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8 Years In A Work Truck.

So, we just got our hands on a 2011 F550 that was a heavy equipment service truck.

The truck had belonged to a heavy equipment dealer. This company installs TigerTough seat covers on their trucks when they’re brand new so we were pretty excited to see how everything looked.

It was pretty clear this thing wasn’t somebody’s grocery-getter. Even if you ignored the service body and the crane.

But what do you expect from a service truck that’s eight years old? Broken equipment is never clean and rarely easy to get to!

This truck had over 235,000 miles on it and hadn’t been touched since it was decommissioned.

But what does it look like under the covers? Are they worth the money?

We peeled the covers off to see how everything had fared over 235,000 miles of being on the road, eight years of bouncing across construction sites, and countless dirty mechanic entries and exits.

Those pictures pretty much speak for themselves, don’t they?

The buyer of this truck *technically* could have spent a ton of time and money getting the seats shampooed. That would have taken out some of the stains.

The shampooing wouldn’t have touched the wear on the edge of the seat from eight years of getting in and out though. You don’t see any because the seat covers prevented it from happening. The original owner invested a little bit to prevent a costly problem

Seems like a good idea, doesn’t it?

If you operate a service truck (or a bunch of them), seat covers are a pretty cheap way to keep the inside of your truck in good shape. They’re inexpensive and often overlooked but you just saw what they’ll do.

Save Your Service Truck.

SHIELDTECH VS. IRONWEAVE

TLDR: They are made from the same base fabric, but ShieldTech is infused with odor & microbe-killing superpowers.

Base Fabric

Let’s start with what’s the same. They’re both built from 1000 denier Cordura because:

👍🏻 Grown, woven, and dyed in the USA (super important)
👍🏻 It’s nearly impossible to tear.
👍🏻 It’s crazy abrasion-resistant. You’ll find versions of Cordura in products from motorcycle clothing to backpacks.

Ironweave Properties

The Ironweave fabric receives a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment. This treatment allows the fabric to stay breathable, but liquids bead up and run off. 1 point for the covers, 0 points for the spilled coffee.

ShieldTech Properties

ShieldTech doesn’t get the DWR treatment. Its treatment is leveled up and it’s infused with silver & copper ions and waterproof properties.

✅ Waterproof
✅ Anti-Microbial
✅ Anti-Odor

Back to the example from the beginning – if you’re part of a team that shares vehicles, ShieldTech is a great choice. If your vehicle is your own, Ironweave will give you the protection you need without the anti-microbial properties.

Is ShieldTech right for me?

ShieldTech is specifically engineered for:

👮‍♂️ Police, Fire, and EMS
👷‍♀️ Blue collar workers in hot climates
🚚 Delivery drivers
🤹‍♂️Fleets with crew vehicles or hot-seat vehicles

For example: if you are a one-man-band landscaper, Ironweave is a perfect option. It’s going to give you all the protection you need at a slightly lower price. However, if you are part of a landscaping crew that all piles into the same vehicle at the end of the day when you’re hot, sweaty, and dirty, ShieldTech is going to be the prime choice. It’s going to go to work killing the odors and microbes that come along with the shared vehicle environment. Fancy that.

Read more on the science behind ShieldTech here.

WARRANTY & RETURNS

Unconditional Warranty

Lucky for you, we hate fine print. There really isn’t any. Here’s everything you need to know about your warranty:

👉 Warranty only applies to the original owner.
👉 The warranty covers 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)

 

Ironweave 2 years
Sportweave 2 Years
ShieldTech 2 Years
ShieldTech Responder 2 Years
ShieldTech Service 4 Years
HEAVY Lifetime 

 

If you have a warranty claim, flick an email to [email protected] with:

  • A photo of the damage
  • The affected part number
  • Your original order # 

From there, we’ll check it out and decide whether we’ll be replacing or repairing the piece. 

Returns

If you change your mind, you’ve got 30 days from when your covers are delivered to return them!

If there’s an issue with the covers, shipping is on us & we’ll provide a return label. If it’s a matter of preference (color change, no longer need them, etc), shipping is on you & you can ship it back with USP, USPS, or FedEx. 

