In one of my previous reviews, I have mentioned that Truxedo stands as an undisputed champion of the soft roll-up tonneau cover market.
The fact that, since it started doing this type of product in the early 2000s, the company hasn’t rolled out anything but affordable and well-made units that offer a great level of protection is definitely one of the reasons behind this success.
The other has to be versatility.
You see, the soft roll-up tonneau cover market doesn’t exactly offer too much space for innovation and fresh ideas. Even so, Truxedo did manage to find a bit of maneuvering space and offer their customers the freedom of choice.
This unit speaks to the truck owners who want to preserve the aerodynamic lines of their vehicles while still getting the optimal level of protection necessary for dry cargo.
So, let me go through this Truxedo Lo-pro QT review and see how this unit holds up against the high standards this manufacture has most definitely set.
Features Of TruXedo Lo Pro QT Tonneau Cover
Without the intention to get ahead of myself, Truxedo Lo-pro QT does a lot of things right. Still, the materials the designers have chosen for production has to be one of its strongest points.
Where do I start?
Well, I could say that heavy-duty vinyl makes an incredibly fortunate match for this type of product. The material is light but very durable, easy to roll up, but offers an excellent level of protection.
Although I hadn’t had enough time to test this bad boy in the long run, judging by what I’ve seen over the last couple of weeks, I am positively sure that the vinyl is able to survive many years of attrition before finally tearing apart.
The other good news is that this already solid foundation is supported by the aircraft-grade aluminum bows that provide a tremendous level of support in the case of heavy snow.
When some other materials would bend and maybe even damage the side rails, this one will be able to easily support the weight.
Finally, let me say a couple of words about the side rails and clamps. Honestly, they are a pretty standard affair for the entry-level soft roll-up cover range. Not too weak, but not really all that durable.
However, I would like to point out that these units are very lightweight, so they don’t require much support. Also, the Lo-profile design (more about that in a moment) makes sure that even the heavy wind won’t shake up the installation.
So, I could say that the mounting system leaves an ok impression.
Although I am thoroughly impressed with the build quality of this package, its design is, without any equivocation, probably its strongest selling points. So much so that the manufacturer decided to put “Lo-pro” in the name of the product.
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t have anything against this decision. The overall design of this cover truly works like a charm.
So, what’s this Lo-profile thing all about?
Well, in this case, the side rails that support the cover are allowed to sink slightly into the bed of the truck. The mounting system is also very slim and doesn’t sit too far above the vehicle’s frame. As a matter of fact, the covers sit only 3/4″ above the truck bed cover, which is pretty extraordinary.
Probably one of the slimmest designs you can currently find on the market. As I mentioned previously, this means that the wind will simply pass over the bed without rattling the rails or slowing down your vehicle.
And then there’s the look. I have to admit, this is one of the best soft roll-up tonneau covers I have seen in years. The matte black color is simply stunning, and the fine leather grain you can find on the top surface makes all the difference in the world.
In a nutshell, this cover will not damage the looks or the aerodynamic lines of your vehicle – if anything, it can only improve them.
Ease of Use
Once again, I have to remind you this – the convenience is one of the strongest selling points of soft roll-up tonneau covers. Unlike their aluminum and plastic tri-fold cousins, these affordable units should be able to roll and unroll in a matter of seconds. They are also traditionally far easier to install.
Well, I am happy to report that Truxedo Lo-pro QT checks all these important marks.
For a start, the whole thing is just a breeze to assemble. Although the manufacturer claims that you need 30 minutes to do that, I was able to perform the installation way under this mark.
The whole thing is made easier by the fact that the side rails are kept in place with easy to use C-clamps, so you don’t have to spend too much time on drilling.
Also, eventual mistakes can be corrected without too much hassle. Once you tighten the clamps, you only need to attach the cover, and you are good to go. The built-in quick release system makes sure that the cover can be dismounted in a matter of seconds.
When it comes to rolling and unrolling the things don’t look bad either. The fabric is kept in place by a single anodized trigger latch that can be easily operated with one finger. Once the cover is released, unsealing the Velcro straps and rolling-up the tarp to the head of the bed takes only a couple of seconds.
Over the last couple of weeks, while I was using the cover, I have experienced no jabs or any other hiccups whatsoever.
Now, let’s go to the point. How this covers performs when put in use.
Well, with so many elements working to its advantage, no one should be surprised that this bad boy puts on one very competent performance – not wholly flawless but capable nevertheless.
The first thing I would like the mention is the tension system you can find right next to the Velcro straps. What these things do is allow you to easily adjust the tension of the cover according to the current weather conditions. This way, the fabric always stays tight and provides the optimal profession.
Really pleased with how this works in real life.
The second thing I dug is the industrial-grade Velcro strap setup. Although they don’t produce excessive resistance when you try to roll the cover up, they do produce the air-tight sealing that can’t be breached even with the heaviest wind you can find out there.
Of course, the vinyl fabric is completely water-resistant, so unless heavily damaged, it won’t allow the water or dust to pass through either.
What you get as a result is the cover that allows only the minimal amount of water inside the truck bed (not to the extent where the cargo can be seriously damaged). And even these small breaches occurred only in the case of the heaviest rainfalls or when I tested the cover with the pressure washer.
However, there are a couple of problems.
Namely, the soft roll-up tonneau covers often utilize the top-mount design to eliminate the water that gathers on the top surface. Using the extremely Lo-profile frame, Truxedo Lo-pro QT isn’t able to get rid of the water just as quickly.
So, the cargo is kept safe and dry, but the level of ponding is definitely above the average. Even worse, the excessive water has a nasty habit of accumulating in the mounting system. If left unchecked, this water can potentially damage the side rails.
Bottom line – the cargo stays protected through and through. But you need to be extra careful when rolling up the cover immediately after heavy rain.
- Great price-value materials
- Quality materials
- Solid construction
- Excellent level of protection
- Easy to set up and use
- Beautiful looking Lo-profile design
- Scratch-resistant leather grain matte surface
- Streamlined and aerodynamic
We don’t like
- C-clamps could be a bit stronger
- Excessive ponding
- The cover is not entirely fail-proof
Conclusion for TruXedo Lo Pro Tonneau Cover
In the end, I can only sum this cover up as one excellent product with only a couple of minor inherent flaws that unfortunately can cause some problems.
So, Truxedo Lo-pro QT is one well-made, durable, and easy to use roll-up cover that offers an excellent level of protection for a product of this type. Also, the price does an excellent job of mitigating all the eventual problems.
However, the cover does a pretty poor job of getting rid of accumulated water. You need to be very careful when rolling up the fabric.
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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.