If you are looking for the best protection for your car seats, you can't go past canvas.
Canvas is the most rugged and durable material of them all. The material is 100% waterproof and
designed to take a daily beating. It is the material of choice for trades vehicles, trucks, mining vehicles
and farm vehicles. Below is a comparison of the leading canvas seat cover brands on the market.

  Outback Canvas RM Williams Tradies Tuffseat  
Canvas Type 11.6oz cotton
12oz canvas 14oz Polyester
12oz Australian
Made canvas
Lining Foam backing Foam
No lining No lining  
Back/Skirting Poly stretch fabric Expanda Fit
14oz Polyester
12oz Australian
Made canvas
Custom Price (per row) $419 $539 $250 From $572  
Universal Available Yes Yes No No  
Value Premade Packs Yes No Yes No  
Universal Front Price $127 pair $362 pair N/A N/A  
Warranty 5 years 5 years 5 years 3 years  
Pattern Range Nearly all cars Nearly all cars Popular trade
Popular trade
Custom Made Timeframe 7-10 days 7-10 days Premade Only 4 weeks  
Colours Available Black and
Black and
Black and grey Grey  
Airbag Allowance Deploy Safe
Airbag seam Airbag seam Airbag seam  
Logo No Rm Williams
No Tuffseat Logo  
Tie System Ties Strap with
clips *
Heavy duty
straps with velcro
Heavy duty
straps with
Waterproof Front of seats All except Expanda fit sections * All-over All-over  
Applications Casual 4WDing Casual 4WDing Commercial use Commercial
Comfort Moderate
Very rough
Tough and
hard canvas


Outback Canvas
The entry level canvas seat covers. These covers feature a 6.5oz waterproof cotton canvas on the front 
with a stretch fabric skirting and back. The seat covers are lined with a soft foam which makes these one of the most comfortable canvas seat covers on the market.
A universal set of front Outback Canvas seat covers will set you back under $150 making these the best value for money. They are also backed with a 5 year warranty, so if you are not looking to spend too much, you cannot go past the Outback canvas.


Verdict: Best value, very comfortable.

Outback Canvas

RM Williams Stockyard
These seat covers are made from a 12oz canvas and are a genuine RM Williams product, so you can be confident of the quality. What sets these seat covers apart from the rest, are the amazing amount of storage pockets they come with. The quality of the pockets are what you would find in a high end backpack and are perfect to keep your car organised.
Expanda-Fit stretch fabric is used in the sides, whilst the canvas is on the front and back of the seat cover. This makes them easy to fit and the canvas is foam lined for superior comfort. The RM Williams Stockyard come with a 5 year warranty.

* For easier access and fitting, custom-made covers incorporate a velcro strap fitting system, not with buckles and clips. The back of the seat covers are made of stretch material and not canvas.

Verdict: Best storage pockets, most comfortable.

Rm Williams Canvas


The Tradies are the best value "all-over" canvas seat covers. Made from a 14oz polyester canvas, these seat covers are nearly indestructable and fully wrap the seats with canvas (no stretch fabric).The canvas is unlined, so provides no comfort and the material is the roughest of the range. If you are a trades person and comfort is not a priority, then the Tradies are perfect. They are only available as a custom made, and the range of vehicles is quite small, but does cover most of the popular late model trades cars such as the Hilux, Navara and Landcruiser. The Tradies comes with a 5 year warranty.

Verdict: Best value all-over canvas.

Tradies canvas


The Tuffseat is a high end, Australian seat cover brand. The canvas is hand made, and its quality is so high that they are OEM (original equipment manufacturer) for several well known car brands. The Tuffseat canvas is a unique flame retardant, tear resistant 12oz Australian canvas, and is remarkably soft to touch. The range includes most popular late model trades vehicles and is only available in the mid grey colour. 

Verdict: OEM quality, Australian hand made

Tuffseat Canvas