Extang Solid Fold vs. G4 Elite Fold-a-Cover
At first glance you will notice a major difference between the Extang Solid Fold and the G4 Elite Fold-a-Cover. The G4 Elite utilizes a 4-panel design; this means that when the cover is stacked behind the cab it allows for 75% of the truck bed to be used. The Solid Fold only has a 3-panel design which means the panels are larger leaving less room to haul items when full stacked behind the cab of the truck.
Another key difference between the two cover is their opening mechanisms. The G4 Elite has a flat-latch handle that that can easily be opened with one hand without having to open the tailgate first. The Solid Fold on the other hand is a much longer process. The first step to opening the Solid Fold is to open the tailgate, and then you must walk to each side of the truck to release their ‘speed latch’ system.
The Solid Fold does not require a rail system to install the tonneau cover. This means that the cover sits directly on the bed rails, over time this allows for dirt, sand and other abrasive materials to collect under the cover and will damage the finish of the truck bed. The rail system that the G4 utilizes stays on the bed rails with protective foam backing keeping abrasive materials from gathering under the cover and manages water before it enters the truck bed.
How these covers attach to the truck bed is completely different as well. The Solid Fold only has 4 points of attachment and when the cover is in the stacked position it is only secured to the truck bed with 2 plastic clamps. The G4 Elite uses automotive grade striker bolts to attach to the truck bed and has a total of 8 secure latching points. When it is stacked behind the cab it is still secured to the truck bed at 4 different points.
Security is another feature that sets the two tonneau covers apart. The Solid Fold has no locking mechanism so it must rely on the owner having a locking tailgate. The G4 Elite has a locking mechanism on both the front and rear of the cover. If the owner does not already have a locking tailgate, a foot-mans loop can be installed to provide a locked and secured truck bed.