BAK Revolver X2 Hard Roll-Up Cover Review
True Tonneau Roll-Up Apotheosis
Looking for a hard rolling cover that provides total access, all the security, easy installation, and absolutely No Velcro? Do a double take at our Revolver X2 review.
True Tonneau Roll-Up Apotheosis: BAK Revolver X2
A Hard Rolling Cover with All the Access and No Velcro
Apotheosis: the culmination or climax in development. Is the BAK Revolver X2 beyond top-of-the-line? Of divine status? The best damn roll-up cover ever invented? Have I gone too far yet? I'll walk you through my review of this hard-to-beat tonneau cover in this in-depth discussion of all that makes the Revolver X2 one of the best covers in the industry.
Bullet Point Breakdown of the BAK Revolver X2 Hard Rolling Cover
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- One of the most secure roll-up covers on the market
- Features a patented locking rail system that locks the aluminum slats into place all along the length of the truck bed
- Allows for use of stake pocket holes
- Roll up to your cab for full bed access to haul larger items in your pickup
- Easy to use, designed to be rolled up with only one hand
- Clamp on installation is easy and requires no special tools
- A simple DIY install you can do in the comfort of your home garage
- Absolutely no hook and loop fasteners--much more secure than traditional vinyl roll ups
- Unmatched security in a hard roll up cover
- Designed to hold up against the elements
- Covered by BAK’s 3 Year Limited Warranty
Your Introduction to the X2
There she is, in all her open glory--that sounded way less perverse in my mind. You can see that the Revolver X2 provides 100% access to your entire truck bed while not blocking visibility out the rearview. But I could have just described a number of rolling covers. So what makes the X2 stand out? For starters, she's hard-core, literally. While the top skin is comprised of a weather resistant vinyl, underneath that Leather Grain Marine Grade Vinyl lurks the muscle behind this tonneau: strong aluminum slats run the length of the cover, providing extra security and durability. It is called the X2 because this isn't BAK's first time designing a quality roll-up cover. The X2 is a re-envisioning and upgrading of the original Roll-X line, and a number of technological & mechanical advances have been made good use of in this new model roll-up tonneau. If you are looking for a roll-up that is hard, weather tight, and secure, look no further. Also, it looks pretty sick when you drop your tailgate, pull the release cable, and give the cover a shove, watching it roll-up easily whether from gate to cab or vice versa. And did I mention you can lock the cover just by rolling it closed and slamming down at the tailgate. In testing, we found if you roll it just right, it sometimes even triggers the lock automatically, though we'd recommend you double check it anyway, just in case. We'll run through all the features and upgrades in vivid detail in this extended review of the BAK Revolver X2, with picture highlights.
I've titillated you with words, so now let's just go ahead and show you the goods. Here you can see the aluminum slots in action along with the locking lever mechanism. We also see the unlock cable here, with easy access from the tailgate. One of the key differences between a BAKFlip (or folding cover) and the Revolver X2 (a roll-up) is that this is the only cable you need to tug to unlock the whole tonneau, whereas on a tri-fold, if you want full access to the entirety of your bed, you'll need to pull each section's cable--kinda a pain! Furthermore, since the Revolver X2 can still be completely rolled up, giving fulll bed access along with the security typically only offered by a hard cover, it provides the best of both worlds. This is due to the patented locking rails--one of the biggest upgrades from the original model. The X2 includes both locking rails and locking blocks that are doubled in size (hence the "X2," okay, now I'm getting it), increasing security, making installation even easier, and providing superior off-highway performance (pot-hole proof). The locking level itself is three times thicker, reinforced by gussets for added strength as well. There is never any need to adjust anything. The 3/4" Patented Rotational Locking Rails simply work as designed, but how exactly is that. Let's break it down for you with some pics!
How the Locking Rails Work
This design picture shows all the individual aspects that make the 3/4" Patented Rotational Locking Rails come together to serve security and roll-ability. When the lever is perpendicular (or down) the system is locked. When angled (or pushed up at the end) the cover can be rolled.
