The BakFlip F1 Tonneau Cover is the flagship tonneau cover in BAK Industries line-up of hard folding tonneau covers.
Resting on our laurels is not something that BAK has ever been inclined to do. So, once we reached the summit of our game with the introduction the the BakFlip G2, we continued to study the tonneau cover arena. BAK Industries is always looking for areas where we might be able to implement improvement. For all intents and purposes the BakFlip G2 seemed to be the ultimate tonneau cover. Between the BakFlip that, the BakFlip HD and the BakFlip CS, you might imagine that finding a way to better the product would be somewhat redundant. After all, what could we possibly do to make a better tonneau? At some point, one may look at the landscape and say “if it works don’t fix it”. Well, we decided not to fix it, but rather to add another BakFlip member to the family. This time, the BakFlip F1 and here’s why:
There are parts of the world where the weather can be particularly harsh. Whether it’s deep in Alaska or even in the sweltering Arizona sun, the elements can have devastating effects on your vehicle and it’s accessories. After 2 years of having aluminum tonneau covers in the field, we’d been privy to happenings where hail had damaged a few of out covers. We’d heard stories where folks vehicles got so hot that they could literally fry an egg on them and that my friends, is where we decided to lend our focus. So we set out to find a material that could handle the harshest of elements and ultimately eneded up with the BakFlip F1.
The BakFlip F1 is made to the exact same specifications as the BakFlip HD. It has all the same attributes in terms of strength, function, design, fit, appearance, warranty and install. But, where it differs is that the top surface of the panels, rather being aluminum, are covered with a fiberglass reinforced polymer. This stuff is super strong, impact resistant, fade proof, ding proof, scuff proof, won’t expand or contract and stays cooler to the touch in comparison to aluminum. As a black tonneau cover, the FRP surface will still get hot, but certainly not like metal.
When we first began to explore the option of a polymer to use on the top surface of our F1 cover we were extremely skeptical. In the past we’d tried ABS, but didn’t have enough faith in an ABS tonneau cover. We toyed with TPO which is what motorcycle chest plates and boots are made out of, but TPO seemed to scuff to easily and didn’t quite look good enough. So when we finally stumbled across FRP it was like finding the holy grail itself!
The BakFlip F1 still has an aluminum substrate as we have confidence that aluminum provides the structural stability the BakFlip panels need and is still lightweight. We also prefer to attach components to aluminum, rather than a polymer for obvious reasons. The latch mechanisms etc., are all attached to the aluminum substrate, making the cover extremely strong.
The BakFlip F1 is actually a few LBS lighter than it’s G2 and HD brother and sister, but is every bit as strong and can certainly withstand a beating and emerge without a scratch.
If you’re heavy on your truck cover, feel the need to throw something on top of it every now and then, live in a climate with lots of ice or hail or simply want your tonneau cover to stay cooler in the summer months than a metal tonneau cover, then the BakFlip F1 is for you.
The BakFlip F1 has superior injection molded cable covers, adding elegance, style and refinement to the operational components of your BakFlip cover.
The BakFlip F1 also has a newly designed flush fit square hinge. It has superior weather resistance as well.