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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.

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.

Installation Expectations

Michael says, “Looks like it came with the truck. Super easy to put on.”
Logan says, “they’re a pain in the @$$ to install, but once they’re on they’re fantastic.

Neither of them are wrong. Some part numbers are more complex, and some people’s expectations are different. We just want to let you know what you’re getting into before you tackle your covers. It’ll make it go smoothly later.

 🎥 Watch the install video. Debra says, “to save your sanity, watch the video to install this cover.” You got it, Debra. Most of our part numbers have an install video – if there is one, watch it. It will give you helpful techniques so your cover will fit the best.

💪 Our velcro is super, super strong. Julie says, “One thing to consider is DO NOT let the velcro on the cover touch the under the fabric of the seat EVER. The two bond as if you welded them together and it is quite tedious to detach them.
Our super-strong hook & loop gives you the best possible fit once everything is put together, but can be a bit of a pain during the installation. Pro tip – fold the velcro back on itself so that doesn’t catch on anything going between the seat back and bottom.

📎 Seat Flap: The flap on the back of the front seat will need to be released for installation. It’s held on by one or two elastic straps. Speaking of…

🔩 Stubborn Plastic Connector. If you’ve got a Ford front seat, listen up – There are one or two plastic connectors under the seat. They clip tightly into the plastic of the seat bottom and one of the elastic loops holding the carpet flap is around it. You’re going to need to pull it down kind of like you’re prying off a bottle cap. It might feel like you’re going to break something, but it does come down. 

💯Getting it perfect on the top of the seat. Turning the seat back cover 2/3rds of the way inside-out is important. It allows you to get the cover snug against the top of the seat before working it down the seat back. Remember to take care of those headrest holes by tucking them under the plastic trim. It looks so good when they’re properly tucked in. 

🧶Strings: The strings go between the seat frame and the seat cushion. Not around the outside, not between the back and bottom…  Between the frame and cushion. 

🧩Under-seat flap: Front seats with electric motors and wiring can be intimidating. Run the under-seat flap as close to the seat bottom as possible, going above all of the wiring. 

⚓Carseat Anchors: Any car seat anchors will not be restricted with the covers. Some designs have a cut-out to allow carseat anchor access. Some designs have no cutout and are instead designed to go beneath the anchor to allow the anchor to sit on top.

⌛ Take your time. Roger S. Craig II says “They fit great. Took 2.5 hours to get the driver’s side installed.” Whoa, Roger – I think we could have helped speed that up. But if you’ve never put on a set of our covers before, estimate 45+ minutes for a front bucket set.

Harrisonburg, VA PD Testimonial

Sgt. Chris Terrell has been using TigerTough seat covers in his fleet since 2016. See what he thinks of his experience.

Since we’ve been working together, he’s been able to significantly reduce wear to the seats in their police interceptors rather than fixing the wear & holes they were dealing with.

Seems smart, doesn’t it?

Check out Police Car Seat Covers Here.