We put our seat covers through torture tests. Do we do these tests for fun? Yes. Do we love proving how resilient these covers are with each test? Also yes. 

Need more proof that we believe in our products? We have an unconditional warranty for at least two years on our products. They’ll get gross, they’ll get stained, but they won’t fail you, and neither will we.

Price: $297

Pros

These are some of the lowest-priced seat covers in this lineup, with an average 4.9 star rating from users. Everyone from parents to first responders uses TigerTough seat covers, and they’ve always risen to the occasion. 

Cons

We don’t have as many colors and patterns as some brands in this list. No neon colors here, folks. Sorry.

Verdict 

Of course we love our own seat covers (or we wouldn’t work here). But that doesn’t mean they’re best for you and your work truck. Look at all the options and choose the covers that fit you best. 

Summary

Not all seat covers are created equally. Some will be better for you than others. We think you should have ones that:

  • Are waterproof
  • Easy to clean
  • Have a great warranty and return policy
  • Made in America

You don’t want to be stuck with seat covers that aren’t getting the job done. You want something that will last for years and ultimately save you money in the long run.

Look at the features of all these work truck seat covers and decide which one is best for you based on your needs and budget.

Covercraft Endura PrecisionFit Covercraft Carhartt SeatSavers Wet Okole Marathon Canvasback ShearComfort CORDURA® VERTEX OFF-ROAD TigerTough
Cost $514 $422 $374 $315 $150 $405 $400 $297
Star Rating 4.4 4.6 N/A N/A 4.9 4.6 4.6 4.9
Warranty 3 year limited 3 year limited 90 days 4 year limited 6 months limited 2 years Lifetime Limited Unconditional 2 years
Material Canvas-nylon-polyester blend Duck Weave Fabric Neoprene CORDURA (unknown denier) 600 X 300 poly denier 500 Denier CORDURA® 1000 Denier CORDURA® nylon canvas  1000 Denier CORDURA®️
Fit Custom Custom Custom Custom Universal Fit Perfect Fit Perfect Fit Perfect Fit
Waterproof ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
Airbag Safe ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
Made in the USA USA and Mexico USA and Mexico ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ North America ? ☑️
Colors and Patterns 32 2 40+ 14 11 10 3 8
Seatback Pockets Yes Yes Optional Optional No Yes Yes Optional
All specs based on 2023 Ford F150 Regular Cab Bucket Seats

Update on 07/06/2023: We Initially had WeatherTech Seat Protectors as part of this list but removed them when we found out they weren't considered airbag-compatible in all vehicles. Take a look at WeatherTech Seat Protector Review for more information.

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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 

Covercraft camo covers

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

Saddleman camo covers

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

Northwest camo 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  

Kryptek by Coverking

Kryptek camo seat covers

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

ShearComfort camo covers

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. They also have customizations that you can add, like a bow holder.

Price: $315 (price include adding headrest covers)

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: $319

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

$319

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 $315 $319
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 $297.

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 $297
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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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 $374. 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 $297.

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 $374 $297
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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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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