MEDIA & PRESS
DURABILITY LAB RESULTS: CARHARTT COTTON DUCK VS. TIGERTOUGH CORDURA
Durability isn’t just a nice-to-have in a seat cover; it’s an essential. Whether you’re in the construction business, managing a fleet of delivery vehicles, or just an everyday driver who values the longevity of your truck’s interior, the quality of your seat cover material plays an important role in protection. But here’s the deal: not all seat covers are created equal.
So, how do you cut through the marketing jargon and truly measure the toughness of a seat cover?
Well, in our case, we shipped off two seat covers to an independent textile testing lab.
So here’s the in-depth, third-party laboratory comparison between TigerTough’s 1000-Denier CORDURA®️ and Carhartt’s renowned Cotton Duck. No biases—just raw data.
In this report, we’ll lay out the results of tests conducted on these materials, shedding light on their abrasion resistance, puncture resistance, and tear resistance.
If you don’t want to read this entire report, we’ll just tell you now that TigerTough surpasses Carhartt in all three categories. But if you want the details, by all means, keep reading.
Testing isn’t the most exciting thing, and we could get hyper-nerdy about this, but we hope that by the end, you’ll have a clearer picture of which material stands tall when faced with the daily wear and tear of rugged use.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THIRD-PARTY TESTING
Here’s why third-party testing is an indispensable part of the product development and marketing process:
- Objective Assessment
- Credibility Boost
- Consistent Standard
- Unbiased Feedback
- Leveling the Playing Field
We’ve already compared Carhartt vs. TigerTough side-by-side, but we wanted to see which one would be more durable. Since we don’t have that kind of equipment, we worked with an independent lab.
THE LAB OF CHOICE: TEXTEST
TexTest stands as a pinnacle in fabric testing, with over 30 years of distinguished experience. Recognized for assisting brands in certifying product specifications, TexTest ensures compliance with government regulations and adherence to elite industry standards.
Their credibility is fortified by an ISO 9001 quality management system, guaranteeing consistent and accurate results. This rigorous standardization accelerates the market entry for businesses, relying on TexTest’s dependable evaluations.
Furthermore, TexTest’s comprehensive array of advanced lab equipment offers an expansive suite of testing services. Their commitment to innovation is evident through active memberships in ASTM, AATCC, AFMA, and IFAI, ensuring they remain at the vanguard of testing methodologies.
Not only are they ANAB accredited, but they’re also an officially approved testing lab. That’s the expertise and assurance needed for an independent testing facility.
MATERIALS UNDER TEST
The material used in seat covers is pivotal in determining longevity, durability, and overall performance.
TexTest Helps Products Get to Market Quickly—and Safely—Among Changing Regulations
As manufacturing standards have evolved, so too have customer expectations—and government regulations.
In order to help apparel and textile manufacturers get their products to market more quickly, more accurately and much more safely, TexTest offers a variety of products and services that ensure companies are compliant with the most current regulations. The fabric-testing company, a division of Central Textiles, partners with a wide range of manufacturers, including apparel, upholstery, bedding/mattress, linens/towels, safety apparel, outerwear, footwear/hosiery and marine/outdoor/tent manufacturers.
To help these companies discern whether their fabric meets the level of quality required across varying environments and industries, TexTest has the ability to certify products to indicate they comply with such government standards as the American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorists (AATCC), American Standard Test Methods (ASTM), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Industrial Fabrics Association Inc (IFAI), Standard for Automotive Testing (SAT) and International Standards Organization (ISO).
Thanks to changing regulations—many of which stem from concerns of eco-friendliness, Ann Underwood, TexTest manager, told Sourcing Journal—the dyes used to color fabrics may be different than what a manufacturer has previously used when seeking certification. Switching to a new dye can often result in additional testing to ensure manufacturers are receiving the consistent colors they need.
Whatever your textile testing needs may be, Textest has the solution for you, with the guarantee of always delivering Quality Results and Timely Reporting. We look forward to doing business with you.
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