Are DiamondBack Tonneau Covers Worth it?
DiamondBack Tonneau Covers are perhaps the most widely recognized brand of heavy-duty tonneau cover on the market. But, just like in high school, popularity doesn’t necessarily equate quality. With such a big investment, you may be asking yourself, are DiamondBack Tonneau Covers worth it?
Sure, the DiamondBack Cover is offers high weight-bearing capacity, various resilient finishes, and great accessories. But before you click “Add to Cart,” it could be that another cover is better suited to meet your needs.
Weight-Bearing Tonneau Cover
The DiamondBack HD Tonneau Cover is the only DiamondBack model that provides a substantial load-bearing capacity. While the HD can take on up to 1,600 lbs., it’s important to note that DiamondBack’s other covers can only bear 400 distributed pounds.
Though DiamondBack is the industry standard for weight-bearing tonneau covers, it is not the leader. Rather, Renegade’s Tonneau Cover hauls up to 2,000 pounds on top! This not only removes any doubt you had about your cover’s strength, but opens the door to a variety of additional activities and uses.
Turning to DiamondBackSE, Diamondback270, and Diamondback180, for those truck owners okay with a low weight-bearing capacity, you’ll find a slight variation in access panels, but none provide full access to the entire truck bed. You only get this with Renegade’s tri-fold design.
Each of the DiamondBack models include locks and hinges on top of the cover, and might even include cleats. This has a tough, rugged look, but they keep you from being able to utilize your cover as a flatbed. This might not seem like a big deal…until you want to smoothly slide an item onto your tonneau cover (like a sheet of plywood) or when you load a pallet on it and it doesn’t sit flush on top. These are issues you won’t run into with your Renegade Cover’s smooth surface.
Additionally, when you’re installing or removing your new cover, if it’s a Renegade, you won’t need any tools. Relatedly, don’t forget the DiamondBack design is higher profile than Renegade’s, at 2.75″ compared to Renegade which is 1.5″. DiamondBackHD also has a total of 4 locking pins, making it less secure than the 8 pins on the Renegade.
As far as build quality, the DiamondBack has tack welded cross members underneath, and exposed welds on the top of the cover. The Renegade is friction stir welded along the entirety of the cover.
Tonneau Cover Accessories
Whether you have a DiamondBack Tonneau Cover or Renegade Tonneau Cover, there is a wide array of accessories at your disposal. However, if you have a DiamondBack, you’ll need to permanently drill into your cover.
On the other hand, Renegade has a unique integrated L-Track system that provides you with a simple way to connect unlimited accessories via the Threaded Stud Attachments. These allow you to add Renegade Hooks, Aero Bars, Renegade Racks, Headache Racks, or your favorite accessory from another manufacturer.
Heavy Duty Tie-Down Anchors pop right into the L-Track without needing to be bolted down. All this makes Renegade the most easily customizable and versatile tonneau cover on the market.
Renegade also stands out with its unique Riptide Water System, an adjustable roadside shower that will ensure Fido’s muddy paws never set foot in your cab again.
Are DiamondBack Tonneau Covers Worth it?
You be the judge. Are DiamondBack Tonneau Covers worth it? If you want a higher profile, less secure, less capable, and less versatile cover, then DiamondBack is a great option for you.
If you find yourself second-guessing a DiamondBack purchase, take a look at what Renegade has to offer. Discover the Renegade difference and make an investment you won’t regret.
Renegade Tonneau Cover (original)
Renegade cover is a highly modular, heavy-duty tonneau cover for your truck with top in class for security and functionality.
- Weight Bearing up to 2,000 lbs
- Made with military-grade aluminum construction
- Integrated L-Track for multiple accessory mounting
- 4 Heavy-Duty anchor points included with the purchase