Tonneau covers are a must-have if you have a truck – even if your trunk isn’t full all the time. Rain and snow can bring dirt into your trunk and some corners can be difficult to clean.
That’s why the market nowadays offers a huge amount of rolling or folding covers for your trunk. There are so many various products for this purpose, and all that can make it hard to choose the one for you.
The one I chose to review in this article is a folding cover, meaning it folds up to be put away. It’s made by BAK Industries, one of the leading companies in tonneau cover production.
The tonneau cover that caught my attention is the BAKFlip F1 Hard Folding Tonneau Cover, one of BAK Industries’ bestsellers. Sure, the F1 is all the rage, but due to the price, it falls into more of a high-end category.
So, we’re here to determine if the BAKFlip F1 worth the pretty high price.
Since it’s a premium product, does it have the specs to match the price?
Let’s find out what is BAKFlip F1 all about – continue reading to see all the details!
BAKFlip F1 Hard Folding Tonneau Cover
- Hard folding tonneau cover
- Fits 15-20 Ford F150, 5’7” bed, 67.1”
- Premium density foam core
- Premium matte finish
- Heavy-duty components
- 100% truck access
- Flush design
- Made in the USA
Highlights Reviews Of The BAKFlip F1 Hard Folding Tonneau Cover
1. The Build Quality
The build quality is perhaps the most important part of the product you’re looking to buy. If the quality is good, your investment will last you a long time.
The same thing is with buying tonneau covers – it should last you for at least a few years while maintaining good condition. So, when I inspected the quality of the BAKFlip F1, I was pleased with what I saw.
The panels are made from fiberglass-reinforced polymer – FRP. This material is rather durable while being lightweight and heat resistant, as well as being waterproof. So, lots of hot summers won’t affect your tonneau cover, which is great. On the other hand, some rainstorms may make their way into your trunk and wet your cargo.
What’s more, this material is virtually dent-proof, so even horrible rainstorms won’t damage it. If branches fall on your tonneau cover, you can be sure it won’t damage the cover.
Also, the matte finish looks great and withstands daily wear-and-tear well. The surface is textured, resistant to UV rays and heat, cracks, rust and it never heats up!
Furthermore, the cover folds perfectly and beyond the 90-degree point. This may seem redundant, but it’s useful to reduce wind flow and to allow visibility of the third brake light.
This enables you to drive your car safely at high speeds – which isn’t a feature of all hard folding covers. Many cover the third brake light when opened, and they don’t fold as well as the BAKFlip F1 – but some car models will have a covered third brake light with the F1, though.
Moreover, the reason why people would pick a hard folding cover over a soft rolling one is theft protection. The F1 comes with heavy-duty latches that protect your cargo thanks to enclosed latches – enclosed with injection-molded plastic. This gives the package better aesthetics and better performance.
2. The Design
Talking about the design of a hard folding cover isn’t all about the aesthetics. We can note that this textured cover looks pretty nice when installed.
The low-profile design allows the cover to be flush with the car, and to achieve the best look overall. The cover is textured, which helps it stay resistant to scratches and the elements. I prefer the matte finish to the polished one because it looks good-as-new for longer.
I wanted to put an accent on the rail design, which is fantastic. The support surface of the rails is ⅛ inches to ensure the fit is perfect all the time. Thanks to these rails, the cover supports more weight and it ensures your cargo stays dry. This detail makes this tonneau cover stand out compared to other similar covers.
The hinges and the clasps are all matte and they help the cover look flush with the car design. The pattern on the hinges makes them extremely durable to extreme weather conditions – since it prevents water and snow from staying on the cover.
3. Ease Of Use
Ease of use is also rather principal for the tonneau cover because nobody wants to use a complicated cover. It just takes away your precious time all for nothing.
So, I was pleased to see that the BAKFlip F1 is rather easy to use, as it has prop rods with suspension. The whole package works like a charm since all you need is a wrench and a socket to install this bad boy on your truck!
Moreover, the ease of use applies to the installation as well. Installation shouldn’t take over an hour, even with difficulties. The instruction manual doesn’t have a lot of pictures and it could be more clear about what you need to do.
However, to install this folding cover, you don’t need to use the drill, which is great. Using a drill on your brand new car isn’t something anyone wants to do, anyway. So, it’s good to know that you don’t have to!
If you do experience any kind of problems with the installation, you should ask for help. Call BAK Industries for help if you are having issues! Also, do note that no mounting hardware comes with the set, so you will have to use your own or purchase the required tools.
4. The Performance
All the details and the quality on paper doesn’t matter much if the folding cover doesn’t perform well in real life. To see if the BAKFlip F1 is worth the rather high price, we have to see if it does a good job as it looks.
The first thing I noticed is that the cover leaks a little during heavy rainstorms. Even in the car wash, your cargo can get a little wet, due to an imperfect seal.
No drilling is needed to install the cover, which s nice. However, if you’ve never done it before, the manual won’t be able to help you out – so make sure to contact the customer service of BAK Industries.
The flaw of this product is that no mounting hardware comes with the package. If you are not nifty by nature, you will have to run out and buy some tools to install this bad boy.
Nevertheless, the design is perfect and the materials are very durable. The quality is amazing, there is no doubt about it!
5. What we liked
- Durable FRP panels
- Folds perfectly to over 90 degrees
- Theft protection
- No drilling required for installation
- Premium matte finish
- Fits in with any car
6. What we didn’t like
- Poor instructions manual
- The cover can leak
- The tarp covers the third brake light on some cars
- No mounting hardware included
Conclusion For The BAKFlip F1 Hard Folding Cover
To finish, we’ve talked about all the details of the BAKFlip F1 and the things that make it special. It looks great and you can see that the manufacturer aid attention even to the clasps to make them durable.
There are some flaws to this tarp, like any other. However, this high-end hard folding cover is surely a good investment for your car. Buying the BAKFlip F1 is never a mistake in my opinion.
It looks good, it will last you a long, long time, and it’s rather easy to use.
What more could someone want in a hard folding cover, anyway?
I am Dave McCurdy I am the content developer on the ecodrivingusa.com website. I have 6 years of experience in marketing as an automotive major.