BakFlip VP vs BakFlip F1
That’s right. I am putting BakFlip’s big dog up against the new guy. This will be a battle of being the toughest at all cost versus quality on a budget. OK, its not really a battle since they are just tonneau covers, but you will get to see how the new BakFlip VP compares the BakFlip F1 and the strengths of each. We have already compared the F1 to the FiberMax and that was a very close race. There are very slight differences between the two so it mainly came down to which had more features for the money. To me it looked the BakFlip FiberMax won there.
This time we are comparing two different styles of folding tonneau cover. Both of these BakFlips still give you full bed access without removing the cover (Bak’s signature feature). Security comes in the way of slam latches that close automatically when laying the cover down and open with the pull of a cable. Water drainage is the same and the cover is sealed from front to back. Once again the difference comes down to the panels since all other aspects can’t really be improved upon.
The BakFlip VP is the first BakFlip with a vinyl top. Depending on the bed length, it will still have 3 or 4 folding aluminum panels but now with hidden hinges. The panels aren’t quite as strong as the F1 but they are much lighter. This means the VP will be easier for all family members to use.
The weight reduction comes from omitting the aluminum panel frames from the F1 that isn’t needed on the VP because of the vinyl cover. This also means the load capacity drops from 500 lbs for the F1 down to 300lbs or less on the VP. (I wouldn’t put any weight on that pretty vinyl.)
The BakFlip F1 still boasts the highest load capacity out of all the Bak tonneau covers thanks to its fiberglass reinforced top panel and high density EPS core. The cover is painted with a durable glossy black textured finish. It is the most expensive of the BakFlip covers but for good reason. It has the least amount of flex in the panels when weight is applied.
Once you begin to use your tonneau cover as a scaffolding to stand on, you will see how valuable of a feature this can be. The FRP panel also makes for a great impact resistant surface for people who are rough on there trucks.
Now down to the price. The VP’s starting MSRP is $659 which looks pretty appealing when compared to the F1′s MSRP of $929. It all comes down to what the main purpose of your tonneau cover is going to be. The construction workers and outdoors man may pick up the F1 while the businessman and sports guys go for the VP.