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Hard Vs. Soft Trifold Tonneau Cover

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by lumberjack7, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. Oct 24, 2016 at 7:45 AM
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    lumberjack7

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    Hey All,
    Just picked up my white Sport DBCAB and I'm looking for some advice/experiences with the hard tonneau covers vs the soft trifold ones like the Extang Trifecta?
    Is there benefits or downfalls to either one besides price? Thanks!
     
  2. Oct 24, 2016 at 7:48 AM
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    odinsbro15

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    softs can be cut and look like crap after. go with a hard cover.
     
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    Soft is often cheaper and lighter, but also potentially less durable and very easily defeated if someone wants to get in there.

    Hard is usually more expensive, heavier, and typically less easily defeated.

    Both will hide stuff from prying eyes, but if the thieves are sitting in the parking lot and see you put potentially valuable stuff in there before walking off...

    Which is best for you depends a lot on your usage and needs. Something you'll use once in a while vs something that's on there and rarely would be removed would be a good starting spot.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2016 at 8:07 AM
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    PeteK

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    Had a soft trifold on my '09. Have a hard on (huh huh) my '17. Have only had the hard trifold one installed for 48 hours, but I like the looks of it better already. Can't speak to functionality yet.
     
  5. Oct 24, 2016 at 9:09 AM
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    I'll keep that in mind when mine starts looking like crap. (Was leaning towards a Undercover SE or Elite) Never heard that before. I have the TruXedo Lo Pro Qt though. I do see soft tri-folds on trucks around here that look like they have never seen any love.
     
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    My factory hard folding (Extang) is great. You can pick them up reasonably cheap on here used. A little water seeps in on the sides, but not much. If you want a waterproof tonneau, go with a solid fiberglass one.
     
  8. Oct 24, 2016 at 11:26 AM
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    I needed some type of "trunk" since I didn't get an access cab and actually drive people around.... I'm planning on buying a cap, but needed something to get me by until I can afford one. I got the Gator Trifold. It works pretty good and was $250. It's a little less secure, but I think most are easily defeated. This will keep the weather off of luggage and camping gear.
     
  10. Mar 8, 2017 at 1:31 PM
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    Soft: Cheaper
    Hard: More secure

    Other than that, they're identical. I had a soft tri-fold on my old truck of 7 yrs and I've got a hard tri-fold on the new truck. Soft held up just fine thru New England winters and everything else. Expecting the hard to do the same.
     

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