Ready to Roll or Secured in Segments
The individual locking blocks set or ride on the rail, making this tonneau cover easy to roll when unlocked but also providing additional support when in the locked position. This cover can only be locked when completely in a closed position. You can also secure it at the bulkhead with straps.
Locked in Place for Extreme Security
This diagram shows how the patented system actually works. That locking tooth or rail extends down the whole length of the bed. Lowering the locking level at the end, pushes the tooth into the gap of the locking blocks, pinning it down onto the rail itself. No Velcro here! Just metal teeth!
No Stitching & No Velcro: Smooth & Secure
The Revolver X2 has a sleek and smooth look when completely closed. It is almost zero profile, laying flush with the top of your truck bed and providing full access to all of your stake pocket holes for rack and other accessory use. There is no stitching at all. The Leather Grain Vinyl is seamless and refined. But the most important aspect of the Revolver X2 is the complete lack of Velcro. Some competitor roll-up hard covers use Velcro to "secure" the tonneau along the side or rails of the truck bed. If you can recall the ease of use with Velcro from your childhood, then you can imagine just how insecure this really is. No Velcro here! The patented security locking rails explained above are the most important part of the system as far as security is concerned. Once locked in place, it is nigh impossible to get into this tonneau without opening the tailgate--protecting your equipment from prying eyes. Furthermore, when rolled all the way open, a buckle system allows the cover to be locked in place at the bulkhead, allowing complete access to the entire bed. Again, this roll-up seems to provide the ease of access such tonneau's are known for with the security that is more commonly found in a hard cover fold or even a truck lid. That's superior security with flexibility & ease of use--truly the best of all worlds when it comes to bed covers at least.
No Drill Clamp
These clamps are easy to install and hold that locking rail in place. All you need is a wrench and a screwdriver to install.
No Drill Simple Installation
Similar to the BAKFlip line, installation is simple, using the shown No Drill Clamps which mount the locking rails to the truck bed. Installation can take as little as fifteen minutes. A BAK rep did personally give us some advise on install. Make sure the cover is square to your cab and sitting properly on the rails before you tighten up the front screws. To double check if you have her square, close the gate gently onto the Universal Bulb Tailgate Seal. You want some compression on that seal so it is water-tight. If that's what you are getting consistently along the length of the tailgate, you are ready to tighten those screws up & finish the installation.
Foolproof Tailgate Seal
Speaking of that Bulb Tailgate Seal, it is universal, just like the premium BAKFlip line, meaning you can close the tailgate before or after you close the tonneau cover.
Universal Tailgate Seal
Ever forget to close your tailgate before you secure your cover? No worries, no nonsense with the Revolver X2!
True Apotheosis of the Roll-Up Hard Tonneau Cover
After a detailed run-through of all the X2 has to offer, I have to conclude that this tonneau cover is the best roll-up hard cover currently on the market. It provides everything most consumers want in a cover: superior water resistance, the best security possible, ease of rolling up and locking, intuitive design, and that universal bulb seal so you don't have to close your tailgate before locking the cover down. Add in the 3 Year Warranty and a 400 lbs. evenly distributed weight rating and this is beyond top-of-the-line: a true apotheosis in cover design and execution. BAK has truly outdone itself this time. And again buyer beware, as some of the competitors may offer a similar looking rollable hard cover design, but no one has this patented locking system except for BAK, and a few other lines do use Velcro to secure the sides of the cover, whereas BAK is using a metal locking tooth/rail to hold the cover in place. I don't know about you, but I'd much rather have a metal rail protecting my gear than Velcro--while I like to think of myself as being young at heart, I ain't no little kid. No Velcro for me! If you want the maximum security and functionality, the ability to easily roll-up your cover whenever needed all with hard cover protection, the Revolver X2 is where it's at for you and for me, baby!
Get Yourself Some Revolver X2!
Last Updated: January 2018
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