Return Address:
TigerTough
Attn: Returns
165 Hwy 19 S
Vesta, MN 56292

You’ll need to make sure the covers you’re returning are in mint condition (not dirty, stained, no pet hair, etc) and reach out to us at [email protected] to get a return authorization. Return authorizations must be included in the box. If your return arrives in anything other than re-sellable condition, the returns team gets all riled up about it and ships it right back to you before we get a chance to refund you.  Sorry for being so mean about it.

IRONWEAVE VS SPORTWEAVE: why Ironweave is recommended for work trucks

TLDR: Ironweave is the best option for work trucks. Sportweave is a great choice for personal trucks, but because it’s not as sturdy or colorfast as Ironweave, we don’t recommend it for hard-working vehicles.

The comparison

Let’s briefly compare the fabric differences between Sportweave and Ironweave seat covers. 

Ironweave and Sportweave are both:

✅ Covered by the same 2-year Unconditional warranty
✅ Waterproof
✅ Going to save your seats. 

The fabric itself is different. Sportweave is made from a 900 denier polyester, which isn’t as high of a denier as the Ironweave seat cover. Ironweave is made from 1000 denier Cordura which has a higher abrasion rating than Sportweave’s polyester. 

The dye process is also different. Think of it as a paint vs a stain – with Ironweave, the fabric is dyed all of the way through. There won’t be any fading or color variations over time. The camo print of the Sportweave is printed on top. That means that after two or three years of light-medium use, you’re likely to notice some color wearing away on the leading edge of the seat. In heavy-use applications, the color wear will show up much earlier. The color wear is a cosmetic issue – structurally, the covers are still performing and still protecting your seat.

At the end of the day, Sportweave will look awesome in the interior of your weekend or personal truck, while Ironweave is going to be a win in the long term for any vehicle that takes more abuse. Looking for some fabric samples so you can check these out in real life? Right this way: fabric samples

WHAT IS SHIELDTECH?

TLDR: ShieldTech is made from the same crazy tough fabric as our Ironweave line of covers, but it’s infused with silver and copper which give it microbe and odor-killing powers.

What Exactly Are ShieldTech Seat Covers?

In short, they’re a germ-killing version of the crazy strong seat covers we already make for work trucks and law enforcement vehicles.

ShieldTech seat covers are made from the same base fabric as all of our seat covers (except Sportweave)  We use 1000 denier Cordura for the following reasons:

👍 It’s all-American made
👍 It’s highly abrasion resistant
👍 It’s nearly impossible to tear
👍 It’s supple and not scratchy or irritating

While the Cordura for our Ironweave seat covers gets a custom DWR waterproof treatment, ShieldTech is treated with a different solution. It’s infused with a waterproofing treatment and copper and silver ions in a zeolite carrier are bonded to the fabric, which gives the seat covers anti-odor and anti-microbial properties. 

It is very durable, too – the fabric was washed 20 times before testing (tbh we’ve never heard of anyone washing their covers that many times.)

Who is ShieldTech right for?

ShieldTech is going to be a win for four types of people looking for heavy-duty seat covers:     

👉 Laborers in hot climates
👉 Police, fire & EMS
👉 Last-mile delivery companies
👉 Any organization that uses crews/shared vehicles, or hot seating (when the vehicle is passed off from driver to driver)

The Scientific Stuff (how it actually works):

The coating utilizes silver and copper ions (which have been used since 4000 BC to kill bacteria)  in a zeolite carrier to starve, sterilize, and suffocate microbes.

A zeolite carrier is a microporous, three-dimensional crystalline solid of aluminum silicate that’s been charged with ions of the active ingredient (silver and copper, in this case)  Zeolites are naturally occurring and born of volcanic ash.

The antimicrobial effects are only released when needed in order to have the longest-lasting effects.

Here’s the lab testing results:

All samples were tested with K. pneumoniae, an organism that causes Pneumonia. All samples had the same organism count at zero contact time. “Washes” signifies the number of times the sample was washed to simulate real-world use. Wet tests were performed in a wet environment, dry tests were performed in a dry environment. Test results have been simplified for ease of understanding, full lab results are available upon request.